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NONA Vegan Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Expand Italian Cream and Meat Sauces

Canadian sauce maker NONA Vegan Foods announces a new $300,000 crowdfunding campaign through FrontFundr, Canada’s leading equity crowdfunding platform. The company, which sells Italian plant-based cream and meat sauces, plans to use the funding to expand its market presence in Canada and the US.  In addition to the fundraising campaign, NONA recently won the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) and Wells Fargo pitch competition. Following this success, CEO Kailey Gilchrist says the company is ready to invite investors to join in its growth. “We’re raising $300,000 on FrontFundr in order to expand our sales team and market reach in Canada and the United States” shared Gilchrist. “For as little as $250 CAD, everyday investors can be a part of our ‘famiglia’ as we embark on …

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Madrid’s First B2B Vegan Cheese Event Inducted by Väcka, Mommus & Vegasauria

Spanish vegan cheese startups Väcka, Mommus, and Vegasauria recently showcased their vegan cheese products to F&B professionals interested in animal-free and sustainable food solutions at Madrid’s 1st Petit Salón del Queso Vegano (1st Vegan Cheese Petit Salon). The event took place at The Kool Hub, a retail ecosystem space, organized by food design and innovation consultancy Singular Foods in collaboration with Food Storming, the Design Institute of Spain, Alimentaria Magazine, and Madrid Alimenta. Representing Väcka were Jan Vidal Riera and Máxime Boniface. On behalf of Mommus was Cristina Quinto Gomis, while Martin del Dedo showcased his company, Vegasauria.  According to Singular Foods, throughout the day, hospitality and food service professionals, suppliers, representatives from the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade, chefs, and journalists had the opportunity to …

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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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Eat UNRestricted: A Black-Owned Cheese Maker Expanding the Dairy-Free Market

When Dianna King entered college to study electrical engineering, she promised herself she would one day start a plant-based food business. After graduating the Georgia Institute of Technology, King worked hard to do just that, eventually launching Eat UNRestricted -a plant-based cheese company on a mission to make healthy and delicious vegan food more accessible, reports Black Enterprise.  Eat UNRestricted offers a range of products it describes as “Vegan cheese with Southern soul.” The company’s products include Better Cheddar, a cheese sauce made from carrots, potatoes, aquafaba (chickpea brine), spices, and seasonings. Sold in 9 oz and 12 oz jars, Better Cheddar is available in Original, Garlic and Chipotle varieties, and is meant to be used for cooking, spreading, dipping and snacking. The company also …

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Sophie’s BioNutrients Develops Chlorella Ice Cream with More Iron and B12 Than Cow’s Milk

Sophie’s BioNutrients, a B2B food tech company, has collaborated with the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) to produce its first chlorella-based ice cream. Made with Sophie’s dairy-free Chlorella Protein Concentrate, the new vegan ice cream boasts a complete nutritional panel, with more B12 and iron than most dairy and plant-based alternatives.  Sophie’s Chlorella Protein is a neutral-hued microalgae flour naturally cultivated from Chlorella vulgaris. The company states the Chlorella vulgaris strains it uses are US GRAS and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approved as food ingredients. More nutrients To create the ice cream, the team at Sophie’s worked with DTI’s technical experts to perform an initial screening of the ingredient’s potential, before combining it with functional ingredients that mimicked ice cream’s natural texture. The finished product …

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TBH Vegan Hazelnut Spread Appoints New Co-CEO as Part of Strategic Growth Plan

TBH, the vegan hazelnut cocoa spread co-founded by Stranger Things star Noah Schnapps, announces a realignment of its executive team, with investor and co-founder Ba Minuzzi joining current CEO Elena Guberman as co-CEO, and Ms. Guberman becoming a co-founder. According to tbh, these changes mark the beginning of a strategic growth trajectory for the brand.  Created as a better-for-you alternative to conventional hazelnut spreads, TBH (an anagram of To Be Honest) sells spreads made with simple ingredients, less sugar, and don’t use any palm oil. Since launching in 2021, TBH has built an impressive online following with over 160,000 fans on IG and TikTok, and over 20 million views of its content, thanks to Schnapp’s celebrity influence. Purpose-driven brands The brand’s new co-CEO, Ba Minuzzi, …

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Califia Farms Expands Plant-Based Creamer Line with Dairy-Free Heavy Whip

Plant-based dairy pioneer Califia Farms announces the addition of Heavy Whip, a one-to-one swap for heavy whipping cream, to its plant-based lineup.  Ideal for whipping, baking and cooking, the Heavy Whip is a multipurpose ingredient that allows consumers to customize any recipe calling for traditional heavy cream – from soup and salad dressings to whipped toppings and desserts.  Available in 16.9 oz refrigerated cartons, the unflavored, unsweetened Heavy Whip is gluten-free and made from a coconut oil base.  Each carton retails for a suggested $4.89, and as with all Califia products, the Whip is kosher and non-GMO.  New cookbook To celebrate the launch and highlight the diversity of Califia’s entire product portfolio, the company partnered with celebrity chef Carla Hall to release a new digital …

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Ingredients Trend: Flexible and Tolerant H&F Pectin for Vegan Applications

Pectin was first discovered in fruits over 200 years ago. However, the possibility of using it in food production was only recognized at the beginning of the 20th century. Pectin is a natural fibre, which is found in apples along with citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes. This makes it a purely plant-based product and perfectly suited for vegan applications — it is used for texturizing and as a gelling agent, thickener or stabilizer. In many application areas, pectin can complement or even replace other texturizing ingredients, such as gelatine in fruit gums, marshmallows and panna cotta. As a complementary ingredient, pectin with starch can effectively combine the technological advantages of both stabilizers and generate additional benefits in bakeable fruit fillings or gummy …

