America’s largest bagel chain, Einstein Bros., recently announced they’d be rolling out vegan cream cheese at select locations. The new bagel, which they’re calling “Vegan Shmear, is served with vegan cream cheese by plant-based brand Kite Hill.
But Einstein Bros. isn’t the first major company to offer vegan cheese. In fact, over the past year or so, dozens of food chains and grocers have started carrying delicious and humane plant-based alternatives to cheese. Don’t believe us? Keep reading.
Last month, Trader Joe’s started carrying Miyoko’s vegan cream cheese (and butter) at all of its locations. This was major for Miyoko’s Kitchen, which recently expanded its operations to a larger, state-of-the-art facility.
Additionally, earlier this year pizza chain Domino’s rolled out vegan cheese at its Australian locations. The company seriously underestimated how many people would want a plant-based option, because it kept running out. Similiarly, last year Pizza Hut added vegan cheese options at its U.K. locations after an incredibly successful test trial.
What’s more, earlier this month, Violife, a company well-known throughout Europe for its mouthwatering plant-based cheeses, announced it would sell its products at 451 Whole Foods Market locations across the U.S.
The vegan cheese market has boomed and we’re so here for it. In fact, research firm Nielsen revealed the sales of vegan cheese had increased by 43 percent in the past year alone.
And it’s not just cheese. Dean Foods, America’s largest dairy company, recently announced a plan to shift focus to its plant-based brands, particularly the vegan flax-based milk and yogurt label Good Karma Foods. Moreover, shortly after the company issued a notice to dozens of dairy suppliers that it would not renew its contracts after May 31, Dean made headlines for closing a large Illinois facility. It predicts more closures as consumers ditch dairy products in favor of plant-based options.
Also, Danone, famous for its yogurt, invested nearly $60 million in a plant-based beverage facility in Mount Crawford, Virginia. Danone also dropped its animal-based dairy brand Stonyfield.
More people enjoying vegan alternatives is great news for cows at dairy farms who are treated as mere milk-producing machines, forcibly impregnated, and kept in terrible conditions. Shortly after calves are born, they are torn away from their mothers. Male calves are killed for veal. Females are forced into the dairy herd, trapped in a cycle of abuse for years until they are considered “spent and sent to slaughter.
Heartbreaking, right? Watch this undercover video from a Mercy For Animals investigation.