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Fast Food

Taco Bell Trials New Proprietary Plant-Based Meat in 50 Locations, Still Planning Beyond Meat Launch

Taco Bell USA announces it is testing a new meat substitute made with pea and soy protein at 50 restaurant locations throughout Birmingham, AL. For a limited time, the Crispy Melt Taco and Nachos Bell Grande will feature the new protein, which can also be ordered on any of the chain’s menu items. The chain also reveals this product is separate from the company’s ongoing collaboration with Beyond Meat, which …

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Investments & Finance

Real Tech Holdings Joins KARANA’s Seed Extension Round to Support Market Expansion

Japanese venture firm Real Tech Holdings has completed an investment in Singapore-headquartered whole-food plant-based meat brand KARANA. The Real Tech investment is the latest tranche in KARANA’s seed extension round and aims to support the company’s market expansion. Real Tech Holdings has invested in KARANA through its Global Fund, the principal goal of which is to build an ecosystem to support deep tech startups in South East Asia. In July …

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Products & Launches

Award-Winning Applewood Vegan Cheese Launches at Ocado

Norseland‘s award-winning Applewood Vegan cheese is now available via the UK’s largest online supermarket, Ocado. The cheese is a plant-based version of Applewood, the UK’s bestselling smoky dairy cheese brand. Norseland was the first major UK cheese company to launch a vegan version of one of its products. Ocado now stocks both the Block and Grated versions of the cheese, becoming the sixth supermarket to offer the product after Asda, …

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Heura partners with Barca Women's Football Team

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Facts & Figures

Heura Becomes Sponsor for Barça Women’s Football Team

Spanish alt-meat brand Heura has entered a three-year partnership with FC Barcelona to sponsor the Barça Women’s Football Team. The collaboration aims to “promote more sustainable and nutritious foods for athletes and fans”. Heura’s culinary, nutrition and R&D teams will work with FC Barcelona experts to maximise nutritional performance and help the public understand the benefits of plant-based diets. The partnership will begin at the Joan Gamper Cup on August …

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Collaboration to develop cultivated beef in Singapore

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Cultivated Meat

MIRAI Foods and Shiok Meats Collaborate to Develop Cultivated Beef in Singapore

Switzerland’s MIRAI Foods has announced a partnership with Gaia Foods, a subsidiary of Shiok Meats. Together, the companies will work to launch cultivated beef in Singapore. MIRAI will supply Gaia with bovine muscle and fat stem cells from premium cattle breeds, which are hard to obtain in Singapore. In return, Shiok will provide MIRAI with regulatory information, which it has gained from being based in the first country worldwide to …

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GOOD Meat Largest Cultivated Meat Facility

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Investments & Finance

Eat Just Receives $25M For China Expansion From Alibaba-Linked C2

Eat Just announced a $25 million investment and strategic partnership with Alibaba Group-linked private equity firm C2 Capital Partners (C2). The funding is set to support Eat Just’s expansion plans in China and follows the inclusion of cultivated meat in China’s Five-Year Agricultural Plan. C2 was founded in 2018 to offer operational assistance and expansion funding to businesses looking to expand in China. The Alibaba Group is the company’s principal …

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Leather Alternatives

ABIS Raises Pre-Series A Funding to “Pioneer the Sustainable Fashion Movement in India” With Piñatex And Desserto Leather

A Big Indian Story recently announced the completion of its pre-series A funding round. The company is the first Indian fashion brand to launch a vegan collection featuring Piñatex and Desserto leather and aims to “pioneer the sustainable fashion movement in India.” A Big Indian Story (ABIS), a Pune-based D2C sustainable fashion firm, has closed its pre-series A round, co-led by startup-investor Bestvantage Investments and other angel investors. The company …

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Sustainability / Environment

COP27 Food Systems Pavilion to “Put Food Centre Stage” in Fight Against Climate Change

