Indian brand Plantaway launches pepperoni and sausages

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Products & Launches

Award-Winning Indian Brand Plantaway Launches Plant-Based Pepperoni & Sausages

Indian brand Plantaway has expanded its range of meat alternatives with two new products — pepperoni and sausages. Sold in a sliced format, the pepperoni is said to have a “crisp exterior and a juicy, tender bite”, making it ideal for topping pizzas or sandwiches. The sausages are described as having “a savory and juicy interior” and can be grilled, used to make hot dogs, and more. Both products are pea protein-based, free of preservatives, and rich in dietary fiber. The sausages and pepperoni can be purchased from Plantaway’s website, and are also available via food delivery platforms Swiggy and Zomato in Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, and Hyderabad. The launches come after Plantaway was named Best Plant-Based Food Brand 2024 by India’s Plant …

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Cultivated Meat

Bio Future Food Industry Association Launches in South Korea to Boost the Cultivated Meat Sector

The Bio Future Food Industry Association has launched in South Korea to support and develop the country’s cultivated meat sector. Established under the Korean biotechnology Industry, the new association boasts participation from 32 members, including the cell ag companies Simple Planet, SeaWith, CellQua, and TissenBioFarm and established food giants like Daesang and CJ CheilJedang. The Association plans to serve as a communication channel with relevant government agencies, hold regular seminars, build a global network, and promote cooperation programs among member companies. The aim is to enhance the country’s competitiveness in the global cultivated meat market. Uniting efforts The inaugural meeting was held at the COEX convention center in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, where Simple Planet’s CEO, Dominic Jeong, was elected as the inaugural chairman. Jeong holds a Ph.D. …

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A partnership between the Singapore’s UMAMI Bioworks and the young US company Friends & Family Pet Food Co (FnF) is set to launch one of world's first cultivated fish cat treats brand in Singapore and San Francisco in early 2025.

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Company News

UMAMI Bioworks and Friends & Family Pet Food Co. to Launch Cultivated Fish Cat Treats in 2025

A partnership between Singapore’s UMAMI Bioworks, (previously Umami Meats) and the young US company Friends & Family Pet Food Co. (recently part of the ProVeg Incubator’s 12th cohort) is set to launch one of the world’s first cultivated fish cat treats in Singapore and in San Francisco, USA, early next year. The new products, reportedly crafted with high-quality cultivated fish proteins enriched with high-value microalgae and essential nutrients, aimed to promote what FnF calls a “Longevity Diet” for cats. In addition, the animal and ocean-friendly cat food lineup offers significant environmental benefits since cultivated fish production is more resource-efficient, requiring less land, water, and feed than traditional fishing methods or aquaculture. Joshua Errett, Friends & Family CEO and founder, states, “Together, we have created a …

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Food Service

Indian Restaurant Chain SGF Launches New Vegan Menu With High-Protein Options

Spice Grill Flame (SGF), a widespread, purely vegetarian restaurant chain in India, has launched a new vegan menu with two categories —100% Plant-Based Protein and Vegan. The dishes in the first category are made with soy, catering to customers searching for high-protein options. Meanwhile, the second category aims to provide wholesome meals that use SGF’s signature flavors and meet plant-based dietary requirements. With the new options, SGF is responding to evolving tastes and preferences within India, including the rising demand for healthier options. The vegan menu is now available at selected outlets, with more set to be added soon. SGF launched in 2012 with just two restaurants, and now has over 100 locations across India serving “tangy, spicy, and fiery 100% vegetarian cuisine”. The chain …

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India’s PA Footwear in collaboration with the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, has developed Vegan Virya, a biodegradable leather alternative made from sugarcane bagasse.

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Leather Alternatives

India’s P A Footwear Unveils Eco-Belts Made With PETA-Approved Sugarcane Leather

In collaboration with the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), India’s P A Footwear has developed Vegan Virya, a biodegradable leather alternative made from over 95% plant-based materials, mainly sugarcane bagasse, including 60% agro waste content. P A Footwear is a family-owned business that has significantly grown from producing 500 pairs of shoe uppers daily to having the capability to manufacture 2 million pairs of leather shoes and uppers annually. The company specializes in making stitch-down shoes, catering to a niche market in men’s and children’s footwear. The company employs over 2,200 skilled workers across its six manufacturing plants, including its vegan division in Ranipet, which launched in 2023. The sugarcane leather sheets come in multiple non-fading colors for fashionable bags, sandals, suitcases, …

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Cultivated seafood startup Umami Bioworks and India’s IKP Knowledge Park, a premium Science Park and Incubator India, have announced a partnership to accelerate the production of cultivated seafood.

