Alternative sausages

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

In Turn of Events, New Age Eats ‘Walking Away’ From 90% Completed Bay Area Pilot Plant

Cultivated meat startup New Age Eats, formerly New Age Meats, says it is walking away from a nearly-completed food pilot manufacturing facility in Alameda, CA. According to founder and CEO Brian Spears, changed circumstances have forced the startup to let go of the plant, whose construction is 90% completed. New Age and its real estate partners are currently marketing the space. In a post shared on LinkedIn, Spears states the pilot facility is located in The Research Park at Marina Village, a growing innovation hub in the San Francisco Bay Area. The facility offers a total of 23,000 sq ft, with 13,000 sq ft of downstream manufacturing space and 10,000 sq ft of office space, including three food R&D labs. According to Spears, the facility …


Tender Pulled Pork Sandwich


Food & Beverage

Meet Tender: A Startup Using Cotton Candy-Like Technology For “Superior” Plant-Based Pork

Tender, a plant-based meat startup in Boston, is using old-school technology to create ultra-realistic alternatives to pork and other structured cuts of meat.  Utilizing processes similar to those found in cotton candy machines, the company spins plant proteins into fibers to create products it says are “just better” in taste and texture than most plant-based offerings on the market.  “Our goal is to create superior quality in alternative meats”, Tender co-founder and CEO Christopher Chantre told the Boston Globe. “That’s really what we’re going after – is that next-level quality of texture.” First developed in a Harvard laboratory, Tender officially launched in 2020 in Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA. The company was initially founded as a graduate project by Chantre, who reportedly spent nine years …


meatable's cultivated pork sausages

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Cultivated Meat

World’s First Hybrid Cultivated Meat Innovation Center Coming in 2023

Dutch cultivated meat company Meatable announces a partnership with Singaporean plant-based butcher Love Handle to build the world’s first hybrid cultivated meat innovation center in Singapore. The two companies will jointly invest around $6 million to inaugurate the center in 2023 and will collaborate to develop hybrid meat products for the Singaporean and global markets. The Future of Meat innovation center will unite the two alternative protein sectors to satisfy the world’s growing demand for meat without harming the planet. It will also serve as a testing ground for other food tech startups looking to create new products. Krijn de Nood, Meatable‘s co-founder and CEO, said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Love Handle to build the world’s first innovation center for hybrid cultivated meat products. Ken …


Thrilling Bakon

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Company News

Thrilling Foods’ Bakon Receives US Patent for ‘World’s First’ Fat Streaked Plant-Based Bacon

Portland, Oregon food company Thrilling Foods announces it has received a US patent for its novel fatty and lean protein-streaked vegan bacon, known as Bakon. The innovation covers a breakthrough protein structure that releases fat during the cooking process, in much the same way as conventional bacon. The company is also planning to open a third production facility to keep up with soaring demand.  The US patent covers Thrilling’s techniques that harness the genuine flavor and texture of pork bacon, specifically its proprietary use of “protein-bound fat layers” that alternate with ultra-lean meaty layers, and the company’s use of the natural umami flavors found in certain proteins.  These special processes allow the product to render and fry in its own fat, just like traditional pork …


Supermeat Cultivated Chicken Sandwich


Studies & Numbers

SuperMeat Survey Reveals Nearly 90% of US Chefs Would Serve Cultivated Meat

A new survey conducted by food tech company SuperMeat discovered that 86% of American chefs are interested in serving cultivated meats, poultry or seafood to customers.  Conducted with market research consultancy Censuswide, the survey polled opinions from 251 US chefs and food professionals. The results found:  86% of chefs are interested in serving cultivated meat or poultry, with 22% of those saying they are “very interested” 84% would consider replacing conventional meat with cultivated meat on their menus if pricing were similar 77% would be willing to pay a premium for cultivated meats, with two-thirds willing to pay 11-15% more Those surveyed indicated food safety, concerns for the environment and customer demand were top motivators for adding cultivated meat to their menus.  Chicken is top …


Omni Asian Vegan Food


Products & Launches

OMNI Launching Plant-Based Luncheon, Crab Cakes and More at 1,000+ US Walmart Stores

