Prolific Cultured Meat

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Investments & Finance

Prolific Machines Reveals $42M Series A to Scale ‘Assembly Line’ Tech for Cultivated Meat

Cultivated meat startup Profilic Machines has emerged from stealth mode to announce a $42M Series A raise led by investor Arvind Gupta and the Bill Gates-founded Breakthrough Energy Ventures. After raising the round a year ago, it is now opening a 25,000 sq. ft. facility in Emeryville, CA to expand its “fundamentally new approach” to cultivated fish, poultry and beef.  Unlike most cultivated meat companies, Prolific says it is focused on inventing a scalable manufacturing process first, followed by a product, in order to create the necessary infrastructure that can cost-compete with factory farming. As Henry Ford revolutionized automobile manufacturing by efficiently assembling cars, Prolific says it is inventing breakthrough technology to help cultivated meat reach the mass market.  Reducing costs Prolific was founded by …


PHW Group

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Cultivated Meat

CEO of Poultry Giant PHW Calls Upon Europe to Allow Cultivated Meat

Peter Wesjohann, CEO of Wiesenhof / PHW, one of Europe’s largest poultry producers, is calling on the EU to allow the sale of cultivated meat. Wesjohann said in an interview with the German publication Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung: “If Brussels doesn’t speed things up a bit, we will end up with approval for sale in the USA and Asia, and here in Europe we will once again be too late.” The Wiesenhof parent company PHW has a stake in the Israeli company Supermeat; together the two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding in March and will work together to obtain EU authorization for cultivated meat products, aiming to be among the first to develop, manufacture and distribute cultivated meat at a large scale for consumers. Wesjohann …


A cultivated chicken breast by SuperMeat.

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Poultry Giant PHW Signs MoU With SuperMeat For Cultivated Chicken, Turkey & Duck

PHW Group, one of Europe’s largest poultry producers, and Israeli food-tech SuperMeat have partnered to bring cultivated meat to the masses. The deal will solidify the brands’ joint mission to bring cultivated meat products, including chicken, turkey, and duck, to European consumers. PHW and SuperMeat have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and will work together to obtain EU authorization for the cultivated meat products and, through SuperMeat’s proprietary cultivated meat platform, to be among the first to develop, manufacture and distribute cultivated meat at a large scale for consumers. PHW’s alt protein moves Germany-based PHW has become more active in the alt protein market of late, including the launch of its own plant-based brand and an announcement of an upcoming launch with The LIVEKINDLY …


Skinny Butcher vegan chicken

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Investments & Acquisitions

Coalition of US Food Industry Players Forms “Skinny Butcher” Launching With $10M For Alt Poultry

Skinny Butcher, a new plant-based poultry startup, has raised over $10 million for a market launch, formed by a coalition of US food industry players in what the company claims is a first; launching simultaneously into both retail and in virtual restaurants. Skinny Butcher, Wow Bao, Golden West Food Group, and Valor Siren Ventures have teamed up to launch the alt poultry brand whose line of plant-based chicken and turkey items will hit shelves nationwide as well as via a virtual kitchen program. Wow Bao is a Chicago-based fast-casual Asian concept with over 650 restaurants and virtual locations across the US and is onboarding Skinny Butcher onto its existing platform.  LA-based Golden West Food Group is exclusively manufacturing the line as equity stakeholders, ensuring speed …


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Market & Trends

Vegan Egg Product Segment is Fastest Growing Plant-Based Category, Outperforming Beyond Meat & Oatly

JUST Egg contacts vegconomist to inform us, “We’ve sold the plant-based equivalent of 50 million eggs” – this is not insignificant, and to celebrate we decided to take a look at JUST as well as some of the other popular plant-based egg brands around the planet in this rapidly developing market, disrupting the cruel and unnecessary poultry industry.



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Food & Beverage

Vegan Brand Heura to Save 1,100,000 Chickens From Slaughterhouse in 2020

The world consumption of animal protein is on the way to increase by 70% by the year 2050. Of the different types of meat, there is one whose production will continue to grow continuously throughout the world: chicken. Of all the global increase in meat production expected in the next decade, chicken will account for 44% of the total.