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Cultivated Seafood

Cultivated Seafood Pioneer UMAMI Bioworks Sets Foot in India with IKP Partnership

Cultivated seafood startup UMAMI Bioworks, (previously Umami Meats) has announced a partnership with India’s premium Science Park and Incubator, IKP Knowledge Park, to accelerate the production of cultivated seafood. IKP has recently established the Centre for Smart Protein and Sustainable Material Innovation in Bangalore, which facilitates core R&D, innovation, collaboration, and knowledge exchange for the smart protein sector. At the centre, UMAMI Bioworks’ team in India will lead the engineering and validation of the company’s plug-and-play manufacturing hardware, supporting tech transfer from their demonstration line to customer sites. Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, Chairman and CEO of IKP Knowledge Park, welcomed UMAMI Bioworks and expressed excitement about the novel technology platform it brings to the smart protein ecosystem. She shared, “This collaboration will not only accelerate Umami’s growth …

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Misola Foods announces the launch of "Delicious oat milk made by Mr. Tsukagoshi," an alternative to milk without added sweeteners, designed to be palatable for adults and children.

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Products & Launches

Misola Foods Launches ‘Delicious Oat Milk Made by Mr. Tsukagoshi’, Said to Be Japan’s First Oat Milk

Misola Foods, Japan’s first oat milk specialised company, announces the launch of its first product, “Delicious oat milk made by Mr. Tsukagoshi,” an alternative to dairy milk designed to be palatable for adults and children. Claimed as Japan’s first oat milk, the new drink is said to deliver a rich, delicious flavor and mellow sweetness derived from oats by using enzymes to break their starch into sugar. Besides its natural sweetness advantage, the oat drink is said to contain as much calcium as regular milk (110 mg per 100 g) while being suitable for people with lactose intolerance or nut allergies. Released in 195 g bottles with pack options available, Misola Foods has bet on eco-friendly packaging using 100% recyclable paper cartons with no straw. …

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Kokomodo Creates Cultivated Cacao, Preserving Climate-Proof Supplies for the Future of Confectionery

Climate change poses a significant threat to the future supply of cacao (the unprocessed version of cocoa), with the majority of farmland predicted to become unfit for production by 2050. Recent severe weather events have negatively impacted cacao harvests in Ivory Coast and Ghana, the world’s biggest producers, causing significant shortages and high prices. But Kokomodo, a startup leveraging plant cell technology to “cultivate cocoa’s future” aims to ensure a stable, year-round cacao supply of sustainable premium cocoa. To do so, Kokomodo is developing a platform to produce cacao locally with cells and advanced bioreactors independently from land (deforestation), climate, and tropical regions. The startup, which operates a pilot-scale lab in Israel, not exactly a tropical country with cacao bean plantations, has already developed its first …

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Studies & Numbers

Study: What Influences Gen Z Consumers to Adopt Plant-Based Eating Patterns?

A study published in the journal Foods has examined the factors that affect the willingness of Gen Z consumers to adopt plant-based diets. The research questioned over 500 university students in Greece, India, and the UK. Most Greek and British students were responsible for their own meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking, whereas Indian students tended to live with relatives and were less likely to prepare their own meals. Almost half of Indian students (46.5%) were receptive to the idea of shifting to a plant-based diet, possibly due to the country’s strong tradition of vegetarianism. However, just 14.4% of Greeks and 19.6% of Brits were open to the idea. Taste and nutrition 39.4% of respondents thought that plant-based products were too expensive, while 32.8% believed …

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Fabumin has developed a functional and multipurpose egg replacer for the food industry from legume "wastewater" or aquafaba that can be produced at industrial scale.

