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‘Stranger Things’ Actor Noah Schnapp Launches Capital Raise for TBH Vegan Hazelnut Spread

tbh, the company reinventing Nutella hazelnut spreads with better-for-you ingredients, announces the launch of its first capital raise on fintech platform Republic. Beginning Nov. 21st, individuals can invest as little as $50 to help tbh expand its retail footprint and grow its existing product line.  Co-founded by actor, influencer, and entrepreneur Noah Schnapp, alongside co-founders Elena Guberman and Ba Minuzzi, tbh offers a healthier, more eco-conscious version of the popular Nutella spread. Unlike its competitor, tbh’s hazelnut cocoa spread uses less sugar, contains more protein, and avoids the use of palm oil. By raising capital on Republic, a platform that allows everyone to invest in private market equity, debt or crypto offerings, tbh seeks to educate and empower a new generation to become shareholders in …

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Stand-Up Comic Oliver Polak Gets Naked in Planted’s Berlin Campaign

Food tech startup Planted wants to surprise people in Kreuzberg with a “billboard of a different kind”. Comedian Oliver Polak took off all his clothes to pose in front of the billboard at lunchtime as a living advertising message for Planted’s first plant-based kebab without additives. While the classic order is “one kebab with everything”, it is now “one kebab with nothing”. And just like the planted.kebab without additives, Oliver Polak also came “without everything”. The mission of the Swiss company, which raised £61 million in Series B last month in one of the largest alt-protein rounds in Europe, is to be better than animal meat, in terms of taste, sustainability, health and price. Planted wants to revolutionise the way meat is perceived and consumed …

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LØCI Raises £4M From Leonardo DiCaprio and More for Ocean Plastic Sneakers

British sneaker brand LØCI announces it has raised a £4 million seed round from high-profile investors including actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio. According to the fashion label, the investment from DiCaprio will help amplify its mission of making sustainable fashion more accessible and affordable.  Founded in April 2021, LØCI (pronounced “low-key”) produces vegan, biodegradable shoes that are crafted from certified recycled ocean plastic. Upon its launch, the brand achieved seven figures in sales in its first year, and has since expanded into 26 global markets, partnering with top retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.  LØCI counts Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Olivia Wilde and Eva Longoria among its celebrity fans, which has helped propel the 15-month-old brand to global fame and popularity. LØCI says …

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Wicked Kitchen Raises $20M From Investors Including Woody Harrelson

Wicked Kitchen announces today that it has raised $20 million from investors including actor Woody Harrelson, and reports that it has more than tripled its YOY sales growth.   Today’s news comes three weeks after the announcement that Wicked, established by Derek and Chad Sarno, has acquired plant-based seafood company Good Catch — also founded by the Sarno brothers — expanding the company’s multi-category range to include the Good Catch portfolio of frozen and ambient vegan seafood products. New investors include Ahimsa VC of India, NRPT of Thailand (where Wicked is set to introduce 17 products), as well as actor Woody Harrelson. Harrelson, a vegan advocate, invested in Good Catch back in 2020, and also participated in a Series A round for Orange County vegan …

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List of High Profile ‘Changemakers’ Join Chris Smalling’s ForGood Fund

Earlier this year, athlete and investor Chris Smalling, in partnership with Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni and Rebecca Wheeler, launched global investment firm ForGood, with the purpose of investing in companies that address the world’s largest environmental challenges and help end animal suffering.  In a recent announcement, the investment consultancy revealed the names of four new high-profile ‘changemakers’ joining the ForGood community: Helen Skelton, an English television presenter and actress; Barcelona footballer Héctor Bellerín; Australian Snooker Star Neil Robertson; and English-Moroccan Musician Zak Abel. According to ForGood, anyone that invests in planet-friendly ideas, products, and services becomes a ‘changemaker’, hence the concept behind the changemakers community.  ForGood connects athletes, musicians, entertainers, and personalities with early-stage businesses focused on tackling social, environmental, and animal welfare issues, making investing …

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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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London Vegan Restaurant Manna to Host Celebrity Fundraising Dinner for Dog Charities

On Thursday evening, September 29th, UK dog charities All Dogs Matter and Pup Aid will be hosting a fundraising dinner at Manna, a London-based vegan restaurant in Primrose Hill. The event will feature a four-course “Taste of Manna” meal and will be attended by actor Peter Egan and media vet Marc Abraham OBE. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, take part in a raffle and win prizes for both themselves and their dogs. There will also be an auction featuring a signed hoodie by comedian Ricky Gervais, a signed book written by Marc Abraham, a personal tour of the Denbies wines estate and their vegan wines, and a family trip and personal tour of Earthling Ed‘s Surge Sanctuary. All profits from the raffle …

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Supermodel Kate Moss launches wellness brand

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Supermodel Kate Moss Launches Vegan Wellness Brand

British supermodel Kate Moss has launched a vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainably-sourced wellness brand called Cosmoss. The range currently features face cream, face cleanser, herbal teas, eau de parfum, and pro-collagen oil drops containing CBD. Moss says the products are designed to be used as part of three “rituals” — Dawn, Day, and Dusk — which “balance body and soul with the natural environment and the circadian cycles”. The supermodel created the brand — which took two and a half years to develop — after the pandemic inspired her to focus on spirituality and self-care. Celebrity beauty brands Kate Moss is one of several celebrities to launch vegan beauty and wellness brands in recent years. Fashion designer Stella McCartney has just partnered with the LVMH beauty …

