Onego Bio raises funding for animal-free egg protein

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Onego Bio Raises $40M to Commercialize “Revolutionary” Animal-Free Egg Protein

US-Finnish biotech company Onego Bio has raised $40 million in one of the largest Series A rounds in the Nordics. The funding will be used to drive the commercialization and manufacturing of the company’s animal-free egg protein, which is produced using precision fermentation. The round was led by NordicNinja, with participation from Tesi, EIT Food, Agronomics, and more. It also includes $10 million in non-dilutive funding from the Finnish government association Business Finland. Previously, Onego Bio raised €10 million in seed funding in 2022, after being founded as a spinoff from VTT (the Technical Research Center of Finland). Onego Bio’s ingredient, Bioalbumen®, has a neutral taste and is bioidentical to the major egg white protein ovalbumin. It contains all the essential amino acids, has the …

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PoLoPo unveils its SuperAA plant molecular farming platform already deployed in potato plants at a greenhouse scale.

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PoLoPo Unveils Molecular Farming Platform in Potato Plants to Grow Egg Proteins

Last year, the Israeli agrifood startup PoLoPo raised $2.3 million, including $1.75 million in a pre-seed funding round to further develop its plant molecular farming technology for producing animal proteins in potatoes. Now, the startup unveils its molecular farming platform, SuperAA, already deployed in potato plants at a greenhouse scale. The initial focus of PoLoPo’s platform will be producing two key proteins: ovalbumin and patatin (the natural protein in potatoes). Ovalbumin, widely used in packaged foods for its functional properties, presents an affordable alternative to the industry amidst increasing egg prices and supply chain disruptions.  On the other hand, a patatin powder offers allergen-free protein suitable for various food products, from plant-based alternatives, such as DUG potato milk, to sports nutrition and nutraceuticals. Plant molecular farming is also used …

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Neggst develops vegan poached and sunny side up eggs

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Neggst Develops Poached and Sunny Side Up Vegan Eggs

Germany’s Neggst has announced the development of two new vegan egg products — Poached Neggst and the Neggst Sunny Side Up. The poached egg alternative features a running “yolk” and is suitable for use in dishes such as breakfasts and salads. The Sunny Side Up provides an alternative to fried eggs and can be eaten with avocado toast, English breakfasts, or in a burger. While not yet available to purchase, the new products are said to be coming soon. They were recently exhibited at the trade fair INTERNORGA alongside Neggst’s existing vegan egg products — the Patty and Bites. The Neggst patty is designed for burgers, breakfast muffins, and savoury croissants; it can be eaten cold, or prepared in just a few minutes. The bites …

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Float Foods now offers its "revolutionary" technology for producing plant-based egg ingredients to food manufacturers.

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Float Foods Introduces Licensed Technology for Plant-Based Egg Yolk Manufacturing

Singapore’s plant-based egg brand, Float Foods, known for its OnlyEg products, including Eg Yolk and OnlyEg Patties, announces that it has received the FSSC 22000 License (Food Safety System Certification) for its already Halal-certified facility.  After this manufacturing milestone, Float Foods now offers its “revolutionary” technology for producing plant-based egg ingredients to food producers seeking to eliminate hen eggs from their production processes. Float Foods has developed a “machine” to create alternatives to eggs that are said to have the same taste and texture as traditional eggs: yolks that ooze and egg whites with bouncy elastic texture and elasticity. They can be served ‘raw’ or used as an ingredient in multiple applications, including pasta, noodles, sauces, pastries, mayonnaise, and baking products. Vinita Choolani, Float Foods’ founder …

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SWISS airlines serving EggField vegan eggs

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Alt Eggs from Aquafaba Created by Zurich Startup EggField Now Available to SWISS Air Passengers

