It appears that evidently each week on the planet of vegan meals information is extra thrilling than the final and this week isn’t any exception. Magnolia Bakery—the one whose cupcakes have been made well-known by Intercourse within the Metropolis—is launching its first vegan dessert. New breakfast pockets are right here from Mings Bings in 4 JUST Egg-stuffed flavors. Hong Kong’s OmniPork helps give Kenchen Ramen’s DIY Kits a vegan spin on the porky soup. And Starbucks’ Pink Drinks are getting bottled up. Learn on for extra.
1Magnolia’s vegan banana pudding
New York Metropolis-based Magnolia Bakery made an look in Intercourse within the Metropolis in 2000, the place Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) shared cupcakes and kicked off a cupcake craze that may final for years.
Along with cupcakes, Magnolia—which now operates areas in NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles—can also be domestically well-known for its banana bread pudding. This week, the bakery chain is making its first foray into vegan choices with the launch of vegan banana pudding.
Magnolia developed the plant-based dessert after studying that “vegan” was the highest search time period on its web site.
“We couldn’t consider a greater product drop than a vegan model of our hottest dessert,” Sara Gramling, Vice President of Public Relations at Magnolia Bakery, tells VegNews.
Magnolia’s first vegan banana pudding is made with bananas, HomeFree Mini Vanilla Cookies, VioLife Heavy Cream, Nature’s Allure Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk, JELL-O vanilla pudding combine (an unintentionally vegan staple).
Magnolia’s first vegan dessert is offered for a restricted time by means of October 26 at its Los Angeles location in a medium dimension ($12) whereas provides final.
Might different areas, together with the NYC one made well-known by Intercourse within the Metropolis, get the vegan deal with, as nicely? “We’re actually excited to launch our first-ever vegan dessert in LA and get suggestions from prospects and our crew,” Gramling says. “We’ll use that data to find out potential subsequent steps for the vegan banana pudding.”
2Starbucks bottles Pink Drinks
Starbucks Pink Drinks—and spin-offs like Dragon, Pineapple, and Guava Passionfruit Drinks—all began from a buyer hack. The espresso chain seen that prospects repeatedly ordered its Strawberry Açai Refresher with coconut milk as an alternative of water to create a creamy, vegan-friendly Instagram sensation. In 2017, Starbucks added the Pink Drink to its secret menu and the remaining is historical past.
In 2023, Starbucks will lean even additional into the vegan drink by bottling it for retail. On the latest Nationwide Affiliation of Comfort Shops (NACS) commerce present in Las Vegas, PepsiCo—which is in a partnership with Starbucks—unveiled a primary take a look at the forthcoming drinks.
From the teaser, the brand new Starbucks bottled vegan drinks will are available in Pink Drink and Paradise Drink (pineapple passionfruit) varieties.
As soon as on cabinets, the brand new Pink Drinks will be part of Starbucks’ oat milk-based bottled Frappuccinos, which the espresso big launched in Caramel Waffle Cookie and Darkish Chocolate Brownie flavors earlier this yr.
3JUST Egg Mings Bings
This week, two manufacturers—JUST Egg and Mings Bings—celebrated World Egg Day (October 13) the vegan manner by asserting the launch of recent vegan breakfast pockets. Celeb chef Ming Tsai, an Iron Chef on Meals Community and longtime tv character, created the Mings Bings vegan model in 2020 to convey Chinese language flatbreads to the lots.
Now, the chef is increasing his Mings Bings choices with 4 new JUST Egg-stuffed breakfast varieties: Egg & Cheese; Sausage, Egg & Cheese; Chorizo, Egg & Cheese; and Veggie, Egg & Cheese.
For anybody heading to the Meals Community New York Metropolis Wine & Meals Pageant this weekend, Chef Tsai might be cooking up the vegan breakfast pockets and giving out samples. In any other case, the brand new line is offered for buy by means of the Mings Bings web site and can hit retailers in November.
4DIY OmniPork ramen kits
As we head into cooler months, there isn’t a meals extra comforting than brothy, springy noodle-loaded ramen. And whereas vegan ramen just isn’t new, a model that leans closely on pork flavors however with out animal merchandise continues to be a uncommon discover.
This week, Kenchan Ramen (a house supply ramen equipment firm) and OmniFoods (Hong Kong’s prime vegan meat model) partnered to supply ramen-lovers three vegan choices: White Truffle Mushroom, Ginger Garlic Shio, and Spicy Sesame. Every soup equipment comes with a beneficiant serving of OmniPork grounds, a vegan pork alternative made with non-GMO soy, peas, shiitake mushrooms, and rice.
“We selected to make use of OMNI in our spicy sesame kits due to the wonderful texture, and once I first tasted it, I couldn’t imagine it was 100% plant-based plus its superior dietary worth,” Kenshi (Kenchan) Kobayashi, Kenchan Ramen founder and CEO, mentioned in a press release.
“I’m so excited to share my favourite consolation meals and these new scrumptious vegan choices so that you simply too could be a ramen chef at residence,” Kobayashi mentioned.
The OmniPork-loaded vegan ramen kits can be found for supply to prospects in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah.
5Past Meat’s prepared meals
Rumor has it that Past Meat is on the brink of launch ready-made meals in the UK. New trademark purposes for Past Meals have been famous by native outlet The Grocer, which reported that the model utilized for 2 emblems—Class 30, for meals with pasta, rice, and noodles, and a Class 29, for meat options—with the UK’s Mental Property Workplace.
Domestically, the model beforehand filed 108 emblems with america Patent and Trademark Workplace. Whereas some phrases are acquainted and anticipated, others are for potential merchandise that Past Meat has not mentioned publicly, together with Past Crab, Past Shrimp, and Past Tuna within the plant-based seafood house; basic phrases similar to Past Brunch, Past Bowls, and Past Deli; and new classes similar to Past Eggs.
Whereas we watch for extra information about these new meals within the UK, Past Meat’s newest plans stateside are fairly thrilling, as nicely. The model is on the brink of launch vegan steak ideas and popcorn hen, which has already been noticed in shops and on menus within the Midwest.
Beyond Meat’s collaboration with Taco Bell can also be lastly right here (and by “right here,” we imply Ohio). This week, Taco Bell lastly launched Beyond Carne Asada at 46 locations in and round Dayton, OH. The most effective half? Getting the succulent vegan steak as an alternative of animal meat received’t price you a penny additional.