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Retail & E-Commerce

Actual Veggies Launches Chef-Crafted Vegetable-Based Burgers at 57 Costco Stores

Actual Veggies, which produces plant-based burgers from real vegetables, announces it has launched into 57 Costco stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For the first time, the brand’s burgers will be sold in bulk packs of eight patties each. Based in New York, Actual Veggies seeks to “put real vegetables back into veggie burgers” and produces a line of gourmet, thick-cut patties made with wholesome, plant-only ingredients.  The range …

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Investments & Finance

Hooked Foods in €10M Series A Round to Realise Expansion Plans for 2023

Swedish alt seafood startup Hooked Foods is mid-way through a Series A round, due to close in October, to expedite expansion across European markets in 2023. Founded in 2019 and a graduate of the ProVeg Incubator, Hooked is aiming to become a European leader in plant-based seafood to help combat overfishing, bycatch, and the intake of microplastics and toxins frequently found in fish. Prior to the Series A, Hooked secured …

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Cheese Alternatives

Former Shell Director Set to Develop Cheese Made From Upcycled Okara

A Singapore food partnership between Republic Polytechnic (RP) and Hafnium Ventures subsidiary SoiLabs is aiming to develop soy cheese made from the upcycled soy by-product okara using proprietary technology. Hafnium Ventures Hafnium Ventures and Republic Polytechnic (RP) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the former injecting US$144,000 of capital towards the initiative. Hafnium Ventures, the foodtech division of investment company Hafnium Hafaway, is the parent company of SoiLabs. …

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Sustainability / Environment

Five Organisational Changes to Drive Sustainability

Retailers are scrambling to enact their net-zero plans in order to keep pace with governmental climate targets and modern consumer expectations. However, structural challenges are making it difficult for many retailers to effect change quickly and profitably. ProVeg International has recently published an article that explores these tensions, providing retailers with the five key organisational tactics they should implement to meet their sustainability goals while increasing plant-based revenues. In this …

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Fairs & Events

Finalists of World Plant-Based Awards 2022 Revealed

FoodBev Media has revealed the finalists of the World Plant-Based Awards 2022, with major names joined by up-and-coming brands. This year, there were 148 entries from 20 different countries. The finalists for the 17 categories are as follows. Best dairy product alternative Culcherd – Culcherd Everything Bagel Cheese Daiya – Feta Style Block Honestly Tasty – Shamembert Naturli Foods – VEGAN SPREADABLE New Roots AG: Plant-Based Alternative to Hard Cheese …

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Fast Food

Lion’s Choice Launches Meat-Free Sub in Collaboration With Hungry Planet

St. Louis-based fast-food chain Lion’s Choice has joined forces with local alt-meat startup Hungry Planet to offer a meat-free sub. Best known for its roast beef sandwiches, this is the first time Lion’s Choice has offered plant-based meat in its 55-year history. The sub features Hungry Planet’s soy-based meatballs on a toasted bun with marinara sauce. By default, the sandwich also contains Provel cheese, but vegans can request it without. …

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Facts & Figures

SunOpta’s Revenues Reach Record $243.5M in Q2, Driven by Plant-Based Foods

In the second quarter of 2022, SunOpta’s revenues increased by 20.4% to reach $243.5 million, the natural foods company has reported. Growth was largely driven by a 31.0% rise in plant-based food and beverage sales. The segment generated revenues of $145.9 million, with an increase in the number of oat-based products, plant-based beverages, and teas available. Prices rose by 13.7% due to inflation and an increase in the cost of …

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Politics & Law

What are the Labelling Rules for Plant-Based Foods in China?

