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Veganly Deli Uses Superfoods to Create High Protein Vegan Deli Meats

Veganly Deli is a gourmet plant-based food producer in the UK that applies Michelin quality standards to produce high protein deli meats and dairy free cheeses aiming to make a contribution towards a new mainstream of plant-based eating. The product range of the British gourmet manufacturer includes variety of charcuterie, proper brie cheese, spicy n’duja spread and foie gras pate. The entire range is vegan and 100% natural, without refined sugars, additives or thickeners. According to Veganly Deli, the unique selling point of its products is the implementation of nutritional superfoods and protein powders. In place of standard flours, Veganly Deli uses a mix of organic hemp, rice and pumpkin protein, upping the protein content & quality of the product. Each meat of the range …

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As Seafood Alternatives Gain Popularity, Planteneers Provides Custom Solutions for Manufacturers

Planteneers GmbH, headquartered in Germany, develops and produces custom system solutions for plant-based alternatives to meat and sausages, as well as cheese and dairy products. In 2021, Planteneers added a new category to its portfolio by introducing plant-based alternatives to fish and seafood. With its expanded range, Planteneers is delivering answers for the rising demand in plant-based seafood. Among its new products are plant-based calamari and shrimp. Both foods can be produced using the same system, with individual product variants made by adjusting the form and colour. Alt seafood opportunities for manufacturers As interest and demand for plant-based alternatives to fish and seafood is on the rise, manufacturers are looking for answers, including matching ingredients and knowhow, to shape the next category within the plant-based …

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Kerry Reveals 2022 Top Taste Trends in Plant-Based

According to Kerry, one of the world’s leading taste and nutrition companies, taste trends for 2022 are underpinned by proactive health and sustainable nutrition priorities, but also a desire to explore traditional tastes and new formats. Trends that were accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic have developed and will become more sophisticated this year, with consumers seeking new tastes paired with familiar formats and flavours. The insights are contained in Kerry’s Global Taste Charts for 2022, which highlights the flavours and ingredients that are set to inspire food and beverage innovators across the globe. “Consumers travelling the world through their tastebuds” “A desire for authentic flavours is driven by an interest in long-term wellness and overall health following the COVID-19 pandemic, while cravings for more novel …

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La Vie Raises €25M in Series A From Angels Including Natalie Portman & Oatly Chairman

French startup La Vie, which specialises in the production of plant-based alternatives to traditionally pork-based products such as bacon or lardons, announced this morning a record €25 million Series A funding round. The startup announced on socials: “So proud to announce a record fundraising of 25 million Euros in a Series A round. This funding will allow us to expand at lightning speed in France, the UK and Europe. Also, it will accelerate our innovation program to bring even more yummy products to consumers.  “A big thank you to our amazing investors Seventures (lead), Partech, Oyster Bay, Capagro, Entrepreneur First & Bleu Capital. Lots of love to our business angels who committed to the issue of food transition: Natalie Portman, Actress, Producer and Director; Thibaud …

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Ireland: Boojum Partners with Oumph! to Add Plant-Based Mexican Meat to Menus

Mexican QSR chain Boojum has announced a new partnership with plant-based producer Oumph! to bring vegan chicken to its menus for the first time. The Ireland-based restaurant chain is making the move as popularity for its meat-free choices has “skyrocketed” over recent years. In celebration of Veganuary, Boojum is partnering with Oumph! – one of the UK and Europe’s leading alt meat brands. The result is a plant-based chicken to add to any of the main meals on the menu and seasoned with the Boojum blend of spices. The vegan chicken option will be available at all Boojum restaurants across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Boojum states that its meat-free choices have grown significantly in popularity in the past few years, giving the …

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Impact Food: Developing the “First Ever” Fully Plant-Based Raw Tuna

