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Industry Leaders to Gather at IPBFWG Event to Discuss the Role of Plant-Based Foods in a Sustainable Food System

The International Plant Based Foods Working Group (IPBFWG) announces its upcoming event, “The Role of Plant Foods in Transitioning to a Sustainable Food System,” set to take place on the 13th of October, 2023, in Brussels, Belgium. IPBFWG, a coalition of international plant-based trade associations representing Europe, the UK, Canada, the USA, China, India, and Mexico, promotes a healthier, more sustainable, and more compassionate food system. The event aims to bring together key stakeholders, experts, policymakers, and organizations to support and expand the plant-based food industry to maximize production and promote the transformation of the animal-centered global food system.  The program includes the IPBFWG Industry Forum, where industry leaders will discuss important topics such as market growth, consumer education, and the influence of multinational corporations on the sector. The goal is …


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Yo Egg to Debut Mini Plant-Based Sunny-Side-Up Eggs at Vkind Experience in LA

Vegan platform Vkind announces that the Israeli startup Yo Egg will debut mini plant-based sunny-side-up eggs at its forthcoming multicultural food event, the Vkind Experience (VKX). Yo Egg, also based in Southern California, developed the mini-eggs, especially for VKX. The new product will be featured in a custom dish curated by celebrity chef Chris Tucker for the event’s Asian room.  According to Vkind, VKX is a comprehensive plant-based food experience that will immerse participants in a multi-sensory world, offering a tour through eleven themed rooms covering 35,000 square feet at Magic Box in Los Angeles. The event is scheduled for the 11th and 12th of November, 2023. This event follows Vkind’s successful vegan cooking competition show Peeled, sponsored by VFC, the famous UK vegan fried …


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Top Highlights From the European Vegan Summit 2023

The European Vegan Summit took place online from September 19 to 23, hosted by the Polish vegan think tank Green REV Institute. Politicians, activists, and industry experts came together to explore how reforming the food system could mitigate the challenges of climate change, food poverty, animal suffering, biodiversity loss, and more. Highlights from this year’s event included a focus on: Food system transition — Speakers discussed sustainable agriculture, the environmental impact of various food choices, and policy proposals and strategies that could reform the European food system. “The EU is still a leader in climate action, but it doesn’t do enough (…) there will be a lot of conservatism until the end of the mandate,” said MEP Francisco Guereirro. Effective and inclusive activism — Activists …


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The ‘Mylkcubator: More Than Mylk’ Accelerator Program Seeks Applications from Next Gen Alt Dairy and Beyond

After two successful editions of the Mylkcubator accelerator, the program reveals it has decided to pursue a more ambitious approach for its third edition. Pascual Innoventures, the Corporate Venture unit of Pascual, a leading Spanish manufacturer of dairy products and beverages, launched Mylkcubator in 2021, claiming it to be the first global incubation program for cellular agriculture technologies in the dairy industry. More than (alt) milk and dairy Now, Pascual announces in collaboration with foodtech accelerator Eatable Adventures, the launch of Mylkcubator: More Than Mylk, focusing on disruptive technologies for the new generation of biosynthetic dairy products and exploring new technologies in impact areas including alt eggs, coffee, lipids, cocoa, sweeteners, and functional ingredients. According to the company, the Mylkcubator ecosystem has generated a total …


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PBWE Europe Reveals Lineup for November Including Veganuary Film Premiere

Plant Based World Expo Europe reveals the conference lineup for the Plant Based World Pulse Theatre, taking place at ExCeL London on 15th and 16th November 2023. Excitingly, PBWE, the largest 100% plant-based trade event in Europe, is set to feature the UK film premiere of “It’ll Never Catch On: The Veganuary Story 10 Years On” (Nov 16, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm), a short film marking a decade of the world-famous vegan movement. The viewing will be followed by a Q&A session with the charity’s founders Jane Land and Matthew Glover. Leadership addresses and panels The theatre will bring together academics, regulatory advisors, thought leaders, and industry organisations, discussing the collective challenges affecting the UK’s vegan food industry and strategies to plan and implement …