A coalition of 15 food organisations has announced it will be hosting a Food Systems Pavilion at COP27, the United Nations’ climate change conference. The diverse group features policymakers, scientists, farmers, youth, and more, with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors all represented. The co-hosts are Clim-Eat, Coalition of Action for Soil Health (CA4SH), EIT Food, Environmental Defense Fund, FOLU, Good Food Institute, Infarm, SNV, and Yara International. Session partners …

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Business Wire

Global $14.5+ Billion Plant Based Meat Products Markets to 2028

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Plant Based Meat Products Market Forecast to 2028 – COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Type, Category, and Distribution Channel” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The plant based meat products market is projected to reach US$ 14,527.55 million by 2028 from US$ 5,354.72 million in 2021; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.3% from 2021 to 2028. Plant-based meat has gained significant traction …

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Kevin Hart Vegan Fast Food

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Celebrities

Kevin Hart’s Vegan Hart House Restaurant Opening Aug. 25, With Eye Towards National Expansion

Comedian Kevin Hart reveals his plant-based fast food concept, Hart House, will open its first location in LA’s Westchester neighborhood on Thursday, August 25th.  Serving a menu of burg’rs, chick’n sandwiches, salads, fries, and milkshakes, Hart House aims to “disrupt fast food” with healthier and more affordable plant-based options, Hart says.  Several Southern California locations are already in the works, and the brand is looking toward US national expansion, with …

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Company News

ADM and New Culture Announce Strategic Partnership to Scale Animal-Free Mozzarella and Dairy Products

Agribusiness leader ADM and animal-free dairy company New Culture are forming a strategic partnership to accelerate the commercialization of alt-dairy foods. The partnership will include joint product development and scaling of New Culture’s animal-free casein and dairy innovations, which are expected to launch in US food service in 2023.  Founded in New Zealand, New Culture creates animal-free dairy products using precision fermentation techniques that produce casein, one of the primary …

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Omeat Cultivated Meat Founder and CEO

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Meet Omeat: A Cultivated Beef Startup Making Meat “A Force for Good”

From UPSIDE Foods’ record-setting $400M Series C funding, to SCiFi Food’s breakthrough in scaling beef, 2022 is proving to be a banner year in cultivated meat research and innovation. Now, Omeat, a new cultivated meat startup in Los Angeles, is promising to bring its own brand of high-powered tissue engineering and biomedical expertise to develop a scalable approach to cultured meat.  “Meat done right” Founded by world-renowned tissue engineer and …

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impossible pork arrives in australia

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Gastronomy & Food Service

Impossible Pork Arrives in Australian Restaurants

Impossible Foods announces the launch of Impossible Pork at a number of iconic local restaurants and cafes across Australia. Over half of consumers surveyed in Hong Kong who participated in a blind tasting test preferred Impossible Pork to ground pig meat. Every test category, including flavor and texture preferences and purchase intent, gave Impossible Pork a superior score. Impossible Pork is as adaptable as pork from pigs and may be …

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Market & Trends

What’s Behind the Recent Vegan Spam Explosion? Five Reasons Why Vegan Spam is “Hitting Meat Right Where it Hurts the Most”

The Phillippines’ largest branded food company, Century Pacific, has launched a vegan spam through its unMEAT brand, becoming the third company in a month to release a plant-based canned pork. What’s going on with this apparent vegan spam explosion? Plant-based meat brand unMeat this week announced two varieties of plant-based luncheon meat — Luncheon Style Meat and Burger Style Luncheon Meat — for the US market. The products are available …

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Gü launches Plant Zillionaire

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Sweets & Snacks

Gü to Launch Plant Zillionaire Cheesecake Following £4.5M Rebrand

High-end UK dessert brand Gü is set to launch the Plant Zillionaire, a vegan version of its Zillionaire cheesecake. The dessert features a biscuit base with layers of caramel cheesecake, chocolate ganache, caramel sauce, and sprinkles. It adds to the range of free-from desserts already produced by Gü, which includes gluten-free and vegan cheesecakes in the flavours Salted Caramel, Spanish Lemon, Strawberry & Rhubarb, and Chocolate & Vanilla. The brand …

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