UK Company Unveils Veggie Bacon that Can Fool Carnivores

Rachel Graham wrote . . . . . . . . .

Plant-based startup This has unveiled a vegan alternative to bacon that it claims can “fool carnivores”.

Its soy and pea-based bacon alternative is set to roll out into Holland & Barrett chillers and Patty & Bun restaurants in the first week of June (rsp: £2.95).

The brand will also roll out two chicken alternatives – ready-to-cook sea salt & black pepper pieces (rsp: £4.55) and snack-ready tikka pieces (rsp: £2.95) – into Holland & Barrett at the same time.

The rest of its range comprises ready-to-cook pieces, soy & garlic pieces, breaded goujons and rosemary breaded goujons (all rsp: £4.55), in addition to ready-to-eat barbecue pieces and rotisserie pieces (rsp: £2.95), all manufactured in Europe.

Backed by venture capitalists, former restaurateur duo Andy Shovel and Pete Sharman founded This two years ago, in a bid to capitalise on their experience in the food industry while taking advantage of the booming market for plant-based foods.

Since then, the pair have partnered with texture scientists and flavourists to create next generation plant-based products it hopes will stand out among the glut of NPD in meat alternatives.

“Our acid test for all our products is that they must be able to fool meat eaters. That’s why we’ve spent so long developing the recipes,” said Shovel.

“We’re divorcing ourselves from tofu and traditional vegan foods to create something meat eaters will love.”

All its products feature high protein claims, packing 20g to 25g per 100g and are fortified with vitamin B12 and iron.

Source: Grocer


UK Should Slash Emissions to Net Zero by 2050, Say Climate Change Advisers

Isabelle Gerretsen wrote . . . . . . . . .

The UK should aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, according to its chief advisory committee on climate change.

If adopted, the target proposed in a report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) would be the most ambitious emissions reduction goal set by any large economy.

Net zero means that any emissions are balanced by an equivalent amount taken from the atmosphere.

The UK government doesn’t have to act on the findings, but it commissioned the report after the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned last year that the world has less than 12 years to slash emissions and avoid disastrous levels of global warming. The IPCC says global greenhouse gas emissions need to reach net zero around 2050.

The CCC says the new target is “necessary, feasible and cost-effective” but that it requires drastic action, including phasing out petrol and diesel vehicles completely by 2035, planting 30,000 hectares of trees each year and cutting beef, lamb and dairy consumption by 20% by 2050.

At a briefing ahead of the report launch, Lord Deben, CCC chairman and former secretary of state for the environment, said, “This net-zero target puts us at the top of the pile. We say to the government: this can be done, you have the proof, but it won’t happen unless you take the lead.”

It comes a day after the UK parliament declared “an environment and climate emergency,” making it the first country in the world to do so, according to the opposition Labour Party.

To achieve the net-zero target tens of billions of pounds will need to be invested in renewable energy, electric vehicles, capturing and storing carbon emissions, and planting trees, according to the CCC.

Currently the UK has a target of curbing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. Emissions had fallen by 42% in 2016.

The CCC report suggests a 2045 target for Scotland as the country has “greater potential to remove pollution from its economy” and said Wales should aim for a 95% emissions reduction by 2050 due to its large sheep farming industry.

Following the release of the report, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland would commit to the new target and continue its “global leadership in tackling climate change.”

The new target encompasses all greenhouse gas emissions, including those from international aviation and shipping — two industries that do not fall under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which calls on countries to reduce their carbon output and halt global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Costs to reach the 2050 goal will total 1-2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) per year, the same amount estimated for the current target, the report said.

The recommendations come as climate activism is sweeping the globe. In March, hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren walked out of class to protest their governments’ failure to curb emissions.

Last month, Extinction Rebellion activists glued themselves to trains and blocked major landmarks in London to demand climate action.

Extinction Rebellion activist Rupert Read told CNN that the 2050 target would not mitigate the long-term impacts of climate change and that the UK should aim to eliminate emissions by 2025.

“We [the UK] started the industrial revolution. We started the path that has lead us to this precipice. We have a responsibility to help lead a common way out of this looming catastrophe,” he said.

More than half of British adults, 54%, believe that “climate change threatens our extinction as a species,” according to a ComRes poll of 2,037 Great Britain adults online on 26-28 April 2019. Data were weighted to be representative of all adults.

Professor Jim Watson, director of the UK Energy Research Centre, said that a net zero UK economy is “technically achievable” but that it relies on the treasury monitoring “emissions as closely as we monitor GDP growth and employment.”

He added that a zero emissions strategy should provide “the right incentives for businesses and have justice at its heart.”

Mark Maslin, professor of climatology at University College London, said that the 2050 target is “too far in the future.”

“As one of the leading countries in the fight against climate change, Britain must adopt a 2030 zero-carbon target, giving us 10 years to put in place win-win solutions that reduce carbon emissions, save money and make Britain a better, cleaner place to live,” he said.

In its motion to Parliament on Wednesday to declare a climate emergency, the Labour Party called for the government to achieve net zero emissions before 2050, while the UK Green Party has said it wants to achieve net zero by 2030.


In Pictures: Fish and Chip in the Restaurants of London, U.K.

Frozen Vegan Pizza with ‘Melty Stretchy’ Cheese to Launch in UK and Abroad

Maria Chiorando wrote . . . . . . . . .

Vegan food company One Planet Pizza is set to launch its range of frozen pizzas complete with new cheese in the UK and abroad over the coming weeks.

One Planet Pizza has partnered Heather Mills’ company VBites to create what it describes as its ‘melty, stringy, fully pull-worthy vegan Cheezly pizzas’. The change was prompted by the company – founded by father and son team, Mike and Joe Hill – wanting to create a pizza with cheese that imitated the taste and texture of traditional dairy mozzarella.

The revamped range features One Planet Pizza’s flaxseed enriched dough, homemade tomato sauce, and hand-selected toppings, along with the Cheezly.

Vegan cheese

“We are super excited to start working closely with VBites to help bring delicious plant-based pizzas into the mainstream,” Joe Hill, Co-owner of One Planet Pizza, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

“Here at OPP, we’re always raising the bar (and dough) when it comes to vegan pizza! That’s why we’ve been working closely with Vbites to develop this amazingly delicious new cheezly that now melts, stretches and pulls like never before!”

Melting cheese

“We are happy to be collaborating with the passionate team at One Planet Pizza and excited to announce they are using the new VBites melting cheezly,” Jasper Wilkins, Head Of Marketing for VBites, added.

“The new range of Cheezly pizzas will be making their way into One Planet Pizza’s 450 international stockists (as well as being available from Ocado) over the next few weeks.”

One Planet Pizza

The range – which carries four varieties of pizzas – was recently launched in online supermarket Ocado, alongside the 450 independent health food shops around the UK it retailed in.

“We had to expand our production very quickly in order to meet the increasing demand for our pizzas, including the launch on Ocado, and it’s great that our fans/customers will now be able to order online across the UK,” the Hills said. “Our pizzas continue to win awards for their taste and flavor, and Ocado, with its focus on healthy and ethical foods, is a perfect fit for us.

“We’re excited to welcome One Planet Pizza to our frozen range,” added Ocado Buying Manager Penina Kahtan.

“From its award-winning great taste to the compostable pizza box, this new launch will resonate with many of our customers, offering high-quality plant-based cuisine in a convenient format.”

Source: Plant Based News

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