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1000 Drones to Light Up NYC Skyline Advocating Plant-Based Diets

A light show powered by 1,000 drones is scheduled to take place against the backdrop of the New York City skyline on the evenings of September 15 and 16, 2023. The event, which is being called “Look Up NYC,” is organized by Eat Differently, and directed by Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos, renowned for his work on “The Cove” and CEO of Projecting Change. Psihoyos stated, “Our creative teams have programmed a thousand drones to dance over the New York City skyline to form magical creatures that deliver messages on how to save the planet—you won’t want to miss this show.” Backed by its collaboration with an extensive list of sponsors and supporters, this artistic display seeks to educate and advocate for plant-based diets through …


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Plant-Based Bavarian Veal Sausage, Nuremberg Bratwurst & Liver Loaf Available for Oktoberfest 2023

Last year’s Oktoberfest, a traditionally extremely meat-centric beer festival, saw an increased shift towards plant-based offerings, with chef Sebastian Copien hired to develop vegan options, a partnership between the festival and German alt-meat brand GREENFORCE to offer a vegan Weißwurst (white sausage) for the first time, as well as Redefine Meat presenting its new Redefine New-Meat™ Bratwurst. The first announcement in the plant-based space for this year’s festival comes from Planteneers, which reveals its capabilities to offer caterers favorites like Bavarian veal sausage, Thuringer, and Nuremberg bratwurst, and an entirely plant-based liver loaf. “Our fiild-Meat flexible stabilizing system is based on pea and fava bean protein, hydrocolloids, and starch,” explains Dr. Pia Meinlschmidt, Team Leader Product Management at Planteneers. “It lets manufacturers use conventional processing …


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Winners of Yesterday’s Swiss Vegan Awards 2023 Include New Roots and Planted

Yesterday, the Swiss Vegan Society presented the Swiss Vegan Awards for the 8th time, honoring companies, products, and people whose innovations and offers have made a significant contribution to the further development of the vegan sector in Switzerland. A country steeped in traditional culinary values and intertwined with dairy heritage, Switzerland has seen recent moves from food producers, activists, retailers, and policymakers to update these traditions in a more planet-friendly and ethical direction. Paving the way in Switzerland for an ethical future Campaign group Animal Rights Switzerland recently initiated a project outlining how the country could become animal-friendly, describing how meat and dairy products could, in place of conventional methods that involve cruelty and killing of animals, be produced through fermentation and cultivated technologies. In …


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India: GoodDot Partners With Kenilworth Hotels & Resorts for Plant Protein Festival

A plant protein festival took place in Kolkata, India this weekend (September 7-10) as part of a collaboration between plant-based company GoodDot and luxury resort operator Kenilworth Hotels & Resorts. The event took place at Aromas, a coffee shop at Kenilworth Kolkata, and allowed guests to sample a range of dishes made with GoodDot’s plant-based meat. These included chili, kebabs, Thai curries, rogan josh, and more. The aim of the festival was to showcase the flavor and versatility of plant-based proteins, while also raising awareness of the sustainability of plant-based diets. It comes after a report earlier this year found that there had been a “noticeable increase” in plant-based eating in India. “Acknowledging the pivotal role of alternative proteins in mitigating climate change, Kenilworth Kolkata …


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COP28 Set to Finally Address Food System for Climate Change, Catering Will Be “Predominantly” Plant-Based

COP28, the annual UN environmental summit taking place this year in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, will emphasize the imperative of a global dietary shift to combat climate change, representing the first time the event has addressed food system change as part of climate disaster mitigation. Notably, unlike previous COP events, the COP28 Presidency has also committed to predominantly plant-based catering along with emissions labelling on food. Additionally, it will introduce a dedicated Food Day and mark the debut of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) roadmap to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, a coalition of NGOs will once again hold a Food4Climate Pavilion, marking the second time that COP has hosted the Pavilion, the only dedicated Pavilion to …


