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Mycelium MyBacon

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Following Strong Demand, MyForest Foods Expands MyBacon into New York City

Food tech startup MyForest Foods Co. announces its mycelium-based MyBacon is now available in NYC, marking the product’s first foray into a major retail market. MyBacon can now be found at Westerley Natural Market and organic grocery store Elm Wellness in Manhattan and the West Village, respectively.  According to MyForest, the launch results from significant momentum the company has gained since unveiling MyBacon in 2020. In addition to retail, MyForest will expand into food service by offering MyBacon at Herbie’s Burgers, a popular burger chain in Albany, NY.  “Westerly Natural Market is New York’s City’s destination for plant-based, organic and all-natural items and supplements, which serves a diverse customer base with equally diverse preferences,” said Ricardo Nieves, store manager of Westerly Natural Market. “We are …

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Vegan Frozen Sushi

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Konscious Foods Launches ‘First-Ever’ Frozen Plant-Based Sushi and Onigiri

Vancouver food company Konscious Foods announces the launch of what it calls the “first-ever” plant-based frozen sushi and onigiri. Created in partnership with Protein Industries Canada (PIC), Merit Foods, and Canadian Pacifico Seaweeds, the new products are now available at Whole Foods Markets and Choices Markets in Vancouver, with more varieties and retail locations being added.  The new line consists of eight products, with four sushi and four onigiri rolls. Konscious says the items are made from non-GMO ingredients, and provide convenient and healthy snacks or meals. Konscious plant-based seafood alternatives are also available for restaurants, caterers and other commercial services. “At Konscious, our chefs create plant-based seafood that people can choose over traditional options for their own health and the health of the planet,” …

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OmniNano technology

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OmniFoods Reveals Groundbreaking OmniNano Vegan Fat Technology

Hong Kong-based OmniFoods has revealed an innovative new patented technology called OmniNano Vegan Fat, which it says will strengthen the company’s leading position in the alt meat industry. The technology works by emulsifying oil and water, which then penetrates into plant-based materials to replicate animal fat. Fat is extremely important for juicy, high-quality meat, and OmniFoods is using the new vegan alternative to develop a range of plant-based whole cuts. 2023 launch According to the company, OmniNano technology locks flavour into the plant-based meats and improves tenderness. OmniFoods aims to launch the new range — featuring the Plant-Based Beef Cut and Tips, Plant-Based Chicken Wings, and Plant-Based Pork Cutlet — in 2023.  Fat alternatives Several companies are beginning to recognise fat as a key missing …

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Canadian Partners Launch Alt Seafood

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Canada: Industry Partners Invest $15.3M to Develop New Line of Alt-Seafood Products

Canada’s Konscious Foods, Merit Functional Foods and Canadian Pacifico Seaweeds announce a new partnership to develop an extensive line of plant-based seafood alternatives. Created with a co-investment from Protein Industries Canada (PIC), the line will bring more than 20 sustainably sourced alt-seafood products to North American grocery stores.  A total of $15.3M has been committed to the project, including a $5.5M contribution from PIC. That investment reportedly acted as a catalyst for the innovative partnership, and allowed the project to move at a faster, more efficient pace. The new products will reportedly match the taste and texture of traditional seafood with a focus on clean-label ingredients. To create the line, plant-based seafood brand Konscious Foods will incorporate Canadian-grown and -processed ingredients, including Merit’s pea and …

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Pearlita Plant-Based Oysters

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Pearlita Holds First Tasting of Plant-Based Oysters in Berkeley, CA

Alt-seafood startup Pearlita announces the company recently held its first tasting of plant-based oyster. Taking place on Nov. 8 in the Bay Area, the tasting was part of a fundraising effort for Pearlita, which plans to launch its first alternative oyster into restaurants and retail in 2023.  Oyster favorites Pearlita staged the tasting at Wild Earth’s headquarters near San Francisco, where guests were offered a full menu showcasing the oyster in a fried po’ boy sandwich, raw vegan oyster ceviche and raw oysters on the half-shell. Though the company is leveraging both plant-based and cultivated technologies to develop the product, Pearlita says it is first releasing a plant-based prototype while it works on scaling its cell lines.  The plant-based prototype is made from a proprietary …