Asian food startup OMNI announces that four of its plant-based products will soon launch at a third of US Walmart stores and online. The OMNI Potsticker and Luncheon will be available at 1,900 Walmart locations, while 1,300 stores will soon stock OMNI’s Spring Roll and Crab-Style Cakes. Made with nutritious and sustainable ingredients, OMNI’s line features its signature non-GMO protein and includes:  OMNI Luncheon A popular, first-of-its-kind alternative to canned pork, which can be enjoyed with ramen, musubi, bagels or sandwiches. Compared to conventional luncheon meat, OMNI Luncheon has less fat, sodium and cholesterol while being free from preservatives and nitrates.  Crab-Style Cake  The Crab-Style Cake is crafted from a proprietary blend of non-GMO soy and rice protein, with a sweet and savory flavor that …


cultivated pork meat sausages

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Mewery Proves Feasability of Microalgae-Based Cultivated Pork Without FBS

Czech cultivated pork meat startup Mewery claims it has proven that the company’s proprietary microalgae-based growth medium for cultivating mammalian cells without using fetal bovine serum (FBS) is feasible.  Developing cultivated pork meat using microalgae growth factors instead of fetal bovine serum has been Mewery’s strategy for the production of ethical and more economical cultivated meat. Mewery says it is the first European startup to use this method. Roman Lauš, Mewery’s founder and CEO, comments: “Our microalgae-based cultivation medium is FBS-free. This was the main goal we set at the very beginning, a cultivation medium without animal products. It means meat without animal death.”  He continues, “We were able to validate our method in different environments, and we obtained a so-called ‘proof of concept’ of …



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Cultivated Meat

Scotland’s Roslin Technologies Reveals Breakthrough Tech, Plans Cultivated Haggis

Roslin Technologies has made a breakthrough in scaling up the production of cultivated pork. Roslin’s CEO has also announced a personal ambition to develop cultivated haggis by Burns Night next year. In collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, Roslin has found a new method that removes variations between batches when generating cells. The method, which could be used on an industrial scale, should reduce the cost of cell culture media by 61%, according to Insider. Pluripotent stem cells Roslin produces pluripotent stem cells, which can be used to grow various different types of animal tissue. The company is currently the only commercial provider of these cells, supplying them to cultivated meat producers worldwide. Cultivated pork is not Roslin’s only …


Kenchan Vegan Pork Spicy Ramen

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Gastronomy & Food Service

OMNIFoods and Kenchan Ramen Launch DIY Ramen Kits Featuring OMNI Ground Pork

Alt-protein brand OMNIFoods announces it is partnering with LA’s Kenchan Ramen to offer at-home, DIY vegan ramen kits to consumers in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.  Made to provide an authentic, at-home ramen experience, Kenchan Ramen’s plant-based options are now available for purchase online and include three varieties:  White Truffle Mushroom – Creamy veggie broth adn white truffle w/ spinach noodles, edamame and sauteed mushrooms, drizzled with truffle oil. Ginger Garlic Shio – An umami-filled ginger & garlic soup base with fresh noodles, sauteed mushrooms, spinach, lotus root, and onion ginger oil.  Spicy Sesame – A spicy ramen with stir-fried OmniGround pork protein, fresh noodles, edamame, chili threads and sesame seeds.  According to OMNIFoods, its plant-based OMNIPork is an all-purpose pork alternative with a …


Plant-based sausage

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Products & Launches

Redefine Meat to Present New Plant-Based Bratwurst at Oktoberfest 2022

Israel’s Redefine Meat, known for its 3D-printed plant-based whole cuts, is presenting its new Redefine New-Meat™ Bratwurst at Oktoberfest 2022.  The news comes shortly after the company announced its expansion into the European pork market for the first time, following its success with its New-Meat™ beef and lamb portfolio. Significant shift Oktoberfest’s 187th edition is taking place in Munich from September 17th to October 3rd, and as we reported last week, will be offering a number of plant-based dishes in a significant shift for the traditionally meat-heavy event. The new plant-based sausage, made with Redefine’s New-Meat™ pork, is debuting at a traditional Munich Beer House called Tegernseer Tal. Julian Kinner, restaurant manager at Tegernseer Tal, says: “We’ve been selling Redefine burger products for several months …


