"No Evil Foods co-founder Schadel and her formerly carnivorous co-founder, Mike Woliansky, felt like the vegan protein options available to them weren’t healthy enough and had 'all the personality of cardboard' – so they took the DIY homesteading approach and started making their own plant-based meats from scratch."
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"As a Registered Dietitian, I always encourage people to pay attention to the ingredients in food products and the same goes for plant meat products. We should know what is in our food to better understand the quality of the food itself... The Impossible Burger is made up of several ingredients that are chemically produced or genetically engineered, whereas The Stallion from No Evil Foods is mostly made of recognizable ingredients, the majority of which are organic."
"Frozen dumpling maker Nomad Dumplings LLC teamed up with No Evil Foods, a small batch meat alternative brand, to launch a new plant-based dumpling. The companies reformulated Nomad’s Shangri-La Honey dumpling with No Evil Foods’ Comrade Cluck ‘No Chicken’ as a main ingredient. The product fuses floral notes with fresh chives to represent the flavors of China’s Yunnan province."
“One of the things we were trying to address was that meaty texture—and how to do it with ingredients that were understandable and pronounceable,” [Sadrah Schadel] adds. This allows people to connect the dots: “‘This is what I’m eating; this is what’s in my food. I understand what this is; I understand how this impacts my health.’”
"This week's guest blog is another epic founder's story from Sadrah Schadel, one of the founders of No Evil Foods. Read in for some major inspiration about plant-based eating and how to stay sane as a founder!"
"Not all food is created equal. This is simply a fact in our industry. Few are those who venture to create a product that is truly revolutionary in quality and substance... one [of whom] is No Evil Foods. The North Carolina plant-based meat company invests not only in the quality of its product, but in the quality of its packaging, touting 100-percent compostability and recyclability."
“'I came to realize that there is a very strong connection between punk rock entrepreneurship and how we’ve approached building and growing our brand,' she [co-founder, Sadrah Schadel] said. 'For us, [punk rock] wasn’t just about loud fast music, it really was about the values that that community of people with that mindset shared.' These values include social causes, as well as a scrappy, DIY mentality that led the pair to start the plant-based meat brand in 2014, 'manufacturing our products by hand, literally one sausage link at a time.'”
"An Asheville farmers market start-up whose quick success has landed it on supermarket shelves, No Evil Foods is an ethically-motivated company that gives a portion of profits to animal and human rights groups. Made with non-GMO wheat gluten enriched with organic tomato paste and chili powder, Mexican oregano, and other seasonings, No Evil El Zapatista Chorizo has the tacky, crumbly texture of loose sausage and just the right flavor to stuff a hard shell."
In this conversation, Sadrah Schadel and Mike Woliansky discuss the affect of COVID-19 on the plant-based foods industry and No Evil Foods itself. They also dive into the current state of the civil rights movement - what they're learning, how the company is changing in response, and the choice to leverage No Evil's social media platforms to open a discussion with consumers.
"No business is too small or insignificant to make a difference. In the digital world, you can raise your flag and be seen by millions of people instantly–that means you have power and influence. No Evil Foods, a small, plant-based meat company... posted this call to action on social media: 'We will not be silent. This won’t be over tomorrow, this doesn’t end when the protests die down. This is an awakening – use your voice, no matter how small it might feel. It’s not enough to say no to racism, we must be anti-racist.'"
"The plant-based meat company No Evil Foods has made multiple donations over the last several days including to the Black Trans Travel Fund and Color of Change. They lay out easy ways to donate and are encouraging their followers to contribute these organizations as well."
"Beginning in April 2020, the company provided a temporary $2.25 an hour increase they are calling 'Our Team Is Freaking Awesome! Pay' to all production line workers. The raise was scheduled to expire on June 5th. However, as the pandemic continues, and many large food corporations have started phasing out similar 'hero pay,' the founders of No Evil Foods chose to extend it through the crisis."