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Over 300 Entries Received for V-Label Awards as Public Voting Commences

The third edition of the International V-Label Awards, dedicated to recognizing excellence and positive impact in plant-based products, has received a total of 317 exceptional entries from all corners of the world. The organization now invites the public to cast their votes to help select the winners of the Consumers’ Choice Award, with voting open until September 30th.  “This year, the competition boasts a total of 9 distinct subcategories for the nearly 80 international entries in the Consumers’ Choice category, spanning diverse products such as plant-based meat and dairy alternatives, to confectionery and beverages, and even non-food products like cosmetics and household items,” explains Nikolett Konkoly, Program Manager of the V-Label Awards. “Each subcategory will have its own winner, offering an exclusive opportunity for brands …


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APAC Students Invited to Submit Ideas for Plant-Based Innovations for $10K Cash Prize

University students hailing from various corners of Asia are being presented with an incentive of $10,000 to devise novel, plant-based food solutions. The innovations are intended to both foster the expansion of the regional market for environmentally sustainable foods and contribute to the advancement of climate-conscious dietary choices. The competition, titled the ProVeg Food Innovation Challenge, is currently in its fourth consecutive year. Participating students are encouraged to channel their imagination through addressing some of the most pressing global predicaments of our time. “We really encourage as many university students as possible, from all disciplines, to take part in the Food Innovation Challenge 2023. Not only could they end up creating a great new food for the supermarket shelves and win a lot of money, …


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European Vegan Summit 2023 Reveals Influential Panel Speakers

The European Vegan Summit, which takes place online from September 19-21, has revealed some of the speakers that will take place in panel discussions at the event.  The panel “Plant Based Sector 2023: Where are we Now? Where do We Want to be?” will feature five participants: Claire Ogley — Director of campaigns, policy, and research for The Vegan Society. Edoardo Valsecchi — Founder and owner of vegan restaurant Linfa – Eat Different in Milan. Elena Ciavarella — Senior Associate at Vegan Capital. Iga Czubak — Founder and CEO of plant-based meat brand Roślinny Qurczak – Apollo. Rosella D’angeli — CEO of Vegan Finest Foods, which owns the brands Vegan Zeastar, Beastie Plants, IMelt4u, and Vegan Junkstar. The panel will be moderated by psychology student …


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Industry Leaders, Visionary Entrepreneurs, Investors & Scientists to Speak on Biotech, Food Tech, and AI at BioVenture Nexus 2023

BioVenture Nexus 2023, the premier event exploring innovation and networking in the fields of synthetic biology, bioprocessing, biotech, food tech, and AI, is set to take place on the 5th and 6th of October at the JW Marriott Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles, California. The event, organized by conference organizer Rare and Infinite, aims to connect industry leaders, visionary startups, leading investors, and scientists reshaping food, ingredients, materials, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, therapies, and beyond using new technologies.  Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay, co-founder of US-cultivated meat company Orbillion, is on the organizing committee. According to Levesque, the conference, organized and focused on serving the community, has kept prices at a minimum to ensure people can access this unique event.  The conference  At BioVenture Nexus 2023, attendees can engage in dynamic discussions, gain valuable …


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FPP Live to Take Place in Amsterdam With 500 Attendees & 65+ Speakers

FPP Live (The Future of Protein Production) is set to take place in Amsterdam in October, with over 500 delegates expected to attend. 30 companies will exhibit at the event, and there will be over 14 hours of content across two days. The conference and exhibition build on the success of the annual Future of Protein Production Summit, which is described as “the industry’s preeminent virtual platform for showcasing the latest innovative breakthroughs to help accelerate the commercialization and scaling of alt proteins”. At the conference, attendees can meet entrepreneurs, investors, technology suppliers, experts, and thought leaders from major companies. Topics discussed will include scaling, regulations, manufacturing strategy, sourcing, consumer acceptance, and funding. Eugene Wang of Sophie’s Bionutrients, Mark Post of Mosa Meat, and Lorena …


