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Tofurky to Debut Vegan Deli Slices That “Emulate Whole Muscle Cuts of Animal-Based Meats” at NRA

Tofurky, a leading US manufacturer of plant-based meats since 1980, which was acquired by Morinaga Nutritional Foods last year, is set to unveil new products at the upcoming NRA show in Chicago. The NPDs to be showcased at the event entail a line of ‘Next Gen Plant-Based Deli Slices’ as well as Plant-Based Hot Dogs, both for foodservice customers. “Nearly half of all restaurants in the US now offer plant-based options on their menus, and [in] the past decade we’ve seen a 62% increase in plant-based menu items, according to Datassentials,” explains Jaime Athos, president and CEO of Tofurky. The hot dogs While the Oregon-headquartered brand produces several vegan sausages, most recently in Chorizo and Mango Chipotle flavors, this marks its first hot dog product …


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Empowering Women in Veganism: Inside the Vegan Women Summit 2024

The Vegan Women Summit 2024 took place at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California, on May 9 and 10, drawing nearly 1,000 attendees from six continents. With over 100 speakers and brands, the summit celebrated the contributions of women in the vegan industry, including the fields of food, fashion, beauty, and sustainability.  The summit began with a pre-party gala where celebrities such as Moby, Red Foo, Nika King, Sharon Carpenter, and Aubrey K. Miller were in attendance on the red carpet. Founder Jennifer (Jenny) Stojkovic welcomed the over 300 guests to the summit, where guests had the opportunity to sample Climax Foods blue and brie cheeses, along with catering by Ma-Kin Sushi, 2foods USA, and La Crepe Du Jardin. Keynote speech by Ethan …


Schouten mycoprotein nuggets

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Schouten to Showcase its “Groundbreaking” Mycoprotein Nuggets at PLMA Amsterdam

Schouten Europe announces that its Mycoprotein Nuggets, have been selected for display at the Idea Supermarket area of the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) trade show, on May 28 and 29, at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition Center, where vegconomist will be present. The meat alternative specialist, operational since 1990 and which supplies its products, mainly under private labels, to more than 50 countries, says that mycoprotein is the key ingredient in its latest offerings, which include cubes as well as the nuggets that will be on display at PLMA. Described as “groundbreaking”, the nuggets are said to offer a firm and juicy texture, similar to that of traditional nuggets, and are available for both retail and foodservice industries. Mycoprotein as a nutritional powerhouse Last month, …


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Met Gala 2024 Showcases Plant-Based Dishes Featuring Impossible Foods, Neat, and Stockeld Dreamery

The 2024 Met Gala, held on Monday in New York City at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, continued its tradition of blending high fashion with high cuisine under the theme “Sleeping Beauty: Reawakening Fashion.” This year, the event’s menu was designed by caterer Olivier Cheng, who aimed to create a selection of dishes that echoed the enchanting and romantic elements of a classic children’s storybook. While the gala’s dinner menu featured an omnivorous section of dishes, the spotlight on plant-based offerings shone brightest at the afterparty held at Casa Cipriani. Here, attendees were treated to plant-based selections from Neat (previously Neat Burger), which included cheeseburgers featuring Stockeld Dreamery’s Cultured Cheddar, and TiNDLE Chick’n burgers and fingers.  Notable attendees The afterparty, which continued until the early …


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Success of German Fermentation Summit Emphasises Role of Fermentation as a Future Food Technology

At the German Fermentation Summit, organised by Food Campus Berlin and Food Harbour Hamburg on 18 April 2024, experts from various fields gathered to discuss the diversity of fermentation techniques, from traditional methods to the latest developments. Summit participants were able to see for themselves that fermentation is becoming increasingly important for future nutrition and for the protein revolution by being used as a method for producing alternative proteins. What struck the participants as particularly positive was both the range of topics and the diversity of companies in their various phases, from start-ups to science to politics and large corporations. The summit programme included 28 speakers from startups, science, politics, and industry. A total of four thematic blocks were dedicated to the space and visitors …


