Better Balance launches Better Nera with Chunk Foods

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

Better Balance Launches Plant-Based Whole Cut ‘Better-Nera’ in Spain with Chunk Foods

Following the announcement this January that the company was to develop co-branded plant-based whole cuts for the Latin American market in collaboration with Chunk Foods, Better Balance now presents the 100% plant-based “Better-nera” cut for the Spanish market. Also co-developed with vegan steak specialist Chunk Foods, using a patented solid-state fermentation technology, this innovative cut of plant meat is a pioneer in its category in Spain, says Better Balance, a subsidiary of the Sigma group. Better-nera has a high protein content (21%) and is an excellent source of fibre, enriched with iron and vitamin B12. In addition, it is cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and sodium, and contains no artificial colours or preservatives. The product has been categorised with Nutriscore A and can be prepared …


A plant-based steak with marbled fat

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

The Latest in Plant-Based Steaks and Why They’re So Crucial Right Now

The consumer behaviour of those (vegans and omnivores alike) who purchase plant-based products has evolved significantly from the curiosity-led impulse buys before the 2023 dip — amid an influx of new, sometimes inferior products on the market — to repeat purchases of quality, evolved products which fit into the day-to-day routine and are now tried and tested by families and cooked at home in their favourite ways. Last week, the UK’s biggest supermarket chain Tesco reported that the plant-based revolution is entering a second phase, largely driven by more consumers cooking from scratch. The retailer noted that despite the drop in sales last year, sales of meat-free ingredients and whole cuts are now increasing, with plant-based steaks and chicken breasts witnessing a 20% sales uptick …


Chunk Foods 6oz plant-based steak

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Investments & Acquisitions

Chunk Foods Secures $7.5M Amid Strategic Collab with Better Balance for Vegan Whole Cuts

Better Balance, a plant-based subsidiary of Mexico-based multinational food processing company Sigma Alimentos, one of Latin America’s largest meat and dairy producers, announces a strategic partnership with New York-headquartered startup Chunk Foods to develop co-branded plant-based whole cuts for the Latin American market. The strategic collaboration follows a $7.5 million seed extension for Chunk Foods led by Cheyenne Ventures, which the startup says reflects “ongoing investor confidence” in its vision as well as the potential of plant-based whole cuts. The extension brings the seed round to a total raise of $22M, making it one of the largest seed rounds in the alt protein category, according to the company. Through the alliance, Chunk is set to develop a new line of co-branded plant-based whole-cut meats, marking …


Oshi salmon-inspired fillet

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Food Service

Oshi Salmon-Inspired Fillets Make Debut in NYC’s Coletta Restaurant

Israeli startup Oshi announces that its flagship product, Oshi Salmon-Inspired Fillets, will debut at Coletta, an upscale vegan Italian restaurant located in New York City, starting this week. This marks a significant moment for the company as it enters the American foodservice market with its first offering. The fillet will be served for a limited time, and the menu offering includes “Seared Balsamic “Salmon” with velvety “parmesan” & chive polenta paired with roasted broccoli infused with thyme and a touch of zesty lemon.” Formerly known as Plantish, the company underwent a rebrand earlier this year in preparation for its entry into the US market. According to Ofek Ron, CEO of Oshi, the rebrand aimed to encapsulate the company’s mission and its commitment to environmental stewardship …


Chunk Foods Chunk plant-based steak

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Food Service

Chunk Foods’ Plant-Based Steak Expands Menu Presence in Florida Steakhouses and Seafood Restaurants

Chunk Foods, a producer of clean-label plant-based whole cuts, has extended its presence in Central Florida with the addition of its award-winning plant-based steaks at Vito’s Chop House, Fishbones, and a third Charley’s Steak House location. The new foodservice collaborations are a direct result of Chunk Foods’ partnership with the Talk of the Town Restaurant Group, enabling the company to reach a broader consumer base with its cholesterol-free Chunk steak, made from fermented soy and wheat. Major breakthrough for the category Amos Golan, founder and CEO of Chunk Foods, conveyed the significance of this expansion, stating, “This marks a major breakthrough for the whole category by greatly expanding the addressable market for plant-based meats. Steakhouses in the US sell over $14B of steak, and tapping …


