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This Week in Vegan News: Taco Bell Debuts Vegan Crunchwrap, Alaska Airlines Adds Plant-Based Meals, and More

Taco Bell tests a vegan Crunchwrap in three major cities, Alaska Airlines offers new plant-based meal options, and other top news stories.

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Taco Bell tests a vegan Crunchwrap in three major cities, Alaska Airlines offers new plant-based meal options, and other top news stories.

Taco Bell Tests a Vegan Crunchwrap

This is not a drill! As of yesterday, three Taco Bell locations have added a vegan Crunchwrap to their menus for a limited time. The vegan Crunchwrap is made with plant-based beef, vegan nacho cheese, and a vegan blanco sauce. No modifications are necessary to make this dish fully vegan! While we hope this test run means more locations will soon be carrying this plant-based version of the classic menu item, customers can currently find the vegan Crunchwrap at locations in Los Angeles, New York, and Orlando.

Taco Bell vegan Crunchwrap

Courtesy of Taco Bell

Spicy Moon Opens Third Location in New York

Spicy Moon is a fully vegan Szechuan restaurant with two successful locations in both the East and West village. Last month, Spicy Moon’s third and largest location opened in SoHo. Customers will be able to find favorites like Dan Dan Noodles and Mapo Tofu on the menu at this new outpost, as well as an expanded cocktail menu. Spicy Moon also plans to offer breakfast service soon.

Front of Spicy Moon restaurant

Courtesy of Spicy Moon

European-Style Vegan Butter Brand Debuts in US

Danish plant-based butter brand Naturli enters the US market this month as it hits the shelves at H-E-B stores across Texas. Naturli is widely revered in Europe as one of the best makers of plant-based butters on the market. Made from cocoa butter, almond butter, and coconut oil, this vegan butter is creamy and delicious. Customers in Texas can now find both the Naturli plant-based butter spread and the plant-based butter block for baking at local H-E-B stores.


Courtesy of Naturli

Alaska Airlines Debuts Three New Vegan Meals

Those traveling first class on Alaska Airlines now have three new vegan meals to choose from! The Harissa & Chorizo Frittata, Spicy Tofu Wrap, and White Bean Chili with Polenta are all available for pre-order on all meal service flights. Those traveling in economy will have access to a new vegan meal as well: the Banh Mi Salad with Tofu. All these new vegan options are available in addition to the plant-based options the airline has already rolled out.

Alaska Airlines plane parked

Courtesy of Alaska Airlines

Maya’s Cookies Rolls Out Juneteenth Collection

Maya’s Cookies has some of the best vegan cookies in the game, and the brand’s Juneteenth collection doesn’t disappoint! Each collection celebrates Black history and Black changemakers while using ingredients from Black-owned businesses. This year’s collection features three cookies: The Amanda Gorman, The Uncle Nearest, and The Chart-Topper. Owner Maya Madsen will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this collection to Black Girls Code, whose mission is to provide Black girls access to computer programming education.

Person holding cookies from Maya's Cookies

Courtesy of Maya’s Cookies

Vegan Pop-Up Black Rican Vegan Announces Cookbook

Black Rican Vegan is one of New York’s most beloved vegan pop-ups. Lyana Blount, owner and founder, announced earlier this year that she was releasing a cookbook this July. Black Rican Vegan: Fire Plant-Based Recipes from a Bronx Kitchen will feature 60 Afro-Latine recipes pulling from Blount’s own roots. The cookbook is available for preorder now and will be released on July 25.

Black Rican Vegan cookbook front cover with VegOut backdrop

Courtesy of Black Rican Vegan

Cayla White


Cayla has been writing for VegOut since 2020 and has been plugged into the LA vegan food scene since Veggie Grill was pretty much the only vegan restaurant in the city. Aside from writing articles, Cayla enjoys embracing their inner 85-year-old by listening to classical music, making playlists for their friends, and staying active through swimming, hiking, cycling, and yoga. In their free time, Cayla likes writing poetry, learning about outdoor survival and alternative lifestyles, and is always searching for the best loaf of sourdough bread.

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