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Politics & Law

“Imposes New Burdens”: FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Plant-Based Milk Labels

Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance on plant-based milk labeling. According to the agency, the draft guidance, when finalized, is non-binding and will represent the current thinking of the FDA on the topic of naming and voluntary nutrient labeling of plant-based milks. In summary, the agency now says plant-based milk alternatives can be called “milk”, but recommends such products to identify certain nutritional differences from cow’s milk on their front-of-package labeling.  In the guidance document, the FDA notes it has not established compositional requirements for plant-based milk alternatives, and that such products comprise a wide diversity of ingredients and methods of production.  Consumers not confused The agency also acknowledges that, as evidenced by numerous consumer studies and its own focus …


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Studies & Numbers

GFI: Majority of Alt-Protein Investors Remain Optimistic About Industry’s Long-Term Growth

The Good Food Institute (GFI) has released a new analysis showing that, despite challenging macroeconomic and market conditions, investment interest in the alternative proteins sector remains strong, with 99% of investors surveyed showing optimism for its long-term potential.  Observing the rapid growth of alt-protein investments in the past decade, which has doubled YOY and now totals about $14.2Bn globally, GFI noted the marked slowdown and deceleration of investments last year, which decreased from $5.1Bn in 2021 to $2.9Bn in 2022.  This trend aligned with a 35% decline in overall global venture funding that occurred over the same time period. Despite these slowdowns, GFI points out that the world’s largest protein producers are increasingly involved in the alt-protein industry: of the 60 largest global meat, dairy, …


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Investments & Finance

GFI: Global Alt Protein Investments Drop by €2Bn in 2022, While European Investments Up by 24%

International nonprofit food awareness organisation The Good Food Institute (GFI), today releases new data on global alt protein investments for the last year. The figures reveal that alt protein companies across Europe raised €579 million last year, nearly 24% more than in 2021.   However, the numbers also show that global investment in sustainable proteins decelerated in 2022, from a record-breaking €4.7 billion in 2021 to €2.7 billion in 2022, mirroring the marked decline in global venture capital investment.  France raised over 11 times more  The latest GFI figures show that France and Spain saw investments increase across all sustainable protein categories. French companies raised €168 million, over 11 times more than last year, while Spanish companies attracted €42 million — a 58% increase from 2021.  Other figures …


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Sustainability / Environment

GFI Report: Plant-Based Meat Uses Up to 99% Less Land Than Conventional Animal Meat

A GFI report has compared the environmental impact of various meat alternatives with that of their animal-based counterparts. The report looks at four environmental issues: land use, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and aquatic eutrophication. It shows that plant-based products (made by Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, and Morningstar Farms) consistently perform far better than animal meat. Beef alternatives offer biggest impact The impact is most striking when it comes to beef alternatives, which use up to 99% less land and water than the equivalent animal product. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by up to 90%, and eutrophication potential by up to 91%. GFI notes that switching to grass-fed beef is not a solution, since there is only enough pasture in the US to support 27% …


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Researchers Upcycle Agricultural Waste to Produce Fats for Alt Meat

Researchers from Connectomix Bio are investigating a method to transform agricultural waste into lipids for use in meat alternatives. The method will involve turning discarded parts of crops, such as corn husks, into a gas. This gas will then be used to feed microbes, which will produce lipids via fermentation. The resulting fatty acids could be added to cultivated and plant-based meats, improving their taste and texture. The researchers will tailor the lipids to particular applications, such as chicken, beef, or pork alternatives. They will also investigate different processes — for example, the biogas that is initially produced could be converted into another type of gas or a liquid to make the method more economical. Funded by GFI, the project will be run by a …


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Cultivated Meat

GFI Webinar: The Business of Alt Protein: Bringing Cultivated Meat to Market in the United States

Following last year’s landmark decision by the FDA to greenlight UPSIDE Food’s cultivated chicken, marking the beginning of a transformation in the food system as we know it, 2023 is set to be the year that cultivated meat will receive full regulatory approval and become available to consumers in the US, and likely beyond.   As this point in history draws closer, the GFI is hosting a virtual event next Tuesday, January 31st, from 12 midday to 1pm EST, featuring a panel of experts discussing the current status of the cultivated meat industry.   At the virtual event, participants will join scientific, regulatory, and market experts from the Good Food Institute as they take a deep dive into recent developments and review the current status …


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Carlotte Lucas of GFI Europe: An Alt Protein Year in Review

As we come to the end of an eventful year in plant- and cell-based, Carlotte Lucas, GFI Europe’s corporate engagement manager, highlights the biggest moments of 2022 and offers her insights on their significance as we look forward to 2023. 2022 has been a major year for plant-based foods, cultivated meat and fermentation across Europe. Startups introduced innovative new products that came closer to the taste and texture of conventional meat, dairy and seafood, while established companies scaled up capacity, and big players launched bold new partnerships. But despite these developments, for many people this year was dominated by one trend, as consumers saw the price of their shopping baskets climb on a monthly basis. Inflation will continue to be a challenge well into 2023 …



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Facts & Figures

Indian Hotelier Launches Plantaway, a “One Stop Shop” for Plant-Based Foods

Indian hotelier and restaurateur Romil Ratra has joined forces with Graviss Good Foods to found Plantaway, a brand described as a “one-stop shop for everything plant-based”. The brand offers a huge range of products, including meat, milk, and cheese alternatives along with dips and dressings. Some examples are: Almond and oat milks Chick’n keema and mutt’n seekh kebabs Spicy chipotle mayonnaise Plant-based cheddar, mozzarella, and butter. By offering multiple options under one brand, Plantaway hopes to make it easier for conscious consumers to choose plant-based options. The brand will launch in Mumbai via its online DTC store, along with other e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Vegan Dukan, and Big Basket. Plantaway will also be available at some brick-and-mortar locations, including Bombay Gourmet and Rakhangi Store, …


