Milk alternative made from yellow peas

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vly and KWS Collaborate to Develop Plant-Based Products Made from Yellow Peas

German alt milk brand vly and seed specialist KWS have announced a multiyear partnership to develop plant-based foods made from pea protein. Vly already offers a range of pea-based milk alternatives, while KWS has been breeding yellow peas since the 1980s. The company now leads the market in France, which is described as the largest and most important European pea market. Previously, KWS has focused on selecting for traits such as yield, resource efficiency, and standing power. However, as part of the new partnership, the company will work to adapt the characteristics of yellow peas for use in plant-based foods. “As a seed producer, we can contribute to food development right from the start — for example, in terms of improving taste, processing quality, and …


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Fairs & Events

Announcing the 15 Finalists of the Carrefour Plant-Based Contest

French supermarket chain Carrefour created a contest this March called the Plant-Based Contest, designed to help innovative startups advance to market. The contest has three categories: plant-based protein products, strong concept, and service offering. More than 250 startups from all over the world participated, of which 15 have been selected for the final that will be held on June 9 in the heart of Paris. On this occasion, 10 winners will be selected as well as the “coup de coeur” of the jury. Here are the 15 finalist startups: Cocoriton Cocoriton is a French company created by farmers. The company has created vegetable patties based on legumes rich in fibre and grown in the fields of French farmers. EATIC The French startup EATIC, created in …


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Five Seasons Ventures Launches €180M Impact Fund for European Food Tech

European Food Tech VC firm Five Seasons Ventures has announced the final closing of a €180 million second fund. Having already backed promising European plant-based businesses, the Five Seasons new Fund II will focus on fast-growing consumer-focused food startups with a quantifiable environmental or social impact.  “Food and Food Tech have the possibility to affect two of the most pressing issues of our time –  climate change and human health” After launching the first-ever Food Tech venture fund in Europe in 2018, Five Seasons Ventures has raised its flagship Fund II to continue investing in European startups at the forefront of food tech. The portfolio of the first €77 million fund saw revenue growth of 20X over four years to reach more than €350 million …


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Investments & Finance

Vly Raises €6.1M For Yellow Pea-Based Milk That “Matches Cow’s Milk for Nutrients, Taste & Functionality”

Vly, a German producer of pea-based milk, today announces an investment of €6.1M led by Five Seasons Ventures, alongside previous investors Global Founders Capital and Good Seed Ventures. The company will use the fresh funds to upscale in DACH and new European markets, including the UK, further product development and key talent. “We have started with milk, but we want to create a range of new dairy alternative products” Vly was founded in 2018 by Niklas Katter, Moritz Braunwarth and Nicolas Hartmann, who after 400 iterations in research and development, created the milk using yellow split pea protein. The finished product is said to be neutral in taste, high in nutrients, low in sugars, and is functional, meaning it can be used for everything from …