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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Jimi Biotech Unveils “China’s First” 100% Cultivated Chicken

Hangzhou-based company Jimi Biotech claims it has successfully developed China’s first 100% cultivated chicken, made without using plant scaffolding. Jimi has also announced a new round of funding, invested exclusively by Shiwei Capital. The news comes just three months after the company secured funds in an angel round, after unveiling China’s first cultivated beef product. Jimi Evolution System Weichang Jiang, a partner at Shiwei Capital, said: “Although only three months have passed since the last round of funding, Jimi Biotech has still made significant technological breakthroughs. In addition to the rapid progress in core areas such as cell lines and culture media, we believe that Jimi Biotech’s deep integration of automation and AI into the research and development also reflects the founder’s emphasis on continuously …


Plant-based chicken products

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

Beyond Meat Launches Plant-Based Chicken Range at Dutch Supermarkets

Beyond Meat has launched three plant-based chicken products — the Beyond Burger Chicken-Style, Beyond Schnitzel, and Beyond Tenders — in the Netherlands. The burger and schnitzel are new products, with the schnitzel specifically aimed at the European market. All three options are breadcrumb-coated and can be prepared in a frying pan, air fryer, or oven. The chicken alternatives will be available from this week at selected locations of the supermarket chains Jumbo and Albert Heijn, which recently pledged to be majority plant-based by 2030. Fava protein While the original beef-style Beyond Burger is made primarily using pea protein, some of this has been replaced with fava beans in Beyond’s plant-based chicken. The brand says fava protein is “the optimal ingredient to obtain our award-winning chicken-style …


Vegan Chicken Fries

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Products & Launches

Morningstar Farms Joins with Pringles to Debut ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Plant-Based Chik’n Fries, Unveils Egg Bites

Less than a week after announcing it would strategically retain its plant-based foods business, Kellogg appears to be doubling down on its alt-protein investment. Morningstar Farms now collaborates with potato chip maker Pringles, also a Kellogg brand, to launch “first-of-its-kind” vegan Chik’n Fries. The plant-based brand will also debut a new breakfast item, Breakfast Bites with Vegan Egg and Cheeze, in the US later this year.  Described as fry-shaped, dippable finger food,  MorningStar Farms Chik’n Fries will be available in two varieties: Original, which combines notes of chicken broth flavor with Pringles’ signature potato-crisp taste, and Scorchin’ Cheddar Cheeze. According to Morningstar, the 100% plant-based Chik’n Fries are golden on the outside, juicy on the inside and offer 11 grams of protein per serving. Both flavors can …


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Studies & Numbers

Sales of Plant-Based Wings Grow as Americans Expected to Consume 160M Vegan Wings for Super Bowl

A new report by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) shows that an estimated ten million Americans will consume about 160 million plant-based wings during this year’s Super Bowl. In addition, brands like Blackbird Foods report soaring demand for new vegan wing products as the segment continues to undergo expansion and innovation. Every year, Americans consume an enormous amount of party foods, including pizza, nachos and dips, during football’s biggest night. Perhaps the most popular dish of all is chicken wings – about 1.4 billion wings are eaten annually during the game.  But plant-based wings are steadily gaining ground as more Americans turn to a growing range of vegan wing options.  To estimate vegan wings’ popularity, CIWF estimated that roughly 6% of the U.S. population consider …


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Retail & E-Commerce

Retail Expansion for Skinny Butcher’s Plant-Based Chicken in 3 Major Michigan Stores

Michigan-based Skinny Butcher is expanding throughout its home state with launches at three major chains. The brand’s plant-based chicken products — which include Crazy Crispy Chick’n Breasts, Tenders, Nuggets, and Patties — will be available at Costco Wholesale, SpartanNash corporate stores, and all Gordon Food Service locations. The chicken alternatives are made from vegetable fibres, which are combined with pea protein and a proprietary spice blend. The products are then coated using a double-breading method. According to Skinny Butcher, the finished plant-based chicken has “the crispiest, closest to real fried chicken taste and texture on the market”. Successful debut Skinny Butcher previously launched at Costco stores in Northern California, the Midwest, and selected Utah locations. The brand also arrived at Walmart stores nationwide through a …


