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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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Rachel Konrad: “The Plant-Based Meat Market Will Quickly Morph Into the Entirety of the Meat Market”

As one of Asia’s leading food-tech startups, NextGen Foods has been in the vegan news frequently following its $20 million fundraise as well as the US launch of its flagship TiNDLE plant-based chicken. The Singapore based brand also named former Tesla and Impossible Foods executive Rachel Konrad as its first independent board member. vegconomist took the opportunity to speak with Konrad a few months into her new role and to find out more about why the future of meat is already here. Could you tell us what first drew you to the plant-based industry? I spent more than half of my professional career in the automotive industry, accelerating the industry’s shift to zero-emission transportation. I had an amazing run in the early days of the …


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Starfield Closes US$100M in Series B, Announces First Self-Built Factory in Xiaogan, Hubei

Chinese plant-based protein food technology company Starfield this Tuesday announced the completion of a US$100 million Series B financing round. The company also announced that its first production base and self-built factory will be located in Xiaogan, Hubei. This round is the fifth round of funding for Starfield since its foundation in 2019, reflecting the rapid development of the plant-based protein food technology sector in China. In 2020, Starfield completed a Series A round, bringing its total funding to over $10 million and making it the fastest-growing plant-based brand in China. Vegan Beef for the Chinese market Starfield has created a product called Master Black Pepper Plant-based Beef with whole meat texture, which is reportedly close in taste and texture to beef pastrami, at a …



German Vegan Tuna Launches from Unfished and BettaF!sh

Two plant-based seafood specialists in Germany have announced vegan tuna launches for Veganuary 2022. PlanTuna from Unfished and the vegan TU-NAH Pizza from BettaF!sh are hitting shelves across the country.   New brand Unfished brings its sustainable plant-based PlanTuna to the table, rich in nutrients comparable to its animal counterpart. The tuna comes in five varieties and will appeal to the growing number of consumers concerned with overfishing and ocean pollution. Joining the range are two ready-to-eat salads with PlanTuna, as well as a PlanTuna Spread range.  For their “Best positive Impact,” Unfished products recently won the international V-Label Award, and are manufactured by leading Romanian food company Prefera Foods.  BettaF!sh TU-NAH  Fellow German plant-based seafood brand BettaF!sh is also celebrating Veganuary with its vegan TU-NAH …


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Plantish Unveils Whole Cut Plant-Based Salmon Nutritionally Equivalent to Fish

Most of the plant-based seafood products currently on the market are alternatives to more processed options such as fish fingers and fishcakes. But Israeli startup Plantish has set out to change that with what it claims is the world’s first whole cut plant-based salmon. Following a $2 million funding round last year, Plantish has completed the development of a prototype. The boneless fillet has equivalent levels of protein, B vitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids to conventional salmon, while being free of toxins such as microplastics and mercury. The fillet is made from a combination of legume proteins and algae extract. 3D printing is used to give the salmon an authentically fibrous structure. Plantish’s plant-based salmon is expected to launch commercially in 2024, though it …


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Insights on the Plant-Based Meat Global Market to 2026

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Plant-Based Meat Market – Global Industry Analysis (2018 – 2020) – Growth Trends and Market Forecast (2021 – 2026)” report has been added to’s offering. The global plant-based meat market is expected to be worth US$13,035.6 Mn by 2026, registering a whopping CAGR of 18.9% between the forecast years of 2021 and 2026. The global plant-based meat market is a relatively new market but has an incredible potential to generate revenue as veganism becomes a highly adopted trend. The publisher indicates that the demand for plant-based meat is primarily driven by non-vegetarians changing their food habits. The need to satisfy the craving for meat with vegetarian food through feel and texture is expected to underpin the growth of this market in the …


Satvinder Bains, Home Chef and Founder of Plant Alternative

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Plant Alternative Launches [SHICKEN] Indian Kebabs into Costco UK

Plant Alternative, a London-based producer of 100% plant-based, restaurant quality Indian dishes called [SHICKEN], containing a realistic chick*n meat created from textured soya fibre, announces a retail agreement with Costco across the UK. Plant Alternative’s range of authentic Asian dishes caught the attention of Vegan investor Matthew Glover last year, who was “blown away” by their quality, resulting in an investment from his VC firm Veg Capital which helped propel the brand’s success.  Founder Satvinder Bains spent two years developing [SHICKEN] curries with a team of chefs to ensure that while using only plant-based ingredients there would be no compromise on taste. The final recipes, combining marinated and flame grilled [SHICKEN] vegan pieces and hand-crafted Indian sauces, resulted in the closest vegan match to some …



Barvecue Announces New Retail Partnerships and Giveaways for Veganuary

North Carolina’s Barvecue, producer of plant-based BBQ pulled “pork”, announces three retail launches as well as promotions with Lowes Foods and Central Market and an Instagram giveaway to mark Veganuary. Building on the remarkable momentum achieved in 2021, Barvecue is now partnering with New Seasons Market in January followed by Harmons Grocery and The Fresh Market in early February, bringing its retail footprint to 950+ stores across the US. Continued trajectory of plant-based success In February 2021 Barvecue launched its full line of plant-based meats is available now on The following month, the company announced it had broken ground on the world’s largest plant-based smokehouse – a 10,000 square foot production facility called The Carolina Smokehouse with an initial capacity of 800,000 pounds per year. In May, …


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Wienerschnitzel Launches Field Roast Vegan Hot Dogs Across All Locations Following Successful Trial

