Vegan Smoked Salmon

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Company News

Canada’s Save Da Sea Plans US Launch in 2023, Reports Tripled YOY Revenues

Canadian alt-seafood brand Save Da Sea is working towards a US launch in spring 2023, reveals founder and CEO Aki Kaltenbach, and says its revenues in the Canadian market are tripling year-over-year, reports The Globe and Mail.  Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Save Da Sea produces plant-based seafood alternatives to salmon and tuna from whole-food, minimally processed ingredients. Its current range includes carrot-based smoked salmon and jackfruit tuna salad, made without soy, gluten or artificial additives. In September, the brand launched into 180 Sobeys and Safeway stores across Canada.  Since its debut in 2020, the company has experienced strong growth and Kaltenbach says she is now exploring a US launch sometime in spring 2023.  Her initial strategy is to concentrate on natural foods retailers in …

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Treeline Gourmet Non-Dairy Cheese

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Products & Launches

Treeline Launches “Reserve” Line of Ultra-Gourmet Plant-Based Cheeses

Plant-based cheese producer Treeline announces the launch of Treeline Reserve – a new line of artisanal, “ultra gourmet” non-dairy cheeses. Initially debuting on Treeline’s website, the line will first offer two varieties – True Blue and Bloomy Rind – with more to come in 2023.  To create Reserve, Treeline partnered with Spanish cheesemakers to “take vegan cheesemaking to new heights” and offer products that capture the true essence of fine blue and ripened rind cheeses.  The first varieties include True Blue, a cashew-based classic blue cheese made with real Penicillium Roqueforti molds. The molds impart complex flavors and aromas found in premium blue cheeses, with no need for colorants or blue cheese flavoring. The second cheese, Bloomy Rind, is also crafted from cashews in the …

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Products & Launches

Eco-Products Introduces Plant-Based Compostable Straws Derived from Canola Oil

Eco-Products of Boulder, Colorado today launches a new line of compostable straws made from plant-based plastic which will biodegrade in a commercial compost facility or a home compost pile. Made from polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a plant-based plastic derived from canola oil, the straws are BPI-certified compostable and meet the ASTM D6400 standard for compostability. The company also offers a range of cups, containers, plates and bowls, and utensils. “With demand rising for more sustainable choices, we are committed to offering the best in compostable products,” said Nicole Tariku, Director of Product Development for Eco-Products. “These innovative straws are heat resistant and durable like conventionally made straws, while still offering flexible composting options.”   “Businesses are increasingly looking for compostable products that perform as well as those made …

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Wildtype salmon

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Investments & Acquisitions

South Korea’s Third-Largest Conglomerate SK Invests $7M in Wildtype Cultivated Salmon

SK Inc., the investment arm of South Korea’s third-largest conglomerate SK Group, has announced a $7 million investment in US-based cultivated salmon producer Wildtype. The Korean firm explained that it is looking to increase its investments in companies with excellent environmental, social, and corporate governance credentials. The conglomerate also reveals that it is working to form a joint venture between Perfect Day and Korean dairy producer Maeli Dairies, with the intention that Maeli will manufacture, distribute, and sell products made with Perfect Day’s animal-free milk proteins. SK Chairman impressed by Wildtype visit “[Wildtype’s cultivated salmon] can dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emitted during the process of fishing, farming, and transportation, and protect the marine ecosystem that faces the risk of extinction with bycatch,” said Chey Tae-won, …

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Milkadamia Vegan Milk Tea

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Products & Launches

Milkadamia to Debut More Sustainable Dairy-Free Milk Tea in 2023

Dairy-free brand milkadamia announces the debut of Milk Tea, a new ready-to-drink tea featuring macadamia milk and black tea, which will launch at major retailers in January 2023.  According to milkadamia, the global popularity of milk tea – typically rich black tea made with condensed or evaporated milk – is increasing exponentially among Millenial and Gen-Z consumers. Blending black tea with milkadamia’s “slightly decadent” macadamia nut milk, the new Milk Tea contains 100 calories per serving, and will be the first US brand offered in 32 oz. multi-serve cartons, versus less sustainable single-serve packaging. Each carton will retail for an MRP of $6.99.  Healthy benefits Native to Australia, macadamia nuts offer a host of nutritional benefits, including Vitamin E, antioxidant compounds, healthy fats and soluble …

