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A recent survey conducted by market research firm The NPD Group found that 43 million consumers in the United States regularly purchase plant-based items such as almond milk, tofu, and veggie burgers. Of these consumers, 86 percent did not identify as vegan or vegetarian, which researchers said is an indication that plant-based proteins are becoming a staple in the general population. "It's clear by the growth in plant-based protein case shipments to foodservice and restaurant operators that this category has mainstreamed beyond those who choose a meatless diet," David Portalatin, industry advisor for NPD's Food Sector, said. To substantiate its claims, NPD found that in-home consumption of plant-based protein increased by 24 percent since 2015, with shipments of meatless foods by food service companies to distributors increasing by 19 percent in the year ending March 2018. The mainstreaming of plant-based foods is not confined to the US and is booming worldwide, including in China where a recent study found that 39 percent of consumers were actively reducing their consumption of meat. (


A new food index launched last week by investor network Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR)—which manages $5.9 trillion in assets, collectively—estimates the majority of meat, fish, and dairy corporations are impeding global environmental goals. The group scored 60 of the world's largest animal agriculture companies—totalling $152 billion in market capital—and classified 36, including suppliers of McDonald's and KFC, as "high risk" investments after assessing criteria such as greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, water management, and antibiotic use. FAIRR's research, which aims to provide investors with a higher level of transparency, shows the companies are failing to address or disclose basic management across critical risks. In FAIRR's assessment, it found that 72 percent of these companies showed poor or no reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, and 77 percent have no policies or processes in place to eliminate the use of antibiotics. Earlier this year, FAIRR released a report outlining the steps major food companies such as Costco, Walmart, and Tesco have taken to mitigate the risks associated with supporting the animal agriculture industry. (


In an interview with the Associated Press, actress Thandie Newton—who plays "Val" in the new film Solo: A Star Wars Story—revealed that she is now vegan. Newton, who was interviewed alongside co-star/animal advocate Woody Harrelson, praised Harrelson's ability to perform demanding tasks on set, and teased the actor that, at 56 years old, he could be "everybody's parent." The actress went on to reveal that she was inspired by Harrelson's lifestyle to eschew animal products herself. "I think it's good to have a vegan in the mix... a vegan in a position of power. I have been vegan since working with Woody," Newton said, before revealing that she has been vegan for four months. Newton joins a growing cast of Star Wars alums that have adopted a vegan lifestyle during the filming of their respective movies, including Daisy Ridley who played "Rey" in last year's iteration Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (


A new survey conducted by Plant & Food Research (PFR), the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand in collaboration with market research firm Mintel Consulting found that 39 percent of Chinese residents are actively reducing their consumption of meat, particularly pork. In August 2017, PFR surveyed 2000 participants online to find that 60 percent intend to eat more plant-based foods, while 42 percent believe that meat production is harmful to the environment. Participants revealed that in place of meat, they consume more vegetables, tofu, and plant-based meat alternatives. While PFR explained that a "sudden shift" toward plant-based diets is not anticipated as Chinese culinary traditions are deeply tied to meat consumption, the researchers used their findings to make recommendations for the future of food production in New Zealand. "China was New Zealand’s largest export destination for all primary industries in 2017, importing 9.2 billion dollars worth of product," the report stated. "We need to build our understanding of protein consumption and dietary attitudes in this market in order to prepare for any future shifts in consumer behavior." (


New York-based brand Ocean Hugger Foods will soon expand distribution of its plant-based seafood products globally thanks to several new partnerships. Ocean Hugger Foods launched "Ahimi"—a tomato-based tuna alternative developed by founder James Cromwell after he visited the Tsukiji fish market in Japan—in 2017 in the sushi cases of select Whole Foods Markets, before expanding the offering to 40 locations of the grocery chain in May. Ocean Hugger Foods new food service partners, Aramark and Bon Appėtit Management Company, will begin distributing Ahimi through their channels which include school and office cafeterias such as those at Google's California headquarters. Further, the brand partnered with Japan-based wholesaler Nishimoto Trading Company which will help distribute its plant-based offerings worldwide. The brand plans to launch new plant-based products—such as carrot-based salmon alternative "Sakimi" and eggplant-based eel replacer "Unami"—which it will fortify with algal oil to deliver the omega-3 DHA consumers seek from fish. (

The new US Vegan Climate stock index, which supports vegan and environmentally friendly businesses, will go live on June 6 under the Bloomberg ticker VEGAN. Formed by finance professionals Claire Smith, Lee Coates, and Larry Abele of vegan investing platform Beyond Investing in Europe, the Vegan Climate Index includes major names such as Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, but excludes industries that are involved in any form of animal exploitation or deemed to have a negative impact on the environment or human rights such as fossil fuel, military and defense, and tobacco. “There’s no future in these industries if they carry on doing what they’re doing,” Beyond Investing CEO Clair Smith told Forbes. “It’s fairly obvious, for example, that [meat company] Tyson is trying to transform itself as a business, and as soon as it goes 100 percent plant-based, it would be admissible.” Beyond Investing is currently working with financial institutions and advisors to use the index as a tool to guide their clients toward more ethical investments. (

Vegan teen Jack Mackey, 19, recently embarked on an epic 1,000-mile round-trip walk from his home in St. Albans, England to Aberdeen, Scotland, where he will attend the University of Aberdeen in September. After completing the first 500 miles, Mackey explained to local media outlet The Tab that he did not prepare in any way for the impromptu journey. "All I know is that owing to the fact that I was chronically underprepared for the magnitude of the task," Mackey said, "it's been an experience I won't forget in a hurry." The vegan teen revealed that his staples have included peanut butter, smoothies, and bread, that he sourced from gas stations along the route. Mackey explained that his motivation for the mission, aside from the song "I'm Gonna Be (500 miles)" by Scottish band Proclaimers, is to raise funds to support an unnamed local goat-rescue organization. "I'll be attempting to raise money for a charity that rescues abandoned, abused and neglected goats, providing them with a good life and a home," Mackey stated on his crowdfunding page. (


A recent poll of 2,000 United Kingdom residents by W.K. Kellogg—a subsidiary brand of food company Kellogg's—found that 56 percent of participants between the ages of 16 and 29 have attempted to follow a plant-based diet in the previous 12 months. The survey also found that 45 percent of people between the ages of 30 and 49 have also attempted to eschew animal products in the surveyed time period. Nearly one-third of participants adopted a plant-based diet initially for concerns over animal welfare, 29 percent did so to lose weight, and four percent were inspired to go vegan by a celebrity. Participants revealed that their attempts lasted an average of 3.5 months, citing various reasons such as difficulty finding vegan options as reasons to return to eating animal products, and 72 percent of respondents said they would maintain a plant-based diet if they received more support from their friends and family. In January, W.K. Kellogg debuted two plant-based cereals, citing a growing demand for plant-based foods as its reason for developing the line. (

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