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on 09 July 2017


Six per cent of Americans now identify as vegan - a huge increase of 600 per cent over just three years, according to a new report. The report - Top Trends in Prepared Foods in 2017, which was compiled by research firm Global Data - claims that only one per cent of Americans described themselves as vegan as recently as 2014. The report highlighted six key trends impacting on prepared food manufacturer's innovations. Topping the list was cutting out meat. The report says: "Rising veganism and awareness of the impact of meat consumption are driving demand for meat-free products substitutes." The sixth trend - "ethical eating" - also tied into this, with the report claiming: "Consumers connect ethical and sustainable lifestyles with wellbeing and wellness, creating demand for more ethical prepared foods." This ties in with 2016 research by The Vegan Society that showed a huge 360 per cent increase in the number of vegans over the age of 15 in Great Britain in the last decade. Plant-based diets having a growing impact on the medical world, with a number of American hospitals now removing processed meats from their menus, and adding healthy vegan meals in its place. Plant-based foods have been predicted huge growth over the coming years, with forecasters saying the alternative meat market will hit $5.2 billion by 2020, and the plant-based milk sector to hit a huge $16 billion by 2018. (plantbasednews.org)

on 01 July 2017

English farmer Jay Wilde recently donated 63 cows to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary to save them from slaughter. Wilde inherited the farm—which then produced dairy products—after his father died in 2011, then switched to producing organic beef, feeling the dairy industry was egregiously cruel. Wilde—a vegetarian for 25 years—decided to take animals out of his business entirely this year because he “couldn't believe it was right to eat them.” Now, Wilde plans to raise organic vegetables on his land without the use of animal products or fertilizers. “Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. I’ve even seen them cry,” Wilde told BBC News. “It was very difficult to do [my] best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death.” (vegnews.com)

on 23 June 2017

According to new research compiled by market insight company GlobalData, 70 percent of the world population is ditching meat—either reducing intake or eschewing it altogether—in favor of plant-based protein. “As consumers look to eat healthier and cleaner while reducing their impact on the planet,” Nicole Peranick of food industry marketplace New Hope Network said, “items like pea protein powder, plant-based burgers, nut-based cheese, jackfruit shredded "meat" and soy chorizo are popping up left and right on restaurant menus and in stores.” This new data is consistent with last year’s prediction by Allied Market Research that the global meat-replacement market will reach $5.2 billion by 2020 with a compounded annual growth rate of 8.4 percent. In the US, a survey conducted by the California Walnut Board in April found that 83 percent of Americans are willing to make meatless meals using nuts, legumes, beans, peas, and lentils in place of animal products. (vegnews.com)

on 16 June 2017

Vegan nonprofit bodybuilding organization PlantBuilt collectively won 32 medals during the 2017 Naturally Fit Games in Austin, TX. The games welcomed 1000 total participants—39 of whom included PlantBuilt’s entrants—who were challenged in various fitness events including kettlebell, powerlifting, bodybuilding, Olympic weightlifting, and CrossFit. PlantBuilt was founded by husband-and-wife team Dani Taylor and Giacomo Marchese in 2013 for the purpose of proving that consuming animal products is not necessary for building muscle. To date, more than 100 athletes—from countries around the world including Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and Germany—have competed with the PlantBuilt team and have raised $20,000 to support vegan outreach organizations, non-profits, and farmed animal sanctuaries. (vegnews.com)

on 09 June 2017

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from 9 to 19 hours, on Ban Jelacic Square in Zagreb, Animal Friends Croatia will held the 6th VeggieFair. The aim of this fair is to introduce the citizens and tourists with the offer and advantages of healthy, meat-free dishes and products from domestic producers and suppliers. If you would like to try different vegan products, sweets, plant milk or get excellent vegan recipes, do not miss the VeggieFair. This year's VeggieFair brings together exhibitors that will also represent some of the hundred exhibitors on the ZeGeVege festival, which takes place on the 8th and 9th of the September on main Zagreb's main square. The following exhibitors will present their products and services, as well as their mission: bio&bio, Encian, Green Point (Bio Era), Annapurna, Greencajg (Sretno zeleno), Tvornica zdrave hrane, Vegehop, Gavita, Sirova hrana, Ami cat and dog food (Kresoja), Braniteljska zadruga ARKA NAŠA, Sana delikatese, OPG Rožić Ivana, Vegetariana, Slatka tvornica Medenko.