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Canada’s Save Da Sea Plans US Launch in 2023, Reports Tripled YOY Revenues

Canadian alt-seafood brand Save Da Sea is working towards a US launch in spring 2023, reveals founder and CEO Aki Kaltenbach, and says its revenues in the Canadian market are tripling year-over-year, reports The Globe and Mail.  Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Save Da Sea produces plant-based seafood alternatives to salmon and tuna from whole-food, minimally processed ingredients. Its current range includes carrot-based smoked salmon and jackfruit tuna salad, made without soy, gluten or artificial additives. In September, the brand launched into 180 Sobeys and Safeway across Canada.  Since its debut in 2020, the company has experienced strong growth and Kaltenbach says she is now exploring a US launch sometime in spring 2023.  Her initial strategy is to concentrate on natural foods retailers in the …

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Products & Launches

Treeline Launches “Reserve” Line of Ultra-Gourmet Plant-Based Cheeses

Plant-based cheese producer Treeline announces the launch of Treeline Reserve – a new line of artisanal, “ultra gourmet” non-dairy cheeses. Initially debuting on Treeline’s website, the line will first offer two varieties – True Blue and Bloomy Rind – with more to come in 2023.  To create Reserve, Treeline partnered with Spanish cheesemakers to “take vegan cheesemaking to new heights” and offer products that capture the true essence of fine blue and ripened rind cheeses.  The first varieties include True Blue, a cashew-based classic blue cheese made with real Penicillium Roqueforti molds. The molds impart complex flavors and aromas found in premium blue cheeses, with no need for colorants or blue cheese flavoring. The second cheese, Bloomy Rind, is also crafted from cashews in the …

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Products & Launches

Eco-Products Introduces Plant-Based Compostable Straws Derived from Canola Oil

Eco-Products of Boulder, Colorado today launches a new line of compostable straws made from plant-based plastic which will biodegrade in a commercial compost facility or a home compost pile. Made from polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a plant-based plastic derived from canola oil, the straws are BPI-certified compostable and meet the ASTM D6400 standard for compostability. The company also offers a range of cups, containers, plates and bowls, and utensils. “With demand rising for more sustainable choices, we are committed to offering the best in compostable products,” said Nicole Tariku, Director of Product Development for Eco-Products. “These innovative straws are heat resistant and durable like conventionally made straws, while still offering flexible composting options.”   “Businesses are increasingly looking for compostable products that perform as well as those made …

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Interviews

Crave: “We Have Been the Fastest-Selling of All the Next Big Thing Winners”

This week on UK’s Channel 4 show Aldi’s Next Big Thing, Rob Brice, founder of vegan snack brand Crave, impressed the judges with his veganised versions of British crisp classics. The win secured Rob a retail listing as well as a place in the heart of UK audiences. Crave’s Pickled Onion Monster Feet and Smokey Flavoured Streakers are available on ALDI shelves as of this week. “It goes to show that vegan and free-from can be mainstream,” said Brice upon the win this week. We had to catch up with Rob to find out more! Tell us more about the story behind your vegan snack brand – what made you decide to veganise these British classics? We are all about FOMO (fear of missing out) …

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Milk- and Dairy Alternatives

7 Out of Ten Citizens Say EU Should Fund Milk Alternatives in School Canteens

72% of participants in a public consultation, as presented yesterday by the European Commission, said that the EU should fund plant-based milk alternatives in school canteens. The organisations ProVeg International and Compassion in World Farming are calling on the EU to follow this recommendation in its ongoing review of the scheme that provides healthy food to schoolchildren. The ProVeg petition and social media campaign with the hashtag #schoolmilk, urging the EU to include plant-based milk in school meals had already exceeded 40,000 signatures back in June, reinforced by additional campaigning by The Vegan Society this September on World School Milk Day. Olga Kikou, Head of Compassion in World Farming EU, states: “These are excellent results that must pave the trajectory of the EU scheme funding …

