Lavva Original Yogurt

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Company News

Lavva Plant-Based Yogurt Acquired by Next in Natural, Names Jeff Lichtenstein as New CEO

Dairy-free yogurt brand Lavva announces it has been acquired by its lead operating partner, Next in Natural, a New York-based business development studio. Through the partnership, Lavva is also appointing Jeff Lichtenstein as its new CEO, and adding several strategic investors to its team.  According to Lavva, Lichtenstein brings extensive experience in launching and scaling national CPG brands in the natural category. As the founder and CEO of Gourmet Guru (acquired …

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Buona Plant-Based Italian Sliced Beef

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Products & Launches

Buona and Upton’s Naturals Launching Plant-Based Italian Beef at Whole Foods

American restaurant group The Buona Companies announces it is partnering with plant-based foods brand Upton’s Naturals to debut meat-free Chicago Italian Beef & Gravy at Midwest region Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme, and Jewel-Osco stores.  Created with Buona’s signature family recipe, the vegan Italian Beef features Upton’s thinly sliced and seasoned seitan soaked in a savory, vegetable-broth based gravy. The heat-and-eat product offers 36 grams of protein per serving with the …

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almond drinks by MALK Organics

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Retail & E-Commerce

Clean Label MALK Organics Announces New Chocolate Oat & Retail Expansion

Founded in 2015, the on-trend brand MALK Organics claims it prides itself on “leading the charge for cleaner products in the plant-based milk category”. This week the Austin Texas producer announces the launch of its new Chocolate Oat variety as well as significant distribution expansion. Known for its clean label, cold-pressed almond and oat milks containing only 3-5 simple ingredients with no glyphosates, gums, fillers, or oils, MALK’s existing products include …

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tuna sushi by Impact food

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Investments & Finance

Impact Food Secures $500K to Help Prevent Collapse of Wild Tuna Species

Impact Food, a plant-based seafood start-up based in California, recently closed its strategic angel & VC round of $500,000 to help prevent the collapse of wild tuna species through a scalable food technology platform for seafood. Impact Food, the food technology company developing novel plant-based seafood, is backed by Future Food Fund, Serpentine Ventures, Ahimsa Foundation, and others. In total, Impact secured $500,000 in strategic angel & VC funding, of …

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HARVEST-BOWL-Vegan Bowls For All

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Delivery Services

Veggie Grill Launches ‘Vegan Bowls For All’ Delivery Concept at 29 Locations

Health-forward chain Veggie Grill today announces the launch of a delivery service called Vegan Bowls For All which will operate from 29 Veggie Grill locations in California, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington. Veggie Grill has partnered with all of the most popular delivery platforms for the new concept, such as Doordash, Postmates, Uber Eats, and Grubhub, to deliver lunch and dinner seven days a week in each area. The …

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Novel Farms Cultivated Pork Loin

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Novel Farms Raises $1.4M in Pre-Seed Round for First Marbled Cultivated Pork Loin

Novel Farms, a food technology startup, announces a $1.4M pre-seed funding round and reveals it has created the world’s first marbled cultivated pork loin. According to the startup, its loin showcases the marbling and texture of a real muscle cut, making it one of the few cell-based meat companies to successfully create a structured meat prototype.  Founded in 2020 by Nieves Martinez Marshall, PhD and Michelle Lu, PhD, the company …

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Juan Benitez-Garcia_President-Global_Savory_ADM

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Interviews

ADM: “We’re Looking Forward to Supporting the Future of the Alternative Protein and Plant-Based Space”

ADM has been in the alternative protein headlines almost constantly this year, announcing: $300 million investment to expand its alternative protein production facilities in Ilinois in April; a partnership with Eat Just in May to accelerate its cultivated line GOOD Meat; a new firm called ScaleUp Bio in Singapore earlier this month; and most recently, a strategic partnership with Benson Hill to scale ultra-high soy protein. Juan Manuel Benítez-García, President, …

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Generation Vegan

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Charity & Campaigns

Million Dollar Vegan Rebrands to ‘Generation Vegan’, Plans to Expose Animal Ag Industry

