A 3D printer lays down used coffee grounds to make a flower pot

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Printed Technology

3D Printing with Used Coffee Grounds to Reduce Waste & Help Eliminate Plastic

In a novel initiative led by Michael Rivera, an Assistant Professor at the ATLAS Institute and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, researchers are working on leveraging coffee grounds to reduce waste in 3D printing. Rivera and his team have devised a method for 3D printing various objects using a paste comprising recycled coffee grounds, water, and other sustainable components. The project is perceived as an initial step towards the exploration of alternative eco-friendly 3D printing materials, which could potentially replace conventional plastics. Rivera expounded that the majority of consumer 3D printers in today’s market utilize thermoplastics, with polylactic acid (PLA) being the most prevalent. While PLA is theoretically compostable, only a limited number of composting facilities accept it. “If …


Plant-based Chic'ken Chopped Fajita


Products & Launches

RollinGreens Launches Chic’Ken Chopped Fajita to Expand Plant-Based Mexican Category

Colorado plant protein company RollinGreens announces the launch of its latest shelf-stable offering, Chic’Ken Chopped Fajita. Made with pea protein and and clean-label ingredients, each package of Chic’Ken can replace one pound of conventional chicken.  The new Chic’Ken Chopped Fajita features a special recipe by Co-Founder Chef Ko, and includes the brand’s texturized protein blend (fermented shiitake mushrooms, pea protein and rice) along with garlic, peppers and onion seasoning. The pre-seasoned product can be prepared in 10 minutes, and offers 56 grams of protein per pack.  In addition to being shelf-stable for up to two years, the product is also kosher-certified and free from gluten, soy, oils, nuts, and GMOs.  Shark Tank fame Originally founded as an organic food truck in Boulder, CO, RollinGreens previously sold …


GrownAs* Foods-Kid-Approved, Adult-Adored Mac and Cheese!

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Retail & E-Commerce

GrownAs* Foods Rolls Out Gourmet Vegan Mac & Cheese Into 380 Sprouts Stores

Boulder Colorado-based GrownAs* Foods today announces a new listing for its Classic and Truffle-flavored mac & cheese at Sprouts Farmers Market locations across the USA. The product contains 25 grams of plant-based protein per serving, according to the brand, and is free from soy, cholesterol, dairy, sugar, GMOs, as well as plastic. The simple ingredient list includes nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, potato and coconut flour. As we reported last December, GrownAs*, a subsidiary of Seed Ranch Flavor Co, aims to revolutionize the mac and cheese category by producing clean ingredient, gourmet mac and cheese products for the modern market. “We are thrilled to join forces with Sprouts and bring our delicious, plant-based mac & cheese to families across the nation within the chain’s new Innovation …



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Food Service

Meati Foods Launches the “Meati Culinary Collective” Led by Celebrity Chefs

Meati Foods last week unveiled an evolving series of chef partnerships called the “Meati Culinary Collective,” in which its mycelium-based meat alternatives will be prepared by well-known and prominent chefs. This spring, Meati is collaborating with the following chefs: David Chang of world-renowned Momofuku and Majordomo Media; two-time BBQ World Champion Charlie McKenna, chef-owner of Lillie’s Q in Chicago; and chefs Tom Colicchio and Evan Funke. These chefs will showcase curated recipes, original content and meals featuring Meati products both in the restaurant and at home via Meati kits. “I’ve been following plant-based innovation closely for years,” says David Chang, chef and founder of Momofuku and Majordomo Media. “I can say without hesitation that the food Meati delivers is second to none in terms of …




Company News

Meati’s New President Aims for $1 Billion in Sales by 2025

Meati has appointed former Pillsbury and General Mills exec Scott Tassani to grow the company into a market leader by 2025 Meati announced it has selected Scott Tassani, a CPG industry veteran, to lead the mushroom-based meat company, beginning December 6. Tassani joins the Boulder, Colorado startup, which makes whole cuts of animal-free meat from mushroom roots, as it prepares its first product launch in early 2022. Tassani brings 30 years of experience in the food industry, where he successfully served at The Pillsbury Company and General Mills, including roles as General Mills’ President and Chief Customer Officer. As the new head of Meati, Tassani aims to help it become a market-share leader for animal-free meat over the next three years. “Our goal is to …


Bond Team

Rich Kelleman, Co Founder/CEO, Pernilla Audibert, Co-Founder/CTO, and Luis Brandao, Senior Research Scientist, Bond Pet Foods

Pet Food

Bond Pet Foods Completes $1.2 Million Seed Funding Round

Bond Pet Foods, Inc., the Boulder-based company using biotechnology to make animal-free pet food, announces that it has completed its seed funding, totaling $1.2 million. Founded in 2017 by Rich Kelleman and Pernilla Audibert, Bond creates slaughter-free meat proteins for cats and dogs, based on the belief that it isn’t necessary to harm one animal to feed another.


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Food & Beverage

Emergy Foods Launches “Meati” Steaks and Whole Chicken Breasts Made of Mushrooms

Boulder Colorado plant meat producer Emergy Foods has launched alternative meat brand Meati Foods, which is using the fungi Mycelium to create steaks and realistic chicken breasts, being the first “whole cuts” of meat on the market. The company claims that the ingredient is so sustainable that it can produce the meat equivalent of 4,500 cows per day.