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Hungry Planet: “Our Mission is to Bend the Curve on Personal and Planetary Health… We Are Just Getting Started”

Creating plant-based meats that are crafted by a team of world-renowned chefs with a focus on health, Hungry Planet has been riding the alt protein wave of late and has enjoyed rapid growth. The St. Louis-based startup recently closed an oversubscribed $25 million Series A funding round and is currently expanding production and accelerating growth across multiple channels, both domestically and internationally. Vegconomist had the opportunity to speak with Jody Boyman, Co-Founder and Chief Purpose Officer at Hungry Planet, to find out more about one of the most exciting startups in alt meat. How was Hungry Planet born and why did you pick this brand name? Hungry Planet began as a passion project. We wanted to do something meaningful to solve two of the world’s …



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Agriculture / Agribusiness

Benson Hill Announces ‘Crop Accelerator’ to Supply Massive Demand for Plant Meat

Benson Hill, a publicly listed company since this September, announces the opening of its Crop Accelerator, a state-of-the-art research facility located near the Company’s St. Louis HQ. The company reports that the Crop Accelerator, designed to provide a more than twenty-fold expansion in testing capacity, is operational ahead of schedule and that its first soybean and yellow pea seeds were planted on September 17. The Crop Accelerator employs 27 staff and is looking to hire more innovators in plant science, data science and food science as it continues its expansion to meet demand for such ingredients, as the plant-based meat market is forecast to reach approximately $140 billion by 2029.  The 47,000 square-foot facility features dynamically adaptive Conviron® growth houses and chambers, equipped with multi-channel LEDs, additive CO2, temperature, humidity and …


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Investments & Finance

Hungry Planet Raises $25M in Series A to Build Capacity for “Breakthrough” Vegan Meat Products

Hungry Planet, a St. Louis-based plant-based meat startup, has closed an oversubscribed $25 million Series A funding round led by Post Holdings Inc. The fresh capital will be used to expand production capacity for its plant-based meat products and accelerate growth in retail, foodservice and e-commerce, both domestically and internationally. Other investments from Post Holdings in the plant-based space include healthy snack brand Peatos. Michael Foods, a subsidiary of Post Holdings and the biggest supplier of poultry eggs to restaurants in the USA, last May partnered with Eat Just to distribute JUST Egg. During its pilot phase, Hungry Planet says it experienced overwhelming demand for its plant-based meat alternatives, which include plant-based chicken, pork, beef, lamb and turkey, as well as crab, chorizo, breakfast sausage …