International vegan charity Million Dollar Vegan has announced it will be changing its name to Generation Vegan, or GenV, with the new name intended to better reflect the organisation’s direction. The newly branded GenV sets out with the mantra, “Unite, Disrupt, Transform”. The non-profit was initially launched by Veganuary co-founder Matthew Glover as a campaign offering to donate $1 million to charity if a notable figure — such as the …

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Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey

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Food Service

Whole Foods Co-Founder John Mackey to Launch Plant-Based Restaurant & Wellness Chain

Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey, who will be departing the company in September, is reportedly planning to launch a chain of plant-based restaurants and wellness centres. Mackey has been named as a partner in startup Healthy America LLC,  which has raised $31 million to launch the national chain. Other former Whole Foods executives are also involved — such as Betsy Foster, previously the retailer’s Senior Vice President, who is now …

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Planet Based Foods Hemp Burger Box

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Products & Launches

Planet Based Foods Makes Retail Debut at New Seasons and New Leaf Markets

Hemp-made meat company Planet Based Foods announces the launch of its first retail distribution at New Seasons Market and New Leaf Community Markets. The expansion will bring the brand’s Original Hemp Burger and Green Chili Southwest Burger to 26 stores in Northern California, the California Central Coast, Oregon and Washington. Shoppers at both chains can now find the burgers in the stores’ frozen foods aisles.  Nutrient-dense protein Made with hemp …

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Hooray Foods Improved AWESOME Bacon

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Retail & E-Commerce

Hooray Foods’ Retail Footprint Tops 1,000 Stores as Bacon Expands into Raley’s, Good Eggs and Big Y

Plant-based bacon brand Hooray Foods is continuing its retail expansion with launches in several regional stores including Raley’s, Good Eggs and Big Y. The expanded distribution increases access to its bacon strips across several states, and brings the brand’s total number of stores to over 1,000 locations. In Northern California and Nevada, more than 100 locations of Raley’s family of stores will carry the product under the Raley’s, Bel Air …

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Plantbased Business Hour

Buhler Group Goes Big in Supporting Plant-Based Startups

From Uzwil/Zurich Switzerland, The Plantbased Business Hour with Elysabeth Alfano visits Buhler Group’s start-up tent at Networking Days 22, stopping at six start-ups booth: Jellatech, Pearlita, Veggie Victory, NoPalm Ingredients, Hooked Foods and Napiferyn Biotech. Elysabeth meets with founders of plant-based meats, alternative proteins and cultivated seafood. It’s the future of food served up from pivotal plant-based player, Buhler Group, at its global headquarters with a quick overview from Global Head of Communications, Burkhard Boendel. Specifically, they …

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Chinova Bioworks beer

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Fungi, Mushrooms & Mycelium

Chinova Bioworks Develops “Game Changing” Vegan Fining Agent Made From Mushrooms

Chinova Bioworks, a Canadian company using fungi to reduce food waste, announces the launch of Mycobrio™ — a mushroom-derived fining agent which can replace synthetic and animal-derived fining agents such as isinglass and gelatin, traditionally used in fermented drinks such as beers and wines. Mycobrio™ is described as a natural extract fiber derived from the stems of white button mushrooms, which serves as a fining agent for the alcoholic and …

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Pleese Cheese Vegan Pizza

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Retail & E-Commerce

Pleese Cheese Partners With Webstaurant Store for First Online Retail Launch

Pleese Cheese, makers of innovative dairy-free pizza cheese, announces the launch of its product into Webstaurant Store, an online foodservice retailer. Customers outside of the company’s distribution zones can now purchase Pleese Cheese’s “game-changing” mozzarella shreds in bulk packs. The company is also rolling out a smaller-format product for supermarkets beginning in 2023.  Through its Webstaurant partnership, co-founder Kobi Regev says restaurant owners now have a greater selection of quality …

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ADM chef presenting a beautiful dish

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Ingredients

ADM Enters Strategic Partnership With Benson Hill to Scale Ultra-High Protein Soy

Agri-food giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has entered a strategic partnership with Benson Hill to scale the food tech company’s proprietary ultra-high soy protein for the North American food ingredients market. Since inventing textured vegetable protein in 1965, ADM has led the way in the market for plant proteins and has consistently modified its products to meet shifting customer preferences. Following the invention of the soy vegetable burger three decades …

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