Gestation Crate Pigs McDonald's

Pigs in gestation crates ©The Humane Society

Agriculture / Agribusiness

Sponsored Post

Ctrl Alt Meat: Saving the Bacon – the Crate Debate

by Katie Briefel

We have seen the issue of gestation crates rise to prominence in recent months, in particular, due to a campaign led by Carl Icahn against Mcdonald’s. The activist investor called for two nominees to be elected to the board of directors to improve the company’s animal welfare standards, but the motion was voted down by shareholders last month. The reason for Icahn’s campaign and the media attention it subsequently garnered …

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ProVeg NFH

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Marketing & Media

Five Ways to Reach New Consumers Through Taste Marketing

Research has shown that taste is the primary motivator for plant-based food purchases, and the good news is that the food produced by many plant-based brands is super tasty! But many consumers don’t yet know this. So how do you get a consumer to taste your product before they purchase it? ProVeg International has recently published a whitepaper which details the most effective ways to leverage taste marketing to attract …

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Matias Muchnick CEO - Notco

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Interviews

NotCo: “Our Dream as a Company is to Reinvent the Food Industry”

Neither NotCo, nor its young CEO Matías Muchnick will need much introduction for our readers in the plant-based business industry. NotCo has been causing a stir here since its very early days. And as our readers will know, this disruptor became the first Chilean Unicorn company last year in a funding round which included investors such as Lewis Hamilton and Roger Federer, valuing NotCo at $1.5 billion. Matías Muchnick went …

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Max & Bien cheese

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Company News

Dutch Alt Cheese Brand Max & Bien to Cooperate With Dairy Company Vandersterre

Vandersterre, a dairy cheese business that specialises in Dutch cheeses and sells in 80 + countries internationally, announces a cooperation with Amsterdam-based plant-based cheese brand Max & Bien. The cooperation allows Max & Bien wider marketing opportunities and gives consumers access to its vegan cheeses both in the Netherlands and internationally. Vandersterre says that with the partnership it will meet a growing demand in the dairy category and aims to …

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Lallemand

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Company News

Lallemand Receives Authorization For Non-Animal Vitamin D Yeast in the EU

Lallemand Bio-Ingredients, a yeast specialist based in Canada, announces that the EU Regulation authorizing the use of its Lalmin® non-animal vitamin D yeast in 22, consolidated, new food categories, has now been published. Vitamin D is vital for human health; it is obtained by sunlight and some foods, and supplements are recommended for those in countries with less sunshine. Many vitamin D products come from animal sources including eggs and …

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veganising products webinar ProVeg

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Fairs & Events

ProVeg Webinar: Veganising Classic Products – Hear From the Experts

ProVeg International is hosting a webinar titled Lessons Learned from Brands Who Veganised Classic Products on 14th July, 11:00 am (CET).  Food-industry leaders are invited to join the discussion to hear unique insights on this topic from an expert panel which includes: Jochen Pfeifer, a Research fellow at Mondelez International; Carole Bingley, a Technical Specialist at RSSL; and Corjan van den Berg, CEO of FUMI ingredients.  Whilst veganising traditional products …

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Formo

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Studies & Numbers

Report Says European Climate Investors Should Give More Funding to Alt-Proteins

A report by AgFunder and Invest-NL has found that European climate investors are not giving enough attention or funding to the alt-protein sector. The research identifies alternative proteins, sustainable farming, and circular food systems as the three priority areas for investment in order to tackle climate change. However, other categories such as eGrocery and Online Restaurants are currently attracting far more resources. In 2021, the category of Innovative Food — …

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Unfished products

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Company News

Verdino Green Foods Takes Over Unfished and Green Course Brands From Prefera Foods

Verdino Green Foods, a plant-based leader in Central and Eastern Europe and the first alt meat producer in its native Romania, announces it has taken over the Unfished® and Green Course® brands from Prefera Foods, consolidating the entire portfolio and adding alt seafood products and stating that it now becomes one of the players with the most diversified plant-based portfolio in Europe. Launched just last year, Unfished offers canned PlanTuna, …