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Food Service

Chunk Foods Partners with US Plant-Based Distributor to Bring Chunk Steak to Philadelphia

Israeli plant-based biotech Chunk Foods strengthens its US presence through a strategic collaboration with Monster Vegan, a vegan comfort food restaurant in Philadelphia.  A recent partnership with Ace Natural, a plant-based foodservice distributor based in New York City, has played a pivotal role in facilitating Chunk’s expansion in the United States, with its plant-based steak already garnering acclaim in cities like New York, Orlando, Tampa, and Los Angeles. Beginning this month, Monster Vegan will incorporate Chunk Foods’ plant-based steak into its permanent menu offerings. Among the featured items is the Chunk Short Rib Ragu, a dish characterized by its 24-hour slow-cooked ragu, merlot-braised Chunk steak, fresh bucatini pasta, and a garnish of shaved parmesan, priced at $30. Amos Golan, CEO and founder of Chunk Foods, …


Chunk Foods chunk steak sandwich

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Fast Food

Chunk Foods Partners with Neat Burger to Launch Chunk Steak Sandwich in Manhattan

Chunk Foods has unveiled its newest foodservice partnership, this time collaborating with Neat Burger, a vegan fast-casual restaurant headquartered in London UK. The centerpiece of this collaboration is the Chunk Steak Sandwich, now available exclusively at Neat Burger’s Nolita location in the heart of Manhattan.  This partnership represents a significant step forward for Chunk Foods, as it marks the introduction of Chunk Steak to the fast-casual dining landscape. Founder and CEO of Chunk Foods, Amos Golan, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “We’re thrilled to partner with Neat Burger to introduce the Chunk Steak Sandwich. This marks a milestone as Chunk steak becomes available at a fast-casual dining establishment for the first time.” The Nolita location opened earlier this year, making it the first …


Amos Golan, CEO, Chunk Foods

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Chunk Foods: “The Feedback from Our Launch with Charley’s Steak House in Orlando Has Been Overwhelming”

Chunk Foods is on a mission to “make delicious, nutritious, plant-based whole cuts that are kind to the environment, and accessible to all,” and has successfully launched its first development, plant-based whole-cut beef steak, utilizing solid state fermentation technology, with further plans to later develop pork, lamb, and poultry. Recently, the biotech raised $15M in a seed round which it described as the biggest ever seed funding round for an Israeli plant-based company, with the funds set to be invested in one of the largest plant-based whole cuts factories in the world, scheduled for completion in Summer 2023. Following the huge amount of noise around the steak’s addition to menus in a well-known Florida steakhouse, which attracted press attention around the world (several of them …


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Company News

Chunk Foods Wins Plant Based Meat Product of the Year at AgTech Breakthrough Awards

Chunk Foods, a company creating meat alternatives through a proprietary solid-state fermentation process, has won Plant Based Meat Product of the Year at the fourth annual AgTech Breakthrough Awards. Conducted by market intelligence company AgTech Breakthrough, the awards aim to provide a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the agricultural and food technology categories. This year’s program saw over 1,750 nominations, with Chunk Foods winning the same award received by Impossible Foods in 2022. “There’s growing demand for sustainable and healthy protein options, yet existing alternatives have simply not been good enough,” said Bryan Vaughn, Managing Director at AgTech Breakthrough. “Chunk is delivering a product with a deeply satisfying experience, mimicking the texture, color, and taste of traditional meat.” “Game-changing product” The award comes less than …


