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BENEO to Acquire Meatless BV, Supplier of Textured Pea, Fava, Wheat Proteins

Südzucker subsidiary BENEO is to acquire Meatless BV, a Dutch producer of texturized plant proteins from rice, quinoa, pea, fava, wheat and lupins. Meatless has supplied the food industry with such proteins for over 15 years. Südzucker Group states that plant-based proteins are a current focus and that the acquisition of Meatless supports Südzucker’s goal of evolving from a large-scale processor of agricultural raw materials to a leading partner for …


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Tuna Giant Thai Union Invests $10M in Algae Ingredients Leader Mara Renewables

Thai Union Group, the global tuna giant, has announced a CAD $10 million investment in Mara Renewables Corporation, one of the world’s leading producers of sustainably grown algae-based bio-products. The investment comes as part of Mara’s CAD $39.5 million growth funding round, as Thai Union – owner of Chicken of the Sea and John West – continues to diversify in the alt protein sector.  Based in Nova Scotia, Mara has …


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InnovoPro and Milkadamia Debut Chickpea-Based Ice Cream at United Nations

InnovoPro, a producer of chickpea protein solutions, and plant-based brand Milkdamia have partnered to create dairy-free ice cream made with InnovoPro’s CP-Pro 70® protein. The two companies were invited to showcase the ice cream at the United Nations event for foreign Ambassadors on May 12th, in association with Israel’s Permanent Mission to the UN and The Good Food Institute. The new plant-based ice cream blends InnovoPro’s breakthrough protein technology and …


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Nuritas Reveals New Headquarters Near Yale to Expand Plant-Based Peptides Research

Dublin-based biotechnology company Nuritas announces its new North American headquarters will be built in Connecticut, near Yale University. Founder and CEO Dr. Nora Khaldi will relocate to the US to lead the company as it enters a major stage of expansion, and prepares to launch key products. For its new office, the company is also hiring for leadership roles in business development, marketing, science and other areas.  The Peptide Finder …


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Native yeast protein to replace eggwhite – Ohly showcases new gelling protein prototype

One of the toughest challenges that all manufacturers of meat alternatives are commonly facing is the combined need for an appealing and consistent texture as well as a consumer-friendly ingredient deck. To support customers meeting this challenge, and address many more opportunities, Ohly has developed and patented a brand-new type of yeast-based functional ingredient. Rooted in our decades of experience in yeast and its derivatives, we created a native yeast …


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Brightseed Completes $68M Series B to Commercialize Novel Hemp Ingredients

Brightseed, a pioneer in tech-based phytonutrient research, announces it has raised $68M in Series B funding to accelerate its plant nutrient discovery and bring new ingredients, including special hemp-derived compounds, to market. The company’s first hemp compounds, NCT and NFT, are derived from upcycled seed hulls and are expected to launch in the next nine months.  Hemp may lower fat Using its Forager AI platform, Brightseed is able to identify …


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Sweet Lupines – for Prolupin it is the future protein source!

The future of plant-based protein supply is growing right at our doorstep: the sweet lupine. Its seeds are some of the most protein-rich edible plants around. We recognized that early on – and since then we process varieties of the sweet lupine specially adapted to the requirements of the food industry. Lupines can be used as a premium ingredient for a wide range of products across all market segments. Our …


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Motif FoodWorks Strategically Invests in NemaLife to Speed Up Food Ingredient Testing

Motif FoodWorks, a Boston food tech company, is partnering with microfluidics company NemaLife to utilize the latter’s platform for in-vivo testing and protein characterization. Motif also invested in NemaLife for an undisclosed amount. Motif states microfluidic screening is new to the food and beverage space and can help quickly identify Motif’s next food tech breakthrough.  Using an AI-assisted microfluidics screening platform, NemaLife is able to test and categorize bench-scale proteins …




Smallfood Launches Protein-Rich Omega3 DHA Complex for Alt Seafood Industry

Smallfood, a microbial food company based in Nova Scotia, Canada, is set to target the alt seafood market with its novel marine-based wholefood ingredient. The biotech company claims its protein-rich complex contains the much sought-after long-chain omega-3 fatty acids as well as a natural seafood flavor. Smallfood has spent over ten years and $20 million in research evaluating over 20,000 microbes, looking for its solution to deliver non-GMO vegan protein …


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NUTRIS Opens “Europe’s First Fava Bean Protein Facility” in Croatia

NUTRIS Group has opened what it claims is the first factory in Europe for the production of fava bean protein isolate. Located in Novi Senkovac, Croatia, the facility will also be able to produce potato-based ingredients. In conjunction with Denmark’s SiccaDania, NUTRIS has invested €30 million in the new site. The technology used at the facility was developed by the University of Copenhagen over a ten-year period, and has been …


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Dacsa-backed Molendum Ingredients is Pea Protein Leader in Spain 

Molendum Ingredients, backed by Dacsa Group – the largest corn producer in Europe – is producing wet textured pea protein at a large scale in the first plant of its kind in Spain. The 100% natural vegan pea protein is being exported to plant-based producers across Europe and has also revolutionized a local restaurant. Based in Zamora, Castile and Leon – a traditionally conservative region famed for meats – Molendum …



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Chickpea Ingredients Producer Nutriati Acquired by Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle, originating in Britain 1859 as sugar refinery Henry Tate & Sons, most known for its emblematic Golden Syrup, was acquired by American Sugar Refining, Inc (ASR) in 2010, ending its long association with refined sugar production. The company now announces it has purchased US chickpea ingredients producer Nutriati. The multinational ingredients supplier said it had acquired “substantially all” of Nutriati’s assets. Established in 2018, Nutriati offers chickpea …


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Canada’s CrushDynamics Raises $3.6M to Upcycle Wine Industry Waste For Alt Protein

CrushDynamics, formerly Winecrush Technology Inc, contacts vegconomist to report it has raised $3.6 million in Seed 2 financing.  The British Colombia based company is upcycling grape derivatives to produce nutritious plant-based foods. Interestingly, CrushDynamics reports that it has partnered with Protein Industry Canada, Lumi Foods and Save-On-Foods in an “initiative to create the next generation of plant-based cheese using Canadian-grown oats, legumes and pulses.” The company’s mission is to turn …



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SternVitamin to Launch Micronutrient Mixes at Vitafoods

At this year’s Vitafoods, SternVitamin is presenting individual micronutrient premixes for various consumer demands and applications. These products enable customers to enter the functional food market faster. The focus is on concepts for immune health and mental performance and well-being. Solutions for plant-based products are a further area. Industry attendees can learn more about these concepts at SternVitamin’s booth K110. The immune health growth market Food supplements and fortified products …


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Why Creatine Monohydrate Should not be Missing in Any Dairy Alternatives

A supplement with creatine contributes to the maintenance of physical and mental performance. Creatine does not naturally occur in a plant-based diet. So, the body needs to synthesize all the daily creatine requirement or can be supported through food that is enriched with creatine. Besides meat substitutes, also dairy alternatives can and should be enriched with creatine monohydrate. Fortifying dairy substitutes with creatine monohydrate offers two benefits: The nutrient profile …