Vegan Meat Co. Upton’s Now Available in 5,000 U.S. Stores, 15 Countries

Chicago-based Upton’s Naturals announced that its products are now sold in over 5,000 stores across the U.S., including Whole Foods, Walmart, Wegmans, Sprouts, Safeway, and Stop & Shop. It has also launched products in 15 countries, from the U.K. and Iceland to Chile!
Upton’s introduced its first seitan products in local Chicago stores back in 2006. Since then, the company has been largely credited for the jackfruit boom, as the first company to bring seasoned, ready-to-eat jackfruit to North America and Europe.
All of us at Mercy For Animals are grateful to Upton’s not only for its delicious and widely available vegan meat alternatives but for its activism as well. In 2013, when Upton’s was expanding into a new 10,000-square-foot production facility to keep up with growing demand, the company displayed MFA’s “Why love one but eat the other? campaign banner for all passersby to see. Additionally, Upton’s was one of the sponsors of MFA’s Hidden Heroes Gala, our largest fundraiser of the year, which raised over $1.2 million!
It’s no surprise that vegan companies like Upton’s are expanding into other countries, since interest in plant-based eating has skyrocketed virtually everywhere. In fact, in the U.S. alone, there were six times as many vegans in 2017 as in 2014, according to one study. And in Australia the number of vegan products rose by 92 percent between 2014 and 2016. What’s more, a whopping 7 percent of the U.K. population identifies as vegan, while a 2016 study found that 4.3 percent of Germans between 18 and 79 identified as vegetarian.
Of course, this is all good news for the billions of animals who suffer miserably in factory farms and slaughterhouses. From birth to death, these animals’ lives are filled with pain, deprivation, and torment. But don’t take our word for it—see for yourself.
There has never been a better time to live your values and take a stand against animal cruelty. Leaving meat and other animal products off your plate is not just easy; it’s healthy and satisfying! To make the switch, sign up for our free Vegetarian Starter Guide today. And make sure to check out our Pinterest page for insanely delicious recipes.