Just a quick post to share my excitement! Last week I popped into my local Spar to grab a carton of Almond Breeze for a carrot cake recipe I was making for my birthday. I noticed the new nolac milk from Clover and squatted down to take a picci (as us vegans do when we spot a new product – not that this one is vegan though). The store owner saw my abnormal gesture and asked if he could assist. After a brief chat about veganism, he took me on a Spar tour with pitstops at all the exciting new vegan sections he implemented. I was thrilled to see the wide range of fantastic vegan products Plattekloof Spar now has on offer – think ice creams, yoghurts, protein powders, cheeses, tofu, pizza, pasta, sauces and chocolates. I used to drive up all the way from Panorama to Sea Point Spar whenever a vegan ice cream craving hit. With the petrol price going up, I’m over the moon to have access to a vegan haven merely 3km down the road. It is fantastic to see the vegan movement blossoming in South Africa – and especially in the “Boerewors curtain” where I stay.
EVENT: Tomorrow, 26 November 2016, Plattekloof Spar is hosting an instore demo for UTOPIA cashew cream yoghurts between 11:00 and 12:00. If you are in the area, pop in for a bite and stock up on yummy goodies to fill your pantry with!
Some snapshots from my shopping expedition:
I absolutely LOVE popcorn! Usually I would pop my own to ensure that is done in the healthiest way possible, but every now and again I crave it at work, in which I opt for Just Popcorn’s low-GI deliciousness – today was one of those days! However, it was the first time I had Just Popcorn since I turned vegan and I was quite taken aback when I read on the label that it is only suitable for lacto-vegetarians. The cheese, butter and cream cheese & chives flavours are understandable as it probably contains milk powder, but I held a packet of chutney flavour in my hands? So I took it upon myself to get to the bottom of this mystery…
I searched up their contact details online and called the Johannesburg head office (the Cape Town office line was busy – probably another vegan trying to source some answers). A very friendly operator named Kobus, picked up and listened carefully to my dilemma. He took down my details and promised to clarify the ingredients with the laboratory and get back to me soonest. Within 20 minutes I received a call-back from Kobus who confirmed that FOUR of their Just Popcorn flavours is indeed lactose-free! These flavours are:
- Mexican Chilly
- Salt and Vinegar
- And their original lightly salted flavour
The reason why some brands list milk as an allergy on their labels that due to the fact that the factory in which the product is made, makes use of it for other lactose-containing products. Thus, if by any chance the product you consume does contain lactose by mistake, they are covered from insurance claims.
I am just happy that I am still able to enjoy a bag of Just Popcorn from time to time. Thank you Kobus for being attending to my needs and getting back to me so promptly!
ABOUT JUST POPCORN:
Just Popcorn is produced using traditional oil poppers to ensure the best tasting popcorn combined with a low glycemic index and lower fat rating. Just Popcorn is a healthy snack endorsed by the Glycemic Index Foundation of South Africa (GIFSA) and is suitable for diabetics, slimmers and active people. Just Popcorn is sold at cafeterias in office complexes, universities, schools, supermarkets and convenience stores.