Umiami whole cut chicken fillet in salad bowl

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Company News

Plant-Based Whole Cut Pioneer Umiami Achieves B Corp Certification

French plant-based whole-cut leader Umiami announces that it has achieved B Corp certification this week. Following a certification process initiated in 2021, the company says it is delighted to belong to the community founded by B Lab, having obtained a score of over 80 points in a scoring system focused on five major areas: corporate governance, employees, customers, communities, and the environment. Umiami acquired a former Unilever facility in the Alsace region at the end of 2022, with the site covering 14,000 m2 offering production capabilities of up to 22,000 tonnes of meat and seafood alternatives per year and creating around 70 jobs in the region. Last October, the company secured €32.5 million in a Series A round, bringing its overall capital raised to €100 …

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Garden Gourmet partners with the 2024 Olympic Games

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Society

Garden Gourmet Partners With the 2024 Olympic Games to Help Double Plant-Based Food Consumption

Nestlé-owned Garden Gourmet has announced it is an official supporter of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will be held in Paris. The company will help to achieve the goal set by the Olympics of doubling the amount of plant-based food on offer to halve carbon emissions. Garden Gourmet’s food will be available at several Olympic and Paralympic Games sites, and will be served to athletes, volunteers, staff, spectators, and the media. Garden Gourmet products include plant-based burgers, sausages, filet pieces, and more. The company launched limited-edition vegan foie gras last year, and recently introduced alternatives to fish fillets, fingers, and nuggets. “Modern taste of France” It is hoped that the collaboration between Garden Gourmet and the Olympics will encourage the transition towards more …

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Vegan goat cheese by Les Nouveaux Affineurs

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Cheese Alternatives

Les Nouveaux Affineurs Presents La Bûche, a Gourmet Goat’s Cheese Likely to Ruffle Feathers in France

Paris-based Les Nouveaux Affineurs this week presents its new creation, La Bûche (“the log”), a veganized goat’s cheese created with fermented cashews. Founded in 2017 by Nour Akbaraly, and receiving a €2M cash injection in 2020, Les Nouveaux Affineurs says that it “imagines, creates, and produces natural, vegan & vegetable alternatives to cheese”. Its popular products are indistinguishable from their traditional counterparts, and during a blind-testing amongst the public, Parisians were shocked and amazed to learn that this cheese did not come from cows.  La Bûche is described by the French startup as a “ripened and fermented product handled with care for multiple weeks. Its delicate white crust and its soft center reveal notes that will remind you of goat cheese.” The product is crafted …

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Frayme Mylo bag in white

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Fashion, Design & Beauty

Stella McCartney Presents New White Edition of Frayme Mylo Bag at Paris Fashion Week

Stella McCartney has launched a new limited edition version of her Frayme Mylo bag, in white instead of black. The bag is made from Mylo (Bolt Threads’ mycelium-based leather alternative), and is based on the design of McCartney’s classic Falabella bag. It has just been exhibited at the designer’s AW23 runway show at Paris Fashion Week, marking the first time Mylo has been available in a colour other than black. The event was held at Paris’ oldest equestrian stables, with models walking the runway alongside rescued ponies. “It’s an honor to continue our long and storied relationship with the Stella team to establish Mylo, and material innovation, as the future of fashion,” said Bolt Threads on LinkedIn. “Embodiment of a vision” The original black Frayme …

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Fairs & Events

Plant-Based Alternatives Invited to the French Salon de l’Agriculture For a Second Year

Last year, three key players in the vegan scene were present at France’s International Agricultural Show Salon de l’Agriculture. This year, the show takes place from February 25 to March 5 and three vegan startups are again present to show consumers that it is possible to consume food differently, in a sustainable and cruelty-free manner. The three startups present this year are Heura from Barcelona; Les Nouveaux Affineurs from Paris; and Onami Foods of Brittany. Huge success for plant-based alternatives Impressively, Heura states that it “sold more products at the biggest meat event in France than at any other event (even vegan) in the past! In fact, we were out of stock at 3pm when we had planned a much larger stock than last year. …