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IFF to Exhibit Plant-Based Softgel Technology, Gummies, & More at Vitafoods Europe

IFF, a global corporation creating products for sectors such as food, beverages, health, and biosciences, is set to showcase some of its plant-based and cellulosic-derived pharmaceutical solutions at the nutraceutical trade show Vitafoods Europe. Designed for dietary supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, the clean-label solutions meet manufacturers’ needs for plant-based formulations, purity, and consistent quality. The event marks the first time IFF will exhibit its full clean-label portfolio for oral dosage forms. The solutions include: Tablets and Capsules: High-performance cellulose-based ingredients, binders, and disintegrants such as Avicel®, Endurance®, METHOCEL™, and Ac-Di-Sol® enable the production of consumer-friendly formats for nutritional supplements and OTC products. Specific low nitrite grades are also available. Release Solutions: METHOCEL™ water-soluble cellulose ethers improve efficacy for immediate and controlled-release formulations. They can …


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Planted Expo, North America’s Largest Plant-Based Event, Celebrates 10th Consecutive Year

Planted Expo, North America’s largest plant-based event, is set to return to Vancouver this summer for its 10th consecutive year. Scheduled to take place from June 1st to June 2nd at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the expo aims to celebrate and promote plant-based living and sustainability. With over 200 exhibitors, Planted Expo offers attendees the opportunity to explore a wide array of plant-based, vegan, and sustainable products. Among the notable exhibitors are bettermoo(d), OmniFoods, Save Da Sea, The Better Butchers, WOOP4, and Azuma Foods. Insights from industry experts The event will feature informative talks from leading experts in the plant-based movement on various topics, including the health benefits of plant-based diets, culinary demonstrations, and emerging trends in sustainable living. Dr. Michael Greger, American physician and …


Oshi plant-based salmon fillet

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Oshi to Unveil 2nd Iteration of “Groundbreaking” Plant-Based Salmon Fillet at NRA Chicago

Food tech company Oshi has announced it will unveil the latest version of its “groundbreaking” plant-based salmon fillet at the upcoming National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago, which takes place from May 18-21. Oshi has also revealed that it has secured US-wide distribution for its flagship cooked salmon fillet through restaurant supply company Webstaurant, along with distributors Earthly Gourmet in the Pacific Northwest and Ace Natural Inc. on the East Coast. Oshi says the exhibition of the updated salmon alternative will mark a significant step in its US expansion, which began in 2023 after the company rebranded from its previous name, Plantish. The upscale vegan Italian restaurant Coletta in New York City was the first US location to offer the plant-based salmon fillet. Last …


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Czech Retailers Pledge to Make Plant-Based Alternatives More Accessible

At the New Food Forum conference held in Prague on April 18, retailers such as Tesco Czech Republic announced plans to make more plant-based alternatives available at affordable prices. The news comes as Czech consumers become increasingly interested in plant-based foods; according to ProVeg Czechia, data from consumer research agency GfK indicates that 4 out of 10 Czech households have purchased plant-based alternatives within the past year, with three-quarters making repeat purchases. Speakers at the conference emphasised the importance of certifications such as V-Label to help consumers identify plant-based foods. They also discussed supporting local plant-based producers through strategies such as minimising labelling restrictions and providing government support for innovation in food production. Initiatives such as the ProVeg Czech Export Alliance, which helps members who …


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Prime Roots is Giving Away a Million Slices of Koji Mycelium Deli Meat

Prime Roots, producer of koji mycelium cold cuts, as well as plant-based pâtés and foie gras products amongst others, is giving away a million slices of its vegan koji deli meat alternative on a US tour. The Californian brand was recently recognized on Time Magazine’s America’s Top GreenTech Companies in 2024 list and has received several further awards as pictured below. Additionally, the B-Corp last month celebrated being featured in the hugely popular Netflix series You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment. In the series, Prime Roots was the “leading innovator” of the plant-based deli meat in the swap, in an experiment whereby in sets of twins one consumed an omnivore diet and the other plant-based, in order to compare the physical effects. Cybertruck …