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Fairs & Events

Product of the Year 2023: 17 Vegan Winners in Multiple Categories Chosen by UK Consumers

*Updated 2/2 to remove Starbucks Chilled Classics Multiserve which is not vegan* The Product of the Year, the largest consumer survey of product innovation in the UK, has revealed the winners of its 2023 awards, with 17 vegan products chosen by consumers across multiple categories. According to organisers, this year, nearly a fifth of consumers said plant-based was the most important factor when buying or trying a new product and plant-based products made the “greatest imprint” across multiple categories, ranging from big brands to startups. Consumer led The annual Product of the Year Awards is the largest consumer-voted award for product innovation and serves as a benchmark for predicting top interests and trends in the year ahead. In its 19th edition this year, 8,000 adult UK consumers …


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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

Thai Startup Kindness Exports to 25+ Countries With 4000t Annual Output

Kindness is a plant-based food tech startup based in Thailand, with a fun tagline, “Let’s go Beyond the Impossible,” tipping its hat to its biggest international peers. Kindness offers ready plant-based formulas and product development and plant protein consultancy to brands and manufacturers that “desire to innovate within the vegan protein space.” With 30 years of combined experience in plant-based food production, Kindness claims its R&D team has developed 300-ready formulas using soy, wheat, konjac, and pea protein, which other companies can leverage to expand their current CPG offer or develop innovative products. A non-animal-derived diet Founded by Mike Yang, the Thai startup aims to develop high-quality, plant-based foods at a competitive cost to propel consumers’ adoption of a non-animal-derived diet. With the brand’s plant-based formulas, …


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Eatplanted: “We Want to Revolutionise the Way Meat and Protein-Rich Foods Are Consumed”

Eatplanted is one of Europe’s fastest-growing alt meat producers, combining extrusion and fermentation technology to make highly realistic meat alternatives. Founded in Switzerland in 2019, Eatplanted rapidly began attracting investor interest and raising large sums of funding. The company then announced ambitious plans to develop whole cuts of plant-based meat — an area that has eluded many producers — and to become Europe’s biggest alt meat brand. Soon, Eatplanted was expanding internationally. The company arrived in the UK less than a year ago but has already been widely successful, securing listings at national retailers such as Morrisons and Holland & Barrett. We caught up with co-founder Christoph Jenny to find out more about Eatplanted’s products and goals for 2023. What is the story behind Eatplanted? …


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Fungi, Mushrooms & Mycelium

Meati Foods Announces Huge ‘Mega Ranch’ Capable of Producing Millions of Pounds of Mycelium

Meati, the Colorado producer famous for its whole cuts made from mycelium, announces the opening of its biggest production facility yet, known as the Mega Ranch. The fully integrated operation is expected to cultivate Meati products at an annual rate of tens of millions of pounds by late 2023. At this rate, Meati says its production will match or exceed that of the largest individual animal-based ranches in the US.  According to Meati, its massive $150M Series C raise in 2022 helped to finance the Mega Ranch, which is designed to scale the company to an omnichannel, national footprint by the end of 2023. Along with a recent contribution by Rockefeller Capital, Meati says it is well-positioned to become a market leader with $1 billion …


Daring Teriyaki Vegan Chicken

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Products & Launches

Daring Unveils Teriyaki Pieces as Latest Addition to Plant-Based Chicken Line

Plant-based chicken brand Daring announces the debut of its newest flavor – Daring Teriyaki Plant-Chicken Pieces. Described as a sweet and savory addition to the brand’s lineup, Daring Teriyaki is now available at select US retailer locations, including Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, Safeway, Jewel Osco, Shaws, Acme, Carrs and Tom Thumb. Featuring the classic Asian-inspired marinade, Daring says its new Teriyaki pieces bring rich notes of garlic and ginger to any dish that calls for teriyaki chicken. The pieces can be enjoyed on their own or added to salads, bowls and wraps. In addition to being non-GMO and gluten-free, Daring Teriyaki also contains 13 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving.  The product joins the brand’s other offerings, including Original Plant Chicken Pieces, …


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Products & Launches

VFC Expands US Retail Presence to Over 100 Raley’s Stores, Adds Fried Chick*n Tenders to Line

