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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 …

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Valentine's steak recipe

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Company News

Grubby Partners With Redefine Meat for Premium Valentine’s Steak Recipe Kit

UK recipe kit startup Grubby has joined forces with plant-based meat company Redefine Meat to offer an exclusive Valentine’s Steak recipe. Available until March 22 as a premium option for Valentine’s Day, the dish marks the first time Redefine Meat’s plant-based beef flank has been available to home cooks in the UK. Previously, the product has only been available at top restaurants in the country. Grubby will also launch a Chimichurri steak dish made with the beef flank across March and April. Launched in 2020, Grubby claims to be the UK’s first fully plant-based recipe kit brand. The company has revenues of over £4 million, with customer spend trebling in the last year. In October, Grubby announced its first retail launch at Tesco, with three …

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Printed Technology

Redefine Meat Uncovers How its Plant-Based Tissue Engineering Tech Mimics Meat in New White Paper

Redefine Meat has published a manuscript in Frontiers that reveals the technology and science behind its plant-based New Meat products. Authored by Daniel Dikovsky, Redefine Meat’s CTO, the paper introduces the company’s novel Plant-Based Tissue Engineering (PBTE) approach to demonstrate how it effectively replicates “the mechanical integrity, texture, and sensory attributes of traditional meat.” According to Dikovsky, meat is among the most challenging foods to replicate, as it encompasses a complex matrix of muscle fibers, fat, and connective tissues that contribute to its unique taste, texture, and overall sensory experience. The manuscript showcases how manipulating plant-based materials at the microstructural level can create complex, multi-component systems that closely resemble meat. According to the author, this approach aligns with Soft Matter principles, which focus on manipulating structures …

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Retail & E-Commerce

Redefine Meat Launches at Ocado UK, Plans 2024 Retail Rollout of 3D Printed Flank

UK consumers can now purchase “new-meat” products made by Redefine Meat. The expansion marks the beginning of a larger retail rollout and the products are set to arrive in brick-and-mortar in 2024; this is “the first step in building a mass new-meat category in European retail with supermarkets to follow next year,” says the company. Six products launched on Ocado yesterday: Redefine Pulled Beef and Pork, Redefine Lamb Kofta Mix, Redefine Premium Burgers, Redefine Beef Mince, and Redefine Bratwurst. The minced and pulled products are produced using “traditional meat production processes and ingredients that have been optimised by its R&D team, through the combination of materials science and meat science at a technology level,” explains a spokesperson, while the company’s whole cuts are produced using …

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Company News

Redefine Meat Arrives in Switzerland as Swiss Plant-Based Market Gains Traction

Israel’s Redefine Meat this week announced its commercial launch in Switzerland, marking the 13th country to offer its New Meat products. The announcement comes just a week after MACH Consumer, the largest continuous consumer media study in Switzerland, found that 21% of the Swiss population (notably, mostly meat-eating individuals) consumes plant-based products at least once per week. The company’s foodservice range is now available to operators across Switzerland through its exclusive distributor, Fredag AG, starting with Redefine Beef Flank, Redefine Beef Mince, and Redefine Premium Burger products. From next spring, Redefine Lamb Kabab Mix and Redefine Pulled will be added to the Swiss range. Additionally, the plant-based butchery Butch Bunny is now offering the company’s New Meat in its Geneva shop. Fabian Eggli, Head of …

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Interviews

Redefine Meat: “Our New-Meat is a ‘Hero Item’ on Menus, Appealing to Meat Lovers and Vegans”

Israel’s Redefine Meat is known for its unique “new-meat” technology, said to be able to replicate any cut of meat in plant-based form. Since the meat alternatives launched commercially in 2021, they have received extensive praise — including from Michelin-star chefs — with the company raising a huge $135 million to expand globally. Redefine Meat has gone on to partner with Europe’s largest meat importer, Giraudi Meats, allowing for an expansion across multiple countries. The brand is now available at numerous restaurants Europe-wide, adding a record 70 new food service customers during this year’s Veganuary campaign alone. In the UK, Redefine Meat has joined forces with gourmet food distributor Classic Fine Foods to make its products available at high-end restaurants across the country. Global Marketing …

