Vegan Pizzas For The Dairy/Lactose-Impaired

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According to the new Technomic Pizza Consumer Trend Report, 93 percent of consumers eat pizza at least once a month (with the average being nearly three times a month!) and 41 percent want pizzas with healthier ingredients. Although Americans gobble up an estimated 37,000 acres of pizza per year, vegans, the lactose intolerant and others just looking for a healthier slice of pie have never had a viable pizza product to enjoy since all conventional pizzas on the market contain dairy (except for one "pizza" with no cheese at all).

Hood River, Ore.-based Turtle Island Foods, introduces the first frozen 100% Vegan Cheese Pizza. Made with Tofurky's meat alternatives and Daiya tapioca-based cheese that melts like traditional cheese, Tofurky's new pizzas are available in three varieties: Vegan Cheese; Italian Sausage & Fire-Roasted Veggies; and Pepperoni – the first meatless frozen pepperoni pizza on the market (pepperoni is the No. 1 pizza topping in U.S., accounting for 36 percent of all pizzas ordered). In fact, Tofurky's Pepperoni Pizza contains half the sodium, 0mg of cholesterol, 6g of fat, and 1g of saturated fat per serving compared to 15mg of cholesterol, 15g of fat, and 5g of saturated fat in a typical meat pepperoni pizza. 

Beyond being dairy-free, Tofurky's vegan pizzas are cholesterol and trans fat-free, made with up to 50 percent less sodium and 67 percent less fat than dairy and meat pizzas, contain no artificial ingredients and are free of common allergens such as casein, lactose, egg, dairy, whey, corn, rice, and nuts

The revolutionary Daiya tapioca-based cheese tastes, shreds, melts and stretches like dairy-based cheese, but is made without casein (the protein found in dairy products), or soy, a common ingredient in many other non-dairy cheese alternatives. In addition, Daiya cheese is free of all common allergens, animal products or cholesterol and is made with nutritious plant-based ingredients only.

"The response we've seen so far to our new pizzas reminds me of the first Tofurky Roasts in 1995. People have been waiting years for a truly delicious frozen vegan pizza," says Seth Tibbott, founder of Turtle Island Foods. "Our mission: No pizza lover left behind!'" 

Suggested retail price is $7.99.

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