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New Culture Secures Investment for its Animal-Free Mozzarella

New Culture has announced an undisclosed investment from Korean food and biotech giant CJ CheilJedang to advance its animal-free mozzarella at scale.    New Culture — which plans to launch its “melty, stretchy mozzarella” at pizzerias in 2023 — explains that the new investment will go towards product development and scale-up. Founded in New Zealand but now based in San Leandro, California, New Culture creates animal-free mozzarella using microbial caseins produced via precision fermentation. The company claims its cheese alternative, made without cows, tastes and functions exactly like traditional dairy. “Invaluable experience and connections” A leading food and biotechnology company and the world’s leading fermentation-based bio-products supplier, CJ CheilJedang is also a 25% market-share holder in the US frozen pizza market. In 2019, the company …

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Modern Milkman Offers Zero-Waste Oat Milk Delivered to UK Consumers’ Doors

Modern Milkman is a sustainable grocery delivery service based in the UK, inspired by traditional local milkmen who deliver products in reusable glass bottles. While many of the brand’s products contain dairy, it also offers a plant-based range, including gluten-free oat milk made entirely with British oats. The plant milk is delivered directly to consumers’ doors, packaged in either reusable and returnable glass bottles or home-compostable cartons. Modern Milkman also offers a range of other sustainably packaged options suitable for vegans. These include cold-pressed fruit juices in returnable glass bottles, plastic-free fruit and veg, and vegan brownies in paper bags, among others. “We believe it’s important that everyone can enjoy sustainably sourced and eco-conscious products, no matter their diet or lifestyle,” said Simon Mellin, CEO …

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Miyoko’s Launches Cultured Oat Milk Butter into US Walmart Stores Nationwide

Plant-based dairy brand Miyoko’s Creamery announces it has launched its Organic Cultured Oat Milk Butter into US Walmart stores nationwide.  Described as the “world’s finest” cultured oat butter, the product is made from sunflower oil, whole-grain oat milk and coconut oil. According to the brand, the 12 oz. butter offers a convenient and allergen-friendly spread, with no gluten, lactose, soy, cashews or palm oil. The butter is also USDA Certified Organic and made without artificial colors or preservatives.  2022 has been an eventful year for Miyoko’s,  which is currently wrapping up a multi-state food truck tour it launched last month to showcase its range of artisanal cheeses and butter.  New products This spring, the brand debuted its groundbreaking Liquid Vegan Pizza Mozzarella at regional Whole …

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Canada’s Beyond Moo Debuts Single-Serve Oatgurt for Kids

Eat & Beyond Global Holdings Inc., an investment issuer focused on alternative protein, announces Canadian portfolio company Beyond Moo is expanding its product line with a single-serve oatgurt beverage for kids.  Made from 100% Canadian oats, the new oatgurt is a dairy-free, gluten-free yogurt drink that is low in sugar and provides healthy probiotics, calcium and vitamins. Available in cherry and vanilla flavors, the kid’s oatgurt comes packaged in a portable on-the-go format. Beyond Moo sells a full range of non-dairy yogurt, kefir, cream cheese-style spreads and butter. All of its products are made without dairy, gluten, nuts, soy, preservatives or artificial flavors.  Drinkable format “The drinkable format means that it’s easy to toss into kids’ lunchboxes or take on the go,” said Yulia Weber, …

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Maison Riviera, Canada’s Top Selling Alt Yogurt, Introduces Oat-Based Cheeses

Maison Riviera, the number one selling brand of dairy yogurt alternatives in Canada, continues to innovate with the launch of a line of oat-based cheeses made with oats grown in Canada. The company offers three complete lines of 100% plant-based products: yogurts, fauxmages and kefirs. All are made in Canada and made with certified gluten-free oats grown in Canada (except for the coconut milk kefirs). In addition, the recipes are allergen-free and free of unnecessary additions: dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, palm oil-free, nut-free, cholesterol-free, egg-free, peanut-free, preservatives, artificial colours and flavours. The new range of cheese alternatives comes in four types: cheddar style (block 220g and grated 227g), grated mozzarella style 227g, grated parmesan style 227g. The Quebec-based company describes the line as having a “rich …

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Change Foods Reveals Plans For Animal-Free Casein Facility in Abu Dhabi

US-Australian alt dairy company Change Foods has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility for the production of animal-free casein in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company reveals it has signed an agreement with Kezad Group to design the commercial plant with government support under the NextGen FDI initiative. David Bucca, Change Foods’ founder and CEO, commented: “We are honoured to be a part of the UAE’s NextGen FDI initiative and grateful for the strategic partnership with Kezad Group.”  “NextGen FDI is prioritizing the successful scaling of new sustainable food technologies like ours that offer significant environmental and economic development benefits. The strategic alignment behind our company’s vision to help transition the world to more sustainable food systems by scaling new food production …

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Whole Foods Market Names Kelp, Dates and Non-Dairy Milk Pulp as Top 2023 Food Trends

Whole Foods Market has released its eighth annual food trend predictions for the upcoming year. Compiling insights from over 50 Whole Foods team members, including culinary experts and regional and global buyers, the retail chain has identified nondairy milk pulp, kelp and dates as some of the biggest plant-based trends for 2023.  Nondairy milk sales continue to soar, and social media influencers are exploring new ways to make use of by-products from soy, oat and almond milk production. As TikTok creators discover inventive ways to upcycle leftovers from nut and seed-based milks, brands such as Renewal Mill are releasing baking mixes made with upcycled milk pulp, such as okara flour. Whole Foods also plans to release oatmeal chocolate chip cookies made from upcycled oats in …

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