Reading Time: 3 minutes Brands are ramping up the winter goods, from thanksgiving donuts to cosy takeaway options Credit: TaylorHerring/Quorn
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There have been some remarkable plant-based food launches recently, we can barely keep up! This week, the UK has lucked out with scorching releases from the likes of Mars, Greggs, Quorn, Crosstown, and Future Farm.

Here are our favorites so you won’t miss a thing…

Dairy-free Milky Way Magic Stars join Mars’ vegan lineup

Mars, Incorporated announces the debut of a vegan version of its iconic chocolate product, Milky Way Magic Stars. 

In bar form, they come in two flavors, Original and Popping Candy, and in two sizes: 25g and 85g and are now available at Asda.

General manager Michelle Frost said the company is ‘delighted’ to build on the vegan range. 

Frost adds: “Galaxy Vegan has proved incredibly popular, now recognized as a leading free-from brand. And, showing strong double-digit growth. We believe that Dairy-Free Milky Way Magic Stars will be received as an exciting addition to the free-from category!”

Future Farm brings two new vegan products to UK

Brazilian vegan meat giant, Future Farm, is debuting a tuna alternative, Future Tvna, and vegan chicken product Future Chick’n.

Coming to Sainsbury’s stores in the UK this month, Future Tvna comes in a 150g pack and retails for £3.50. Future Chick’n is available at £3.90 per 160g pack.

Both are made from a blend of soy, pea, and chickpea proteins using True Texture Technology. This is aimed at mimicking animal products as closely as possible.

Founder Marcos Leta said the firm decided to create its own version of tuna as it’s one of the most consumed fish in the world, despite some species being endangered.

He added: “As a food company that uses technology, we are and will continue to reinvent and look to improve in terms of taste, sustainability, and healthiness. 

“We plan to make slaughterhouses – which no longer belong in this new world – increasingly obsolete with our products, which are better for people and our planet.”

IKEA Indonesia adds 4 new plant-based dishes

Indonesia’s IKEA branch is bringing four new plant-based dishes to its stores, in collaboration with Green Rebel Foods.

This is part of the Swedish furniture company’s plans to turn half its restaurants plant-based by 2025, Green Queen reports.

The new items include veganized versions of the classic Swedish Meatballs, the Plant Ball, as well as a Plant-Based Sausage Bun.

There’s also Plant Balls Teriyaki and Plant Balls Satay inspired by Asian cuisine.

Quorn debuts ‘fakeaway’-inspired range

In a new ‘fakeaway’ range, Quorn is debuting three new products: Buffalo Wings, Crunchy Strips, and a Crunchy Fillet Burger. Made from mycoprotein, the vegan items were created to provide takeaway goodies for winter evenings.

All feature Quorn’s signature crunchy coating.

Marketing director Gill Riley said in a statement to PBN: “We’re excited to launch Quorn’s new takeaway range to enable families to have a fakeaway feast that is healthier for you and the planet. There is no better way to bring meat-free into your meals this winter.”

The launch debuts in Asda on October 18, and Tesco from November 1.

Greggs announced vegan festive launch

In just three weeks, beloved bakery chain Greggs is launching a new Vegan Festive Bake.

And it’ll have a Quorn filling with sage and onion stuffing, and a vegan bacon crumb with cranberry filling.

The news was announced by Vegan Food UK.

Vegan Food UK is an online organization sharing vegan food news, reviews, vlogs, and more. It operates across multiple social media platforms, with a Facebook group, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Instagram account.

Crosstown celebrates fall with vegan Pumpkin Doughnut

UK donut company Crosstown has unveiled a new vegan product: the Pumpkin Doughnut for the fall season and Thanksgiving.

It’s made with award-winning vegan sourdough and hand-dipped in a pumpkin glaze.

Adam Wils, Crosstown’s co-founder, told PBN: “We’re excited to be reintroducing the flavor for Thanksgiving, celebrating with our friends across the pond with curated gift boxes featuring this seasonal signature doughnut.”

A pumpkin box of three limited-edition vegan Pumpkin Doughnuts and three vegan Tongan Vanilla Bean Doughnuts is available for £25.95.

Ocado welcomes vegan probiotic from Phizz

Online retailer Ocado is adding a new vegan probiotic to its portfolio next week, from Phizz.

The Good Guts product claims to be an ‘all-in-one solution to digestive wellbeing’, with added vitamin D to support the immune system.

Moreover, Ocado is the first retailer to stock the multibiotic capsules – a month’s worth on offer for £24.99.

NEXE adds three new products to XOMA superfood range

Canadian-based brand, NEXE Innovations, has added three new products to its Superfood coffee range. The new vegan beverages include XOMA Keto Cocoa, XOMA Matcha, and XOMA Turmeric Golden Milk.

Each comes in a fully compostable pod form that fits in ‘leading’ single-serve coffee machines.

Emily is a News and Features Writer for Plant Based News. She has previously worked as a journalist in Devon, UK, reporting on local issues from politics to the environment.