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Million Dollar Vegan Brazil - Manaus

Team in Brazil - Manaus © GenV

Charity & Campaigns

Million Dollar Vegan Achieves Target of Donating One Million Meals, Will Announce Updated Mission

Non-profit organisation Million Dollar Vegan, which was founded by Matthew Glover and counts high profile figures such as Dr Neal Barnard, Paul McCartney, and Alicia Silverstone as supporters, has achieved its target of sharing one million plant-based meals with global communities since the start of the pandemic. New chapter MDV states that this achievement of this goal marks the end of a chapter for the charity and that it is …

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ChickP barista coffee

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Food & Beverage

ChickP Develops High-Foaming Chickpea-Based Creamer for the Perfect Cappuccino

ChickP, Ltd., an Israel-based leader in plant proteins, this week announces the introduction of protein isolates customized for barista-style coffee drinks. The company has developed a nutritious chickpea-based creamer that contains all nine essential amino acids. The development follows the product’s success as an egg replacement for plant-based mayonnaise. ChickP states that its technology extracts pure protein from the chickpea while removing bitterness, resulting in an ingredient that demonstrates excellent …

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Magnum and Iris van Herpen collaboration

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Fashion, Design & Beauty

Magnum and Iris van Herpen Create First Ever Vegan Haute Couture Dress

Magnum and Iris van Herpen have joined forces to create what is claimed to be the first ever vegan haute couture dress. Inspired by Magnum Vegan ice cream, the dress is made with upcycled cocoa bean husks. Through processing, these husks can be transformed into an entirely organic biopolymer material. Van Herpen has used this material to develop an intricate three-dimensional design enhanced with upcycled organza and copper-coated embellishments. Magnum …

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Delhaize burger

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Retail & E-Commerce

“Massive Shift” Expected by Delhaize as Belgian Multinational Doubles Plant-Based Offer

Belgian multinational retail giant Delhaize has revealed plans to double its plant-based offering. By 2025, Delhaize wants to increase its offering of plant-based meat and dairy products by 100%, citing an expected mass transition to plant-based food in the near future.  Delhaize currently boasts around 400 plant-based products, but will now increase this to 800 products, including alt meat and dairy.  In the company’s own words, Delhaize wants to start …

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Beyond named Disneyland Paris Plant-Based Meat Partner

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Tourism & Travel

Beyond Meat Named Official Disneyland Paris Plant-Based Meat Partner

Beyond Meat has been chosen as the official Disneyland Paris Plant-Based Meat Partner. The company’s products will be served across the entire resort, including theme parks, Disney Village, and Disney Hotels. According to Disneyland, the Beyond Burger, Beyond Sausage, and Beyond Meatballs will be used to develop a meatless version of each menu item currently available. The move is part of the resort’s drive to reduce its environmental impact, and …

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Developing microalgae-based prawns

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Algae, Microalgae & Seaweed

Swiss Researchers Develop Microalgae-Based Prawns

Severin Eder and Lukas Böcker, two researchers from Swiss university ETH Zurich, are developing microalgae-based prawns to address the sustainability issues faced by the fishing industry. The pair met during their doctoral studies at the university, where Eder was working on ways to use waste in the food industry and Böcker was investigating the use of microalgae in food production. They saw the potential to combine these fields of research …

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Neil Rankin © Symplicity Foods

Interviews

Symplicity Foods: “Food Made by Nature is Always Better. Nature Does Things Better All Round”

Headed by Neil Rankin, the trained butcher and London steakhouse chef who switched to making 100% clean vegan meat; Symplicity Foods is a clean label food company that specialises in “helping chefs, home cooks, caterers and restaurants to reduce their reliance on meat”. Becoming increasingly concerned about sustainability, Rankin took the initial approach of trying to use every part of the animal when creating his food. Eventually became “disenchanted with …

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