RisingFoodStars Programme Lead Narjis Chakir

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Startups, Accelerators & Incubators

RisingFoodStars Reveals Cohort of 14 Scaleups Addressing European Food Sustainability

EIT Food RisingFoodStars, a non-profit organisation funded by the EU and the agri-food tech community, has revealed the 14 scaleups selected for the latest cohort of its three-year program. RisingFoodStars aims to solve environmental and social challenges such as reducing net emissions by 90% by 2040, halving food waste, achieving food self-sufficiency, and improving the availability of healthy, nutritious foods. Selected startups have access to a network of over 50 investors and 160 industry leaders, along with workshops, coaching, and mentorship. The new cohort features: SeedForward GmbH — a German startup substituting synthetic agrochemicals with biobased alternatives, with an emphasis on seed treatments, biostimulants, and plant protection. The aim is to facilitate the transition towards regenerative agriculture. Notpla — a UK-based sustainable packaging producer that …


Vegan protein sources- EIT Food calls for innovative policymaking on protein diversification to address the challenges of the food system Challenges

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Studies & Numbers

Think Tank Calls for Innovative Policymaking on Protein Diversification to Address EU Food System Challenges

A new policy brief by the food innovation community EIT Food, Accelerating Protein Diversification for Europe, argues that innovative policymaking is key to unlocking protein diversification to transform Europe’s food system. To feed a growing population and minimize the adverse effects of animal agriculture on the environment and human health, new policy strategies should prioritise protein diversification, including plant and algae-based, cultivated, fermented, and insect-based alternatives, states the paper. The policy brief, developed by Think Tank EIT Food Protein Diversification in consultation with experts and stakeholders across the sector provides policy recommendations for decision-makers to accelerate a change for sustainable proteins in the region. “This collaborative effort confirms the important role of EU governments in driving change — from R&I funding, to enabling policy frameworks, to support for …


Ivy Farm and Finnebrogue partner to bring cultivated Wagyu beef to the UK  

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Biotech Firms Awarded €1.2M for Creating Animal-Free Cell Culture Media to Make Cultivated Meat a “Commercial Reality”

Commercializing cell-based products such as cultivated meat remains challenging due to the substantial costs and ethical implications of fetal bovine serum. To find solutions, EIT Food, the world’s largest and most dynamic food innovation community, and the Good Food Institute (GFI) Europe launched the Cultivated Meat Innovation Challenge to develop a more affordable and efficient animal-free cell culture media. The winners, UK biotech company 3D Bio-Tissues and Israeli biotech startup BioBetter have received €1.2 million from EIT Food. With the funds, the companies will continue their R&D efforts in developing lower-cost alternatives to bovine serum. Moreover, they will produce cultivated meat products using their innovations.  Dr. Adam M. Adamek, director of innovation at EIT Food, said: “The cost of cell-culture media is a significant barrier to scaling …


Wildtype's cultivated salmon nigiri

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

€100,000 Cultivated Meat Innovation Challenge Launched by GFI and EIT

The Good Food Institute (GFI) and the European Union’s EIT Food have launched a new  €100,000 competition for the cultivated meat sector. Searching for innovative ways of bringing down the cost of cell culture media, up to four successful teams from across Europe will be awarded €100,000 each for the challenge. Looking for applications that show the ability to bring ideas to market within three years, the GFI Europe has strategically partnered with EIT Food to launch the €100,000 prizes to overcome one of the biggest hurdles to commercializing cultivated meat. The cost of cell culture media has been identified as one of the biggest technical challenges for the burgeoning cultivated meat industry.  Called the Cultivated Meat Innovation Challenge, the GFI states that successful applicants …


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EthiChain DNA Analysis System Gives One Hour Verification for Vegan Products

EthiChain, an EITFood project, is developing a portable device that in just one hour will be able to identify animal DNA in contaminated “vegan” products. EthiChain hopes its ethical food authentication system will increase trust in the European food supply system and stop food fraud. The complexity of most food supply chains makes them extremely vulnerable to food fraud, meaning some consumers in the vegan community may have food trust issues. In this context, the EIT Food-funded EthiChain highlights how transparency and proper communication of this transparency to the consumer are crucial. Also to be used for religious requirement foods such as halal and kosher, EthiChain is currently working on rapid and portable DNA analysis devices that do not require specialized personnel and will be …


vegan options German supermarket

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Food & Beverage

Researchers Say Not Enough Cheese, Egg & Fish Alternatives Exist But Anticipate More Diversified Plant-Based Future

The EIT food communication project ‘The V-Place’, coordinated by Germany’s University of Hohenheim, intends to improve acceptance and reach of plant-based alternatives in Europe. Its recent research reveals insufficient levels of diversity in plant-based products available and a lack of consumer-orientation, but anticipates this will improve.