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Products & Launches

Garden Gourmet Launches Vegan Foie Gras in Swiss and Spanish Supermarkets

Garden Gourmet, Nestle’s plant-based brand, recently announced the launch of a limited edition of Voie Gras, the brand’s vegan alternative to foie gras, in Swiss and Spanish supermarkets. Voie Gras, which simulates the taste, texture, and aroma of the traditional duck liver pâté, will be the first vegan-certified alternative to reach large retail distribution in both countries, said Garden Gourmet in a statement. Foie gras consumption has fallen  Traditionally, foie gras producers force-feed ducks to make their livers fatty for the rich and greasy spread. This routine is widely considered one of the cruellest practices in the farming industry. According to Animal Equality UK, foie gras production is banned in many countries, including Switzerland, the UK, the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Germany, and Turkey. …

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Interviews

Blue Horizon: “The Wave of Innovation That Will Be Rolling Towards Us in the Coming Years is Huge”

Bjoern Witte, Managing Partner and CEO of Blue Horizon, gives his insights into the world of alternative protein investments, the company’s plans for 2023, and his thoughts as to the future of the category. What does your current portfolio look like; in which new companies did you invest in 2022? We see a lot of very innovative companies that we source through our Seed portfolio which sort of acts like our finger on the pulse of the industry. One example of a new company we invested in this year would be Arkeon, an Austrian company that produces proteins from carbon dioxide. Arkeon’s technology makes it possible to convert CO2 directly into all 20 amino acids that are essential for human nutrition. At the same time, …

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alternative protein market company Upside Foods serves a cultivated chicken burger

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Business Wire

Global Cultured Meat Markets Report – By 2040, a Projected 60% of Meat will be Created from Cells Grown Within Bioreactors and Sold Across Grocery Stores and Restaurants Worldwide

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “The Global Market for Cultured Meat – Market Size, Trends, Competitors, and Forecasts (2022)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. By 2040, a projected 60% of the meat will be created from cells grown within bioreactors and sold across grocery stores and restaurants worldwide. The rise of the cultured meat market will be supported by the sustainability of the process, as well as the industry’s ability to provide “tailor-made nutrition” through its meat and seafood products. Recent surveys indicate that nearly 50% of the consumers do not have any reservations about cultured meat. Over the next 10 to 20 years, the cultured meat market is projected to act as a major disruptor to the conventional meat market. The number of startups focused …

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Company News

NotCo Announces New Papa John’s Pizza Featuring NotChicken & Plans for 2023

Chilean giant NotCo has unveiled the first pizza topped with its NotChicken innovation — the Vegan BBQ Shot — which as of this week is now available at all Papa John’s locations throughout Chile. In Argentina, a NotCo popup restaurant has appeared, while this week the Unicorn company has revealed its focus areas for 2023. CEO and founder Matías Muchnick, recently named Latin America’s 2nd Most Disruptive CEO, yesterday discussed the company’s plans for 2023 in interview with Bloomberg Línea. DF SUD, an online media specialising in Latin America business, also reported on the food tech’s 2023 plans and covered the news of its first plant-based restaurant in Argentina.  1. Staying Profitable  To face the industry’s downturn due to the global economic crisis, NotCo has …

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Coronation Chicken Ingredion

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Fairs & Events

Ingredion to Showcase Vegan Coronation Chicken at PBWE London Next Week

Global Ingredients giant Ingredion is set to showcase its latest plant-based prototypes at Plant Based World Expo 2022 next week from 30 November to 1 December, alongside KaTech Ingredient Solutions, which the company acquired last year. The prototypes will available for attendees to sample on-stand, with the hero product being a plant-based coronation chicken filler with plant-based mayonnaise, created with Ingredion’s VITESSENCE® Pulse range of proteins, with a base of pea protein and fava beans, also commonly known as faba or broad beans, an ingredient that has been trending in plant proteins over recent years. According to Ingredion, the chicken alternative is a clean-label product developed with a new technology that does not include methylcellulose or any other gums. This technology does not utilise high …

