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Where's The Beef? Not At Veganz, Europe's First Vegan Supermarket

Going vegan may be a healthy choice, but it’s not an easy one, particularly when it comes to squinting at labels to ferret out the animal byproducts hidden within. But in Berlin, at least, vegan shopping just got a lot easier thanks to Veganz, a pioneer s

A Veganz publicity stand by the Brandenburg Gate
A Veganz publicity stand by the Brandenburg Gate


BERLIN -- Don't bother going to Jan Bredack's new Berlin supermarket if you're looking for any of the following items: meat, fish, milk, eggs, honey, leather or wool. Veganz, as the shop's name would suggest, is a strictly, 360-degree animal-free zone. It is also the first of its kind, at least in Europe, according to Bredack, the store's 39-year-old owner.

Bredack, who until recently was a manager at Daimler, says his aim was to create a place where people with exacting diets could come and shop in an "uncomplicated" way. Veganz shoppers, in other words, don't have to scour the small print on packaging to try and figure out what the products inside contain.

Unsurprisingly, Bredack himself is a vegan. Depending on who you ask, there are between 80,000 and 500,000 vegans in Germany. It's no wonder the vegetable-loving entrepreneur says has been overwhelmed by the positive reaction that has met his initiative.

Enter the store decorated in various tones of green, and you probably will be there for a while – because the world of vegan products is full of surprises. Alongside items one would find in a conventional market – cornflakes, baby food in jars, bread dumplings – there are dozens of milk free, sugar-free, gluten-free, nut-free, cholesterol-free and additive-free yogurts, chocolates, and ice creams, for example.

Deliciously decadent

There are several brands of egg-free mayonnaise, gummy bears without gelatin, and pizza with pseudo cheese and sausage. In most such products, soya takes the place of the usual animal protein. Other favorite substitutes are peas, colza, chicory and manioc. Manufacturers often try to re-create familiar non-vegan products using different ingredients – and often succeed brilliantly. A case in point is "Purely Decadent," a creamy peanut butter and chocolate ice cream.

But some products also offer new (and positive) taste experiences, such as tempeh made from fermented soya, a warm breakfast porridge with ground almonds, bright green spirulina algae bars, or a spicy sauce made from cornflowers and nettles that can be used instead of pesto.

Nearly all of the 6,000 products available at Veganz are organic. More than half bear fair-trade labels. And most of the fresh fruit and veggies come from regional farms.

Read the full story in German by Anne Waak

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Is Disney's "Wish" Spreading A Subtle Anti-Christian Message To Kids?

Disney's new movie "Wish" is being touted as a new children's blockbuster to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. But some Christians may see the portrayal of the villain as God-like and turning wishes into prayers as the ultimate denial of the true message of Christmas.

photo of a kid running out of a church

For the Christmas holiday season?

Joseph Holmes

Christians have always had a love-hate relationship with Disney since I can remember. Growing up in the Christian culture of the 1990s and early 2000s, all the Christian parents I knew loved watching Disney movies with their kids – but have always had an uncomfortable relationship with some of its messages. It was due to the constant Disney tropes of “follow your heart philosophy” and “junior knows best” disdain for authority figures like parents that angered so many. Even so, most Christians felt the benefits had outweighed the costs.

That all seems to have changed as of late, with Disney being hit more and more by claims from conservatives (including Christian conservatives) that Disney is pushing more and more radical progressive social agendas, This has coincided with a steep drop at the box office for Disney.

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