American hot dog chain Wienerschnitzel announces the company is bringing Field Roast’s plant-based hot dogs to all 327 locations for a limited time.  The dogs can be made vegan by ordering without dairy-based cheese. Billed as “The World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain”, Wienerschnitzel says the national expansion follows a successful market trial at 30 regional units. The brand’s new Veggie Dogs feature a Field Roast Signature Stadium Dog served in three different styles:  Backyard (With dairy-based American cheese, pickle spear, tomato, ketchup, and mustard)  Barbeque (Barbecue sauce, pickle spear, onions)  Chicago (Tomato, pickle spear, peppers, onions, relish, mustard, and celery salt).  Field Roast’s  Signature Stadium Dogs are crafted from a blend of pea protein and spices, and cooked in small batches over hardwood smoke. The plant-based …


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Korea’s Unlimeat Announces US Launch of Plant-Based Beef and BBQ Pork In Times Square Ad

Unlimeat, one of Asia’s leading meat alternative brands, is celebrating the launch of US sales with a new billboard in New York’s Times Square. Unlimeat’s popular products will now be available through Wooltari Mall USA, a top e-commerce platform for Korean goods. A different kind of beef Owned by the Zikooin Company, Unlimeat specializes in thinly sliced plant-based beef and roasted pork made with proprietary extrusion technology. To recreate the taste and texture of meat, the company says it uses natural ingredients such as soy and pea protein, coconut oil, cacao powder, and rice flour. Unlike most leading meat alternative brands, Unlimeat’s products cater specifically to the Asian market, particularly Korean cuisine, where dishes like bulgogi and BBQ meats form a significant part of the …


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Good Catch Launches First-to-Market Plant-Based Salmon Burgers

Good Catch, which is owned by Gathered Foods, is releasing plant-based salmon burgers through a new partnership with UNFI, one of North America’s largest distributors. According to Good Catch, 30% of American seafood consumers purchase salmon each month, and it currently ranks as the most widely eaten fish in the US.  Good Catch says the new salmon burgers are the first such item produced entirely within the US. The product offers a realistic, flaky texture and mild salmon-like flavor seasoned with citrus juice. Each burger contains 16 grams of protein, is simple to prepare, and lacks any unappealing “fishy” smell once cooked.  Propelling plant-based seafood  The burgers will be available through a new partnership with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), the largest natural grocery wholesale …


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Wagamama Launches Vegan Japanese-Inspired Fish and Chips for Veganuary

UK-based Asian fusion chain Wagamama has launched a new dish — plant-based Japanese-inspired fish and chips. The “fish” is made from battered soy, pea, and rice protein, in the style of the Japanese dish tempura. Accompanying the fish is roasted sweet potato and red onion, along with Japanese style mushy peas made with edamame beans and katsu curry sauce. Other garnishes include chilli, a lemon wedge, waga tartare with Japanese pickles, and Wagamama’s firecracker sauce. The dish is called Tempura F-ish + Bang Bang Yaki-imo, and will be available for £12.95 throughout the month of January. 50% plant-based menu Last year, Wagamama launched a new plant-based menu for Veganuary, veganising some of its most popular dishes such as Firecracker Curry, Grilled Duck Donburi, Cripsy Chilli …


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Handy Seafood, Oldest Seafood Processor in USA, Debuts Plant-Based Crab Cakes

Handy Seafood, a 125-year-old seafood processor, is releasing the company’s first vegan entree.   The Plant-Based Crabless Cake is made from a proprietary blend of pea and wheat protein, and intended to recreate the texture of traditional crab cakes. Featuring a Maryland-style flavor combined with sweet peppers and onions, Handy states the entree-sized Crabless Cakes are made from responsibly sourced vegan ingredients and contain 10 grams of protein per serving.  Based in Crisfield, Maryland, Handy Seafood specializes in crab cakes and crab meat appetizers. According to a press release, the company’s entry into plant-based products was inspired by the rise of flexitarian consumers, who now make up 42% of the market. To make plant-based eating more accessible, Handy states the new Crabless Cakes will be sold …



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Jinka Unveils World’s First Fully Prepared Plant-Based Calamari

Alt-seafood company Jinka recently revealed what may be the first pre-cooked plant-based calamari on the retail market.  Jinka quietly previewed the novel appetizer at a recent trade show, which appears to be sold as a perishable frozen product. According to the packaging, Jinka’s tempura-battered rings offer the same taste and texture as squid calamari, along with protein and omega-3 fatty acids.  The product can be eaten in snack or appetizer form, or as the centerpiece of a meal. While labeled Non-GMO, the ingredients have not yet been specified. Pending an official launch date, Jinka’s calamari would join the brand’s current line of plant-based tuna spreads and crab cakes.  The quest for calamari Though plant-based alternatives to fish and crabs are accelerating, specialized seafood delicacies like squid …


Quorn launches new products

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Quorn Launches New Products for Veganuary, Including Mini Fillets & Wings

Alt-meat brand Quorn launches new products to cater to Brits who plan to reduce their meat consumption in the new year. British company Quorn is adding five new mycoprotein-based meat alternatives to its range. The new products are Southern Fried Wings, Garlic and Herb Bites, Creamy Korma Bites, Jerk Mini Fillets, and Sweet Chilli Mini Fillets. Featuring a smokey taste and a chicken-like texture, the Wings are part of Quorn’s new Vegan Takeaway range. The Bites — balls of breadcrumb-coated mycoprotein with a filling in the centre — contain either a creamy garlic and herb sauce or a mild korma curry. The vegan Mini Fillets consist of mycoprotein marinated in either a jerk sauce or a sweet chilli sauce. They are said to be ideal …