EggField, a Zurich startup for plant-based egg alternatives, is enjoying its first successes in in-flight catering thanks to its collaboration with Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and Hiltl restaurant. Thanks to the new partnership with EggField and Hiltl, SWISS business passengers have been able to find additional sustainable menu items, including the plant-based pumpkin and chestnut goulash with spaetzli, on the boarding menu since the beginning of 2024. The spaetzli are made entirely without eggs. This has been ensured by Hiltl, which, as a vegetarian pioneer, has been creating meat-free dishes for SWISS travelers since 2009. Hiltl has been using the natural egg alternatives made from aquafaba from EggField since 2020 and has thus been able to develop its spaetzli without animal eggs. The EggField …

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Barcelona’s UOBO Launches Liquid Plant-Based Eggs for Food Service

Barcelona-based startup UOBO has launched liquid plant-based eggs for food service in a 1-litre bottled format for the Spanish market. The startup says that it has garnered impressive results since its launch on social media platforms, with its first post receiving over 250,000 views in less than 24 hours. In addition, UOBO claims to have already received over 40 requests from interested restaurants, caterers, and distributors. The company’s 100% vegetable whole-eggs are said to adapt seamlessly to traditional recipes while offering great taste. UOBO can be cooked into multiple dishes, including omelets, scrambled eggs, pastries, custard, and mayonnaise. Even though UOBO is described as a nutritious alternative to eggs, the company has not as yet revealed its ingredients on social media.  Making better eggs Founded …

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YUMGO Egg Alternatives Launch in Japan in Partnership With Leading Delicatessen Distributor

Egg alternatives made by France’s YUMGO are now available in Japan after the company partnered with Nichifutsu Boeki K.K, a leading Japanese distributor in the delicatessen market. YUMGO was founded in 2019 by Anne Vincent and Rodolphe Landemaine; the latter is a pastry chef and the founder of plant-based bakery chain Land & Monkeys, which has several locations across Paris. The company aims to provide a comprehensive range of egg replacement solutions for food service professionals. Currently, YUMGO offers powdered and liquid egg alternatives, with both available in three varieties — Whole, White, and Yolk. The products help to give plant-based products the color and functional properties traditionally provided by eggs. Ambassador chefs YUMGO has received more than ten awards and has over 200 professional …

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Japanese Government Backs Alt Protein Innovators with Millions for Plant-Based Eggs and Cultivated Meat

The Japanese government has awarded $27.7 million in funding to two alternative protein startups: Umami United, a producer of plant-based eggs, and IntegriCulture, a cultivated meat biotechnology company, to support the nation’s economy and enhance food security. The Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Innovation Promotion Fund Project organized by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries selected the startups. Since 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture has established a plan to diversify protein sources, labeling alternative proteins an important sector, which includes cultivated meat. Japan ranks as the second-largest market size for meat alternatives, valued at USD 247.5 million, according to the latest Food Frontier report on alternative proteins in Asia. However, its projected growth rate of 9% (CAGR 2022–27) is relatively low. This slower growth is driven by …

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Crafty Counter Teams Up With Costco to Showcase WunderEggs at US Roadshows

Crafty Counter, the producer of vegan hard-boiled egg alternative, WunderEggs, has announced a strategic collaboration with retail giant Costco to showcase its products at three Costco roadshows in the United States. After attending the Fearless Fund VC Summit in Atlanta, which was sponsored by Costco, Crafty Counter received purchase orders for Costco’s roadshows in Atlanta and Orlando throughout the month of January. Hema Reddy, founder, and CEO of Crafty Counter, shared her vision on social media, stating, “I had heard that roadshows were a vehicle to test your offering, price propensity, insights on the club shopper, and get tons of feedback while of course selling your products to an entirely new customer base. Therefore that was a key part of my pitch.” Although WunderEggs are …

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WunderEggs Crafty Counter

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Crafty Counter’s Vegan WunderEggs Now Available for Foodservice via WebstaurantStore