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Egg Alternatives

Fabumin Attracts Attention from Grupo Bimbo and Haagen Dazs for its Unique Upcycled Aquafaba in Powder Form

Israel’s Fabumin has developed a functional and multipurpose egg replacer for the food industry by upcycling legume water waste, otherwise known as aquafaba, an ingredient known for its unique emulsifying, foaming, and thickening properties similar to egg albumin. The startup has reportedly attracted interest from food companies such as Grupo Bimbo and Haagen Dazs for its product. What sets Fabumin apart from other aquafaba egg replacers is that its product — a powder offering significant advantages over liquid options that require refrigeration — is made at legume processing factories by upcycling their side streams, allowing a large-scale production. “Every day, the legume industry produces a considerable amount of waste water that is poured into the drain. The result is a heavy load on the wastewater …

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Plant-based brand Plantaway has introduced India’s first plant-based chicken whole cut: the Chick'n Fillet.

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Products & Launches

Plantaway Launches India’s First Plant-Based Chicken Fillet

Plant-based brand Plantaway has launched a new chicken alternative that the company claims will set a new standard in the market: India’s first plant-based chicken fillet. Whether grilled, baked, or sautéed, Plantaways’s whole cut, branded the Chick’n Fillet, is said to replicate the taste and texture of chicken, “satisfying even the most discerning palates.” Crafted from pea protein, it offers 19g of protein per pack (two pieces), dietary fiber, and an option without soy, making it an excellent choice for those looking to boost their protein intake. Moreover, the new fillets are said to have zero trans fats, preservatives, artificial colorings, or flavorings, targeting health-conscious consumers. Chick’n Fillet is available on the company’s website and at Swiggy and Zomato in Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, and Hyderabad. …

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Cultivated Meat

Cellivate Technologies Wins $3.3M on Business Reality TV Show to Reduce Animal Slaughter Using Cells

Singapore’s Cellivate Technologies, a deep-tech startup developing cell-based solutions for cultivated meat, leather, and cruelty-free cosmetics, has emerged as the top winner of Channel News Asia’s (CNA) business reality show, The Big Spark. After competing with two dozen regional startups, Cellivate Technologies will potentially receive SGD 4.15 million (around $3.3 million) in funding from five venture capital companies, including Singapore’s Antler and Rigel-Farro Capital, which according to CNA, will support the cell ag startup with SGD 3.3 million. At The Big Spark, CEO and founder Dr. Viknish Krishnan-Kutty highlighted the topic of ethical meat consumption via plant-based and cell-based solutions. He said the funds would expand R&D, production capabilities, and the company’s team, adding a commercial unit for business growth. The problem of capital for …

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Politics & Law

Thailand Proposes New Labeling Restrictions for Plant-Based Products

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration has drafted new regulations that could impose labeling restrictions on plant-based meat and dairy alternatives. Under the proposed legislation, plant-based companies will still be able to use terms that indicate the shape of the product, such as “mince”, “sausages”, and even “bacon”.  However, they will need to clearly specify that the products are plant-based. The term “meat” will not be allowed, and neither will names for specific types or grades of meat (such as “pork”, “chicken”, or “wagyu”). Using images of farm animals, or any marking that is deemed to imply the product is of animal origin, will also be prohibited. For dairy alternatives, descriptions such as “soy milk” or “almond milk” will be permitted, but terms that are said …

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ProVeg plant-based eating in China

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Studies & Numbers

Promoting Plant-Based Eating in China

Education is pivotal in the adoption of plant-based diets. This is the primary insight from a survey of over 1,000 Chinese consumers commissioned by ProVeg Asia, which revealed that nearly all consumers are willing to consume more plant-based foods once they learn about the benefits. The findings have been incorporated into ProVeg Asia’s latest report, Plant-based eating in China: attitudes and opportunities, which examines the extent to which Chinese people have embraced plant-based food. The report specifically examines Chinese consumers’ willingness to increase their plant-based food consumption after being informed about health and environmental benefits, as evidenced by peer-reviewed studies in international scientific journals. This invaluable guide also ranks the benefits provided by plant-based diets in terms of their perceived significance and identifies motivations and …

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Sustainability / Environment

Nurturing Sustainability: Cultivating a Brighter Food Future in the UAE

Across the bustling kitchens and vibrant dining spaces of UAE, a silent revolution is under way – one that promises to secure our future of food while safeguarding the planet. As our population grows and environmental challenges loom large, the need for sustainable practices in the F&B industry has never been more pressing. Taking place from 24 – 26 September at Dubai World Trade Centre, Gulfood Green is entirely dedicated to the themes of food security and sustainable food development. The must-attend event will feature exhibitors showcasing innovations in areas like fresh produce, plant-based proteins, and sustainable technologies. Gulfood Green is a champion of food waste reduction and creating a world where quality nutrition is accessible to all.  Sustainable farming is cultivating tomorrow’s harvests At …

