Vegan Fried Chick*n launched in the UK
We love the recently launched VFC brand’ slogan: “Thanks colonel, we’ll take it from here”. VFC stands for Vegan Fried Chick*n, and is launched by Matthew Glover – one of Veganuary’s founders. He and chef restaurateur Adam Lyons created bites and fillets made of wheat flour. The Vegan Fried Chick*n is made from wheat protein, and is soya- and nut-free. It looks, tastes and pulls apart like chicken but is 100% plant-based. It is made for carnivores and suitable for vegans.
Veganuary at the base of Vegan Fried Chick*n
Matthew Glover, a businessman from York, co-founded Veganuary with his wife Jane Land in 2014. Now, with that campaign going global, and his investment fund having helped launch numerous successful vegan food companies including THIS and The Mighty Pea, Glover has turned his attention to helping “the biggest victims of the factory farming system” – chickens. Together with renowned York chef and restaurateur, Adam Lyons, Glover is launching a bold, edgy, Vegan Fried Chick*n company, VFC. At his restaurant, Source, Lyons served vegan meals alongside meat, fish and vegetarian options. “Among the vegan meals on offer was the best vegan fried chick*n I had ever tasted,” says Glover. He thought that if people just tried it, they would realise that factory farming and slaughter were not needed to get the taste and texture of meat.
There is a rich seam of activism running right through VFC’s branding. The bold packaging features stylised graffiti and campaign messaging while the website hosts the men’s filmed visit to the chicken farm. Even the company’s mission statement* draws on the history of social justice movements but there is no finger-wagging here. At the heart of the company lies positivity and wit, and delicious, feel-good food.
“I am a businessman turned activist,” explains Glover, “and VFC is very much a marriage of the two. There are many ways to dismantle unjust systems, and we intend VFC to be part of the movement that puts an end to factory farming for good.” It’s a lofty ambition but the pair mean business. Billboards are booked; online ads are ready to go. While they scale up, VFC will be available only online, but Glover and Lyons have appointed a sales director with the express aim of getting the products on to the high street as quickly as possible. Achieving price parity with animal-based chicken is another key priority, but their aim is to eventually make it cheaper. “We’re not messing about,” says Lyons. “We’ve developed a fantastic product that looks, cooks and tastes like chicken, we’ve appointed an ambitious team, and we are ready to play our part in emptying those factory farm sheds. That’s what drives us on.”
VFC is available from their website. The products available are:
- Bites & Fries, with a tangy barbecue sauce (original flavour; or spicy)
- VFC Bites (original; or spicy)
- VFC Fillets (original; or spicy)
* VFC’s Mission Statement: Ours is an act of positive rebellion against a system that has brought us climate change, environmental destruction, factory farming and slaughterhouses. We applaud those who fight serious injustice with placards and demonstrations, with letters to MPs. We salute those who take to the streets with megaphones or lock themselves to railings. Our way to dismantle this destructive system is with great food. This is our sit-down protest.
Website: Vegan Fried Chick*n