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MingBings Launches Plant-Based Pockets into Mexico via Retail Chain Mr. Tofu

Plant-based frozen food brand MingsBings announces it has launched in Mexico, marking the brand’s first international expansion. MingBings will now be available at Mr. Tofu, Mexico’s leading plant-based retail chain, both in-store and online.  Founded by Iron Chef Ming Tsai, MingBings offer a modern Asian take on ancient Chinese “bings” (flatbreads) in familiar flavors like Cheeseburger, Sausage and Peppers, Buffalo Cauliflower and Fiesta. The fully gluten-free and vegan pockets are currently offered in over 3,500 US grocery stores, including Sprouts, Wegmans, select Targets and Whole Foods. The brand can also be found at major concession locations such as Fenway Park and Hard Rock Stadium, as well as colleges, universities and prep schools.  In October, MingsBings partnered with JUST Egg to debut new breakfast pockets featuring …

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green rebel foods dairy free mayonnaise and caesar salad dressing

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Indonesia’s Green Rebel Launches Dairy and Egg-Free New Range

Indonesian food tech startup Green Rebel Foods, known for its alt chicken and beef, has launched Creamy Crew, a dairy and egg-free alternative range. The offer includes two new products, Mayo-Nice and Caesar Dressing.  These new additions to the company’s portfolio reflect Green Rebel’s efforts on plant-based food innovation to provide alternatives for flexitarians, vegans, and people suffering from lactose intolerance – around 90% of the Asian population, the company says. Green Rebel’s alt meat portfolio includes whole-cut plant-based steaks, various flavored chicken alternatives, beef chunks and mince, and a mushroom patty. The company expanded into the plant-based cheese category when it launched its Green Rebel’s Cheddar Cheeze for the first time in December 2021. Dairy-free alternatives  100% plant-based, Green Rebel’s Mayo-Nice, Caesar Dressing, and Cheddar-Style Cheeze …

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Hooked Foods Grows by 25% Month Over Month, is Inundated With Positive Reviews

After launching its plant-based salmon alternative “Salmoonish” at Swedish retail stores, alt seafood brand Hooked says it has been inundated with positive consumer feedback. One customer who has been vegan for seven years said they “cried tears of joy” at the taste, describing it as identical to conventional salmon. Another said that Salmoonish “tastes and smells like salmon in a scary way”, while a third said the product “would probably fool anyone”. “I am extra proud to show this to whomever in the world who is doubting plant-based seafood will have a place on our future retail shelves,” said Monika Werthén, CMO of Hooked. “There is a clear market and consumer demand out there asking for these products. I hope these consumer testimonials together with …

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Happy Ocean Foods founders

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Happy Ocean Foods “Crowdinvesting to Give Private Investors the Chance to Be Part of Our Success Story”

Munich-based Happy Ocean Foods, which specialises in plant-based seafood with a current focus on vegan shrimp, announces a crowdinvesing campaign which goes live today, 15th November. The young startup enjoyed recent success on The Lion’s Den – the German version of the show known as Shark Tank in the US and Dragon’s Den in the UK — receiving investment from two judges including former Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg.  The company was also recently named as one of the hottest food startups not to be overlooked in 2022 in the Food & Beverage Innovators Rising Stars 2022 report.  Without further ado, Co-founder Robin Drummond is here to tell all about the new campaign and plans for the future. Please introduce your brand Happy Ocean …

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HolySh t No Evil Foods

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No Evil Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Online Plant-Based Butcher Shop

North Carolina’s No Evil Foods has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the aim of raising funds to reopen its online plant-based butcher shop. The campaign will be conducted via NuMarket, a platform that gives contributors a credit-based return on support. No Evil customers will receive a 20% increase on any amount they contribute, in the form of credits for use in the future online store. According to CEO Sadrah Schadel, the company has chosen this type of crowdfunding as it provides a meaningful way to engage the community and strengthen customer relationships. “No Evil Foods has been a customer-driven brand from day one,” she said. “When we started to expand nationally, it was because we have unique products with an unbeatable combination of sustainability, recognizable …

