With interest in plant based eating reaching new levels every week, more and more businesses are looking to capitalize on this emerging field. Venturing into a new market has its pitfalls. In the case of food service, offerings that tick the plant based or vegan boxes can cause confusion for those not in the know.
Ireland, a country which boasts meat and dairy as its two main agricultural exports, has seen a steady rise in the popularity of plant based eating and a slow but steady move away from the traditional pint of milk, meat and two veg dietary staples which kept our ancestors fed for generations.
Aldi has announced that 48 products form a total of 7 suppliers will be returning to stores on Sunday, September 13th for two weeks only. Among these products are 3 Irish produced plant based products: Magic Mayan Chocolate, Furnace Green Black & White Pudding, and Porter & Nash Gravy.
Ireland has ranked 10th in the world for countries where veganism interest is highest. The data, compiled by Chef's Pencil, analyzed Google trends over the past 10 years in searches for vegan and plant based recipes. The study found that in Ireland in particular "plant-based cuisine is enjoying an even bigger popularity (than veganism)"
Actimel brings its decades of experience in live cultures and immune support into the plant-based world with the launch of its new 100% Dairy Free Actimel shots. The new recipe uses a blend of roasted almonds and oats along with two different strains of live cultures, including Actimel's own L. Casei, and essential vitamins D and B6 to support the normal function of the immune system
Grow It Yourself is offering its online course, How Food Grows, completely free and is available to anyone on their website. The 12 week course will guide participants step by step, from seed to harvest, on growing 12 vegetables in their back garden, with no extra equipment and previous growing skills required
The program will see 75 new products hit the shelves in ALDI stores nationwide for 2 weeks only. 5 of these will go on to secure long term contracts with the retailer. Among these, several Irish plant based businesses will be stocked
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