Vegan fried chick*n brand VFC announces it is expanding its US retail presence by launching into over 100 Raley’s grocery stores. Described as an “exciting milestone” for VFC, Raley’s markets on the US West Coast will carry several of the brand’s plant-based products, including Chick*n Filets, Tenders and Popcorn Chick*n. Founded in the UK, VFC aims to revolutionize the plant-based food market with fried vegan chick*n offerings it says don’t sacrifice on flavor. The brand’s products, which are high in protein and feature a crunchy cornflake coating, include: Chick*n Filets – For burgers, sandwiches and more Chick*n Tenders – For dipping and dunking Popcorn Chick*n – For a light, sharable snack Phenomenal success Following tremendous success in the UK and Europe, VFC entered the US …


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Startups, Accelerators & Incubators

New Startup Dévore Food is Launched by Meat Lovers in France

After 2 years of R&D, French startup Dévore food debuts with its first range of organic certified NUGS and STRIPS, founded by meat lovers who say they have created an offering that is more affordable than organic chicken. Meat-loving founders Vasco Duarte Ribeiro, multi-entrepreneur, and Eugénie Le Dressay, expert in brand strategy, realised two years ago that their normal consumption was not sustainable, not only for their health but also for the planet and animal welfare. Similarly, 23 million French people have decreased their meat consumption over the last year, equating to one in three consumers in the country who are gradually recognising the same. In search of a healthy and tasty alternative to treat themselves, the savvy founders quickly identified three challenges: improving the …


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Products & Launches

[MOCK] Launches “Chef-Quality” Plant-Based Lamb and Chicken Range for Food Service

[MOCK], a plant-based food brand based in London, recently announced the launch of its plant-based lamb and chicken range created exclusively for professional chefs and food service operators. According to the company, its “chef-quality” plant-based alternatives are suitable for replacing conventional meat without compromising taste and texture, giving chefs flexibility when creating meat-free dishes.  [MOCK]’s plant-based meat range comes in 1kg format, including the following: Lamb pieces  Chicken pieces  Chicken fillet  Chicken fillet burger  Chicken popcorn  Chicken drumstick  Last November, the plant-based meat startup won Best Whole Cut Product for its MOCK lamb at the Food Bev Awards, held at Plant Based World Expo Europe. Better plant-based meat for chefs [MOCK] was founded by Harpreet Gill, joined in Q4 2022 by Pappudu Sriram — previously partner …


Dr. Praeger's AMC Theatres plant-based menu

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Products & Launches

AMC Theatres Now Serving Dr. Praeger’s Plant-Based Chicken, Burgers and More

Natural foods brand Dr. Praeger’s announces several of its plant-based proteins are now on the menu at American theater chain AMC Theatres. The selections include a plant-based Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Patty Melt and Gourmet Tenders.  “Hand-crafted menu” While Dr. Praeger’s has not yet detailed how many theaters carry the menu, social media users report finding the items at Northeast AMC locations, including New York. Note: The company has also not yet indicated if the menu is 100% plant-based, so the cheese/ sauces may contain dairy. Described as a “hand-crafted, plant protein-loaded” menu, the debut features a variety of plant-based beef and chicken items, including: Chimichurri Plant-Based Grilled Chicken Sandwich – Topped with Chimichurri mayo, avocado, iceberg lettuce and jack cheese Patty Melt on Texas Toast  …


Beyond Steak

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Products & Launches

Beyond Meat Expands Beyond Steak and Popcorn Chicken to Costco and Sam’s Club

Beyond Meat announces its popular Beyond Steak and Popcorn Chicken are expanding to wholesale retailers Costco and Sam’s Club.  As of January 4th, Beyond Steak can be found at over 50 Costco locations in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and Southern California, while the Popcorn Chicken is now available at all US Sam’s Club stores. The launch means consumers can now purchase both products in bulk quantities, with Beyond Steak and Popcorn Chicken offered in 28 oz. and 30 oz. packages, respectively.  “Better-for-you” proteins Beyond Steak, which debuted in October, features chopped plant-based tips that caramelize and crisp when seared. Each serving offers 21 grams of plant protein, is low in saturated fat and contains zero cholesterol.  In 2022, TIME Magazine recognized Beyond Steak as …