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01/16/2018 VEGANISM SET TO SHAKE UP BIG FOOD COMPANIES IN 2018
A recent report compiled by media outlet Foodnavigator highlighted the innovations set to change the food industry in 2018. Several market analysts predicted that plant-based companies—which create products in line with current consumer habits—will force traditional brands to develop new concepts to retain customers. "The rising number of vegans and how fashionable the cuisine now seems to be—big companies are taking notice," GlobalData consumer analyst Ronan Stafford said. "The number of vegan options will increase in both supermarkets and restaurants." Katya Witham, food and drink analyst at market research firm Mintel, confided Stafford’s prediction. "Veganism is now seen as a trendy lifestyle," Witham said. GlobalData found in its 2016 report that 70 percent of the world's population is actively reducing its meat consumption, while Mintel's 2017 Global Food & Drink Trend report found that new vegan product launches increased by 257 percent worldwide since 2010. (vegnews.com)
01/15/2018 BMW DESIGNER DEBUTS VEGAN CAR TO RIVAL TESLA

Luxury car company Fisker, Inc. unveiled its newest model, the EMotion, this week. The car—available for a base price of $129,00—features sensor-operated butterfly doors, a battery that lasts for more than 400 miles, and a fully vegan interior option. The Los Angeles-based company founder Henrik Fisker is known for designing several high-end vehicles, including the 2005-2017 Aston Martin Vantage and the 1999 BMW Z8. "The Electric Vehicle Renaissance has truly begun," Fisker said, "one that must be met with both timeless, yet futuristic, form and hyper-intelligent function." Fisker's first vegan-certified vehicle, the Karma EcoChic model, debuted in 2010. In July, rival electric car company Tesla removed all leather—minus steering wheel wraps, which can be made vegan upon request—from all its car models and replaced it with synthetic vegan fibers. The EMotion is available for preorder and the car is slated to arrive in 2019. (vegnews.com)

01/15/2018 VEGAN EGG REPLACER DEBUTS AMIDST SURGING EGG PRICES

United Kingdom-based food ingredient company Ulrick & Short recently developed a vegan egg alternative called "ovaprox." Egg prices in the European Union have increased by 55.8 percent in the year between November 2016 and 2017, which, according to the company's executive assistant Robert Lambert, will give vegan alternatives an economic advantage. "We've seen a significant increase in demand from our customers for egg replacement," Lambert told media outlet FoodIngredientsFirst. "This is mainly due to price fluctuations over recent months, and manufacturers have found that ovaprox offers a competitive and price stable alternative. Also, the growth of veganism in recent years is forcing manufacturers to look at egg alternatives, and our ovaprox is vegan." Ovaprox is made from a combination of starches and can be used in place of eggs in baked goods, pancakes, and mayonnaise. (vegnews.com)

01/11/2018 FEDERAL JUDGE RULES A-GAG LAW VIOLATES FREE SPEECH

Last week, United States Circuit Court Judge M. Margaret McKeown granted an appeal of Idaho's standing "ag-gag" law. Idaho passed legislature in 2014 that banned filming practices at animal agriculture operations after animal-rights organization Mercy For Animals released footage of workers stomping on cows and other egregious abuse at Idaho's Bettencourt Dairy. "The panel held that the subsection criminalized innocent behavior," Judge McKeown's 56-page ruling stated, "was staggeringly overbroad, and that the purpose of the statute was, in large part, targeted at speech and investigative journalists." The ag-gag law included language that specifically targeted audiovisual recording, which the court found to be suspicious. "Without some legitimate explanation," the ruling stated, "we are left to conclude that Idaho is singling out for suppression one mode of speech—audio and video recordings of agricultural operations—to keep controversy and suspect practices out of the public eye." (vegnews.com)

01/10/2018 VEGAN PROTEIN WILL CRUSH ORGANIC MEAT DEMAND IN 2018

A new report published by Eurostar Commodities and Bite UK revealed that demand for plant-based protein in the United Kingdom is set to surpass that of organic meat this year. Jason Bull, sales director at Eurostar Commodities and Bite UK, explained to Global Meat News that British consumers are consistently choosing plant-based protein as they become more aware of its benefits. "There are lower calories in plant-based proteins," Bull said, "so it will appeal to a broader audience who are doing moderate exercise as opposed to hardcore bodybuilding. The British public are becoming more and more comfortable with vegan proteins that they would never have heard of just a few years ago." Data published last month revealed Britons are now consuming 50 percent less beef and veal they did in 1975. (vegnews.com)