Companies looking to launch plant-based foods in China may be concerned about how to label their products appropriately. But what are the regulations, if any? At present, animal-free products are not required to be labelled as such, though voluntary certifications are available from various industry associations. Meeting these standards can help to attract the growing number of Chinese consumers concerned about health and ethics. For example, The China Biodiversity Conservation …

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Albrecht Wolfmeyer, Head of ProVeg Incubator presenting at the alt-protein accelerator’s Startup Demo Day

Startups, Accelerators & Incubators

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Meet ProVeg Incubator: The World’s Leading Alt-Protein Accelerator is Open for Applications

In 2018, the ProVeg Incubator was launched as the first global programme for plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cell-based food startups. ProVeg Incubator aims to fill food-tech’s most pressing white spaces by recruiting top-tier innovators for its world-leading accelerator programme. Pioneering founders who are developing plant-based, fermented, and cultured alternatives to animal-based products and ingredients can apply now to join the ninth cohort of startups at the ProVeg Incubator.. Since its launch, …

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Zero Egg Huevos Revueltos NYC Event

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Society

Zero Egg Serves Plant-Based Eggs to Mayor and 1,000+ Guests at NYC’s Gracie Mansion

This week, plant-based egg brand Zero Egg sponsored a Dominican Heritage event hosted by Gracie Mansion, the official residence of NYC Mayor Eric Adams. With 1,600 guests, the event was the city’s largest heritage event this year and featured a full spread of plant-based dishes made with Zero Egg.  During the all-vegan event, guests enjoyed plant-based takes on traditional Dominican cuisine, including tostones, maduros, gazpacho, and revuelto de hueve con …

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Tourism & Travel

Emirates Becomes Latest Airline to Add Vegan Options Following $2Bn Revamp

Middle Eastern airline Emirates has added a vegan menu for first-class customers as part of a US$2 billion investment to enhance its inflight customer experience and offer a variety of service improvements. “Explore new flavours with our selection of inventive vegan dishes, whether it’s a full three-course meal or a movie snack. Enjoy dishes like our zucchini tart, jackfruit biryani or vegan mapo tofu. And you can look forward to …

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Studies & Numbers

Cornell University Studies Ethical and Economic Implications of Plant-Based Beef on US Market

A Cornell University study published in The Lancet, titled “Ethical and economic implications of the adoption of novel plant-based beef substitutes in the USA: a general equilibrium modelling study”, examines the impact of the plant-based meat industry on the US market. Plant-based alternatives to beef have the potential to help reduce carbon emissions, though the paper says that their growing popularity could affect farm labour and threaten more than 1.5 …

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Sustainability / Environment

Beyond Meat Partners With Einride to Introduce Electric Vehicles to US Fleet

Swedish freight technology company Einride is working with Beyond Meat to provide digital, electric transportation solutions to its US operations, in a bid to reduce the company’s CO2 emissions whilst reducing operational costs and increasing transportation capacity. Initially, Einride is to deploy five electric trucks as well as develop and install the associated charging infrastructure, then over the following five years will scale the e-trucks across Beyond Meat’s operations in …

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Startups, Accelerators & Incubators

Mexico’s First Cultured Meat Startup ‘Micro Meat’ Selected for Newchip Accelerator

Micro Meat, a startup funded by Y Combinator in the summer of 2021 and the first startup of its kind from Mexico, announces it has been accepted into Newchip’s renowned global accelerator program. Micro Meat is a “platform that helps businesses grow and thrive by providing them with the resources they need to produce cultivated meat,” co-founded by Anne-Sophie Mertgen, a tissue engineer, and Vincent Pribble, an ex-NASA and Blue …

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Cheese Alternatives

Vivre Vert, Owned by French Dairy Giant Savencia Group, Launches Two New Vegan Cheeses

Last October, the Savencia dairy group launched plant-based brand Vivre Vert, offering cheese, cream, yogurt and plant-based milk alternatives. This month, the brand launched plantbased spreadable cheese and mozzarella products. Both products are mainly almond-based and contain no additives or preservatives. Vivre Vert describes itself as a “participatory movement that aims to contribute to giving meaning to the food and ecological transition,” and says that it was born from “the …

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