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Russell Brand Rumoured to Be Converting Pub Into Vegan Restaurant

British comedian and actor Russell Brand is reportedly planning to convert a traditional Oxfordshire pub into a vegan restaurant. Brand, a longtime advocate for plant-based diets, bought The Crown Inn in Pishill with his wife Laura in 2020. The Grade II listed building has since remained closed, with Brand said to be temporarily using it as a recording studio while a more permanent setup is built on the property. He has promised that once the new studio is complete, the pub will reopen. But the rumours have sparked anger among locals, who want the establishment to remain a traditional pub as there are no others in the village. Speaking to The Sun, one resident questioned why Brand would buy a pub when he is teetotal, …

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Kevin Hart’s Vegan Hart House Restaurant Opening Aug. 25, With Eye Towards National Expansion

Comedian Kevin Hart reveals his plant-based fast food concept, Hart House, will open its first location in LA’s Westchester neighborhood on Thursday, August 25th.  Serving a menu of burg’rs, chick’n sandwiches, salads, fries, and milkshakes, Hart House aims to “disrupt fast food” with healthier and more affordable plant-based options, Hart says.  Several Southern California locations are already in the works, and the brand is looking toward US national expansion, with the eventual goal of competing with fast food giants like McDonald’s and Burger King, reports Nation’s Restaurant News.  Custom-made proteins Hart House is serving proprietary plant-based meats created by Mike Salem, Burger King’s former head of culinary innovation, who was hired by Hart House’s team to develop all-new protein analogs.  “Our analogs are at such …

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The Vurger Co Receives Investment From Chris Smalling’s VC Fund ForGood

Following a successful year which saw the opening of its largest ever restaurant location and expansion into new retailers, The Vurger Co has received funding from footballer Chris Smalling and his climate-focused VC consultancy, ForGood. The plant-based burger brand said it was “thrilled” to partner with Smalling and ForGood, which was founded last year in collaboration with Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni, an early backer of The Vurger, and Rebecca Wheeler. “We all want to subvert the way things work, change habits, and evolve how we as a species think and perceive what we eat, use and do every day. Aiming at removing animals from the supply chain is our main and most powerful shared goal,” ForGood’s founders recently told vegconomist. “We can’t wait to see our …

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Clean Kitchen Club Raises Seed Round Funding of £2M

The young plant-based chain Clean Kitchen Club’s latest funding round has been topped to £2 million thanks to some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs. Starting out selling burgers from a small delivery kitchen, Clean Kitchen Club has grown into one of London’s most popular plant-based restaurant chains in less than two years. In November 2021, Clean Kitchen Club closed its seed round funding with a total of £1,4 million raised. Among the entrepreneurs whose investments topped the seed capital to £2 million are former McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook, businesswoman and influencer Grace Beverley, as well as former Quorn chairman Clive Sharpe and Spencer Matthews, founder of CleanCO. Crowdfunding campaign Back in 2021, Clean Kitchen Club revealed its plans to open a total of 40 new …

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Chef Spike Mendelsohn to Deliver Keynote at Plant Based World Expo NY

The Plant Based World Expo taking place in New York this September 8-9, announces that restaurateur, TV personality and food policy advocate Chef Spike Mendelsohn will keynote Day two of the event on Friday, September 9th. Chef Spike will be well known to our readers in the US, as a prolific vegan entrepreneur and investor and co-founder of the PLNT Burger chain which recently announced plans for widespread expansion throughout the US. Along with friend and fellow entrepreneur Seth Goldman, he co-founded plant-based snack company Eat The Change and has also invested in Mind Blown plant-based seafood. The best and brightest plant-based food industry leaders “We’re fortunate to have some of the best and brightest plant-based food industry leaders and pioneers speaking at this year’s conference,” …

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Eatplanted Partners With TV Chef Gizzi Erskine For Plantstronomy Cooking Event

Swiss alt-meat brand Eatplanted has partnered with British chef and TV personality Gizzi Erskine to create a cooking event called Plantstronomy. The first Plantstronomy event was held at Leiths School of Food and Wine on July 12. Erskine used Eatplanted’s chicken and pulled pork alternatives to make two gourmet dishes — Thai Crispy Mock Duck & Watermelon Salad, and Braised Eatplanted Chicken Tacos with Pink Pickled Onions, Blackened Pineapple, Avocado Pico, and Corn Tortillas. Erskine has a passion for sustainability, and during the pandemic she released a book titled Restore: A Modern Guide To Sustainable Eating. The chef says she believes Eatplanted is a genuinely sustainable alternative to meat due to its focus on natural ingredients. Eatplanted’s UK expansion Eatplanted first arrived in the UK …

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Matthew Kenney Expanding Boston’s PlantPub Brand With Massive New Fenway Location

Matthew Kenney Cuisine, in partnership with PlantPub co-founders, announces it is opening the brand’s second Boston location, PlantPub Fenway, on July 15. Located steps from the famed Fenway Park stadium, the 250-seat venue will soon become Boston’s largest plant-based restaurant.  Matthew Kenney and PlantPub say they are on a mission to redefine the modern pub by offering sports fans delicious and sustainable cuisine in a familiar, fun setting. Kenney’s company also plans to open additional PlantPub locations across Boston and beyond in the near future.  Created by craft beer entrepreneur Pat McAuley and chef Mary Dumont, the original PlantPub debuted in Cambridge, MA in the fall of 2021. The 8,000 sq. ft.  Fenway venue is a massive new flagship location, with expansive casual dining and …

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