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Global Food Company Sigma Debuts ‘Better Balance’ Plant-Based Meats and Dairy in US

Sigma, a multi-billion dollar food company with leading brands in 18 countries, announces the launch of its new plant-based brand Better Balance in the US. Featuring plant-based shreds, grounds, and dairy-free cheese, Better Balance is currently available for foodservice channels, with future plans for additional products and direct-to-consumer sales. Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Better Balance states its products focus on providing great taste, texture, nutrition and versatility. Offerings include: Shreds …

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Project Pollo Opens 13th Texas Location As It Aims to Compete with Chick-Fil-A

Project Pollo, a Texas vegan chicken chain, announces it will open its 6th location in San Antonio, TX on August 20th. The outlet will mark the chain’s 13th overall location as it approaches its 2nd anniversary, and continues on its bold mission to open 100 restaurants by 2025.  Crispy chick’n sandwiches For the latest opening, Project Pollo will host an August 18th celebration featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the San …

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La Vie is Attacked by French Meat Lobby, Fights Back

Just weeks after being hit by the new French laws banning the use of meat-like terminology, thus preventing the startup from using terms such as ‘bacon’ or ‘lardon’ on its labelling, French vegan bacon specialist La Vie has been attacked by INAPORC, the pork lobby, as its plant-based lardons are too similar to animal-based lardons. “The pork lobby has put us on notice for ‘unfair competition’, because our vegetable lardons …

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India’s Sudo Foods Raises Seed Funding From Prominent Lineup of Investors

 Just a few weeks after its launch, India’s Sudo Foods has completed a successful seed round. The startup raised funding from Java Capital and Betaplus Capital, along with angel investors Ravi Saxena, Deep Bajaj, and Ajay Garg. Sudo is an alt-meat brand founded by former investment bankers Abhinav Chawla and Sadhika Agarwal. The startup says it will significantly expand its team following the funding round, hiring experts in foodtech, food …

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NotCo Launches Best-Selling NotBurger in US Retailers Nationwide

NotCo, the Chile-based food tech unicorn, is launching its signature NotBurger in retailers across the US. The brand’s AI-created burger, which has enjoyed sell-out success in Latin America, can now be found at Whole Foods Market and select regional retailers, with an upcoming rollout at Sprouts Farmers Markets in August.  Created with ingredients like peas, bamboo, spinach, chia seeds, and cocoa powder, the NotBurger offers the taste and tenderness of …

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MyForest Foods Opens ‘World’s Largest’ AirMycelium Vertical Farm and Expands MyBacon Retailers

MyForest Foods Co., maker of mycelium-based MyBacon, announces the opening of Swersey Silos, a new vertical farm dedicated to scaling the brand’s popular mushroom bacon. Utilizing AirMycelium technology, the farm is part of 120,000 sq. ft. of new infrastructure MyForest is building to serve one million consumers by 2024.   Located in Green Island, NY, Swersey Silos was designed and constructed by Ecovative, the mycelium materials company that spun off MyForest …

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Future Farm Announces Collaborations With Four Los Angeles Restaurants

Leading Brazilian alt-meat brand Future Farm has announced partnerships with a series of four Los Angeles restaurants — Ggiata, Prince Street Pizza, Cofax, and Golden State. Each of the restaurants will offer a menu item made with one of Future Farm’s meat alternatives, with the new options available for up to a month following their launch. The collaborations will be as follows. Ggiata (July 21 – Aug 21): Future Farm …

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Skinny Butcher Reports “Stranger Things” Nuggets are Walmart’s #1 Selling Plant-Based Item

Plant-based poultry brand Skinny Butcher is reporting record retail sales following its initial debut in US Walmart stores in May. According to the company, its signature Crazy Crispy Chick’n Nuggets have become the top-selling plant-based item across all US Walmart stores, and is the third most popular frozen poultry substitute in the country, based on sales data provided by IRI.  Co-branded with Netflix’s immensely popular Stranger Things series, the Skinny …

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Korea’s Shinsegae Foods Reveals Plans for $10M US Plant-Based Meat Subsidiary

Shinsegae Foods, the food business arm of South Korean retail giant Shinsegae Group, announces plans to create Better Foods, Inc., a wholly owned US subsidiary for plant-based meats. The news comes a year after the company released Better Meat, an alt-meat product line, in Starbucks stores throughout Korea.  Boosting competitiveness To establish the US-based Better Foods, Shinsegae states it will spend $6M on setting up the subsidiary by next month, …

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Meati Foods Raises $150M in Series C Round Backed by Chipotle Mexican Grill

Meati Foods, the creator of Eat Meati whole-cut meat alternatives, has raised $150M in Series C funding to expand the production and accessibility of the brand’s whole-food, mushroom root proteins. The funds will help complete the company’s 100,000 sq. ft. Mega Ranch in Thornton, CO, which will begin to ship product in late 2022 and is capable of producing tens of millions of pounds of Meati protein each year. Additionally, …

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Beyond Meat in China: Plant-Based Pork Patties Make Their Debut & Beyond Burger Launches at Dicos

Beyond Meat has launched a new product, Plant-Based Pork Patties, onto the Chinese market. The patties are available at Tmall stores and come in two flavours — Classic and Spicy. According to Beyond, the Plant-Based Pork Patties are juicy and high in protein, with significantly less fat than their conventional pork counterparts. They come in a pack of eight and take just five minutes to cook from frozen. Beyond Pork …

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Genghis Grill Adds Dr. Praeger’s Plant-Based Chick’n and Sausage to Menu

Fast casual chain Genghis Grill is partnering with Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods to add new plant-based proteins to its menu. Fans of Genghis Grill, which specializes in made-to-order stir fries, can now order Dr. Praeger’s gluten-free vegan chick’n or sausage in any bowl creation.  Based in Dallas, TX, Genghis Grill operates over 50 locations across the US. The new partnership marks the chain’s first plant-based collaboration and expands its vegan-friendly …

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OZO Partners with Chicago Cubs as Official Plant-Based Protein of Wrigley Field

Planterra’s OZO, a brand owned by meat giant JBS, announces it has been named the official plant-based protein of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Through the exclusive partnership, Cubs fans can now find OZO products at select concession stands throughout the Wrigley Field ballpark.  “An iconic ballpark” Starting this week, the new plant-based meal options include burgers, shredded chicken nachos and Mexican seasoned ground, and will allow fans to choose …

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Eatplanted Partners With TV Chef Gizzi Erskine For Plantstronomy Cooking Event

Swiss alt-meat brand Eatplanted has partnered with British chef and TV personality Gizzi Erskine to create a cooking event called Plantstronomy. The first Plantstronomy event was held at Leiths School of Food and Wine on July 12. Erskine used Eatplanted’s chicken and pulled pork alternatives to make two gourmet dishes — Thai Crispy Mock Duck & Watermelon Salad, and Braised Eatplanted Chicken Tacos with Pink Pickled Onions, Blackened Pineapple, Avocado …

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Mind Blown Seafood Debuts New Crab Cakes and Launches National Distribution at Sprouts Farmers Market

Mind Blown by The Plant-Based Seafood Co. announces the launch of its fourth alt-seafood product, Mind Blown Crab Cakes, and its first national distribution at Sprouts Farmers Markets. Starting today, the brand’s new Crab Cakes, Dusted Shrimp, and Dusted Scallops will be available at Sprouts locations across the US.  The Mind Blown Crab Cakes feature plant protein and are seasoned with celery and onion to recreate the classic flavors of …

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