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Else Successfully Concludes 2nd Preclinical Trial of Plant-Based, Soy-Free Baby Formula

Else Nutrition, the baby, toddler and children nutritional company, announces it has successfully completed a second preclinical study on its Plant-Based infant formula, marking a critical new phase for bringing its innovative 0-12 month infant formula to market.  Made without soy, Else’s product seeks to fill a major gap in the global $70 billion infant formula industry for dairy-free and clean-label alternatives. In the second trial, Else’s study showed proper protein efficiency in preclinical models, a significant finding that demonstrates the formula’s protein bioavailability with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory bodies.  Ongoing shortage The company’s announcement is a welcome development in unprecedented times, as the US continues to face a severe shortage in baby and toddler formula supplies. In the week …


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Natreve’s MOOLESS Animal-Free Whey Protein Enters Retail at 600+ Vitamin Shoppe Stores

Natreve, a nutrition and wellness brand, announces its highly anticipated MOOLESS animal-free whey protein is now available in over 690 Vitamin Shoppe stores across the US. The news marks the official retail launch for MOOLESS, a protein powder made with Perfect Day’s precision fermented whey. The product is also available through Natreve’s website and will expand to more retailers in the coming months.  Containing 20 grams of protein, 4.6 grams of BCAAs and a full range of digestive enzymes, MOOLESS is molecularly identical to conventional, cow-derived whey and provides the same nutritional benefits, Natreve states. Unlike animal-based whey, MOOLESS does not contain any lactose and hormones.  A first mover Available in four flavors – Vanilla Bean Cupcake, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Cookies and Cream and Strawberry …


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Nuritas Reveals New Headquarters Near Yale to Expand Plant-Based Peptides Research

Dublin-based biotechnology company Nuritas announces its new North American headquarters will be built in Connecticut, near Yale University. Founder and CEO Dr. Nora Khaldi will relocate to the US to lead the company as it enters a major stage of expansion, and prepares to launch key products. For its new office, the company is also hiring for leadership roles in business development, marketing, science and other areas.  The Peptide Finder A pioneer of researching and commercializing plant-based bioactive peptides, Nuritas says it has created the world’s largest database of peptide knowledge through its AI and genomics platform, Nπϕ™ (Nuritas Peptide Finder). The platform is able to analyze billions of peptides within plants and other natural sources to predict how they affect health and interact with …



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Ctrl Alt Meat: Good Global Health Makes a World of Difference

by Katie Briefel

Last year’s word of the year, according to Merriam Webster, was ‘vaccine’, which followed ‘pandemic’ in 2020 and ‘climate emergency’ in 2019. It reinforces the sense that our health and our climate are at the forefront of public concerns – and nowhere are these issues more interconnected than in our global food system. Last month saw both World Health Day and Earth Day, so it’s a timely moment to consider how we can address and improve human, animal and planetary health by improving the food system. In particular through addressing emissions and land usage, disease outbreak and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  These are topics covered widely by antibiotics expert Dr Lance Price and investigative journalist Andrew Wasley in the podcast produced by the Jeremy Coller Foundation, …


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Brightseed Completes $68M Series B to Commercialize Novel Hemp Ingredients

Brightseed, a pioneer in tech-based phytonutrient research, announces it has raised $68M in Series B funding to accelerate its plant nutrient discovery and bring new ingredients, including special hemp-derived compounds, to market. The company’s first hemp compounds, NCT and NFT, are derived from upcycled seed hulls and are expected to launch in the next nine months.  Hemp may lower fat Using its Forager AI platform, Brightseed is able to identify and map plants’ bioactive compounds and relate them to human health benefits with rapid speed, reports NutraIngredients-USA. Forager technology has so far mapped 2 million plant compounds, including N-trans caffeoyltyramine (NCT) and N-trans-feruloyltyramine (NFT) from hemp hulls. Preclinical research suggests the hemp compounds help to reduce liver fat and regulate lipid levels. To commercialize these …


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The Plant Revolution: Clean Label Food Needs to Be The Norm, Not the Exception

Priyanka “Pri” Srinivas, founder and CEO of The Live Green Co, here writes a special guest article for vegconomist, putting forth her thoughts on why companies in the health food industry need to get on board with clean label products. Perspectives on healthy eating have been shifting significantly worldwide, inaugurating a general “green” trend moving towards more plant-based and sustainable diets. It was shown that plant-only eating doubled in continental Europe between 2016 and 2020 and another report found the number of vegans in the United States rocketed up by 500% over a similar time period.  While it is important that this “plant revolution” retains its authenticity and credibility, even vegan ‘meats’ can fall into the newly recognized category of ‘ultra-processed’ food, which has been …


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Optimize Nutritional Profile by Adding Creatine: The New Generation of Milk Alternatives Contains Creapure®

