Meati Mushroom Chicken on Skewer

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Meati Hires New CFO Amid Plans to “Become the US Market Share Leader in Plant-Based Meat” by 2025

Following its Chipotle-backed $150M Series C this July, Colorado’s Meati Foods appoints Jody Macedonio as CFO. Ms Macedonio previously held the same role at Chobani as well as at Dean Foods, which was the largest dairy company in the United States. She is also Board member at dairy company Organic Valley, the largest farmer-owned organic cooperative in the US. According to Meati, the new role will see Ms Macedonio overlooking …

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Actual Veggies Clean-Label Burger Range

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Actual Veggies Launches Chef-Crafted Vegetable-Based Burgers at 57 Costco Stores

Actual Veggies, which produces plant-based burgers from real vegetables, announces it has launched into 57 Costco stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For the first time, the brand’s burgers will be sold in bulk packs of eight patties each. Based in New York, Actual Veggies seeks to “put real vegetables back into veggie burgers” and produces a line of gourmet, thick-cut patties made with wholesome, plant-only ingredients.  The range …

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hooked foods enters european markets

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Hooked Foods in €10M Series A Round to Realise Expansion Plans for 2023

Swedish alt seafood startup Hooked Foods is mid-way through a Series A round, due to close in October, to expedite expansion across European markets in 2023. Founded in 2019 and a graduate of the ProVeg Incubator, Hooked is aiming to become a European leader in plant-based seafood to help combat overfishing, bycatch, and the intake of microplastics and toxins frequently found in fish. Prior to the Series A, Hooked secured …

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Buona Plant-Based Italian Sliced Beef

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Buona and Upton’s Naturals Launching Plant-Based Italian Beef at Whole Foods

American restaurant group The Buona Companies announces it is partnering with plant-based foods brand Upton’s Naturals to debut meat-free Chicago Italian Beef & Gravy at Midwest region Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme, and Jewel-Osco stores.  Created with Buona’s signature family recipe, the vegan Italian Beef features Upton’s thinly sliced and seasoned seitan soaked in a savory, vegetable-broth based gravy. The heat-and-eat product offers 36 grams of protein per serving with the …

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tuna sushi by Impact food

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Impact Food Secures $500K to Help Prevent Collapse of Wild Tuna Species

Impact Food, a plant-based seafood start-up based in California, recently closed its strategic angel & VC round of $500,000 to help prevent the collapse of wild tuna species through a scalable food technology platform for seafood. Impact Food, the food technology company developing novel plant-based seafood, is backed by Future Food Fund, Serpentine Ventures, Ahimsa Foundation, and others. In total, Impact secured $500,000 in strategic angel & VC funding, of …

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Maple Leaf Foods

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Maple Leaf Foods Reduces Plant-Based Greenleaf Division by 25% Following Decrease in Demand

Maple Leaf Foods, one of Canada’s largest meat producers, says it is downsizing its plant-based foods division, Greenleaf Foods, by 25% following consecutive quarters of disappointing sales. The company, which owns vegan food brands Field Roast and Lightlife, reports its Plant Protein sales fell by over 18% year-over-year to CAD $40.8 million due to lower retail volumes, reports Food Dive. Nonprofitable investments into expanding growth infrastructure also reduced gross margins …

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Next Meats skirt steak bowl

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Japan Sees Soybean Boom in Plant-Based Food & Drink Production

Soy and tofu have been staples in Japan for around 1,300 years, traditionally consumed by Buddhists and initially introduced to the country by Chinese monks. Asia News reports today that use of the soybean in food and drink production has increased significantly over the past two years, and additionally, Japan Times states this week that “soy-based alternatives to animal-based sources of protein appear to be growing on Japan”. Aside from …

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ANEW new spam

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Singapore’s OTS Holdings Plans to Export New SPAM-Style Canned Vegan Meat to Over 40 Countries

OTS Holdings recently announced its plans to enter the global market with its plant-based protein products. One of Singapore’s biggest manufacturers of chilled, frozen, dried, and canned meat products, the food giant’s plant-based ANEW brand makes its debut with a new plant-based SPAM-style canned vegan meat. OTS is one of Singapore’s largest food producers, exporting 40% of its products to Asia, Europe, and other countries. The company’s plant-based brand ANEW …