Quorn truck Downing Street

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Politics & Law

Quorn Truck Says “No More Porkies” As Boris Johnson Leaves Office

Quorn has sent a food truck to Downing Street emblazoned with “No More Porkies” (porkies, or pork pies, referring to the rhyming slang for lies) as Boris Johnson gets ready to leave office after a leadership term famous for his repeated lies to the British people. Just hours before Johnson leaves office, the stunt saw Quorn’s truck serving up free pork-free ham sandwiches featuring its new Deli range to the public in order to celebrate the end of the PM’s “porkies”. The pork-free sandwich truck toured Whitehall, Downing Street, Parliament Square and Westminster Bridge with the stunt organised by PR firm Taylor Herring. Quorn’s new Deli range consisting of Yorkshire Ham, Roast Chicken, Roast Beef and Finely Sliced Ham will be available in the chilled aisles …


Clever Carnivore

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Company News

Chicago’s Clever Carnivore Raises $2.1M, Says $1 Cultivated Meat Burger is Possibility

Cultivated meat startup Clever Carnivore announces it is opening a new headquarters and lab in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The company also reveals it has raised $2.1M to date in pre-seed funding, reports Built in Chicago. According to a statement, the new headquarters will consist of 4,179 sq. ft. located in “Chicago’s academic epicenter”, where the startup will develop high-quality cultured beef, pork and chicken. Clever Carnivore’s CEO says it has already begun producing cell-based meat, but it will be some time before the products are ready for commercial scale. “The new space essentially gives us the space to not only grow the company, but the meat itself,” CEO Virginia Rangos, Ph.D, told the Chicago Business Journal. “We think we will have product prototype ready …


Impossible Tasty Chili Mac

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Products & Launches

Impossible Foods Launches New Impossible Bowls Featuring Plant-Based Chicken, Pork and Beef

Impossible Foods announces it is launching Impossible Bowls, a new line of frozen convenience meals featuring the brand’s beef, chicken and pork made from plants. Beginning this month, Impossible Bowls will be available in approximately 4,000 Walmart stores across the US. Eight varieties Created to offer consumers a new way of enjoying fast and easy plant-based meals, Impossible Bowls are ready to eat in 5 minutes or less. The single-serve entrees will be available in eight flavors, starting with Asian and American cuisines: Sweet & Sour Impossible Pork  Teriyaki Impossible Chicken  Chili Mac with Impossible Pork  Barbeque Impossible Pork  Followed by Italian and Latin-inspired flavors:  Spaghetti & Impossible Meatballs Pasta Bolognese with Impossible Beef & Pork Burrito Bowl with Impossible Beef Spicy Enchilada Bowl with …


Rainbao Colorful Plant-Based Dumplings

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Products & Launches

Rainbao Dumplings Launches Colorful Asian Buns Filled with Plant-Based OmniPork

Rainbao Dumplings, a manufacturer of traditional Xiao Long Bao dumplings, is launching its range of brightly-colored buns filled with plant-based meat and seafood. The brand’s latest recipe, Golden Egg, features a plant-based chorizo made with leading Asian alt-protein brand OmniPork. Rainbao is also showcasing its line at the Western Foodservice and Hospitality Show from Aug. 28th – 30th in LA.  Founded by Jim Saunders and Cindy Liu, Rainbao specializes in providing plant-based Xiao Long Bao dumplings to both foodservice partners and retail consumers. “Xiao Long Bao” refers to a traditional type of small Chinese bun prepared in a steam basket.  According to Rainbao, their multcolored, plant-forward dumplings offer the authentic taste and texture of conventional beef, pork, chicken and seafood. Available in flavors such as …


Steakholder Cultured Bacon

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Steakholder Foods Begins Cultured Pork Development Using More Scalable Porcine Cell Line

Cultivated meat company Steakholder Foods Ltd.  (Nasdaq: STKH) (formerly MeaTech 3D) announces it will begin developing cultured pork products using a new line of porcine stem cells. The advancement will enable it to further diversify its portfolio and accelerate its market readiness for cultured pork production.  Known as iPS (induced pluripotent porcine stem cell line), the new cell line was derived from sample cells that were reprogrammed back into an embryonic-like “pluripotent” state. In this state, one cell bank can become an unlimited and highly scalable source for developing any type of muscle or fat cells for cultured meat, Steakholder says.  To achieve this, Steakholder says it has partnered with a leading iPS cell line provider to shorten the development timeline for more complex, structured pork products …