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Veganuary Launches ‘Choose Chicken-Free Week’ in the US With Nationwide Initiatives

Veganuary, the non-profit initiative encouraging plant-based diets, is initiating its “Choose Chicken-Free Week” starting next Monday, accompanied by a range of discounts and special offerings from various brands and eateries across the United States. Following the successful introduction of over 2,000 new vegan products and dishes worldwide during Veganuary 2024, the organization aims to foster long-term dietary changes with the support of campaigns throughout the year. According to a survey conducted among Veganuary participants, 82% expressed intentions to either adopt a fully vegan lifestyle or substantially reduce animal product consumption post-January. Veganuary’s Choose Chicken-Free Week aims to demonstrate the accessibility of plant-based alternatives to chicken and eggs, addressing the mounting concerns regarding avian flu outbreaks and the sustainability of conventional poultry production.  Coinciding with Respect …


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Vevolution Announces Pitch Event for Fast-Growing “Food as Medicine” Category

Agrifoodtech investment platform Vevolution has announced it will be hosting a virtual pitch event with the theme “Food as Medicine”. The category is rapidly gaining investor interest and includes areas such as personalized nutrition, functional ingredients, sugar and salt alternatives, and microbiome health. Five startups will pitch at the event: Sante Science — A Brazilian company using upcycled spent brewer’s grain to produce supplements that reduce chemotherapy side effects, improving cancer patients’ quality of life. Sea & Believe — An Irish startup using native seaweed to produce seafood alternatives and ingredients for the food and skincare industries. The company recently launched its first seaweed farm in the Connemara region. Stove — Described as an “AI dietician”, UK-based Stove simplifies recipe creation for those with diet-related …


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VegWeek 2024: Alicia Silverstone and Tig Notaro Lead Call for Vegan Action

Animal protection organization Animal Outlook is hosting its 15th annual VegWeek this week, leading up to Earth Day on April 22. The week-long campaign encourages individuals to adopt a vegan diet through the VegPledge, promoting the environmental and health benefits of reducing animal product consumption. Currently, over 70000 people have taken the VegPledge. This initiative is supported by several local governments across the United States, including Washington, DC, and Hawaii, which have issued proclamations recognizing the connection between animal agriculture and climate change. New support has also emerged from cities like Annapolis, MD; Worcester, MA; and Pompano Beach, FL. Director of Outreach and Engagement at Animal Outlook, Jenny Canham, states, “By eating vegan, even if you start for just one week, you are taking action …


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Become a Next Gen Flavorist and Help “Drive Consumer Enjoyment of Plant-Based Foods” at this Flavor School

dsm-firmenich, a Swiss-Dutch company and a leading innovator in nutrition, health, and beauty, with operations in almost 60 countries and revenues of more than €12 billion, has opened the application process for its flavorist school’s class of 2025. This world-class training school is set to lead the next era of flavor innovation and has a special focus on plant-based foods. The school is led by Veronique le Gouellec, Global Director Creation, with Patrick Salord, Vice President Global Creation at dsm-firmenich and Dean of the flavorist school. Speaking to vegconomist today, Salord explains the significance of the developments in flavor to plant-based foods. “At dsm-firmenich, we understand that consumers are prioritizing diets with balanced amounts of animal and plant proteins, driven by environmental perceptions, animal welfare …


Plant Based Food Week Canada

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Canada’s Third Annual Plant Based Food Week to Showcase Innovation in Plant-Based Sector

Canada is gearing up for its third annual Plant Based Food Week, slated for April 15-29, 2024, a joint initiative by Plant-Based Foods of Canada (PBFC) and Protein Industries Canada. The event is designed to draw attention to the growth, variety, and ecological benefits of plant-based food products. Studies highlight a growing interest in plant-based products in Canada, with Dalhousie University reporting that one in five Canadians buy plant-based alternatives. Although a large proportion of Canadians may be unwilling to give up meat entirely, as revealed in a recent survey from Sodexo, nearly half of consumers are interested in reducing their intake. The upcoming Plant Based Food Week seeks to support this trend by motivating Canadians to try more plant-based foods, encouraging the incorporation of …