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Company News

Redefine Meat Hires Simon Owen of Bacardi & Unilever as Head of UK Operations

Redefine Meat announces the appointment of FMCG leader, Simon Owen, to Head of Redefine Meat in the UK, where he will strengthen Redefine Meat’s foothold in UK foodservice and gain new regional markets and retail listings. Owen brings to the Israeli company 20 years of UK and international experience in FMCG including roles as Managing Director of Bacardi, Australia and UK Sales Director for Bacardi, and Director of EMEA for Britvic and Customer Director for Unilever. Redefine’s portfolio includes premium whole cuts, mince-based products, and pulled meat all made entirely from plant-based ingredients, with a focus on high-end dining. Owen is joining Redefine Meat to drive further UK sales growth, with its “new-meat” now served at up to 3,000 foodservice locations across Europe and Israel. …

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Food Service

Redefine Meat to Be Served at All 29 Enchilada Locations in Germany & Multiple Restaurants Across Italy

Redefine Meat announces the launch of its Redefine Burger at all 29 Enchilada restaurants in Germany, as well as the commercial launch of its New-Meat at several restaurants in Italy. Daniel Gantenberg, CEO of Enchilada Franchise AG, recently ranked 4th in the ProVeg ranking of vegan-friendly restaurant chains, explains, “The demand for plant-based alternatives is growing, both among vegans and vegetarians, but also increasingly among flexitarians who are looking for high-quality plant-based alternatives without having to sacrifice the taste of meat.” The New-Meat products, created with non-GMO plant-based ingredients using “a range of breakthrough technologies, ranging from material science and additive manufacturing to artificial intelligence and machine learning”, are now available at thousands of food service providers across the UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Austria, Sweden, …

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

6 Innovators Disrupting Steak With Plants in Europe

Following our recent article on the steak alternatives available in North America, we take a look at the innovative brands disrupting steak in Europe. Not so long ago, most meat alternatives were limited to minced products such as sausages and burgers. But with technology progressing at an astonishing rate, consumers can now enjoy a range of whole-cut products, making it easier than ever to avoid meat. Here we give six examples of steak made from plants, currently available on the European market, and one more that is soon to arrive. 1. Vivera In 2018, Dutch brand Vivera became one of the first producers worldwide to launch plant-based steak. The product made its debut at UK supermarket chain Tesco, where 40,000 were sold in a single …

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Redefine Meat and Classic Fine Foods collaborate

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Company News

Redefine Meat Reports Record Veganuary With 70 New Restaurant Partnerships

Redefine Meat reports a record Veganuary with over 70 new food service customers onboarded across Europe. In the 12 months following Redefine’s impressive $135 million financing round, the Israeli company has seen continued success, bolstered by its partnership with Giraudi Meats, Europe’s leading importer of high-end meat, and further expedited by this year’s Veganuary campaign. The “New Meat” products have now launched commercially across the UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Austria and Finland, as detailed below. Netherlands New restaurant partnerships in the Netherlands include Boterlap, Koks gemert, Wildschut, Luxembourgh and Shakshuk. Redefine commercially-launched Redefine Pulled Beef, Pulled Pork, and Redefine Bratwurst within the Dutch market. Germany Across Germany, hundreds of restaurants nationwide are serving New Meat following accelerated growth during Veganuary.  Mundfein, launching its first Redefine …

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Food & Beverage

Welsh Pub Becomes “World’s First” Vegan Steakhouse

This time last year, The Queen Inn pub in South Wales took the chance of going fully vegan for Veganuary and the success was so incredible that the traditional family pub made the decision to become permanently vegan, much to the surprise of most of its regular clientele. To celebrate a phenomenally successful first year of being a 100% plant-based establishment, and to mark the pub’s second Veganuary; Ryan Edwards, who operates the pub with parents Jane and Gareth, came up with a groundbreaking concept which could very well be the first in the world. A Welsh world’s first? The theme for the month, and one which will continue in future depending on demand, is the World’s First Vegan Steakhouse. Since the Queen Inn was …

