Vegan wholesale on-line retailer VEDGEco—which operates equally to wholesale chain Costco—is internet hosting the Planted Chef Problem: Bakery Version that highlights unbiased bakeries throughout the nation which might be veganizing one in all their signature baked items. The bakeries at present taking part within the problem acquired free ForA:Butter (a vegan butter) and can supply their veganized goodies as restricted time affords to see how prospects reply. These 4 women-owned bakeries embrace:
- Oui Pastries in Philadelphia, PA, which is making a Chocolate Flower Pot with chocolate cake, balsamic darkish chocolate ganache, strawberries, and chocolate shortbread
- Starburst Parlor in Las Vegas, NV, which is making Mexican Sizzling Chocolate Brownies with three varieties of chocolate, hints of cinnamon, and topped with toasted pecans
- Pop Goes the Waffle in Tampa Bay, FL, which is serving a Vegan Liege Waffle topped with ForA:Butter, cinnamon sugar, sliced banana, vegan caramel sauce, and whipped cream
- Baked AF in Cleveland, OH, which is making a Vegan Toaster Strudel made with ForA:Butter, JUST Egg, Subject Roast sausages, and Daiya cheese
“The demand for plant-based meals, together with bakery objects, has by no means been larger,” VEDGEco CEO Trevor Hitch mentioned. “By including plant-based choices to their menus, unbiased bakeries can enhance foot site visitors, fulfill shopper demand, and enhance their backside line.”
That is the primary in a sequence of challenges that incentivizes non-vegan bakeries and eating places to take away animal merchandise from one in all their non-vegan dishes. The second problem, which launches later this summer season, can be in partnership with a yet-to-be-announced plant-based seafood model. Eating places fascinated with taking part within the problem can enroll on the VEDGEco web site.
On November 1, 2019 (World Vegan Day), Hitch opened the primary VEDGEco vegan wholesale warehouse in Hawaii. After a profitable 12 months, the enterprise expanded to serve the decrease 48 states. In August 2020, VEDGEco launched an ecommerce platform with transport services on each the East and West Coast, permitting for fast direct-to-consumer and direct-to-business transport. Final month, the corporate shifted to a real wholesale mannequin, the place all merchandise can be found by the case. All objects are shipped frozen with dry ice and arrive inside two to seven days.
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