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Beyond Burger in Store

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Beyond Meat and American Cancer Society to Advance Research on Plant-Based Meat and Cancer Prevention

Beyond Meat and the American Cancer Society (ACS) announce a multi-year agreement to advance research on the link between plant-based meat and cancer prevention. The first-of-its-kind commitment aims to increase the understanding of how plant-based meats contribute to healthy diet patterns, and their potential role in cancer prevention. The study will also help ACS to build a foundation of plant-based meat and diet data collection, and is a critical step toward long-term research on plant-based proteins.  “American Cancer Society guidelines have long recommended a diet rich in plant foods with limited intake of processed and red meat,” said William L. Dahut, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer at the American Cancer Society.  He continued, “While short-term research studies have shown that switching to plant-based meat improves risk …

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Thrilling Bakon

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Thrilling Foods’ Bakon Receives US Patent for ‘World’s First’ Fat Streaked Plant-Based Bacon

Portland, Oregon food company Thrilling Foods announces it has received a US patent for its novel fatty and lean protein-streaked vegan bacon, known as Bakon. The innovation covers a breakthrough protein structure that releases fat during the cooking process, in much the same way as conventional bacon. The company is also planning to open a third production facility to keep up with soaring demand.  The US patent covers Thrilling’s techniques that harness the genuine flavor and texture of pork bacon, specifically its proprietary use of “protein-bound fat layers” that alternate with ultra-lean meaty layers, and the company’s use of the natural umami flavors found in certain proteins.  These special processes allow the product to render and fry in its own fat, just like traditional pork …

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juicy marbles' plant-based raw whole cut loin product

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Juicy Marbles Reveals “Biggest Piece of Plant Meat Ever Conceived” With Whole Cut Loin

The Slovenian food tech company Juicy Marbles announces the e-commerce launch of its latest plant-based meat development, the Whole-Cut Loin.   The company, which creates raw and unseasoned premium meat cuts with fat-marbled layers, claims its new loin is the “biggest piece of meat ever conceived” for the plant-based whole-cut meat category. Juicy Marbles, considered a plant-based whole-cut pioneer after the commercial release of its first product – the industry’s first plant-based filet mignon – is now adding a new product with an unusual presentation to the category. Since its debut, the company has been shipping DTC across Europe, with a limited-release 1,000-pack sale in February and across the US market, where its products “sold out in just two hours” in June.  A versatile whole-cut …

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Hemp-Based Meat Producer Planet Based Foods Partners With World-Renowned Distributors

Planet Based Foods, which specialises in hemp-based meat products, announces new distribution agreements with KeHE Distributors, United Natural Foods, Inc, and DPI Specialty Foods. The San Diego company has enjoyed a successful year, having debuted the first plant-based meats made with hemp as the primary ingredient on the US market just this February. Taquitos made from the hemp meat were showcased in March shortly before the company floated on the US-based OTCQB equity market under the symbol PBFFF. This April saw Planet Based’s launch on Amazon, in August the company announced its first retail distribution, and most recently, in October, it entered a new manufacturing partnership with Cedarlane Natural Foods to increase production capacity. The following prospective distribution locations are expected to distribute the following …

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Esencia Founders

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Esencia Foods: “The First Company in Europe to Produce Alt Seafood Based on Mycelium”

Headed by Scientist and Chef Bruno Scocozza, and ‘Mercenary turned Missionary’ Hendrik Kaye; Berlin’s Esencia Foods says it is “building the fish and seafood alternatives of the future based on mushroom mycelium”. We caught up with Bruno and Hendrik to find out about their plans to feed the world with with mushroom roots. Please introduce yourself and Esencia Foods to our readers Henrik: Esencia Foods is the first company in Europe to produce alternatives to seafood based on mushroom mycelium, using solid-state fermentation. Our mission is to promote the global transition to sustainable ocean stewardship – without asking consumers to compromise on taste, texture or price. What inspired you to start a company?  Henrik: A Dutch researcher said, “Humanity needs to produce more food in …

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