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Plant Alternative - Shicken Vegan Curry Ready-Meals
LOVE curry? Shicken won't disappoint. Better than a takeaway, Shicken offers a range of hand crafted, authentic vegan Asian ready meals, sides and snacks.
Choose from Shicken Tikka Masala, Butter Curry, Balti, Jalfrezi and Korma, along with naan, samosas and pakoras. The brand's uniqueness lies within their Shicken pieces - soya 'chicken' vegan pieces which are better than the real thing. Order a batch to store in your freezer, ready for your next curry night.
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Carvella UK is a 100 per cent vegan and cruelty-free women's clothing brand producing trendy and high-quality clothing. They create everything from loungewear to evening dresses, as well as accessories like bags and shoes.
With new styles coming in to the brand frequently, Carvella offer vegan fashionistas the chance to wear beautifully in-fashion clothes, but without the price tag and cruelty. This Valentine's Day, Carvella will be running a discount - for 15 per cent off use the code, FORME15.
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Tesco expand their vegan offerings tenfold
Leading supermarket Tesco have long been a champion for vegan food, and now, they have launched even more innovative treats. New goodies include the Tesco Plant Chef Meat-Free Roasting Crown and Meat-Free Soya Roast, both perfect for people who don't want to give up their Sunday roast dinner.
Also new to stores, is the Plant Chef Hunter's BBQ traybake, as well as everyday staples including Tesco Plant Chef Caramelised Onion Meat Free Bangers and Meat Free Mince.
If you've got a sweet tooth, the excitement continues, with the new plant based Wicked Kitchen bakery range, which features delights like Cinnamon Buns, Cookies and Wild Blueberry Muffins.
Derek Sarno, executive chef and head of Plant-Based Innovation at Tesco says: \"Whether it's a once-a-week habit or a life-long commitment, it's great to see more and more people switching to a plant-based diet and we want to make it as simple as possible for people to do so.
We understand that those who are new to eating vegan meals can struggle for inspiration, so the new Tesco range is full of plant-based alternatives to classic dishes, allowing people to continue enjoying their favourite flavours while cutting out animal products.\"
Tesco is one of the largest supermarket sellers of plant-based products and has committed to increasing the sales of plant-based meal alternatives by 300 per cent by 2025. Now, with these new and deliciously simple swaps, it has never been easier to eat a more plant-based diet.
Asda introduce in-store vegan butchers
Popular UK supermarket, Asda, has launched an exciting partnership with vegan concept creator, Kbox Global (kboxglobal.com), to trial a vegan butcher counter - Veelicious. Based at Asda's Watford store, the counter opened in January to commence a six-month trial, with a consistent vegan butcher offering - including facon, bean burgers, and meat-free meatballs.
The introduction of 'Veelicious' comes as Asda see their plant-based products flying off the shelves - they offer a massive range of vegan goodies, which helped them win Vegan Retailer of the Year at the 2020 Q Awards.
With prices starting from 75p, Veelicious will serve a range of meat-free alternatives like mock 'lamb' and vegan 'black pudding', as well as a selection of vegan cheeses, ready-to-eat meal kits and vegan staples, like chutneys and cooking sauces. In addition to the onestore vegan butcher trial, Asda recently added 22 new meat-free alternatives to its vegan range.
In a statement sent to Vegan Life, Preyash Thakrar, Asda's chief strategy officer, said: \"The demand for vegan products is on the rise and we have seen a surge in people seeking out ways to easily enjoy a plant-based lifestyle. We recognised the importance of helping our customers with their Veganuary journey.
Veelicious will be a 'test and learn' trial to help us understand what resonates with customers to enable us to enhance our plant-based proposition.\" Salima Vellani, founder and CEO of Kbox Global, said: \"Our partnership with Asda to launch the UK's first vegan butcher is an exciting joint venture that recognises growing demand for plant-based brands, from meat eaters and vegans alike.
Veganism is now a mainstream, healthy and environmentally sustainable way for anyone to eat. We are pleased to be working with one of the country's leading supermarkets to give consumers more of what they are asking for.\"
Mars bring out incredible new vegan Bounty and Topic chocolate bars
In news that will excite vegan chocolate lovers - confectionary brand Mars have launched vegan versions of its iconic Topic and Bounty bars. The dairy-free chocolates are available in UK supermarket chains Morrisons and Asda, retailing at £3 for a 100g bar.
Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats general manager, Michelle Frost, recently commented on the release, saying to The Grocer, that the launch follows the 'incredibly popular' debut of Galaxy Vegan. Frost added: \"We believe that Topic Vegan and Bounty Vegan will add something excitingly different to the free-from category.\"
The new Bounty Vegan features diced coconut blended with a creamy almond paste, whilst Topic Vegan is made with hazelnut paste, rich cocoa and whole hazelnuts, giving it a deliciously nutty flavour.
UK-based pie brand ran 'beef tax' trial on its products containing beef
All throughout January, national pie company, Piminister, (pieminister.co.uk), ran a 'beef tax' trial in a bid to 'highlight the climate impact of different ingredients'. For the duration of the trial, the chain added a 10p supplement to the price of four of its pies containing beef.
Pieminister said that the supplement was used to buy and plant trees as part of the company's forthcoming campaign with Forestry England. Following the original announcement, Jon Simon, co-founder and managing director of Pieminister said: \"Food production counts for 25 per cent of the world's carbon emissions.
Beef consumption is a huge part of the problem. As pie makers, we have a responsibility to do something about this. We're not telling people they should not eat our beef pies - we're saying that we should all acknowledge the impact beef has on the planet and give our customers good reason to try a non-beef alternative once in a while.
It's a bold move but we hope our 'planet payback' supplement will help with this while kicking off the fundraising for our forthcoming tree planting campaign with Forestry England.\"
Over the last few years, Pieminster has increased its vegan pie offerings massively, with great success. The chain have stated that they aim to add even more plant-based pies to their line this year. Pieminister have yet to declare as to whether they intend to keep the beef tax for the foreseeable.