Being adequately supplied with creatine can be made easy for vegans and vegetarians. Namely, by fortifying plant-based substitutes with Creapure® (creatine monohydrate). Besides meat substitutes, Creapure® also works in milk alternatives. Innovative milk alternatives containing Creapure® provide an optimal supply of creatine to support energy metabolism; for health, performance, and vitality. Creatine is a natural component in animal products, especially in meat and fish, but also in traces in dairy products. However, plant foods do not contain any creatine. Individuals who consume little or no creatine, especially vegans and vegetarians, have lower creatine levels compared to omnivores. Creatine is essential for the proper functioning of cells in the human body. To ensure a healthy energy metabolism, dietary creatine intake is important for these individuals. Milk …


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Roquette Develops Gelatin-Free Pea-Based Softgel to Make Medications Vegan-Friendly

Roquette has created a pea-based softgel solution that can be used to make an alternative to gelatin capsules. The new launch will make it easier for companies to produce vegan-friendly medications and supplements. Made from pea starch, carrageenan, sorbitol, and a gelling agent, Roquette’s ready-to-use pharmaceutical-grade solution is called LYCAGEL™ Premix. It is fully plant-based and meets EU and US standards for both pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products. The solution allows manufacturers to easily make capsules with comparable characteristics to the conventional gelatin-based variety. These characteristics include strength, seal integrity, quick drying time with no stickiness, fast disintegration, and no cross-linking. The capsules also have a higher processing temperature suitability than gelatin. Animal-free pharmaceuticals Around 70% of medications contain ingredients of animal origin. Surveys suggest that …


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New V-Label Survey Finds Plant-based Ingredients in Sports Nutrition Gaining Popularity in Europe

Data from 18 European countries show that plant-based ingredients are appealing to consumers interested in sports nutrition products. For instance, 18,000 Europeans are interested in: plant protein (71%), rice protein (60%), potato protein (59%), wheat protein (59%), pea protein (58%), soy protein (56%), algae protein (41%), and hemp protein (41%). Interestingly, the most common protein on the market – whey – was second in terms of favorability, chosen by 69% of respondents. Egg protein was even lower with 57%. The survey demonstrates that food producers that want to introduce new products or boost sales should continue educating consumers and focus on communicating the various benefits their ingredients and products may bring to their consumers.      Ingredients and flavours Sports nutrition food and drink producers introducing new …


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SternVitamin Releases New Micronutrient Premixes to Fortify Oat Drinks, Vegan Burgers & Alt Seafood

It is argued by some that a fully vegan diet can lack certain micronutrients, such as vitamins B12, B2 and D, and calcium, iron, selenium, and zinc, as well as the amino acid lysine and certain omega-3 fatty acids. SternVitamin GmbH develops individual vitamin and mineral mixes that also include functional ingredients like amino acids and plant extracts, suitable for enriching foods, beverages, and nutritional supplements. SternVitamin develops premixes to meet certain target-group-specific needs, such as strengthening the bones, the immune system or gut health. “Customer interest in micronutrient premixes for plant-based products is growing,” says SternVitamin Product Manager Dr Christina Mesch. “So together with our sister company Planteneers, we have developed further concepts for plant-based drinks that address the current health trend.” Oat drinks …


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Vegans in USA are Happier Than Meat-Eaters, Study Finds

An organisation called Tracking Happiness surveyed 11,537 respondents from the United States in a study called Eat Green, Be Happy: Evidence Of The Connection Between Veganism And Happiness, which found that the average happiness rating was higher amongst vegans and vegetarians. “We believe that happiness and sustainability go hand in hand. Sustainable behavior is linked to increased mental health” The researchers asked questions such as, “If you look back at the last year of your life, how would you rate your happiness on a scale from 1 to 10?” and found that the average happiness rating of all 11,537 respondents was 6.90, but was found to be higher amongst vegans. Vegans report higher happiness levels than meat-eaters (+7%). Happier people are more likely to turn …


Benefits Of Plant-Based Diet Recognized By Canadian Healthcare Professionals at Annual Conference

Internationally acclaimed speaker and award-winning author, Brenda Davis, RD will give a keynote speech titled “Unleashing the Power of Plant-Based Diets” at this year’s Canadian Plant-Based Nutrition Conference (CPBNC). The two-day event brings together Canadian healthcare professionals and members of the public to highlight the many benefits of a whole food plant-based diet.


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Latinx Military Veteran & Serial Entrepreneur Founds VictuaLiv, Reverses Her Borderline Anemia

VictuaLiv, translated as food and life, was founded by Latinx entrepreneurs Desiree Mora and Alexander Hovik, a former sponsored athlete who is also plant-based. Three-time entrepreneur Mora says that through creating VictuaLiV, a vegan supplement offering a formula of nine essential nutrients, she was able to reverse her borderline anemia and thrive on a plant-based diet.