Apple waste for upcycled leather

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Leather Alternatives

Beyond Leather Materials Launches Full-Scale Production of Alt Leather from Upcycled Apple Waste

Danish startup Beyond Leather Materials, a producer and supplier of  Leap — an innovative alternative to traditional leather — announces a significant commercialization milestone: transitioning from R&D to a fully operational B2B supplier, ready to offer its innovative material to various industries. Leap, which stands for “LEftover APples,” utilizes waste from European juice and cider producers to create a biobased material of which every square meter prevents approximately 1.8kg of apple pulp from ending up in landfills. Now, Beyond Leather Materials has launched its first full-scale production line in Germany, marking a significant milestone in revolutionizing the industry through the innovative use of apple waste. Mikael Eydt, CEO and co-founder of Beyond Leather Materials, shares: “More than 6 years of product development and intensive R&D have …


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Milk- and Dairy Alternatives

Zero-Waste Plant-Based Milk Delivery Service ReRooted Expands to Plymouth

ReRooted, an organic plant-based milk delivery service based in the south-west of England, has expanded to the city of Plymouth. Customers in the city can now have a range of sustainable milk alternatives delivered to their doors — varieties include almond, cashew, oat barista, coconut, hazelnut, and cold brew. ReRooted prides itself on using a higher percentage of the primary ingredient than most plant-based milk producers; for example, its almond milk is made with 8% almonds, compared to just 1% for many other brands. The zero-waste milk alternatives are delivered in glass bottles, which the company collects when empty and reuses. Deliveries are made using electric vehicles, and the business is entirely powered by renewable energy. All ingredients are organic, and sourced locally wherever possible. …


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Fungi, Mushrooms & Mycelium

Finnish Startup Three Mushketeers is Redefining Plant-Based Taste with Mushroom Waste

Three Mushketeers is a food tech startup from Helsinki Finland, working to revolutionize the taste of plant-based foods by using sustainable, clean-label ingredients derived from mushroom waste.  Emmi Korjus, Emma Kynkäänniemi, and Ida Nikkilä, experts in food technology, food chemistry, and nutrition science, co-founded the startup with a mission to address the main challenges faced by the vegan food industry: tastelessness and off-flavors. According to the team, despite the growing popularity of sustainable eating and veganism, 60% of consumers still dislike the taste of these products. However, Three Mushketeers says its innovative product offers a straightforward solution. Masking off-flavors Using a proprietary technology called “remush,” the startup processes by-products of mushroom cultivation into a savory powder that is said to effectively mask off-flavors in plant …


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Investments & Acquisitions

Plan(e)t Foods Raises €400K For “World’s First” Vegan & Carbon Negative Ice Cream

Plan(e)t Foods, which claims firstly to be the first vegan startup ever launched in Greece, and secondly to have developed the world’s first vegan and carbon-negative ice cream, has raised €400K in its first funding round led by Greek angel investors.  Founded in 2021 by Greg Bograkos, Plan(e)t Foods’ portfolio is currently available in more than 500 outlets across Greece. “In under 18 months of operations, we are already distributing our plant-based – and indistinguishable from dairy – ice cream through all major supermarket chains in Greece, currently available in 500+ stores,” says Bograkos. The new funds will be used to increase the company’s domestic presence through expansion into the supermarket channel. “We are proud of our impressive unit economics and growth (on track for …



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Fashion, Design & Beauty

ecoLiving Set to Become the UK and EU’s Largest Vegan Zero-Waste Brand

ecoLiving is leading the zero waste movement in the UK and is now designing and manufacturing plastic-free, vegan household products for the growing market. The female-owned company reports rapid growth over recent years as demand for sustainable and plastic-free alternatives soars.  Following two years of expansion, ecoLiving now operates three warehouses in the UK, with all products plastic-free, vegan, and manufactured responsibly in the UK or EU. The sustainable distribution company also runs a product testing laboratory and production facility in Scotland, with a new retail range currently under development and launching this year.  As part of ecoLiving’s sustainability ethos, the business is carbon neutral, plants trees for every product sold through Eden Reforestation projects, is part of the 1% for the planet scheme, and …


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Market & Trends

Mushrooms and Regenerative Agriculture Top List of Natural Trends for 2022

US natural foods brokerage Presence has released its first annual report, with research conducted by SPINS, assessing major trends in the food, beverage, and wellness industries. Several of the report’s key insights are highlighted here.  Rise of regenerative agriculture According to the report, the popularity of regenerative farming has soared and will play a key role in shaping the future of agriculture. Business interest in regenerative agriculture has increased 138% since 2019, with this approach to farming gaining heavy favor during the pandemic.  As a term, regenerative agriculture refers to a movement that promotes ecological harmony and biodiversity while prioritizing soil health. Regenerative tactics such as no-till planting and the use of cover crops will help make agriculture more appealing to conscious consumers, who don’t …




Food & Beverage

Unilever Partners With ENOUGH to Provide Zero Waste Mycoprotein for The Vegetarian Butcher

Unilever has announced that it will partner with food-tech company ENOUGH (formerly 3F BIO) to bring new plant-based meat products to market through its brand The Vegetarian Butcher, suppliers of plant-based products to Burger King. Unilever also commented to vegconomist that, in addition to plant-based meat innovation, the company is also working to further develop its plant-based ice cream and mayonnaise portfolio. ENOUGH’s technology uses a unique zero-waste fermentation process to grow a high-quality protein. Natural fungi are fed with renewable feedstock, such as wheat and corn. This produces ABUNDA® mycoprotein, a complete food ingredient containing all essential amino acids as well as being high in dietary fibre. Unilever subsidiary The Vegetarian Butcher was chosen as the supplier of Burger King’s Plant-Based Whopper across Europe, …


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Top Stories

Amy’s Kitchen Opens 389,000 Square Foot Facility, Creates 680 New York Jobs

The organic food company, Amy’s Kitchen, recently broke ground on the construction of its first food production facility in the Hudson Valley, Upstate New York. This $95 million facility will create 680 jobs in the town of Goshen, located in Orange County. The plant is expected to begin operations in 2021.


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Food & Beverage

Just FaB: Double-Decker as Vegan Restaurant

Vegan events are commonplace in London, for example, the event “The Foodservice Forum 2018”, during which veganism was one of the main themes. In August, the first zero-waste market and the first vegan fashion show also took place in England’s capital. But another unusual vegan location is now calling the city home; a double-decker London bus which has been converted into a vegan restaurant. Just FaB brings Italian food to the streets of London. The founder is Fabio Pironti, who, together with his mother, Myrna Panascia, sells Sicilian street food. They started out selling at festivals, but since September 2015, the restaurant bus has been established in London’s Hackney district.


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Startups, Accelerators & Incubators

New Online Shop Faloa Offers Vegan, Fair and Sustainable Fashion

Since July 4th, 2018, a new online shop has been offering sustainably-oriented and fashion-conscious consumers a unique range of exclusive vegan designer clothing. The newly founded Swiss fashion platform Faloa stands for rebellious, sustainable and ethical premium fashion of a special kind, and is therefore a real alternative to the conventional fashion industry.