Choc Affair Plant Based Chocolate Bars, Starbucks Vegan Whipped Cream
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Just a few years ago, it was unusual to receive more than a handful of stories each week about meat substitutes, dairy substitutes, and other alternative foods. Nowadays, the opposite is true. In fact, there are so many developments in the alternative protein and food technology space that we decided to create a weekly column that brings all the news together in one place for easy reading.
This week: Choc Affair in the UK is launching a vegan chocolate bar, Starbucks is unveiling vegan whipped cream in the US, and an ingredients company is investing in more R&D in Europe.
Choc Affair launches the UK’s first vegan chocolate bars
The British confectionery company has launched a line of oat milk chocolate bars registered under the Vegan Society brand. The company says the launch responds to a growing demand for more sustainable chocolate options. Choc Affair’s new plant-based flavors will include classic milk, salted caramel, lemon and raspberry, and orange and rhubarb.
Roquette invests $ 13 million in an R&D center for plant proteins
The French ingredients company Roquette has opened an R&D center in Vic-Sur-Aisne to develop new pea and wheat proteins. The new center, which will create more than 130 jobs, will also serve as a testing ground for new protein ingredients.
Starbucks tests vegan whipped cream
U.S. coffee giant Starbucks is testing a new lentil-based whipped cream at two of its Seattle-area sites, where the company is headquartered. If successful at these test stores, the whipped cream will be available nationwide in the United States. The addition follows Starbucks’ recent decision to add Oatly oat milk and other vegan options to its menus in various regions.
1 in 3 Britons drink plant-based milk
Recent research from Mintel found that one in three Britons now drink plant-based milk. UK buyers spent an additional Â£ 100million on alternative milk in 2020, including those made from oats, almonds or soy. Oat milk has overtaken almond milk as the drink of choice.
New Quorn Fund rewards British and Irish filmmakers
British alternative meat company Quorn has launched the Pioneers Film Fund, which calls on British and Irish filmmakers to creatively answer the question: What is the future of our food? Filmmakers interested in applying should make an 8 to 12 minute documentary on the subject. The fund will reward three filmmakers and their teams Â£ 15,000 each. Apply here.
Hershey tests plant-based chocolate bar
Hershey is testing a plant-based chocolate bar, dubbed Oat Made, in select markets in the United States. The new bar comes in several flavors: Extra Creamy Almond and Sea Salt and Classic Dark Chocolate. Both will be available until June 2022.
Main image courtesy of Choc Affair.