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Bond Pet Foods Raises $17.5M in Series A From Sia and Top Investors to Scale Fermented Meat Proteins

Bond Pet Foods, a biotech startup using fermentation to create meat proteins for pet food, announces it has completed its Series A fundraising round totaling $17.5M. The startup has also broken ground on a new 15,000 sq. ft. production facility in Boulder, CO.  The oversubscribed round included top global agribusiness companies ADM Ventures (Archer Daniels Midland Company) and Cavallo Ventures (Wilbur Ellis), as well as institutional funds Genoa Ventures and Lever VC; and food/tech and sustainability investors Thia Ventures and iSelect Fund, among others. Musical icons Sia Isabelle Furler and Joan Jett also participated in the round. A key trend   The startup plans to use the new funding to expand its portfolio of meat proteins and begin scaling production at a new 15,000 sq. ft. …

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Wild Earth to Debut New Look and Pet Food Collection at SuperZoo 2022

Pet food company Wild Earth announces it is returning to SuperZoo 2022 to showcase its premium line of nutritionally complete, sustainable dog food and treats. The brand will also debut a new product design and preview its upcoming Core Collection, to be released in 2023.  New flavors At SuperZoo, North America’s largest pet retail show, Wild Earth co-founder and CEO Ryan Bethencourt will be on hand to unveil the brand’s new look and give attendees a peak at the Core Collection, which is set to hit shelves next year. The collection will feature limited ingredients and new flavors such as Rotisserie and Classic Roast, and will retail at a lower price point.  The company also plans to discuss its progress with cell-based meat development. Attendees …

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Former Impossible Foods Employee Launches “World’s First” Pet Food Made from Plant-Based Meat

Pet food startup PawCo announces the launch of its proprietary dog food made from plant-based meat. Founded by Dr. Mahsa Vazin, a former Impossible Foods employee, PawCo also reveals it raised a seed round earlier this year for an undisclosed amount.  According to the brand, it has invented the world’s first fully plant-based meat designed specifically for pet food. Made to be as tasty as traditional meat, PawCo says its recipe contains all the essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals most adult dogs need to thrive. Its product offerings feature plant-based protein mixed with a variety of fruit and vegetables; including Peanut Butter and Apple, Green Mix and Carrots, and Blueberries and Veggies.  Because the foods are animal product-free, they are also recommended for pets …

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VEDGOG Enjoys Success in Germany With Potato & Fava Bean Protein FARMER’S CRUNCH

Katjesgreenfood-backed vegan pet food manufacturer VEGDOG reports strong demand for its limited-edition FARMER’S CRUNCH dry food, created with potato and fava bean proteins, as German consumers begin to shift in the animal nutrition debate in light of new data. The dry food FARMER’S CRUNCH began as a limited-edition product, but quickly evolved into a customer favourite, according to VEGDOG. In response to the high demand, the company has now decided to add the dry food permanently to its range, saying that “it was sold out in no time at all. That’s why VEGDOG listened to the customers’ wish for more and added FARMER’S CRUNCH to its range. “The potato is particularly noteworthy. What most people don’t know is that the potato, which is by far …

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Clif Bar Plant-Based Dog Treats

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Clif Bar Launches CLIF PET Plant-Based Jerky at US Petco Stores Nationwide

American pet retailer Petco announces the launch of CLIF PET, the first line of plant-based jerky for dogs by snack brand Clif Bar and Company. Offered exclusively at US Petco stores and online, the CLIF PET jerky collection is a sustainable and innovative addition to the retailer’s curated assortment of treats and chews, says Petco.  Healthier dog treats CLIF PET represents Clif Bar’s first expansion into pet products, and features planet-friendly plant protein along with seven, easy-to-digest ingredients. Available in three flavors – Sweet Potato & Blueberry , Pumpkin & Apple and Butternut Squash & Cranberry – CLIF PET has a tender, easy-to-tear texture and contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. The product is available in 5 or 12-oz bags at a price range …

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Agronomics Reveals Cultivated Meat Pet Food Venture Good Dog Food

Agronomics, the UK cellular agriculture investment group headed by billionaire philanthropist Jim Mellon, has partnered with Roslin Technologies, made famous for the world’s first cloned adult mammal Dolly the sheep, to launch Good Dog Food. Says Jim Mellon, Executive Director of Agronomics and Chairman of Good Dog Food: “An untapped sector of the agricultural market is the production of pet food via cellular agriculture. We are delighted to be able to announce our first joint venture in the cultivated meat field, to focus on the production of cultivated pet food.” Good Dog Food will develop a novel range of pet food products made using cell-cultured meat, highlighting that the current production of companion animal food is a major driver of climate change. In the US …

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Wild Earth Plant-Based Dog Food

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Wild Earth’s Koji-Based, Meat-Free Dog Food Now Available at Walmart

Wild Earth, makers of sustainable plant-based dog food, announces the company’s superfood dry kibble will now be sold at Walmart, the world’s largest retailer. Wild Earth CEO Ryan Bethencourt broke the news on social media, and it appears the product is already listed on Walmart’s online shopping page. Made from ingredients like chickpeas, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach and oats, Wild Earth’s kibble is formulated to provide a healthier, cruelty-free alternative to conventional pet food. Developed with a team of scientists and veterinarians, the brand says its foods, based on koji protein, provide digestive and allergy relief for dogs with food sensitivities, while promoting healthier skin and coats.  700% growth in two years Wild Earth first achieved major success through Shark Tank, where Mark Cuban closed an …