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Ten Nominees Announced for Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurant at the British Restaurant Awards

Ten eateries from across the UK have been nominated in the Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurant category at the British Restaurant Awards. The nominees are: Down the Hatch, Liverpool — Fully plant-based home-cooked soul food, including curries, burgers, moussaka, risotto, and more. Cocktails are also available. Root, Bristol — Veg-led sharing plates with a focus on local suppliers and producers. The restaurant is not fully vegan, but encourages customers to eat less meat and more vegetables. Somewhere in Brum, Birmingham — A Bohemia-inspired restaurant aiming to defy societal norms and expectations. All dishes are vegetarian, and many are vegan-friendly. Stem + Glory, Cambridge — A fully plant-based restaurant offering dishes such as swede gnocchi, Korean tacos, and pumpkin ravioli. Stem + Glory has previously won several awards …


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VegTech Invest Hosts Free Impact Investing Webinar for Vegans

VegTech Invest has announced that it will be hosting a free one-hour impact investing webinar aimed at vegans, which will take place this Thursday (August 24) at 1pm ET. CEO Elysabeth Alfano and Chief Investment Officer Dr. Sasha Goodman will host the webinar, covering topics such as: What is impact investing in the public markets? How can we impact invest for animals?  What is liquidity? What is diversification? What is risk management? Why are these things important to incorporate into our investing goals?  What happened to the Beyond Meat and Oatly stocks?  What should a vegan impact investor be wary of?  “Utilizing investment dollars strategically” VegTech Invest is a Registered Investment Advisory that has created a completely new impact asset class in the capital markets — Plant-based …


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Bee-Free Honey MeliBio Wins Food Replacement Innovation Of The Year at AgTech Breakthrough Awards

MeliBio, the pioneer in bee-free honey, announces it has been awarded the Food Replacement Innovation Of The Year award in the 4th annual AgTech Breakthrough Awards program conducted by AgTech Breakthrough, The Oakland, California-based company was founded in 2020 and secured pre-seed funding in 2021 for its innovative product, going on to receive $5.7 million in a seed round in 2022 followed by an additional $2.2 million in investments later that year. Several partnerships have ensued: foodservice expansions include those with Eleven Madison, San Francisco’s BAIA restaurant as well as with Colorado’s leading plant-based burger chain Meta Burger. The product, according to Founder Darko Mandich, features plant-based ingredients that are naturally found in honey, making it the closest match to traditional bee-made honey on the …


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Chunk Foods Wins Plant Based Meat Product of the Year at AgTech Breakthrough Awards

Chunk Foods, a company creating meat alternatives through a proprietary solid-state fermentation process, has won Plant Based Meat Product of the Year at the fourth annual AgTech Breakthrough Awards. Conducted by market intelligence company AgTech Breakthrough, the awards aim to provide a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the agricultural and food technology categories. This year’s program saw over 1,750 nominations, with Chunk Foods winning the same award received by Impossible Foods in 2022. “There’s growing demand for sustainable and healthy protein options, yet existing alternatives have simply not been good enough,” said Bryan Vaughn, Managing Director at AgTech Breakthrough. “Chunk is delivering a product with a deeply satisfying experience, mimicking the texture, color, and taste of traditional meat.” “Game-changing product” The award comes less than …


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112 Alt Protein Events Scheduled for Second Half of 2023: Asia Takes the Lead with 43 Listings

Market research company Alternative Proteins Global (APG) has released its updated and free resource Alternative Protein Event Database on the upcoming events scheduled for the second half of 2023.  The database contains key information, including names, dates, types, organizers, cities, venues, and links to help companies, investors, and other industry stakeholders track alt protein-related events. APC previously launched its database to the public, which has been translated into 17 languages. 112 conferences — top 7 countries The free resource lists 112 events for 2H 2023: 62 expos, 28 conferences, and 22 other relevant events. Among the countries on this list, the top 7 countries hosting the most events are the following: United States — 12 China — 10 Germany — 9 United Kingdom — 8 India — …