01/09/2018 FINLAND'S LARGEST DAIRY BRAND DEBUTS VEGAN OAT MILK

Finland's largest dairy producer Valio will debut a vegan oat-based milk and yogurt line in Finland in February and across Sweden in the spring. The Oddlygood line—which is made with locally sourced Finnish oats—will include a plain and dark cocoa oat milk, and several yogurt flavors such as raspberry, mango, blueberry, vanilla, and strawberry. "Studies show that consumers want a wider range of good-tasting and local product options in the selection of plant-based products," Valio Business Manager Anne Arponen said." Consumers enjoy experimenting with plant-based products. The products are non-dairy, so they make a good option for vegans and [people with milk allergies]." Large dairy brands are increasingly turning to plant-based innovations to keep up with changing consumer habits, as evidenced by French dairy brand Danone's recent $12.5 billion acquisition of WhiteWave Foods—the parent company of non-dairy brands Silk, So Delicious, Vega, and Alpro. (vegnews.com)

01/08/2018 NEW FILM EXPOSES LINK BETWEEN DAIRY, LEATHER, AND BEEF

Vegan documentary Deadly Dairy recently debuted in India. Animal-rights group Animal Equality India compiled footage it gathered from two years of undercover investigations at 107 dairy farms, two semen collection centers, 11 cattle markets, eight slaughterhouses, seven meat markets, and five tanneries to create the film. Deadly Dairy shows cows being forcibly impregnated, calves taken from their mothers, and emaciated dairy cows being sent to slaughter. While many people in India consider cows a sacred animal and abstain from eating them, consuming dairy continues to be a cultural norm. Deadly Dairy not only exposes the routine abuse and neglect present in India's dairy industry but also reveals what the filmmakers call the "trifecta"—or how the beef and leather industries depend on dairy farmers' "spent" cows. While Deadly Dairy was made with the Indian demographic in mind, the film is available online to viewers worldwide. (vegnews.com)

01/05/2018 CHINA ELIMINATES IVORY TRADE

China's ban on buying and selling ivory went into effect Sunday. Former basketball star Yao Ming proposed a ban on ivory to the National People's Congress in 2014 and worked together with animal-rights organizations WildAid, African Wildlife Foundation, and Save the Elephants to create awareness campaigns that resulted in the new legislation. Ming and WildAid launched a video and billboard campaign on Sunday to educate the public about the ban on ivory. While illegal poaching of elephants continues to be an issue in many parts of Africa, WildAid hopes reducing demand in China will decrease supply. "The United Nations has unanimously called for domestic ivory sales bans, and many other countries are responding with action," Knights said. "Japan alone remains unwilling to join the global community on this issue." (vegnews.com)

01/04/2018 BEYOND BURGER NAMED BIGGEST BREAKTHROUGH OF 2017

A recent feature published by media outlet Quartz highlighted 11 of the most underrated scientific breakthroughs of 2017. A group of writers identified technologies such as Elon Musk's Falcon 9 rocket, progress in AIDS treatment, and advancements in gene therapy to eliminate previously incurable diseases as breakthroughs that will have a lasting impact in years to come. On that list, the writers included the success of Beyond Meat's "bleeding" Beyond Burger as a major step toward a better food system. The feature also included advancements made to remove animals from clothing manufacturing, citing biofabrication company Modern Meadow (which makes slaughter-free leather in a lab setting) and Bolt Threads (which makes silk from vegan yeast-based fibers instead of spiders) as top contenders for disrupting the fashion industry in 2018. (vegnews.com)

01/03/2018 PLANT-BASED IS TOP TREND TO WATCH IN 2018

In its recent year-end report, food industry media outlet Foodnavigator USA named several plant-based innovations as top trends to watch in 2018. Writer Elaine Watson focused on 10 trends that will capture consumer interest in the coming year, including innovative technologies such as cultured meat (also known as "clean meat"), plant-based proteins, and cleaner labels. Watson explained that while larger food companies struggle to connect with the next generation of mindful consumers, plant-based foods such as chickpea proteins, peanut-based milk, and burgers from meatless brands Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat will continue to gain market share in 2018. A number of research firms, retailers, and media outlets—including meat industry publication Meat + Poultry—have named plant-based foods as a top trend of 2017 and predicted their growth in the coming year. (vegnews.com)

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