Chunk Foods partners with Charly's Steak House

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Food Service

Florida Steakhouse Chain Orders 100,000 Units of Chunk Foods’ Plant-Based Steak

The Talk of the Town Restaurant Group, encompassing six restaurants in Central Florida, has partnered with Israeli food tech Chunk Foods to offer a plant-based steak across its locations, starting with Charley’s Steak House, a traditional fine-dining steakhouse. The restaurant group, which says it has been seeking a vegan meat option for years in every food tech event, has committed to the purchase of 100,000 units of Chunk Food’s plant-based steak, confident of its superior quality, reports Business Insider. “We are reshaping the steakhouse experience and catering to the expanding tastes and preferences of today’s consumers. At our core we serve the finest steaks and seafood and we have been searching for over 15 years for a plant-based option for our guests that meets our standards,” said Seth Miller, …


Chunk Foods vegan French Dip Sandwich

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Gastronomy & Food Service

NYC’s Willow Bistro Debuts Cutting-Edge Dishes with Chunk Foods Steak and Yo Egg

Nestled in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, Willow Vegan Bistro is quietly disrupting bistro fare with its adventurous, thrilling take on contemporary plant-based cuisine. Recently, the eatery debuted new dishes featuring Chunk Foods’ groundbreaking plant-based steak and Yo Egg’s chicken-free eggs.  Elevated bistro dining  Willow describes itself as a “cozy vegan bistro that offers an innovative twist on classic American food” and the menu overflows with vibrant recreations of popular bistro dishes, from sandwiches and burgers to soups and mac ‘n cheese. Highlights include mini lobster rolls made with hearts of palm, chick’n francese, oyster mushroom calamari, and a B.A.L.T. with vegan bacon. But what truly sets Willow apart is its use of the latest alt-protein innovations, including Chunk Foods’ steak and Yo …


Vegan Whole Cut Steak

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Chunk Foods Raises $15M in “Biggest Ever” Israeli Seed Round to Begin Scaling Whole-Cut Plant-Based Steak

Israeli startup Chunk Foods reveals it raised $15M in seed funding in November, in what the startup calls the “biggest ever” seed funding round for an Israeli plant-based company. Led by Fall Line Capital, The MIT E14 fund, and Robert Downey Jr. ‘s FootPrint Coalition, the raise will be used to construct one of the largest plant-based whole cuts factories in the world, which is set to be completed in Summer 2023.  According to Chunk, the new state-of-the-art facility will be capable of producing millions of plant-based steaks every year. Made with minimally processed ingredients, Chunk says its steak offers the same meaty bite, texture and umami flavors of conventional beef. Using fermentation technology, the company says it is able to produce whole-cut products with …


List of the best plant-based steak products in North America

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Food & Beverage

The 9 Most Incredible Brands Disrupting Steak with Plants (North America)

While plant-based burgers, sausages and meatballs have long dominated the alt-meat landscape, creating realistic steak from plants has always represented the highest, if seemingly unattainable goal, for many brands. But thanks to fearless and relentless innovation, a host of shockingly meaty and juicy plant-based steaks have arrived on the US and Canadian market, and are rapidly coming to the fore. Here, vegconomist takes a look at the most noteworthy names bringing animal-free steak to mainstream consumers.  1. Beyond Meat  While not a fully structured filet, Beyond’s “revolutionary” plant-based steak tips marked a major milestone for the company, which previously only offered ground-textured products like burgers and sausages. According to CEO Ethan Brown, Beyond Steak took five years of extensive R&D to develop. The product can …


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Gastronomy & Food Service

Acclaimed NYC Restaurant Coletta Debuts Chunk Foods’ Whole Cut Vegan Steak

Coletta, an upscale Italian vegan restaurant in New York City, announces it has partnered with Israeli food startup Chunk Foods to debut its marbled plant-based steak. The restaurant’s “steak experience” debuted the weekend of September 2nd, and will be available again on Sept. 8th and 9th by reservation only. On social media, Chef Guy Vaknin is seen preparing the “bloody” steak by searing and braising the product in dairy-free butter. According to Chunk Foods, its steaks are succulent, tender pieces of plant-based meat that can be grilled, seared, braised or stewed. The product offers 25 grams of proteins with no cholesterol or GMOs. Though ingredients are not specified, the company says its products use only 100% clean and natural ingredients.  Chunk was founded in 2020 by Amos …