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Bleeding’ vegan burger hits Aussie shores
US cult brand Beyond Meat has launched its plant-based Beyond Burger into IGA stores nationally and Coles supermarkets across NSW.
The vegan patties have been developed to ‘’bleed” when cooked. The product also boasts 20g of protein per patty.
Beyond Meat ihas attracted some high profile backers including Bill Gates and meat giant Tyson Foods.
Beyond Burgers are being distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Future Farm Co.
“I believe Beyond typifies the direction of plant-based innovation where everyone can benefit from products that finally taste more like those which we are used to but deliver all the health and environmental benefits of consuming a plant-based diet. Ultimately, it’s better for us and better for the environment,” Future Farm Co’s Australian director Adrian Gastevski said.
Beyond Burger is created using pea protein isolate, canola oil, refined coconut oil, cellulose
from bamboo, and potato starch to deliver the unique texture of a beef burger.
Coles Supermarkets BBQ meat category manager Harriet Wischer says,“We trialled the product in 15 selected stores across Melbourne earlier this year and in some stores we sold out in hours, in some cases before the stores had even managed to get them onto the shelf.”
The Beyond Burger’s RRP is from $11.00 per pack which includes two patties. ✷
CCA invests in rooftop solar
PETFOOD PRODUCT PULLED FROM SHELVES Australian pet food brand Black Hawk Pet Care has stopped making one of its products following customer complaints. Black Hawk stopped production and quarantined its Grain Free Salmon variety after reports dogs were becoming unwell.
US cult brand Beyond Meat has launched its plant-based Beyond Burger into the Australian market. The vegan patties ‘’bleed” when cooked and are best served medium-rare.
LINDT UNWRAPS ANOTHER BOUTIQUE Lindt & Sprüngli has launched a new boutique-style shop filled with its luxury chocolate range at
Sydney’s Macquarie Centre. It’s the fifth Lindt Chocolate
Shop in NSW and is designed to offer a more ‘premium chocolate shopping experience’.
The a2 Milk Company has partnered with an e-commerce company to enable it to sell infant formula products direct to local consumers. Catch Group is supplying the company with a tailored e-commerce solution for its a2 Platinum Infant Formula,
Cancer Council NSW is calling on the government to protect children by removing junk food advertising from public transport. More than eighty per cent of food ads on Sydney buses and at trains stations are for junk food, according to Cancer Council NSW, at a time of growing rates of childhood obesity.
COCA-COLA Amatil (CCA) rooftops will soon be sporting 10,000 solar panels as part of a $7 million project spanning three Australian sites in NSW, Qld and WA.
The 3.5-megawatt solar PV system will be installed across two hectares of roof space at the three sites by 50 contractors over the next eight to ten months, and is expected to help reduce Coca-Cola Amatil’s annual energy costs by up to $1.3 million.
The project is one of the largest industrial rooftop solar PV programs in Australia, according to energy services company Verdia, which is managing the roll-out.
Verdia CEO Paul Peters said the program extends CCA’s sustainability leadership position beyond waste and water.
“This is one of the biggest roof-top programs in the country. We’re installing enough solar panels to cover 42 average suburban blocks,” he said.
“By mid next year, Coca-Cola Amatil will be drawing around
14 per cent less energy from the local electricity grid across these three sites. They’re replacing it with power from the sun, which equates to a reduction of 4,163 tonnes of greenhouse gas each year.”
CCA managing director for Australian Beverages Peter West said the investment made sense both commercially and environmentally.
“On current figures the installation will pay for itself in six to seven years and is expected to provide an additional $14 million benefit over its lifetime,” West said.
“We’re also committed to obtaining at least 60 per cent of our energy needs from renewable and low-carbon sources, by 2020.
“So, this installation is a win-win for us, and congratulations to the team at Verdia for helping make it a reality.”
CCA chose three sites that are used for soft drink production, bottling and distribution, and the company says it will use almost all of the energy from the three solar systems on site
– with little or no export – given they have steady predictable load seven days a week.
The company generally uses more energy in summer during its peak production period, which will coincide with greater onsite energy production from the solar arrays.
Final designs and network agreements are expected to be complete by the end of the year, with work to start early next year, and the project to be complete and commissioned by the middle of next year. ✷
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