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Singapore Grants University of Illinois ARCS $14.8M to Launch Precision Fermentation Center

The team led by Professor Yong-Su Jin at the Illinois Advanced Research Center at Singapore (ARCS), an affiliated center of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has received a five-year, $14.8 million grant from Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) to establish the Centre for Precision Fermentation and Sustainability (PreFerS). According to the announcement, the research at the new center will focus on microbial cell engineering or precision fermentation to convert readily available compounds like sugars into molecules, including alternative proteins, healthy fats, and vitamins. PreFerS aims to improve food supply chain resilience, reduce environmental impacts associated with food production, and address micronutrient deficiency, touted as the hidden hunger. Regarding its broader impact, the project aims to help Singapore achieve its goal of locally producing 30% of …

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Algae, Microalgae & Seaweed

Microalgae: Chlorella Growth Factor and Galdieria Sulphuraria Promise High Quality Proteins for a Hungry World

Today, we bring two microalgae innovations unlocking an alternative protein source with remarkable nutritional and sustainability benefits for the growing population. Microalgae used for protein production have a higher yield than crops such as soybeans and wheat, and use less water and land. They are considered an ideal source for producing nutritious and digestible food in the future when climate change and resource scarcity may compromise animal protein production. However, consumer acceptance of microalgae-based food remains to be determined, as these products are seen as less tasty but healthier than animal-based products. A recent report by Allied Market Research, projects the global algae protein market will be worth $709 million by 2028. Chlorella sorokiniana – IICT, India Researchers at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) have identified …

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Pineapple-based leather alternative

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Leather Alternatives

Researchers Develop Plastic-Free Pineapple-Based Leather Alternative With Higher Strength Than PU

Scientists at Thailand’s Mahidol University have developed a new pineapple-based leather alternative that is claimed to have excellent strength and sustainability properties. The bio-based material is made by mechanically extracting pineapple leaf fibers from waste pineapple leaves. These fibers are divided into two groups; some are treated with sodium hydroxide, while others are left untreated. The fibers then are formed into non-woven sheets and coated with compounded natural rubber latex, before being heat-treated and compressed. The material can be dyed with natural colorings such as carrot, spent Thai red tea, and spent coffee grounds. Following the development of the pineapple leather, a study published in the journal Sustainability has analyzed its tensile properties, tear strength, and hardness. The results indicate that the material’s tensile strength …

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Cultivated Meat

Ever After Foods Raises $10M for “Unmatched” Cost-Effective Bioreactor Platform for Cultivated Meat Producers

Israel’s Pluri (Nasdaq: PLUR) (TASE: PLUR) announces that its cultivated meat subsidiary Ever After Foods, formerly Plurinuva, has secured $10 million in a funding round from US and EU strategic investors, including a second investment from Israel’s Tnuva Group and Pluri itself. With the new capital, Ever After Foods aims to propel its technology platform to become a technology enabler for cultivated meat producers. The company claims it has developed a cutting-edge bioreactor platform to produce cultivated foods with “unmatched” cost-efficient scalability. Eyal Rosenthal, CEO of Ever After Foods, shared, “Ever After Foods’ unique and innovative production platform empowered the change in our business model. The shift to a technology enabler will allow us to serve more players in the value chain. “Securing funding from …

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A plant-based fish fillet by Steakholder Foods

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

Steakholder Foods & Sherry Herring Partner to Launch Gourmet Vegan Salads with 3D Printed Plant-Based Fish

Alt proteins and 3D printing innovator Steakholder Foods (Nasdaq: STKH) announces a partnership with Sherry Herring, a gourmet fish delicacies brand, to commercialize a new line of vegan fish salads in Israel. The salads will feature seafood made with Steakholder Foods’ proprietary SHFISH premix blend specially developed for 3D-printing plant-based white fish. Fillets crafted with SHFISH are said to mimic the taste, texture, and nutritional profile of fish while being more sustainable and environmentally friendly, “redefining the seafood experience.” The new vegan fish salad line will tap into new market segments and cater to the rising popularity of plant-based diets by leveraging Sherry Herring’s established distribution network in delis and restaurants, the company said in the announcement. Arik Kaufman, CEO of Steakholder Foods, highlights the collaboration …

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