In a significant expansion of its market presence, Crafty Counter has announced that its WunderEggs vegan hard-boiled egg halves are now available to restaurants through WebstaurantStore, a leading online foodservice supplier. The news, shared by founder and CEO Hema Reddy, marks a milestone for the Austin-based, women and BIPOC-owned company, as WunderEggs can now be added to restaurant menus nationwide. Reddy comments, “We have been fortunate to see so many operators buying them either online on our website or in stores and adding them to their menus already. As an emerging brand, it’s surreal to see all the tags and mentions from restaurants & operators with their menu additions.” Crafty Counter’s WunderEggs originally launched in 2021 as the “first-ever” ready-to-eat vegan boiled eggs. These plant-based …

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Animal-free liquid eggs in a bowl

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The EVERY Co. Unveils The EVERY Egg, World’s First Precision Fermentation Liquid Eggs

US biotech company The EVERY Co. has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first liquid egg product created with precision fermentation-derived proteins. Branded as The EVERY Egg, the innovation is said to match the culinary flexibility of eggs, serving as a 1:1 replacer for mixed eggs in any application, including favorite dishes like omelets. The product combines a blend of animal-free ovalbumin and plant-based ingredients (to enhance the flavor and texture), delivering eight grams of protein per serving and zero cholesterol, saturated fat, or artificial flavors. The innovation was introduced in a multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Daniel Humm at the three-Michelin-star, plant-based restaurant Eleven Madison Park in New York City, announced the company. “Eggs are a universal staple in every kitchen, and this is …

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Crafty Counter has joined forces with chickpea specialist Fabalish to introduce deviled eggs with a vegan twist.

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Crafty Counter and Fabalish Partner for Holiday Launch of “First-Ever” Ready-to-Eat Vegan Deviled Eggs

US plant-based hard-boiled egg pioneer Crafty Counter has joined forces with chickpea specialist Fabalish to introduce a vegan version of holiday favorite: Deviled WunderEggs. The new product, described as the first-ever ready-to-eat vegan deviled eggs, features Fabalish Classic Vegan Mayo. According to Crafty Counter, it is the perfect rich and creamy ingredient for a plant-based deviled filling.  Deviled WunderEggs come in a tray with six hard-boiled egg whites and a pre-made deviled egg filling sachet. Crafty Counter has launched the NPD as a special holiday batch sold direct-to-consumer, which means limited units will be initially available. Experience nostalgia in every bite Based in Austin, Texas, Crafty Counter is a pioneer in the plant-based egg scene. The company claims that WunderEggs are the first ready-to-eat vegan hard-boiled eggs …

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“Eggscellent” plant-based ingredient for vegan baked goods

Ever-increasing sales of plant-based, baked goods are a strong incentive for the creation of innovative new product launches in the category. Here, a new compound from Loryma ensures optimal dough stability and volume without the need for eggs or milk. Top-quality, great-tasting muffins and sponge cakes are just two of the numerous product concepts made possible with Loryma’s latest ingredient innovation, Lory® Stab. While meat and dairy substitutes are now standard supermarket offerings, there is still a distinct lack of variety when it comes to vegan baked goods, despite increasing consumer demand. Here, compensating for the technological properties of hens’ eggs in dough can be a complex task, yet it’s one which can be easily addressed with a new stabilizing system in Loryma’s Lory® Stab …

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Umami United has partnered with KENKO to co-develop a new plant-based egg salad.

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Umami United Partners with Japanese Giant KENKO Mayonnaise to Introduce Plant-Based Egg Salad

Plant-based egg producer Umami United has partnered with one of Japan’s biggest food manufacturers, KENKO Mayonnaise Co Ltd (KENKO), to co-develop a new plant-based egg salad for the ready-to-eat category — the Marude Tamago Salad.  The salad is the latest launch of KENKO’s new plant-based food brand, HAPPY!! with VEGE. Entirely vegan, it features Umami United’s realistic plant-based eggs and egg-free mayonnaise. It is described as a delicious and versatile plant-based option that can be paired with bread or vegetables. KENKO, known in the country for its mayonnaises, dressings, sauces, processed egg products, and long-life salads for food service, has expanded into the plant-based category in response to the “changing needs and expectations of the times.” With HAPPY!! with VEGE, the company offers meat, dairy, and egg alternatives and plant-based salads. Eggs that everyone …