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Jay&Joy in London

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Cheese Alternatives

France’s “First Plant-Based Creamery” Jay&Joy Now Available in the UK

Paris-based Jay&Joy, which describes itself as the first plant-based creamery in France, creates a range of organic, artisan vegan cheeses from almond milk, cashew nuts, and coconut, and recently celebrated its expansion into the UK market. The product portfolio includes vegan goat’s cheese, camembert, blue cheese, maroilles, feta, parmesan, and grated cheese. Two products — Jean Jacques, a vegan Maroilles cheese, and Jeanne, a vegan “bluish” cheese — are now available through Planet Organic, the leading organic grocery chain, while further products have rolled out into independent stores. Founded in 2015, The Jay&Joy company began with its Jay&Joy laboratory, introducing to the market five products: Jay Nature, Jeta Frais, Jack Pimenté (Spicy Jack), Joy Volcan and Joy Prairie. A year later, the founders opened “France’s …

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DSM range of solutions applied to different foods

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Fairs & Events

DSM to Showcase Innovations That “Make Raw Materials Work Harder” at Fi Europe

DSM, a leader in health and nutrition solutions, will introduce its latest consumer-inspired F&B innovations at this year’s Food ingredients Europe 2022 (FiE). At the event, DSM will showcase its next-generation sustainable innovations for meat and fish alternatives and plant-based dairy, among other categories. DSM has identified various plant-based consumer trends and offers ingredient solutions for manufacturers competing in the F&B market.  Alternatives should taste like real meat According to DSM, the plant-based challenge is mimicking animal products’ taste. Most consumers (82%) expect analogs to taste like real meat or dairy. AT FiE, DSM will showcase innovations that help manufacturers bridge the taste, nutritional, texture, and appearance gap with animal products.  Among the solutions, DSM will present products designed explicitly for plant-based cheese, vegan flavors …

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Les Nouveaux Affineurs Albert cheese

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Cheese Alternatives

Les Nouveaux Affineurs’ Award-Winning Artisan Cheese Launches in Migros

Just a year after its participation in the Plant-Based Expo in London kicked off its international development, French artisan cheesemaker Les Nouveaux Affineurs has announced its launch into Swiss retailer Migros. Albert, the startup’s best-seller, has received numerous awards including Gold Medal at the 2021 Plant Food Trophies, Best Cheese Alternative 2021 by LuxLife, and Flavor of the Year 2022. The plant-based French cheese is now available in 400 locations of Switzerland’s largest supermarket, Migros, a retailer increasingly focusing on vegan products. Last summer, Les Nouveaux Affineurs took its faux-mages to the streets of Paris for blind testing, in an experiment where Parisians were astonished to learn that the cheeses were in fact 100% plant-based. Plant-based direction at Migros Migros, Switzerland’s largest retailer and employer, …

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Retail & E-Commerce

Plant-Based Bakery Land&Monkeys Opens Sixth Paris Location

Land&Monkeys plant-based bakeries have been expanding rapidly in Paris since early 2020. There were already five of them in Paris, and now a sixth one is opening in the La Défense business district, in Nanterre. “This project is the story of a call for tenders… well, before that, it’s the story of the meeting between Land&Monkeys and EXALT, a subsidiary of the COMPASS group, a major player in collective catering in France and worldwide. EXALT has a soft spot for our gourmet and committed concept and we love the way they inspire thousands of people every day in their workplaces with an imaginative and surprising catering offer,” explains the 100% vegan bakery. The founders decided to present the Land&Monkeys concept in a call for tenders …

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La Vida Vegan hazelnut spread

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Fairs & Events

Brinkers Presents New Chocolate Spreads at SIAL Paris 2022

Family-owned company Brinkers Food will be attending SIAL Paris 2022 to exhibit its new developments and trends in the chocolate spread category and will compete for the SIAL Innovation Award with a selection of its new products. Brinkers is a certified organic producer of high-quality chocolate spreads. The company is based in the Netherlands and started its spread journey more than 130 years ago with a margarine substitute. SIAL (Salon International de l’alimentation) is an international food innovation exhibition taking place in Paris for five days from the 15th to the 19th of October. With 7,200 exhibitors and 200 countries represented, visitors can discover the latest trends and innovations in the food industry. The event also holds the SIAL Innovation competition, which rewards the best …