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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

FDA’s Approval of Cultivated Meat: Industry Leaders Respond

Following this week’s groundbreaking news of UPSIDE Food receiving GRAS status for its cultivated chicken, marking the first time in the world that the FDA has given the green light to a cultivated meat product, industry leaders from the GFI, Stray Dog Capital, BioTech Foods, and Synthesis Capital here provide commentary on the significance of this historic development.   To recap: UPSIDE Foods has now successfully completed the FDA’s rigorous pre-market safety review for its cultivated chicken, demonstrating that it is as safe as conventional chicken. This historic milestone will pave the way for consumers to access these products in restaurants and retail across the country and ultimately across the world.   Seth Roberts, GFI The Good Food Institute Europe (GFI Europe) – the leading …


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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

India: Vecan Foods Launches Clean Label Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Across Delhi

Vecan Foods, a young Indian plant-based food startup, has launched four new options across Delhi-NCR. The company claims its products are clean-label, high-protein alternatives to conventional meat. Founded by entrepreneurs Mahima Gupta and Guneet Kaur, Vecan Foods aims to help consumers adopt healthier diets. After noticing a gap in the Indian market for healthy alternatives to meat, they decided to create their own home-style plant-based foods. Healthy, clean-label ingredients Vecan products are made with pea protein, tofu, fresh vegetables, and spices, using recipes from the founders’ kitchens. According to the company, today’s flexitarians are looking to incorporate healthier, cleaner, and more affordable products without compromising on convenience and familiar taste. “You can scan the label and understand what every single word means. We have kept …


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Cultivated Meat

GFI and EIT Reveal Winners of €400,000 Cultivated Meat Innovation Prize

GFI and the European Union’s EIT Food have announced the winners of their Cultivated Meat Innovation Challenge. The competition, launched in June, challenged teams to come up with new ways of reducing the cost of cultivated meat. The high cost of cell culture media is currently one of the main barriers when it comes to bringing cultivated products to market. The four winning organisations are: BioBetter — an Israeli company using tobacco plants to produce cell growth factors. The plants are used as “sustainable bioreactors”, and can be harvested up to four times per year. S2AQUAcoLAB — a Portuguese research organisation assessing the potential of microalgae to produce the ingredients needed to cultivate seafood. LenioBio — a German pharmaceutical company that will use its existing …


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Company News

Herblabism Becomes Member of Plant-Based Food Alliance UK

British alt meat startup Herblabism announces it is joining the Plant-based Food Alliance UK (PFA UK) as a full member.  Herblabism is a B2B meat-free company that supplies its products to major sporting, entertainment, and conference venues. As reported by vegconomist, the startup recently signed a deal with Levy UK+I, a caterer for sports stadiums such as Wembley, Aston Villa, and Chelsea F.C., as well as entertainment venues including the O2 Arena. At the COP26 Summit in Glasgow, Levy UK+I served Herblabism’s mushroom burgers and plant-based sausages. The startup says it plans to launch its products on its website for consumers to buy DTC. Marisa Heath, CEO of Plant-based Food Alliance UK, commented on the announcement: “The Alliance is so delighted to welcome Herblabism as …


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Studies & Numbers

New Survey Reveals Meat Consumption is Declining Across Western Europe

A recent survey reveals that consumers are shifting to meat alternatives and choosing plant-based meats. Concerns about animal agriculture, the environment, and willingness to buy cultivated meat products were among the most relevant findings. The survey questioned 4,096 people across Germany, France, Italy, and Spain about their meat consumption habits and attitudes toward sustainable proteins.  The study was commissioned by the GFI, the leading NGO promoting and educating about alternative proteins, working with OpinionWay, a research company specialising in market research, communication, and opinion surveys. According to the results analysed by the GFI Europe, more than 50% of consumers from Germany, France, Italy, and Spain said they had reduced their meat consumption in the last five years.  Over 60% of respondents from each country believe that …


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Company News

GREENEST’s Vegan Products Become ‘India’s First Alt Protein Export’ to the USA

GREENEST Foods, a plant protein startup from India, recently shipped what it claims to be ‘the first alt protein export’ from India to the United States.  Working in collaboration with Wholesome Foods, the company exported a 5,000 kg consignment of GREENEST’s products: mini samosas, momos, spring rolls, nuggets, and grilled patties, among other vegan products.  GFI India and India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) have worked closely with GREENEST to achieve this milestone export. APEDA promotes plant-based exports from India, and the GFI India promotes policy pathways for plant-based foods exports, ensuring that products are competitive in foreign markets. Large interest from foreign markets Gaurav Sharma, GREENEST’s founder & CEO, said: “We are honoured to flag off India’s first export of plant-based meat …


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Politics & Law

£20M Earmarked for Alt Protein Research and Development in the UK

The Biotechnical and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the UK’s biggest public funder of non-medical bioscience, states in its 2022-2025 strategic delivery plan that it will jointly invest at least £20M for developing alternative, more sustainable protein sources.  The funds will be used for capacity building, research, innovation, and business-led commercialisation of alternative and more sustainable protein products states BBSRC.  The Good Food Institute Europe (GFI), the leading NGO advancing alternative proteins, welcomed the announcement: “It’s great to see one of Britain’s biggest funding bodies investing in research that will help make sustainable proteins more appealing and affordable and help to establish the UK as a world leader in this growing industry.” Objective 4: world-class innovation The UK has the potential to access the global sustainable protein …