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B-well Offers Egg-Free Alternatives Amidst South Africa’s Bird Flu Epidemic

South Africa’s leader in vegan-friendly condiments, B-well, offers a range of egg-free products, including mayonnaise, dips, and spreads, made with local and GMO-free canola oil. In a country facing its third bird flu epidemic — causing egg prices to rise again (more than 60 outbreaks, according to AP News) and disrupting its egg supply chain — B-well promotes its healthy alternatives while guaranteeing its customers a stable supply. B-well has established itself as a premium brand offering consumers a variety of superior canola oils and healthy oil-based products. Cholesterol-free, low in saturated fats, and high in omega-3, B-well’s canola oil has received the Cancer Association of South Africa’s Smart Choice Seal.  Egg-free and healthy condiments Leveraging the benefits of canola, the condiment company has developed a …

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Onego Bio Combats World Egg Crisis with Precision Fermentation

On this World Egg Day, Finnish food-biotech company Onego Bio offers a solution to a global challenge – the sustainability and ethics of egg production. Onego Bio has created an egg white alternative through precision fermentation – Bioalbumen™, an animal-free egg white protein. This innovation not only addresses environmental concerns but also offers economic advantages. The company claims Bioalbumen™ production has a 90% lower carbon footprint than traditional egg production, coupled with ten times better yields and a 20% reduction in production costs while providing the same nutrition and functionality as traditional egg whites. The company uses precision fermentation and the microorganism Trichoderma reesei to produce what it claims are bioidentical egg proteins that offer the same functionality and nutrition without the ethical, environmental, and …

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Colombia’s Largest CPG Food Company and The EVERY Company Collaborate to Revolutionize Alternative Meat

Grupo Nutresa, Colombia’s largest consumer packaged goods (CPG) food company, is partnering with The EVERY Company (EVERY) with an aim to reshape the landscape of the alternative meat sector. EVERY has designed a novel approach to creating animal protein equivalents without the need for traditional livestock. Its precision fermentation platform has yielded EVERY EggWhiteTM, a hyper-functional binding protein that the company claims surpasses the capabilities of conventional eggs in terms of performance, eliminating the need for eggs in food production.  Grupo Nutresa, included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) 2022 for the thirteenth consecutive year, is well-positioned to lead the charge in developing alternative meat products that align with consumer preferences for environmentally responsible choices. Oscar Alberto Ochoa González, director of R&D at Nutresa, …

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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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Symrise chickpea and aquafaba products

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Symrise Introduces Chickpea Range Including Vegan Egg Yolk Alternative Aquafaba Flakes

Symrise, a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic active ingredients, and raw materials, with a reported € 4.6 billion in 2022 sales, launches a range of diana foodTM chickpea and aquafaba ingredients including aquafaba flakes. According to the German company, which is represented in more than 100 locations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the United States, and Latin America, the aquafaba (chickpea water) flakes act as a vegan alternative to egg yolk allowing for clear labeling. The product offers texture for vegan products while offering water and oil retention properties, providing comparable texture and taste to mayonnaise and salad dressings.  Additionally, the company produces chickpea flakes, which bring texture and juiciness to a wide range of applications, including falafels, healthy snacks, and dips …

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Precision fermentation egg products by Formo

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Formo to Launch “New Class of Products” With Precision Fermentation Eggs

A peer-reviewed study conducted by Formo in partnership with Singapore Management University has found considerable demand for precision fermentation eggs, as the company prepares to launch what it describes as a “new class of products”. Through its existing protein production platform, which is already used to produce precision fermentation dairy proteins, Formo will use bio-designed microbes to make animal-free eggs. Since fermented proteins have a precedent of consumption in the EU, they are not considered a novel food, meaning Formo could introduce its first fermented egg products as early as this year. Curiosity The study surveyed over 3,000 consumers from Germany, the US, and Singapore, finding that a majority (51-61%) would be willing to try the products across all three countries. German consumers were predominantly …

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