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Vegan News - July 2021
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A 2019 study of more than 12,000 people Source: sci-news.com

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HIPPEAS® introduces the UK's first vegan chickpea tortilla's

HIPPEAS® chickpea snacks are branching outside of the puffed crisp category for the first time, with the launch of the UK's first Chickpea Tortilla Chips, available nationwide (hippeas.com).
The tasty new range is packed with plant-based power - they're vegan and gluten-free with no artificial ingredients, no palm oil and no MSG. With 7g of protein and 2g of fibre on average per 40g serving, they're good for you, too!
HIPPEAS® Chickpea Tortilla Chips come in four deliciously moreish flavours, including Rockin' Ranch, Cheesy Nacho Vibes, Chilli Kicks and Straight-Up Salt.
Sophie Higgins, marketing director at HIPPEAS® UK says: \"We are so excited about the launch of HIPPEAS Chickpea Tortilla Snacks. As the first chickpea tortilla chip in the UK, it's great to be entering the market with a product offering the nutritional profiles our consumers demand; vegan, gluten-free, higher in protein and nothing artificial - plus they taste great!\"

Vegan News - July 2021

New vegan restaurant Powerplant opens its doors in Camden

A new vegan eatery has arrived in Camden, London - Powerplant (powerplant.global), which is event and travel company Selina's (selina.com) first outpost of its new restaurant brand. The restaurant will serve a range of innovative, delicious vegan dishes that are anything but boring. Following on from a successful opening, the brand will be expanding globally, with further openings hopeful for Washington DC, US, and Lisbon, Portugal.

Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner you're after, Powerplant can supply - with exciting menu items including the Falafel Waffle served with fresh tomato, fermented turnip, aubergine and cucumbers, in a mango curry dressing with onions, tahini, and micro herbs; Berber Jackfruit served with tahini and kale-slaw in a soft Yemen pancake, and Grilled Watermelon served with 'feta', oregano, and pickled onions.

In a statement sent to Vegan Life, Ariel Levinsohn, Selina global brands and creative, says: \"Apart from the obvious environmental impact and health benefits of a plant-based diet, what Powerplant aims to show is that a plant based culinary experience is as exciting as any non-plant-based restaurant and more!\"

Positioned directly opposite The Roundhouse, Powerplant opens as part of the Selina Camden launch - the brand's fifth unique property in the UK in the heart of London's vibrant music scene.

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UK commits to recognising animal sentience but fails farmed and laboratory tested animals

At the beginning of May, the UK government announced plans to recognise animal sentience included in their Action Plan for Animal Welfare. In this, it acknowledges the ability of animals to have feelings including pain, hunger and suffering, and that they are aware of what is happening to them, in law through the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill. This move will be a massive step for animal treatment nationwide and will position the UK as a leader for welfare, hopefully causing other countries around the world to follow suit.

Following the announcement, it was later revealed by environment secretary, George Eustice, that this measure would be applying only to vertebrates and would not concern animals like squid and octopus. Eustice also revealed that it would not affect hunting, fishing or road building projects which might disrupt habitats, saying that the recognition of animal sentience was \"much more applicable\" to 'pets' than wildlife.

Kerry Postlewhite, director of public affairs at Cruelty Free International, thinks that the government needs to do more, especially when it comes to animal testing. She tells Vegan Life: \"It is clearly a welcome development that an Animal Sentience Bill will finally enshrine in UK law something that we all know - that animals are aware of their feelings. Whether those feelings be joy or suffering, happiness or pain, it is evident that animals are sentient beings. Although the devil will be in the detail, this legislative development should be welcomed by campaigners and the public alike.\"

\"However, whilst legislation such as the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 continues to specifically allow and define the suffering of millions of animals a year in laboratories in the UK in outdated and unreliable experiments, what will this recognition of sentience really mean for them? All too often, animals in laboratories are forgotten.\"

\"The prime minister has repeatedly insisted that his government would not just uphold but strengthen the United Kingdom's animal welfare standards post-Brexit. If the government is serious about becoming a world-leading nation in animal welfare, it must urgently address the fact that the highest number of animal experiments in Europe are conducted in the UK. With, at the last count, 3.4 million tests on animals conducted annually in the UK, despite only 13 per cent of these being required by regulators, we would urge the government to bring forward plans to end this suffering too.

For every pound of fish caught, up to 5lbs of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill

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Coconut Collaborative have gone nuts for peanuts

There's an exciting new dessert from Coconut Collaborative: Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups, and it's the first time you will have seen a plant-based peanut butter and chocolate dessert retailing in supermarkets in the UK (coconutco.co.uk). As well as delicious, the decadent delight is also gluten- and palm oil-free.

The smoothness of chocolate is the perfect complement to the crunch of the peanut, giving the dessert contrasting textures that bring a dynamic sensory contrast that will entice you into wanting more. Because of this, Coconut Collaborative's new Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups are also bigger than any of their previous treats! You'll find them in Sainsbury's and Waitrose at £2.50 for a pack of two pots.

Squeaky Bean launches its first ever vegan dip pots into Co-Op

Vegan News - July 2021

Flavourful vegan brand and lunchtime favourite, Squeaky Bean (squeakybean.co.uk), has launched three tasty dips into 139 Co-op stores nationwide. The new Supercharged Garlic, Spicy Firecracker and Smooth Avocado dips are suitable for vegans but are set to create a flavour explosion for everyone.

Squeaky Bean hope that as lockdown restrictions ease, the new dips will allow plant-based food lovers to add a dollop of deliciousness to newly planned alfresco events with friends and family.

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Perfect for on-the-go eating, the handy-sized pots can be stacked in the fridge or popped into cool boxes for summer picnics to make outdoor eating easy. They work just as well on the side of a plate where they will spice up almost any meal. The Supercharged Garlic, Spicy Firecracker and Smooth Avocado dips (RRP £1.60) are created to a moreish vegan recipe that is a match made in heaven for dippable classics like crudités, chips, crisps and pizza.

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In April 2020, during the first pandemic lockdown, 1 in 5 people had cut down on meat consumption

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New fishless fingers from Strong Roots set to 'give fish the finger'

Strong Roots (strongroots.com), the plant-based brand that's on a mission to fix the freezer aisle, has announced a dolphin-friendly delicious option that doesn't contribute to the destruction of the planet's fisheries: The Veg Finger.

Made from 100 per cent nutrient-packed root vegetables and wrapped in a gluten-free crumb, The Veg Finger is being rolled out in freezer aisles across the UK and Ireland. It's comfort food, without the nets, made with delicious and sustainably farmed cauliflower, parsnips, and onions.

According to Netflix's hit documentary, Seaspiracy, over 300,000 whales and dolphins are killed each year as bycatch; 30,000 sharks are killed every hour; and 250,000 sea turtles are injured or killed annually in the US alone. With fish fingers recently being reported as the UK's fourth favourite food, it's imperative that new vegan options emerge that are as tasty as, if not tastier, than fish, to sway consumers towards these more planet-friendly options.

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