In today’s Veggie Athletic Weekly News Digest: Beyond Meat triples production to keep up with demand; Meat substitute market forecast to reach $6.3 billion by 2023; Air New Zealand becomes first to serve vegan Impossible Burger in-flight; Ecotricity becomes the world’s first vegan energy supplier; Vegan sandwich vending machines coming to the UK; Veganuary to expand to North America; Students create vegan wool alternative; $110 million lab creates vegan meat in Singapore.
Vegan meat company Beyond Meat has tripled its production rate in order to keep up with the growing demand for their products.
The California-based company revealed last week that they will open a second production facility in Columbia, MO.
A new report conducted by Research and Markets has forecast that the global meat substitute market will be worth $6.3 billion by 2023.
The market is currently valued at $4.3 billion and the report attributes the rapid growth to the public’s preference for vegan and vegetarian alternatives.
New Zealand’s leading airline ‘Air New Zealand’ has become the first airline to serve the vegan Impossible Burger onboard its planes.
This is also the first time that the Impossible Burger has been available in New Zealand.
Ecotricity has become the world’s first energy supplier to launch an energy supply that contains no animal by-products and is certified by the Vegan Society.
Set up by environmentalist Dale Vince, owner of the world’s first vegan football club Forest Green Rovers, Ecotricity provides green energy to thousands of customers.
Vegan vending machines producing sandwiches, wraps and desserts will soon be coming to Bristol, after success on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
‘Vegan Vend’ have now exceeded their £3,200 goal, with 56 backers supporting their goal.
Vegan charity Veganuary has announced that it will be expanding its operations to North America, to try and encourage more people to give veganism a go.
The UK based charity launched in 2014 and will be seeking a Head of Campaigns for the area.
Students from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia have created a vegan wool alternative, made from a combination of plant-based fibres and enzymes.
Students Moises Hernandez, Ivan Caballero, Manuel Ortiz, and Ana Andrade created the vegan wool with waste coconut shells and hemp, then treating it with mushroom-based enzymes.
A $110 million dollar facility that opened in Singapore this month hopes to move South East Asia away from its dependence on animal agriculture.
The corporate laboratory ‘WIL@NUS’, is a collaboration between agribusiness group Wilmar International Limited, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore’s National Research Foundation.