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HopeAndSesame products

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Products & Launches

Hope and Sesame Launches Sesamemilk at Top Canadian Natural Retailers and Amazon.ca

The Planting Hope Company announces Hope and Seasame Sesamemilk is now available to Canadian consumers on Amazon.ca, as well as in leading natural grocery stores nationwide. The launch expands Hope and Sesame’s distribution across Canada, including at key retailers in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario.  On Amazon, customers can choose from four Hope & Sesame flavors, including its award-winning Barista Blend, now offered in bilingual packaging.  In natural grocers, customers can find the sesamemilk in shelf-stable packaging at 69 new stores, including Supermarch Pagano, Marches TAU and Avril Natural Market (Quebec), Ambrosia Natural Foods, Marcheleo’s, and Natural Emporium (Ontario), and Pomme Natural Markets and Roots Natural (British Columbia.) Expanding access “We’re thrilled to expand the availability of Hope and Sesame Sesamemilk to customers across Canada …

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Nepra Egg White Replacer

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Products & Launches

Nepra Foods Launches Commercial Production of Egg White Replacer for Baking

Colorado-based Nepra Foods announces it has begun commercial production and in-plant trials of its Essential brand Egg White Replacement Powder (EPB-ER1), a proprietary egg white replacer for wholesale bakeries. According to Nepra, which produces a range of nutritious and allergen-friendly foods, the plant-based powder is intended for producers who want to remove or reduce eggs in an existing product formulation.  Lowering costs While most plant-based egg products on the market replace the taste and texture of whole cooked eggs, such as scrambled eggs, Nepra’s EPB-ER1 is designed for commercial bakers that use a chicken-based egg white powder, but are looking to switch to an animal-free alternative.  Egg white powder is an important ingredient for large bakeries, which often rely on the unique structural and binding …

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Unilever Dairy Proteins

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Company News

Unilever May Launch Its First Animal-Free Dairy Ice Cream in 2023

Multinational food giant Unilever reveals it is currently using precision fermentation techniques to develop its first animal-free dairy ice cream. The company might launch its first precision-fermented ice cream product sometime next year, reports Bloomberg.  Unilever is the world’s largest ice cream manufacturer and owns top-selling brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Magnum, and Klondike.  Andy Sztehlo, Unilever’s head of research and development, says the company is working with several startups on animal-free versions of its ice cream, and if successful, would likely launch fermented dairy proteins in one of its major brands in 2023. He also noted he had recently tasted prototypes.  The entry into animal-free dairy is part of Unilever’s environmental stategy, which seeks to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions produced by its …

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TBH Cocoa Hazelnut Spread

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Celebrities

‘Stranger Things’ Actor Noah Schnapp Launches Capital Raise for TBH Vegan Hazelnut Spread

tbh, the company reinventing Nutella hazelnut spreads with better-for-you ingredients, announces the launch of its first capital raise on fintech platform Republic. Beginning Nov. 21st, individuals can invest as little as $50 to help tbh expand its retail footprint and grow its existing product line.  Co-founded by actor, influencer, and entrepreneur Noah Schnapp, alongside co-founders Elena Guberman and Ba Minuzzi, tbh offers a healthier, more eco-conscious version of the popular Nutella spread. Unlike its competitor, tbh’s hazelnut cocoa spread uses less sugar, contains more protein, and avoids the use of palm oil. By raising capital on Republic, a platform that allows everyone to invest in private market equity, debt or crypto offerings, tbh seeks to educate and empower a new generation to become shareholders in …

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spirulina-based smoked salmon

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Algae, Microalgae & Seaweed

New in Alt Seafood: Salmon Scent from Plants & EU Strategy to Boost Algae Production

