Copenhagen, Denmark: Researchers granted nearly £7 million to develop new sustainable vegan protein
At the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, researchers within the Department of Food Science have won DKK 56 million (nearly £7 million GBP) to work on gaining the intel to create an entirely new category of vegan protein. The grant, which comes from the Novo Nordisk Foundation's 'Proteins for Tomorrow's Food' programme (one of the largest investments in Denmark for research in food proteins), hopes to aid the researchers' mission to making an alternative to animal protein. The new protein is being crafted from yellow peas and oats - both crops which are currently produced, in large part, to be fed to farmed animals.
Amsterdam, Holland: City gets world's first vegan 2D restaurant
Popular plant-based food chain, Vegan Junk Food Bar (veganjunkfoodbar.com), is opening another restaurant in the Netherlands, this time in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, and with a unique twist. The new eatery will be the world's first vegan 2D restaurant - with black and white cartoon-like artistic interiors designed to play tricks on eager diners' minds. The new restaurant is inspired by Japan's famous 2D Café, which makes eaters feel as if they are inside a sketch. The new Vegan Junk Food Café will serve popular dishes from its existing menus, including the VJF Freak Fries, Burgers and Zeafood, along with other delights.
Canada: SIMULATE NUGGS vegan chicken nuggets become available across states
After finding success in the US, food start-up SIMULATE (simulate.com) has now launched its delicious vegan chicken nuggets - NUGGS - throughout Canada, in original and spicy flavours. The popular plant-based nuggets can now be found in Canadian grocery chains Loblaws and Sobeys in British Columbia, Ontario and Atlantic Canada. You can also find them in Whole Foods East locations, as well as in Maxi locations in Quebec. Matt Kohler, managing director of the Canadian retail business at McCain Foods (which will produce and distribute NUGGS across Canada) commented: \"We're thrilled to bring this plant-based nugget to Canadians and to extend this playful, unexpected brand to communities from coast to coast.\"
Brazil: Brazilian chocolate brand receives Veg Fund's first ever investment in the country
A Brazilian vegan chocolate brand, Super Vegan (superveganchoc.com.br), has become the first ever company in Brazil to partner with plant-based investment firm, Veg Fund. The new funding partnership will help Super Vegan to scale up chocolate production with new equipment and facilities, and even reach for global expansion. Back in 2018, founder Juliana Salgado Gaze wanted to create the perfect white vegan chocolate - she began humbly, making the treats in her own kitchen, selling to friends and at Brazilian markets and coffee shops. Now, Super Vegan has more than 11 different delicious varieties of chocolate, and with this latest investment, the company is set to produce 10 times more than average sales across the next 12 months and new people around the world.
United State of America: Basketball star lands vegan cooking show job
NBA player DeAndre Jordan has just taken on a new role - as a vegan cooking show host. The athlete has played centre position for the NBA, Brooklyn Nets, for 13 seasons, but is now embarking on a new challenge. The new television show, Cooking Clean, debuted on PlayersTV (an athlete-owned media network) at the beginning of summer, and is to run eight food-packed episodes. In each, Jordan will pair up with a different chef to create a delicious vegan recipe. Jordan says during an episode: \"I don' just throw down on the court, I throw down in the kitchen, too. You've seen me finish plenty of plays on the court, but here on PlayersTV, those alley-oops will be coming from my favourite chefs across the country.\"