Last year, we shared the news about Subway’s vegan test menu in eight DC-area locations that was so popular, stores ran out of the vegan patties within a few short weeks. Several of the restaurant managers told us the vegan menu was tremendously successful, and they’ve been eager to satisfy customer demand by putting heartier and healthier plant-based option back on the menu.
Earlier this year, Chipotle added vegan sofritas to its menus in California, and it’s so popular it already accounts for 5 percent of sales. The company says about one-third of Sofrita eaters are not vegan but rather consumers trying to eat less meat. This shift towards more plant-based foods is further reflected in a recent survey showing that one-third of Americans are buying veggie meats, the majority of whom are not vegan or vegetarian.
As the number of vegetarian and vegan eateries continues to grow across the United States, so too does the range of cuisine — from fast-food to food trucks to four-star dining. When it comes to gourmet vegan cuisine, a specific niche known as raw vegan is steadily gaining in popularity among vegans and meat-eaters alike.
Good news for animals in the US and abroad: As people around the world learn about the many benefits of vegetarian eating, demand for plant-based foods is sprouting up everywhere! From China to the United Kingdom, animal-free foods are increasing in popularity and accessibility, which makes choosing compassion easier than getting through customs.
As a growing number of Americans, especially today’s younger generations, are ditching dairy, the food industry is responding by serving up more plant-based options. Case in point: TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt) just announced its partnership with Silk to introduce “the first ever national dairy-free, almondmilk-based frozen yogurt option.”
A vegan tourist’s New York City itinerary isn’t complete without a stop at Candle 79 restaurant. Well-known for its gourmet cuisine, popular cookbook, and frozen meal line in Whole Foods, one of Candle 79’s behind-the-scenes talents is now shining in the spotlight: Chef Angel Ramos.
Last Thursday, the Montgomery County Council issued a “Meatless Monday” Proclamation officially endorsing a nationwide effort to promote kinder, climate-friendlier, and healthier foods. Compassion Over Killing worked with the Council on this initiative and applauds the County for taking this important step in promoting the many benefits of choosing more plant-based foods.
Last week, something pretty interesting happened in the US Capitol. And while it may not have involved sweeping bill proposals or read-the-phone-book filibusters, the event — the “Healthy on the Hill” luncheon — is definitely worth talking about.
As a Southern California native, I grew up going to Knott’s Berry Farm, a quaint amusement park that boasted Snoopy as its mascot, stomach-dropping roller coasters, a Halloween-themed fright fest, a wild west-era Ghost Town, and of course, delicious, albeit unhealthy carnival snacks such as funnel cake and buttered popcorn. Though it’s been a while since I’ve visited, I now have an excuse to go back: all those foods associated with my childhood memories have now been veganized!