Subway UK Launched a New Vegan Signature Wrap

Following on from the recent release of its first ever vegan sub, Subway UK has announced it has launched a new vegan-friendly signature wrap.

The loaded wrap features a double-portion of the companies spicy vegan patty, along with a generous helping of salad and a good dollop of your favourite vegan sauce – all wrapped up in a soft Tomato Basil Wrap.

Source: Vegan Food and Living


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A 56-year old British Cheese Company Will Launch a Smoked Vegan Cheese

Applewood, a cheese company which has been producing traditional dairy cheese for more than 56-years, has announced it will be launching its first ever vegan cheese at the end of 2019.

The new coconut-based vegan cheese is free from dairy, soya, and gluten and has a smoky flavour comparable to Applewood’s signature smokey cheeses.

The company believe that it’s the Vegan cheese alternative we have been waiting for, with a smooth & creamy coconut base that melts beautifully. The cheese is also fortified with added B12 & calcium to ensure it’s nutritionally sound as well as being delicious.

The company originally announced that the cheese would launch in UK supermarkets in January 2019 but went back to the drawing board to reformulate the recipe following consumer feedback.

In an Instagram post, the company announced: “Unfortunately this is taking slightly longer than we envisaged, as we want to ensure it tastes great and melts really well, so we wanted to let you know that it won’t be ready until later next year, 2019. We really appreciate your support and positive anticipation and we hope to get this product to you as soon as we can.”

Whilst Applewood has not yet confirmed which stores or supermarkets its first vegan cheese will be available to purchase in, its other products are available in major supermarkets across the UK, including Waitrose, Co-op, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons.

Source: Vegan Food and Living

UK’s First Meat-free Butcher Is Opening in London This Summer

In celebration of World Meat Free Week, Sainsbury’s is opening the UK’s first meat-free butchers store in London.

The pop-up will be open from 21st-23rd June to showcase the wide variety of vegan meat alternatives available and how convincing they can be to encourage passers-by to try swapping meat for plant-based alternatives.

At first glance, passers-by might mistake the store for a traditional butcher’s thanks to meat alternatives such as strings of Sainsbury’s ‘Shroomdog’ sausages decorating the window.

Inside they’ll discover over 20 meat-free products from BBQ Pulled Jackfruit and Chorizo-Style Shroomdogs to meatless mince from the Meatless Farm, vegan steaks and bacon.

The in-store butcher will be specially trained to share advice on plant-based cooking methods and recipe tips and tricks to help get the public involved in World Meat Free Week.

Visitors will not only be able to buy ingredients for their dinner but will also have the chance to taste many of the supermarket’s vegan products entirely for free.

Buyer for Sainsburys, James Hamilton said: “Whilst we’re seeing a huge climb in sales of our plant-based foods, we know from conversations with customers that there is a sense of trepidation about cooking with them. So, our Meat-Free Butchers has been launched to encourage people to get up close to the products, try what they like and take home some valuable cooking advice and recipe inspiration.

“We have carefully selected the products on offer from the growing range of over 100 plant-based products now available at Sainsbury’s, so customers are in for a real meat-free treat when visiting the butchers!”

Source: Vegan Food & Living

U.K. Grocery Chain Launches ‘World’s First’ Compostable Packaging for Prepared Meals

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Waitrose & Partners recently announced it will launch “the world’s first home compostable ready meal packaging” this month in its stores. According to a press release, the new, fiber-based containers will replace the hard-to-recycle black plastic trays typically used for Waitrose-brand ready-made meals you throw in the microwave and serve.

From the press release:

Waitrose & Partners has worked with its suppliers, Huhtamaki and Saladworks, to use the latest technology to make sure the trays can be heated in the oven and microwave, and is cool to touch after cooking. The fibre based packaging is Forest Stewardship Council certified, creates a 50% saving in Co2 emissions, and can also be recycled.

The new fiber-based containers will hit stores on May 29 with all Waitrose & Partners Italian ready meal products. The grocer’s goal is to remove the tough-to-recycle black plastic trays from all in-house packaging by the end of 2019.

The efforts seem right in step with the EU’s plans to ban single-use plastics by 2021(Brexit may or may not affect the ban’s status in the U.K.), and more generally with efforts around the globe to cut down on our staggering amount of plastic waste. Some estimates say if we continue generating plastic waste at our current rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

Earlier this year, Waitrose & Partner’s removed black plastic trays from all packaging for fresh meat, fish, poultry, and produce items. Meanwhile, ditching all plastic trays is the latest in a long line of moves Waitrose & Partners has outlined to make the company a more sustainable grocery chain overall. The company says that 70 percent of its house-brand packaging is currently recyclable, and 100 percent of it will be by 2023. Additionally, the company plans to test refillable containers in stores, get rid of single-use plastic bags (currently, customers can pay £.05 per bag), and replace baggies for loose produce with home-compostable alternatives.

Source: The Spoon