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JUST Inc Acquires 30,000 Sq Ft Facility to Expand Production of JUST Egg

just egg sandwich
JUST Inc today announced the expansion of its protein manufacturing operations to include the acquisition of a 30,000-square-foot facility and 40 acres of land in Appleton, Minnesota. The plant was previously operating as Del Dee Foods. With the new acquisition, JUST becomes the largest private employer in Appleton.
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BASF Invests in Equinom's Plant-Based Food Applications

BASF Invests in Equinom's Plant-Based Food Applications
Israeli startup Equinom announced last week it has received investment from BASF Venture Capital, the lead investor in a fresh funding round. Equinom says its expertise in computerised breeding technology is changing the market for plant-based food applications, such as meat alternatives.
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McDonald's to Introduce a 100% Vegan Society Approved Meal in January

McDonald's
This year has seen vegan versions of classic burgers around the world, with McDonald's being conspicuously absent  from the list so far, other than the PLT trial in Canada and the new McVeggie in New Zealand. In January it will finally launch a fully vegan meal, even with vegan cooking methods, meaning it will not share the grill with meat.
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Former Shrimp CEO Launches Plantbased Seafood Company

Maiko Van Der Meer
Maiko van der Meer, former CEO of both Dutch shrimp giant Klaas Puul and seafood brand Mowi Consumer Products, is entering the plant-based seafood sector with the launch of a company called Novish, saying that the move is not intended to create competition for seafood but to enhance the entire category.
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Vegan Fair Manager Stefanie Mauritz Now Heads World's Largest Food Fair Anuga

Stefanie Mauritz
Stefanie Mauritz has been apppointed as the new director of Colone-based event Anuga, the world's largest trade fair for food and beverages, with 7,590 exhibitors and around 170,000 visitors. Mauritz was previously responsible for the vegan fair Veganfach, also in Cologne,which strongly signals a more plantbased direction for the future of Anuga.
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Kimpton Hotels' Trends Forecast - Vegan Dessert to Enter Mainstream in 2020

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
According to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ annual Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast, "Diners continue to be more educated, mindful and globally connected than ever before," and we should expect alternative diets such as veganism to become menu mainstays in 2020.
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Perfect Day Secures $140 Million Series C For its "Animal-Free Dairy" Products

Perfect Day
Perfect Day  today announces the closing of $140 million in Series C funding. According to the FT, Perfect Day has been valued at $440m during this round. This July, the company launched vegan ice creams with a pioneering fermentation process which creates proteins identical to those found cow’s milk.
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Motif Foodworks & University of Queensland to Break New Ground in Plant-Based Protein

Motif Foodworks & University of Queensland to Break New Ground in Plant-Based Protein
Motif FoodWorks, an animal-free ingredient innovation company, today announced a partnership with The University of Queensland to test and identify new formulations to improve the texture of plant-based meat products through ​in vitro ​processing. The partnership represents the first time​ in vitro ​oral processing will be applied in the category of meat analogs.
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Because Animals: "Cultured Meat Provides a Safer and More Nutritious Alternative to Pet Food"

Dr. Shannon Falconer, Because Animals
While Because Animals founder Dr Shannon Falconer was a microbiologist at Stanford University, she met Joshua Errett  who was earning his MBA from Indiana University. Together the two wanted to find a solution to a problem facing both of them and many vegans today: how do we feed our pets without harming other animals or the environment?
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