Impact Food is an alt-seafood startup from the University of California’s Haas School of Business. The company’s first product is plant-based raw tuna which replicates the flaky, delicate texture of the conventional variety. The startup’s founders are Kelly Pan, who is in charge of strategy and business development, Stephanie Claudino Daffara, who leads market research and design, and Adrian Miranda, who is responsible for product research and development. The three met on a course at UC Berkley’s Alt-Meat Lab. After extensive trial and error, the startup found that some plant starches and proteins are able to replicate the texture of raw fish. The founders also discovered ingredients that mimic the aroma and nutritional profile of seafood. The ingredients used have not yet been revealed. Approved …

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Pearlita Opens Research Lab to Develop World’s First Cultivated Oysters

Pearlita, the latest startup seeking to disrupt seafood, announces the opening of a new research lab in Raleigh, NC to grow oysters from cellular agriculture.  While many alt-seafood companies focus on cell cultivation of various species of fish and crustaceans, Pearlita is the first food tech company to work with oysters – a global delicacy whose soaring popularity has led to increased pressure on ecologically important wild stocks.    By cultivating oysters’ special tissues from living cells, Pearlita hopes to fully recreate the mollusk’s beloved flavors and textures without the overharvesting and killing of wild populations.  In addition to easing the burden on marine life, Pearlita’s production process would take place in a controlled and sterile environment, eliminating the risk of contamination from pollution and …

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Israel’s Major Food Producer Tnuva Collaborates with BioTech Company Pluristem For Cultivated Food Platform

The Tnuva Group, Israel’s largest food conglomerate, just announced the launch of a collaboration with local biotechnology company Pluristem to develop, manufacture and commercialize cultivated products for the food industry. The collaboration started with the incorporation of a new company called NewCo that will receive exclusive, global, royalty bearing licensing rights to use Pluristem’s proprietary technology and know-how to be used in the field of cultured meat. The Tnuva Group will invest $7.5 million in NewCo, according to a pre-money valuation of $40 million, with the option to invest up to an additional $7.5 million over a period of 12 months following the closing. NewCo will use its own funding and resources to promote its mission, with Tnuva providing the R&D platform to develop consumer …

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Vegan Strongman Patrik Baboumian Brings “Game-Changing” GREENFORCE to UK

German food tech start-up, GREENFORCE, has today launched officially in the UK, with the move being endorsed by world record-breaking vegan strongman Patrik Baboumian.  After success across Northern Europe, plant-based meat brand GREENFORCE will bring its powdered vegan burgers, meatballs, sausages, and mince to the rapidly-expanding UK plant-based market. The ‘powder-to-meat’ concept enables a longer shelf-life and greater sustainability while avoiding an energy-intensive supply chain.  Game Changer Patrik Baboumian Vegan athlete Patrik Baboumian – famous for his role in plant-based nutrition documentary The Game Changers – serves as lead brand ambassador for climate-neutral company GREENFORCE, which recently secured €15 million to accelerate growth and international expansion. Baboumian is a passionate activist in the space and has previously endorsed plant-based producer Upfield – owner of Violife …

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Vegan Fried Chick*n Brand VFC Raises $10.3M, Plans “Fast-Paced” US Growth

UK based vegan fried chick*n startup VFC Foods Ltd, launched by Veganuary founder Matthew Glover just 13 months ago, has secured £7.5m ($10.3m) in a seed round led by Veg Capital, and plans extensive growth into US and international markets.  The fresh funds will be used by the social media star to support greater capacity, team building, marketing, R&D and upscaling of the business in international markets, following a massively successful 2021 that saw growth into mainland Europe and mainstream retail expansion into the UK’s biggest supermarket Tesco.  “Huge interest from investors” Veg Capital, which also invested in VFC’s earlier seed round in March of last year, is an ethical fund which donates all profits to animal charities and provides early-stage capital to companies working …

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Growthwell Foods Launches HAPPIEE!, a New Plant-Based Chicken and Fish Range

