First “Cruelty-Free” Convenience Market Opens In San Francisco

Hangry Planet is the first 100% plant-based and cruelty free convenience store in North America
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Animal lovers and sustainability supporters can rejoice and mark their maps as the very first 100% plant-based, cruelty-free convenience market, HANGRY PLANET, has launched in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Hangry Planet offers carefully curated snacks, meals, certified organic desserts and more that are sourced and vetted to assure that every single product in the store is sustainable, animal-product free, and cruelty-free. This offers a unique experience for mindful shoppers who can now market with no “fine-print” ingredients or farming reading required, and a clear conscience.

The Hangry Planet is the brainchild of actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Bobak Bakhtiari, who has curated and designed every aspect of the market from its products to the customer experience. Additionally, 10% of every sale made goes to several different charities supporting both animal and human rights, schools, orphanages, and impoverished communities globally via Moms Against Poverty.

“Coming across an undercover investigation into organic dairy farms by Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) and then reviewing the prolific global work of Animal Equality was like being zapped by a truth taser that left me sporadically sobbing for weeks,” said Bakhtiari in a statement. “What I learned of the systematic and fundamentally abusive practices on factory farms, alongside severe environmental consequences, inspired me to transition Hangry Planet to be North America’s first fully plant-based convenience store. It’s time for retail to robustly advocate for sustainability, animal welfare, and healthy products that aren’t derived from abusing animals.”

“For 15 years, Animal Equality has exposed the cruelty that happens within the global animal farming industry, using investigations to educate the public on the horrors that take place behind closed doors. We are humbled to know our message is having a fundamental impact within retail, inspiring Hangry Planet to trailblaze a new paradigm for plant-based convenience stores. Together, we will end the needless suffering of animals used in our food system.”

The market’s offerings include a Laird’s Superfood machine featuring vegan hot cocoa and golden milk, a range of certified organic vegan pastries from Santa Cruz based Black China Bakery & Kerri Kreations, including Oakland’s popular Donut Farm, Grab & Go meals such as the Hangry Bliss Breakfast sando (featuring Beyond Meat, JUST Egg, and Follow Your Heart Cheese on a Gluten free bagel), hand pies like the Beyond Meat based mushroom-sausage scramble, Daiya burritos and Dr Praeger’s veggies burgers, vegan empanadas (by Netflix’s Selling Sunset star Emma Leigh Hernan), Oatly’s soft serve, Annie Chun’s noodle bowls, a range of vegan jerky, and an avalanche of healthy plant-based snacks that champion their Feel Beautiful Not Junkie tagline. Of course, no convenience store is complete without the “craving” snacks, and Hangry Planet stocks candy bars from Go Max Go Foods, Plant Based Bars, 2Fer, Buccaneer, Cleo Cup,, Jokerz, Mahalo, Major, Snap!, Thumbs up and Twilight as well as prebiotic sodas and a wide variety of plant-based chips from every major brand.

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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