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Food Service

The Breakfast Club Partners With Redefine Meat & La Vie to Make London Location Meat-Free

UK cafe chain The Breakfast Club has announced that its location on London’s Berwick Street will serve a fully meatless menu in January 2023. To mark Veganuary, the chain is also launching two new vegan options in collaboration with plant-based brands La Vie and Redefine Meat. The first, called The Works, is a plant-based fry-up featuring Redefine Meat sausages, La Vie bacon, tattie scones (Scottish-style potato pancakes), homemade baked beans, scrambled tofu, mushrooms, and roasted tomatoes. The other new option, the Posh Sausage Sandwich, contains Redefine Meat sausages, Applewood’s smoky vegan cheese, and tomato chutney, all served in ciabatta bread. Both dishes will roll out at all 13 Breakfast Club locations nationwide. Additionally, the chain has developed its own vegan chorizo, made from sun-dried tomatoes, …

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Fairs & Events

We Asked PBWE Europe: What Are You Most Excited About Right Now?

Plant Based World Expo Europe took place at London’s Olympia last week, hosting the most exciting names, both established and emerging, in the plant-based industry. Incredibly, the organisers have informed us that the event almost doubled in size, with a 94% increase in visitors compared to 2021. vegconomist was present at the event and took the opportunity to ask some of your favourite brands about what’s currently exciting them, at the end of this eventful year. In alphabetical order: Future Farm Future Farm is excited to have launched in the UK with food service distributor Brakes. The Brazilian alt meat producer has had a successful year across international markets, including expanded retail distribution in the US. Grupo Planta Also of Brazil, Grupo Planta operates its …

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Market & Trends

New Report Finds “Intensified” Interest & Investment in Alternative Protein Market

GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, has released a report that predicts the alternative protein market will likely witness more demand in the future, suggesting alt protein remains an exciting sector offering opportunities for new investments and growth. As alternatives to dairy, seafood, and meat products steadily become closer to mimicking their animal counterparts in taste, texture, and nutrition, and as their prices lower; consumer desire for these innovative products will likely increase, according to the paper.  Numerous market drivers The GlobalData’s Disruptor Intelligence Center analysis concludes that growing consumer awareness around cruelty-free products, VC interest, new business models, and novel source availability are the drivers of the global alternative proteins market. Pranjali Mujumdar, Disruptive Tech analyst at GlobalData, commented: “The emergence of alternative proteins, which …

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Pulled Meat

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

Redefine Meat Partners With Leading Meat Importer, Launches Vegan Pulled Meats

Israeli alt meat brand Redefine Meat has unveiled five new products, including its first ever Pulled Meat range. The news comes as Redefine announces a partnership with high-end conventional meat importer Giraudi Meats. Redefine claims the new Pulled Meat range is an entirely new plant-based category in food service, featuring alternatives to pulled beef, lamb, and pork. The products are said to be much quicker to prepare than slow-cooked animal meats, with cooking time reduced from hours to minutes. Redefine has also introduced two new plant-based premium cuts — Tenderloin and Striploin. The new cuts build on the success of Redefine’s Flank steaks, which were endorsed by Michelin chefs Europe-wide. The Tenderloin and Striploin are said to accurately replicate the texture and characteristics of beef …

