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Investments & Finance

Cauldron Secures AUD$10.5M in One of Australia’s Biggest Female-Founded Seed Rounds

Australian precision fermentation company Cauldron (not Cauldron Foods of the UK), has raised AUD$10.5 million to develop, prove, and commercially scale new food, feed, and fibre ingredients to make alt dairy, meat, and biodegradable materials.  Founded in 2022 by precision fermentation expert Michele Stansfield and headquartered in Orange, New South Wales, Cauldron says the raise is one of Australia’s largest seed rounds for a female-founded company. Main Sequence, the deep tech venture capital firm founded by CSIRO, and Hong Kong’s Horizons Ventures, backed up the biotech company. “Humanity has spent thousands of years getting fermentation to work. With Cauldron’s revolutionary fermaculture platform, we are supercharging that process and unlocking the next evolution of how we produce food, feed, and fibre globally,” said Stansfield, also the …

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Facts & Figures

Cauldron Foods Makes Entire Range Vegan in Time for Veganuary

UK-based vegetarian brand Cauldron Foods has removed eggs from the recipes of its Lincolnshire and Cumberland sausages. This means that all Cauldron Foods products are now fully vegan, as the remainder of the range — which includes falafels and tofu — is already free of animal products. The change comes just in time for Veganuary, with Cauldron sponsoring the campaign for the third year running. “We’re thrilled to have Cauldron as an official sponsor for the third year in 2023, especially as this coincides with Cauldron becoming a 100% vegan brand,” said Ria Rehberg, CEO of Veganuary. “This exciting development shows just how dedicated the Cauldron team is to strengthening the vegan market, offering more choice in the meat-free category, and making delicious plant-based products …

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Products & Launches

Cauldron Foods Adds Two New Flavoured Tofu Products to Popular Range

UK’s Cauldron Foods has extended its bestselling range with the launch of two new tofu products: Quick & Tasty Smoky BBQ Block and Hoisin Tofu. The new SKUs, developed by Senior Development Chef Stu Henshall, are reportedly made with sustainable soy and come with 100% recyclable packaging. In March 2021 the company, a subsidiary of Monde Nissin Corp which also owns UK heritage brand Quorn, entered the dairy-free category with the debut of dairy-free Greek Style Cubes.  Most recently, in January of this year, the company announced it had become fully carbon neutral as part of a £3 million investment and packaging / branding relaunch, stating at the time that this made Cauldron the first UK meat-free brand to achieve carbon neutrality for its entire …

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Products & Launches

Cauldron Foods Goes Carbon Neutral Across Full Range Following £3M Investment

As part of a £3 million investment and a full packaging and brand relaunch, British heritage plant-based brand Cauldron Foods has announced its new carbon-neutral certification. According to the company, Cauldron will be the first UK meat-free brand to achieve carbon neutrality for its entire range of products from January 2022. Working with ClimatePartner, Cauldron Foods is committing to several measures to avoid, reduce and offset emissions. The latter will be achieved via certified carbon offsetting projects to attain complete carbon neutral certified status. The move comes alongside a full packaging and range relaunch for the Monde Nissin-backed brand. Cauldron has also announced the renewal of its official sponsorship of Veganuary in 2022 with the brand having enjoyed a 2021 of continued success and growth. …

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Interviews

Cauldron: “One of the Founders Of the Meat-Free Market as We Know it Today”

Cauldron is truly a heritage brand in the UK, producing meat-free products for around four decades, beginning with a focus on tofu and its much-loved Lincolnshire and Cumberland sausages, then recently moving into the snacking category and more recently into the plant-based dairy market with the addition of dairy-free Greek Style Cubes. “Now more than ever, we all need to think about how we can help the planet through its current climate crisis” We were pleased to speak with Tom Lindley, Head of Cauldron, about what sets them apart from the competition and stay ahead of the game for generations of vegans and vegetarians. Could you tell us about Cauldron’s roots as a plant-based producer? Cauldron is the UK’s No.1 plant-based brand in chilled meat-free1 …

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Stock market

Monde Nissin Corp Set for Philippines’ First Billion Dollar IPO as Part of Plant-Based Expansion 

One of the biggest companies in the Philippines, Monde Nissin Corp – which acquired plant-based meat brand Quorn in 2015 for £550 million – is aiming to list its shares as the company hopes to attract investors to its expanding overseas plant-based business. The IPO would be the largest by a Philippine company and is reportedly set to raise up to $1.5billion.

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Market & Trends

Market Report: Rising Demand for Meat Substitutes

According to a new report by Market Research Hub (MRH), the global meat replacements market will grow rapidly in the period 2017-2026, with an annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8%. In addition to the main players in the meat substitutes industry, the report also includes all the indicators and trend data that are responsible for the increasing growth of meat substitutes. Discussion of diseases linked to high meat consumption is increasing the health awareness of many consumers with regards to nutrition. Heightened awareness of the risks of meat and consumers’ growing preferences for healthier living are driving the market for meat substitutes. As a result of this dietary and health trend, the report makes it clear that younger generations and athletes in particular are especially …

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