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Meet Petaluma: A Mission-Driven Brand for Sustainable Dog Food

When Petaluma co-founders Caroline Buck and Garrett Wymore noticed a significant market gap for environmentally conscious dog food, they wanted to lead the change. After years of careful research and development, the couple introduced Petaluma in 2021 – a gently baked, nutritionally complete and sustainable dog food brand. Available in Roasted Sweet Potato and Peanut Butter flavors, Petaluma offers a veterinarian-formulated, plant-based alternative to conventional kibble brands, which typically require intensive use of land and fresh water, and emit excessive amounts of greenhouse gases.  According to the company, Petaluma’s products use organic ingredients such as chickpeas, sweet potatoes and flax seeds sourced from small farms, and provide all the essential nutrients dogs need to thrive. To develop the product, the co-founders worked closely with veterinarian …

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Sia Bond Pet Foods Advisor

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Pop Star Star Sia Partners with Bond Pet Foods As New Investor and Advisor

Bond Pet Foods, a biotech startup aiming to remove animals from the pet food industry, announces global music star Sia Furler is joining the company as an investor and advisor. In the new role, Furler will collaborate with the company on creative digital and marketing efforts to educate consumers about more humane and sustainable pet food production. Furler is a long-time animal advocate who has previously worked with notable non-profits such as the ASPCA and Best Friends Animal Society, according to a release. The singer also co-narrated the 2018 documentary Dominion, which spotlighted the egregious animal abuse taking place in industrial farming. “As a devout animal and environmental advocate, I’m inspired by Bond Pet Foods’ mission and believe their company is the future for sustainably-led …

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Vegan Dog Food Company Omni Raises £1.1M to Launch Functional Plant-Based Treats

UK plant-based dog food company omni has raised £1.1 million in a funding round, with investors including ProVeg International, Trellis Road, Purple Orange Ventures, Shiocap, and Kale United. The company will use the funding to launch a new lineup of plant-based dog treats that will target specific health conditions — such as skin issues, joint problems, and anxiety. Omni soft-launched in May of last year, shortly after joining the sixth cohort of the ProVeg Incubator. Since then, the dog food company has seen an average monthly growth rate of 55%. Nutritionally complete food “The sad truth is that one in four dogs in the UK will get cancer and one in two suffer from obesity,” Omni co-founder Dr. Guy Sandelowsky told vegconomist in an interview. …

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North America Vegan Pet Food Market 2021-2028 | Projected to Reach $6.48 Billion by 2028

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “North America Vegan Pet Food Market Forecast to 2028 – COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Product Type (Dry Food, Wet Food, and Others), Pet Type (Dogs and Cats), and Distribution Channel (Supermarkets and Hypermarkets, Specialty Stores, Online Retail, and Others)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. According to the study, the market is expected to reach to US$ 6,485.86 million by 2028 from US$ 3,845.64 million in 2021. The market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 7.8% from 2021 to 2028. The growing number of pet owners, fostering humanized approach towards pets, and raising pet food fortification are the major factor driving the growth of the vegan pet food market. However, nutrient inadequacy related to vegan pet food hinders …

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Clif Bar Leaps Into Pet Food with New Plant-Based Dog Treats

Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of organic energy bars, is moving into the pet food category with a new line of plant-based dog treats. According to Pet Food Processing, CLIF Pet’s Plant-Based Jerky will launch in early 2022 with three recipes: Sweet Potato & Blueberry, Pumpkin & Apple and Butternut Squash & Cranberry. Each flavor contains just seven ingredients and is formulated for easy digestion, with additional product SKU’s rolling out in the near future.  Clif Bar is distinguished among sports energy bars for being largely plant-based and organic. The company also owns the popular brands CLIF Kids and LUNA bars. By venturing into pet snacks, Clif Bar will become one of the few mainstream food companies to extend its products in such …

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BREAKING: Wild Earth Secures $23M & Reveals Plans for Cell-Based Pet Food 

Leading plant-based dog food producer Wild Earth, founded headed by prolific vegan investor Ryan Bethencourt, announces it has secured more than $23 million from all-star investors as it reveals over 700% growth 2020 to 2021. Wild Earth’s success escalated when Bethencourt closed a deal with Mark Cuban on Shark Tank in 2019. The Berkeley based company then went on to secure $11 million in Series A led by VegInvest just months later. Wild Earth is now set to further disrupt the cruel and environmentally disastrous pet food industry and is on track to release new dog and cat food products in 2022. The company is currently developing beef, chicken, and seafood cell-based meats using its proprietary technology for these launches.  Leading the revolution Bethencourt also …

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Cultured Pet Food Specialist ‘Because, Animals’ Closes Heavily Oversubscribed Seed Round Led By Orkla

Because, Animals, a biotech company growing cultured meat for dogs and cats, announces today it has closed a seed stage round led by Orkla ASA. This investment marks Orkla’s first investment in pet food and the first move for its Orkla Alternative Proteins (OAP) unit, which was recently established with the intention of becoming one of the leading competitors in the field of alternative proteins in Europe by 2030. “Partnering with a major international food player like Orkla is exactly what we sought to do from the beginning,” Shannon Falconer. The closing of the heavily oversubscribed round brings the startup’s total financing to $6.7 million to date, with follow-on investment from SOSV, Draper Associates, Keen Growth Capital, and others. With the fresh funds, Because, Animals …

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