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Products & Launches

Redefine Meat to Present New Plant-Based Bratwurst at Oktoberfest 2022

Israel’s Redefine Meat, known for its 3D-printed plant-based whole cuts, is presenting its new Redefine New-Meat™ Bratwurst at Oktoberfest 2022.  The news comes shortly after the company announced its expansion into the European pork market for the first time, following its success with its New-Meat™ beef and lamb portfolio. Significant shift Oktoberfest’s 187th edition is taking place in Munich from September 17th to October 3rd, and as we reported last week, will be offering a number of plant-based dishes in a significant shift for the traditionally meat-heavy event. The new plant-based sausage, made with Redefine’s New-Meat™ pork, is debuting at a traditional Munich Beer House called Tegernseer Tal. Julian Kinner, restaurant manager at Tegernseer Tal, says: “We’ve been selling Redefine burger products for several months …

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Company News

Redefine Meat’s Realistic Meat Cuts Arrive in Finnish Restaurants

Redefine Meat announces a partnership with plant-based manufacturer and distributor, MeEat, to distribute Redefine Meat’s range to restaurants in Finland.  MeEat will offer Redefine Meat’s New-Meat products to Finnish chefs, beginning with the alt Beef Flank, Lamb Kebab and Beef Burger, marking the brand’s entrance into Finland after rolling out into the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Israel. The ultra-realistic meat is now served in over 500 restaurants across Europe. The company raised $135 million this January in one of the largest financing rounds seen by an alt meat company in Israel, with the investment funding Redefine’s global expansion. The first restaurant to serve Redefine’s New Meat in Finland will be Helsinki’s Emo, where the Redefine Beef Flank steak will appear on the menu from …

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Gastronomy & Food Service

Redefine Meat and Classic Fine Foods Partner to Bring “New-Meat” to High-End Restaurants

Redefine Meat and Classic Fine Foods have joined forces to bring the former’s plant-based “New-Meat” to high-end dining venues in England and Wales. The latest development from the Israeli firm closely follows the news from earlier this month that Michelin chef Marco Pierre White has expanded his collaboration with Redefine, adding 3D printed lamb and beef to his spring menus across the UK. Classic Fine Foods is a distributor specialising in gourmet foods. The company will offer Redefine’s entire range to clients, including plant-based beef and lamb flanks and three minced products (the Redefine Burger, Redefine Sausage, and Redefine Kebab). The new collaboration will allow chefs and restaurateurs at Michelin-star restaurants, hotels, and other dining venues to improve their plant-based offerings. Redefine says its meat …

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Printed Technology

Celebrity Chef Marco Pierre White Adds 3D Printed Lamb and Beef to Spring Menus Across UK

Michelin chef Marco Pierre White, the restaurateur and TV personality often referred to as “the first celebrity chef”, continues his collaboration with Redefine Meat, adding 3D printed lamb and beef to his menus across the UK. Redefine Meat‘s 3d Printed steaks first launched into White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill in Plymouth, UK, in February of this year. The chef has now chosen to incorporate the New-Meat™ range, including Redefine Flank (Lamb and Beef), into MPW restaurants — best known for their premium animal-based meat dishes — throughout the UK, appearing on breakfast TV this Monday morning to promote the interesting news. The Spring Set Menu at MPW restaurants listed below will include a Redefine Ragu alla Bolognese and a Redefine Mr. Lamb’s Shepherd’s Pie, while …

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Gastronomy & Food Service

Selfridges Becomes World’s First Department Store to Sell “New-Meat” by Redefine Meat

Israel’s Redefine Meat announces that Selfridges London has become the world’s first department store to feature the company’s plant-based New-Meat. The news follows Redefine Meat’s $135 million fundraise earlier this year, which the company says was one of the largest financing rounds for an alt meat company in Israel.  The company’s range includes Redefine Flank (Beef and Lamb), the Redefine Burger, Redefine Sausage and Redefine Kabab, which are already available in restaurants across Israel, London, Amsterdam, and Berlin to acclaim from Michelin star chefs. New-Meat is now served at Selfridges’ Harry Gordon’s Bar & Kitchen (Lower Ground floor), served in a Spanish white bean stew, and The Brass Rail (Ground floor) where it is served in a ciabatta roll. Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, CEO, and Co-Founder of …

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