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Planet Based Foods Hemp Burger Box

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Planet Based Foods Makes Retail Debut at New Seasons and New Leaf Markets

Hemp-made meat company Planet Based Foods announces the launch of its first retail distribution at New Seasons Market and New Leaf Community Markets. The expansion will bring the brand’s Original Hemp Burger and Green Chili Southwest Burger to 26 stores in Northern California, the California Central Coast, Oregon and Washington. Shoppers at both chains can now find the burgers in the stores’ frozen foods aisles.  Nutrient-dense protein Made with hemp …

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Hooray Foods Improved AWESOME Bacon

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Hooray Foods’ Retail Footprint Tops 1,000 Stores as Bacon Expands into Raley’s, Good Eggs and Big Y

Plant-based bacon brand Hooray Foods is continuing its retail expansion with launches in several regional stores including Raley’s, Good Eggs and Big Y. The expanded distribution increases access to its bacon strips across several states, and brings the brand’s total number of stores to over 1,000 locations. In Northern California and Nevada, more than 100 locations of Raley’s family of stores will carry the product under the Raley’s, Bel Air …

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vegan deli slices made by following the traditional European cuisine

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UNLIMEAT Develops Plant-Based Pepperoni and Mortadella With Famous Charcuterie Institute

Korean plant-based meat brand UNLIMEAT has collaborated with Germany’s Bayerische Fleischerschule Landshut, a world-renowned charcuterie institute, to create plant-based deli products according to traditional European cuisine. The products developed so far are plant-based pepperoni and mortadella. In November 2021, UNLIMEAT’s parent company Zikooin secured $23 million to construct one of the largest plant-based meat factories in Asia. Since then it has focused on expansion in the US, initially launching in …

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Iceland's Loki Foods develops plant-based cod

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Iceland’s Loki Foods Raises $650K for Whole Cut Plant-Based Cod

Iceland’s Loki Foods has raised $650,000 in its pre-seed funding round. Investors in the round included Sustainable Food Ventures, Kale United, VegInvest, and Lifely VC, among others. The alt-seafood producer, which claims to be the first of its kind in Iceland, will use the funding to further develop its plant-based Atlantic cod fillet. Loki Foods describes the white fish alternative as “plant-based cod that cooks like cod”, adding that it …

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High Time Chicken Nugget

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Boston’s High Time Foods: Creating “Cuisine Agnostic” Minced Plant-Based Chicken

As the vast majority of plant-based meats are sold as refrigerated or frozen products, shelf-stable alternative proteins represent a much smaller, yet potentially very lucrative, market segment. Now, High Time Foods is seizing the opportunity by bringing dried plant-based chicken mince to chefs and restaurants across Boston, reports BizJournals.  Created to offer a convenient food service solution, High Times’ chicken comes as a dry mix that combines with water and …

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Plant Provisions Deli Sandwich

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Plant Provisions: Plant-Based Deli Meats Crafted with Real Vegetables First

While quality meatless burgers, sausages and meatballs are now easy to find at most US supermarkets, sliced cold cut and deli meat alternatives remain a largely underserved category. Plant Provisions, a plant-based meat company founded by the son of a Boar’s Head distributor, is helping to change that with innovative, healthy slices that aim to elevate sandwiches everywhere. Made with real vegetables, Planted Provision’s products use whole food ingredients such …

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Misteak plantbased ribeye steak

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Noble Jerky Producer to Launch Hyper-Realistic ‘Misteak’ Vegan Ribeye Steak this Fall

Canada’s Urbanibrands, the team that developed the popular Noble Jerky, has leaked a brief statement revealing that it will launch a line of “hyper-realistic vegan ribeye steaks under the brand Misteak®” following two years of intensive R&D. Desribed as a whole muscle product that mimics the marbling and texture of a premium butcher shop style steak, the first product in the launch is said to be a “juicy and tender …

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