Billion Vegans, the online vegan marketplace created by entrepreneurs Amir Lavi and Alon Hochberg, has recently launched with the initial offering of 4,500 vegan products, and was billed as the Vegan Amazon at the time. Aiming to be a one-stop marketplace, Billion Vegans offers a wide range of certified vegan products from food, clothing, and cosmetics to toys and books.
PAIO is a PETA-certified unique vegan shoe brand based in India, creating handcrafted shoes for the conscious consumer. Their made-to-order shoes can be completely customised from design modifications and heel heights to material selection and all the shoes are entirely handmade from start to finish.
Upton’s Naturals, an independently owned natural foods company based in Chicago, have focused on creating meat alternatives with vegan values since 2006. They offer a range of plant-based protein goods including various flavours of jackfruit and seitan, as well as ready-made dishes such as Thai curry, macaroni cheese, noodle dishes, vegan bacon and a classic burger – all created with real, recognisable ingredients.
Avocado Green Mattresses offer affordable eco-friendly mattresses made of the finest natural, organic and non-toxic materials since 2015. All their products are handmade to order in California, including their recently introduced vegan matresses, which are made of organic cotton instead of wool.
Nutcrafter Creamery was founded by Francesco Accolla and Aimee Jackson, both long term vegans with a composite professional background ranging from classical music composition to psychology, always in deep love for authentic food, cooking and the bonding of cultural process that springs from preparing and sharing a meal together.
When it comes to dietary supplements, many consumers think of vitamin pills or tasteless protein shakes for bodybuilders. But the start-up Huel proves that dietary supplements can also be balanced, fast-acting and, above all, healthy. The international team produces “healthy nutrition in powder form”, which is very much in line with current trends. This was reason enough for us to interview James McMaster about the concept and its advantages.
Jacy Reese is a writer, social scientist, and co-founder of the Sentience Institute. He has previously worked as a senior fellow at Sentience Politics, and as Chair of the board of directors for Animal Charity Evaluators. His work focuses on anti-speciesism, cellular agriculture, and on educating about factory farming. In 2017 Reece was recognized as one of Vice’s Humans of the Year.
Bond Pets Food is creating slaughter-free meat proteins for cats and dogs, based on the belief that it isn’t necessary to harm one animal to feed another. With the contribution of biotechnology experts and board-certified veterinary nutritionists Bond will produce clean, antibiotic-free animal protein through fermentation, and mix with natural ingredients to create superior and sustainable food for pets.
Higher Steaks is one of the new players on the rapidly growing clean meat market. Using state-of-the-art cell culture techniques, they create meat in a sustainable way, without killing any animals in the progress. Said to taste exactly the same as traditional meat, cell-based meat has the potential to use 99% less land, 96% less water, 45% less energy and has up to 96% less greenhouse gas emissions.
Olivia Fox Cabane is the former Director of Innovative Leadership for Stanford StartX, the current Chair of the International Alliance for Alternative Protein, and the bestselling author of ‘The Charisma Myth‘. In addition to being a keynote speaker and executive coach to the leadership of Fortune 500 companies such as Google, MGM and Deloitte, she lectures at Harvard, Yale, MIT and the United Nations.
The world of business is subject to constant change. New, innovative ideas and products aimed at revolutionising the market are always coming along. Change is especially rapid in the plant-based sector, so it’s nice to have a partner with many years of experience and financial strength at your side. This is exactly what Katjesgreenfood – Europe’s first food impact investor – offers. In an interview with Dr. Manon Sarah Littek, we learned more about the concept, its focus and her assessment of the future of the vegan market.