Singaporean alt-meat company Growthwell Foods launches HAPPIEE!, its latest plant-based line. Growthwell Foods, a leading Southeast Asian producer of meat alternatives, has unveiled a new product range. Called HAPPIEE!, it consists of four plant-based products — Chickiee Nuggets, Chickiee Popcorn, Fishiee Sticks, and Fishiee Patties. The chicken alternatives are made with soy, and the fish alternatives with the Southeast Asian plant konjac. The HAPPIEE! range is manufactured at Growthwell’s new Innovation and R&D Manufacturing Centre, which is Singapore’s first fully automated large-scale production line for plant-based products. It contains one of the country’s first HME (high moisture extrusion) lines, significantly improving the texture of the new product range. HAPPIEE! products will be available at selected FairPrice and Cold Storage outlets, as well as several restaurants …

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Vegnables Plant-Based Boxes Launching Wefunder Campaign to Re-Invent Lunchables

Snack boxes filled with ready-to-eat foods are a perennial favorite of kids’ school lunches. Now, Vegnables has arrived to offer a new option for tasty, allergy-friendly, plant-based lunch box meals. The company is preparing to launch on Wefunder on January 24th.  Filling a snack box void  According to Vegnables (pronounced VEE-gan-a-buls), 50 million parents buy Lunchables every year, but such products are typically filled with artificial additives, allergens and unhealthy levels of sodium. Vegnables was created to a convenient, affordable and familiar snack box made with healthier plant-based ingredients.  Vegnables’ products, inspired by Lunchables, are available online and in select retailers. They are currently available in three varieties: Nacho Box – Nachos, cheese and salsa Pizza Box – Pizza crust, tomato sauce, and shredded cheese …

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Meatless Farm Launches Frozen Range, Including New Vegan Meatballs

Meatless Farm launches frozen range of alt-meat products at Morrisons in time for Veganuary. Meatless Farm, one of the UK’s most popular alt-meat brands, has moved into the frozen category with the launch of five new products. The range features frozen versions of the company’s plant-based chicken burgers, beef burgers, sausages, and mince, as well as a brand new product — vegan meatballs. The frozen products allow for larger pack sizes, which offer improved value and convenience while reducing food waste. All five products will be available at 490 Morrissons stores nationwide by the end of the month. The supermarket has been working to increase its plant-based offerings during Veganuary and has recently launched a new 50-strong range called Plant Revolution. Expansion across four continents …

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AuraPea Raises $1.5M For Chickpea-Based Meat, Plans Expansion Into Europe & Asia

AuraPea is a new Richmond, VA  company pioneering clean-ingredient alternative meats using the brand’s novel chickpea base, known as Auratein.  Founded by Ben Pasternak in early 2021, AuraPea succeeded in raising $1.5 million from investors to lead a “new frontier” of food innovation in Richmond and the Mid-Atlantic region, according to the Washington Business Journal.  Free of common fillers  Unlike most plant-based meats on the market, AuraPea completely excludes the use of fillers and emulsifiers, such as methlycellulose, to bind plant proteins together. Instead, as Pasternak explains, AuraPea utilizes a patented process that transforms chickpea’s protein while fully maintaining its binding structure and capabilities. This preservation of functionality, Pasternak says, allows the protein to naturally bind without the use of added fillers.  AuraPea’s product line …

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No Evil Foods Plant-Based Meats Named a Real Leaders Top 200 Impact Company

No Evil Foods has been selected as a Top 200 Impact Company by Real Leaders, a global media platform dedicated to positive change. The plant-based meat brand was recognized for demonstrating industry leadership and driving positive social and environmental innovations.  Based in North Carolina, No Evil Foods was founded in 2014 by Sadrah Schadel & Mike Woliansky to create minimally processed and nutrient-dense plant-based meats. The couple initially sold their products at local farmer’s markets before quickly expanding and obtaining major distribution deals with Whole Foods Market, Walmart and other large retailers.  In 2020, No Evil Foods became the first Plastic Negative Certified plant-based meat company by partnering with rePurpose Global. Through the agreement, No Evil Foods removes as much plastic as it creates by …

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