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Fairs & Events

Ingredients Show Fi Europe & Hi Europe Returns to France in December

Ingredients show Fi & Hi Europe is set to attract over 20,000 attendees from more than 135 countries around the world when it returns to France from 6-8 December at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Key exhibitors attending include ADM, Beneo, Brenntag, Cargill, DSM, and Ingredion.  Over 1,200 exhibitors will attend both in person and virtually, covering a wide variety of live and on-demand content, as well as data-driven matchmaking options. Each exhibitor will have an online profile allowing them to network with others ahead of the event and gather leads using the event’s lead scanning system. The online event begins 28th Nov covering industry topics such as plant-based, health & wellbeing and reformulation, as well as category updates on key trending segments like …

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People

Michelin Chef Alain Ducasse Opens “Burgal” Vegan Burger Kiosk in Paris

Alain Ducasse, the French chef with 21 Michelin stars and the head of more than 40 restaurants in France and overseas, recently opened a vegan burger kiosk called Burgal in the Bastille district of Paris. Alain Ducasse is one of the forerunners in terms of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, having first set a vegetarian menu back in 1996 in his restaurant Le Louis XV located in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. In September of last year, he also opened his Sapid restaurant, whose dishes are 95% vegan. The kiosk will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm, with a focus on vegetable patties made of zucchini, parsnips, carrots, lentils, onion and quinoa. As for the side dishes and desserts, the chef has also …

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Disneyland Paris

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Food Service

Disneyland Paris Develops Range of Vegan Dishes & Snacks On 30th Anniversary

On 6 March, the 30th anniversary celebrations began at Disneyland Paris, the destination having opened on 12 April 1992. For this occasion, Europe’s leading tourist destination has created new shows, costumes and… vegan food and snacks. Most of the 70 restaurants in Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios parks, Disney Hotels and Disney Village now offer vegan options. So, in addition to the meagre vegan offerings already available (including the vegan Magnum almond ice cream, churros, wrap and vegan chilli), two new cookies have been created to mark the 30th anniversary of the destination. Some all-you-can-eat buffets, such as the Agrabah Café with Middle Eastern flavours, have vegan options and some fast food outlets also offer Beyond Meat steaks with vegan tartar sauce. Disneyland Paris …

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What’s Ahead for 2022: Umiami

Paris based Umiami has developed a proprietary technology to create what the company says are the world’s first plant-based whole-cuts. Umiami says that its unique process is the first in the world that can create thick fibrous chicken breasts at scale. Exciting stuff – we asked the team what’s in store for 2022. Which milestones can your company reflect upon throughout the last year? Where should we even start? We raised 4M€ in capital, hired a world-class team (I’m every day amazed by the talented people that joined us on our journey), and solved some of the biggest technical challenges of the industry. But in the end, what matters most is that every milestone we reach eventually gets us closer to delivering amazing whole-cuts and …

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Gastronomy & Food Service

Alain Ducasse, 21 Michelin-Starred Chef, Opens New Paris Restaurant Where 95% of Dishes Are Vegan

Update Jan 2024: Since the opening of Sapid, the menu has changed and no longer boasts 95% vegan options. While the menu is free from red meat and poultry, there are dishes containing fish, dairy, and eggs, along with some vegan options. However, Alain Ducasse has continued his plant-based ventures, opening Burgal, a vegan burger kiosk in Paris in May of 2022.  Alain Ducasse, the renowned chef with 21 Michelin stars and over 40 restaurants, opened Sapid on 6 September. In this new Parisian restaurant, 95% of the dishes are vegan. “Vegetable protein is more than enough to satisfy the nutritional needs of an individual”, says Ducasse. Sapid, located in the 10ᵉ arrondissement of Paris, at 54 Rue de Paradis, is “inexpensive, it’s a refectory-restaurant …

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Les Nouveaux Affineurs

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Marketing & Media

French Startup Les Nouveaux Affineurs Fools Consumers on the Streets of Paris With Convincing Vegan Cheeses

French startup Les Nouveaux Affineurs recently had its faux-mages tasted in the streets of Paris. The feedback was very positive and the Parisians were astonished to learn that the cheeses were in fact 100% plant-based. When talking to companies selling vegan products or vegan restaurants, one thing is often quickly established: the vast majority of customers are in fact omnivorous or flexitarian. It is therefore important for vegan startups to increase their visibility among all types of consumers. It is with this in mind that last month, Les Nouveaux Affineurs went to meet Parisians to promote its products by offering passers-by an “aperitif kit” and by letting them taste the different ranges of cheeses both fresh (faux-mages to spread) and refined (for example an imitation …

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