New in alt seafood, taking place in Europe are two interesting developments: Estonian researchers are recreating the scent of salmon using plants, and the EU’s new algae strategy heralds the acceleration of sustainable, fish-free seafood.   Researchers recreate scent of salmon with plants Estonian researchers led by Dr Sirli Rosenvald from Estonia’s Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies (TFTAK) are working to recreate the unique aroma of salmon using plants in order to advance developments in alternative seafood production. The research aims to tackle Europe’s dependence on imported seafood and meet growing demand for fish in a sustainable manner: Europe imports three times more seafood than it produces, and global demand for seafood is expected to increase by 5% over this decade. According to the …

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Investments & Finance

NONA Vegan Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Expand Italian Cream and Meat Sauces

Canadian sauce maker NONA Vegan Foods announces a new $300,000 crowdfunding campaign through FrontFundr, Canada’s leading equity crowdfunding platform. The company, which sells Italian plant-based cream and meat sauces, plans to use the funding to expand its market presence in Canada and the US.  In addition to the fundraising campaign, NONA recently won the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) and Wells Fargo pitch competition. Following this success, CEO Kailey Gilchrist says the company is ready to invite investors to join in its growth. “We’re raising $300,000 on FrontFundr in order to expand our sales team and market reach in Canada and the United States” shared Gilchrist. “For as little as $250 CAD, everyday investors can be a part of our ‘famiglia’ as we embark on …

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Green Boy New Managing Director

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Company News

Green Boy Group Hires Former Interfood CEO Jeroen van den Heuvel as Managing Director

Plant-based protein supplier Green Boy Group announces it has hired Jeroen van den Heuvel, former CEO of global dairy supplier Interfood, as its new managing director.  In addition to managing Green Boy’s daily operations, Jeroen will oversee hiring and provide strategic input to increase the company’s commercial activities.  “I was connected to Green Boy the last two years via the advisory board which allowed me to get to know the company pretty well,” said Jeroen. “The energy and creativity that the team at Green Boy brings to the table is amazing. I’ve never seen a company grow so fast and have such a positive impact on the food industry. It is really exciting to be able to contribute with my experience in a meaningful way …

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Prime Roots Plant-Based Deli Meat

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Fungi, Mushrooms & Mycelium

Prime Roots Launches First Sliceable Koji Meats to Disrupt $300B Bulk Deli Industry

Fungi innovator Prime Roots announces its breakthrough line of Koji-Meats is now available at select deli counters and sandwich shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. Offered in bulk sizes for fresh slicing, the launch is a preview ahead of a larger US retail and restaurant expansion in 2023.  Prime Roots’ preview launch features classic deli staples and charcuterie, including:  Whole Koji-Turkey in Classic Smoked, Cracked Black Pepper, and Golden Roast  Whole Koji-Hams in Classic Smoked, Black Forest, and Sugar Shack Maple  Koji-Pepperoni  Koji-Salami  Koji-Pâtés with apple & sage or black truffle  Koji-Foie Gras Torchon In the Bay Area, local diners can find the products at the following restaurants and markets: Berkeley Bowl Bi-Rite Market Rhea’s Deli Timeless Coffee Millennium and Above Ground Pizza Driver’s …

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UPSIDE Foods FDA greenlight

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

FDA’s Approval of Cultivated Meat: Industry Leaders Respond

Following this week’s groundbreaking news of UPSIDE Food receiving GRAS status for its cultivated chicken, marking the first time in the world that the FDA has given the green light to a cultivated meat product, industry leaders from the GFI, Stray Dog Capital, BioTech Foods, and Synthesis Capital here provide commentary on the significance of this historic development.   To recap: UPSIDE Foods has now successfully completed the FDA’s rigorous pre-market safety review for its cultivated chicken, demonstrating that it is as safe as conventional chicken. This historic milestone will pave the way for consumers to access these products in restaurants and retail across the country and ultimately across the world.   Seth Roberts, GFI The Good Food Institute Europe (GFI Europe) – the leading …

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