Lidl protein transition event

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Lidl Hosts Protein Transition Event, Reports Vegan Sales Increase of Over 30%

Lidl Germany has hosted a protein transition event in Berlin, bringing together 110 representatives from politics, business, science, and society. Participants discussed topics such as what the protein supply of the future will look like, how animal welfare could be improved, and what society expects from food chain actors. Lidl described its strategy of creating price parity between plant-based products and their animal counterparts, noting that sales of vegan products had increased by over 30% since it made the pricing changes. The retailer has also begun placing plant-based products next to animal-based ones to make them easier for consumers to find. Additionally, Lidl is actively working to expand its vegan range, and is transparently disclosing the ratio of plant to animal proteins it sells. The …


Alternative Proteins Global event map

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The World’s First Alternative Protein Event Map by Alternative Proteins Global

Alternative Proteins Global (APG) has announced the launch of the world’s inaugural map dedicated to alternative protein events. This comprehensive tool details 161 events scheduled across the globe from April to December 2024, spanning various formats, including 100 expos, 39 conferences, 21 festivals/markets, and one more. Crafted by APG, a market research firm within the alternative protein sector, and its founder, Nicholas Dahl, the map represents a significant resource for industry professionals. The tool enables startups, established entities, investors, and various stakeholders to navigate the substantial volume of industry events worldwide, facilitating deeper engagement and understanding of the alternative protein landscape. Global reach and event diversity The map’s geographical coverage is extensive, with events listed in regions across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, …


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Veg-net and Vegan Business Tribe Launch Dragon’s Den-Style Battle of the Brands Competition

Veg-net, a new event connecting plant-based brands with buyers and industry experts, has partnered with business support community Vegan Business Tribe to launch a “Battle of the Brands” competition. The pitching contest is in the style of TV show Dragon’s Den, and is open to vegan-owned food brands that sell a product suitable for general retail. The winner will receive a free place at Veg-net, worth almost £2,500; this will grant them ten pre-arranged meetings to pitch their product to key retail buyers and industry experts. Brands can apply by registering on the Vegan Business Tribe website and submitting a one-minute video introducing their product. Three applicants will be chosen to attend a live Zoom final, where the judging panel will include THIS co-founder Andy …


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Join Us at The Future of Protein Production Chicago, April 24th & 25th

Join us at The Future of Protein Production Chicago, which takes place at McCormick Place on April 24th & 25th. Hear from over 85 speakers about the latest developments in alternative proteins. With more than 400 delegates expected and more than 40 exhibiting companies, this conference and exhibition boasts an industry-leading agenda that showcases the latest innovative breakthroughs to help accelerate the commercialization and scaling of alternative proteins. The conference was established to connect companies that are developing technologies to take alternative proteins to new levels in terms of taste and texture, cost of production, scale and efficiency, nutritional profile, and sustainability. Take part to discover the latest industry trends, learn from industry experts, and grow your business. The senior executive-level conference presents an unbiased opportunity …


CellAg Germany lecture course

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CellAg Germany Invites You to a Series of Online Lectures on Cellular Agriculture

The online lecture series on cellular agriculture with scientific contributions and insights from the industry is aimed at all interested parties, especially students. The recurring online lectures are held by experts from industry and science to provide an introduction to theory and practice in equal measure – from the technical functionality and consumer acceptance to the challenges and potentials of the industry. The lecture series takes place weekly online, every Monday from 18:30-20:00 from 22.04. to 17.06.2024. Participation is free of charge and requires no prior knowledge of cellular agriculture. CellAg Germany is a platform and contact point for cellular agriculture in German-speaking countries. The independent and non-profit organisation informs and connects people and interest groups from science, politics, business, and NGOs. By providing independent …