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Retail & E-Commerce

Greggs Partners With THIS to Launch Vegan Turkey and Stuffing Baguette

UK bakery chain Greggs has joined forces with alt meat brand THIS to launch a vegan turkey and stuffing baguette for the festive season. The baguette contains plant-based turkey goujons with a sage and onion crust, along with vegan gravy and cranberry sauce. Available at all 2,200 Greggs locations, it is the chain’s second partnership with THIS, after the two brands began offering a vegan southern fried chicken baguette earlier this year. Another plant-based Christmas option on the menu at Greggs is the vegan festive bake, first offered in 2021. The puff pastry bake contains Quorn mycoprotein pieces, sage and onion stuffing balls, vegan bacon crumb, and sage and cranberry sauce. Greggs has been working to expand its vegan range since 2019, when the chain’s …

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Market & Trends

Report Finds That One in Two Spanish Consumers Purchase Plant-Based Products

Violife, NeWind Foods, and the Association of Manufacturers and Distributors (AECOC) commissioned a report about Spanish consumers of plant-based foods, which confirms a growing interest in plant-based meat and alt dairy products in Spain. The study shows that 50% of consumers have recently purchased a plant-based product, and 70% would purchase more in the coming months. AECOC SHOPPERVIEW, AECOC’s consumer research platform, which carried out the report, reveals in the analysis that more than a quarter of Spaniards (26.4%) are plant-based consumers. 54.5% of women and 45.5% of men, aged between 25 and 45 years, living as a couple with minor children and residing in large cities, claim to be ‘veggie,’ meaning they either follow a flexitarian, vegan or vegetarian diet, says the report. Key …

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Investments & Acquisitions

South Korea’s Third-Largest Conglomerate SK Invests $7M in Wildtype Cultivated Salmon

SK Inc., the investment arm of South Korea’s third-largest conglomerate SK Group, has announced a $7 million investment in US-based cultivated salmon producer Wildtype. The Korean firm explained that it is looking to increase its investments in companies with excellent environmental, social, and corporate governance credentials. The conglomerate also reveals that it is working to form a joint venture between Perfect Day and Korean dairy producer Maeli Dairies, with the intention that Maeli will manufacture, distribute, and sell products made with Perfect Day’s animal-free milk proteins. SK Chairman impressed by Wildtype visit “[Wildtype’s cultivated salmon] can dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emitted during the process of fishing, farming, and transportation, and protect the marine ecosystem that faces the risk of extinction with bycatch,” said Chey Tae-won, …

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Milk- and Dairy Alternatives

Minor Figures Launches All-Purpose Oat Milk at Tesco and Morrisons

Best known for its barista milk alternatives, UK brand Minor Figures has expanded its range with two varieties of all-purpose oat milk. While the brand’s barista range is aimed at specialty coffee, the Everyday oat milks are designed to be suitable for all applications, including cereal, hot drinks, and smoothies. Everyday Oat contains no added sugars and is fortified with calcium and vitamins, while Everyday Oat Light is similar but made with less oil to lower its fat content. The range made its debut at 250 Waitrose stores in June, before launching at all Holland & Barrett locations nationwide. Now, the oat milks have launched at 300 Tesco and 400 Morrisons stores, and are expected to be available via Ocado in the near future. “We’re …

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L'Osteria Vegan Tuna

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Gastronomy & Food Service

BettaF!sh to Debut Plant-Based TU-NAH at All 157 L’Osteria Restaurants

Alt-seafood brand BettaF!sh announces its plant-based TU-NAH will launch at all 157 locations of international restaurant chain L’Osteria. From December to February 2023, TU-NAH will be available as a menu option on two pizza and pasta dishes, as well as a special ravioli entree being introduced for Veganuary.  Starting in December, TU-NAH can be ordered for dine-in or takeaway at L’Osteria restaurants in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, England and the Czech Republic. Customers can enjoy the vegan tuna on one of the chain’s 45-cm pizzas or paired with fresh Maccheroncini from its in-house pasta factory.  “Every guest is welcome in our restaurants,” says John Schlüter, Vice President Marketing & Communications of L’Osteria SE. “So for us, this means we want to offer …

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