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August 2020

Higher Steaks produces cell-based pork belly, bacon strips

Bacon strips and pork belly that are made from cellular material in a lab rather than culled from a slaughtered animal are no longer a matter of science more...

Upcoming meetings: Good Food Institute in Asia, FOOD manufacture in Amsterdam

The Good Food Institute Asia-Pacific will hold its inaugural “Asia Summit on Alternative Proteins” 2020 on August 20-21. The event will provide more...

Investments: NotCompany, Better Meat, New Age Meats

NotCompany, a Chilean-based analogue firm that also operates in Brazil and Argentina, is reportedly poised to haul in an $85 million funding round that more...

GFI releases merchandising guides

The Good Food Institute has released a merchandising guide for retailers building strategies to tap into the plant-based market and promote the meat department more...

New products: Beyond, Lightlife, daring

Beyond Meat has taken the Beyond Burger to a new level north of the border. Produced at a new co-manufacturing facility in Quebec and available at more...

Straight outta Cambridge

The issue of labeling meat analogues is the gift that keeps on giving to the lawyers, lobbyists, regulators and certain journalists who write about this more...

KFC fuels cultivated meat discussion

The cultivated meat sector and the promise of 3-D food technology took a giant step forward in July when KFC announced it is working with Moscow-based more...

Impossible debuts at Walmart, expands delivery

It’s now possible to buy the Impossible Burger at Walmart. Available in the fresh meat section of stores in 12-ounce packages and also through Walmart more...

July 2020

… While Beyond Fried Chicken flaps to SoCal

More than 50 KFC restaurants in southern California introduced a limited-time offer of Beyond Fried Chicken – available while supplies last.Previously more...

Canadian government bets big on plant protein

The Canadian government has invested nearly C$100 million in a new commercial-scale protein extraction facility that promises to deliver a concentrated more...

New Products: IKEA, Sweet Earth, Conagra, Impossible, Meati

Known for reasonably priced furniture and the Swedish fare available in its in-store restaurants, IKEA has rolled out vegan plant balls both more...

Plant-based chicken nugget maker expands by forming a parent firm

The NUGGS plant-based chicken nugget brand has given birth to a new parent company, called SIMULATE. Thierry Saint-Denis, former senior director of research more...

Beyond Meat journeys to Brazil …

Four Beyond Meat products, including the Beyond Burger, Beyond Sausage and Beyond Beef, are for sale in 19 upscale St. Marche’ stores in Sao Paulo more...

GFI introduces research directory, database

The Good Foods Institute has launched both a collaborative research directory and a scientific research database to connect alternative protein researchers more...

Karana collects $1.7M seed funding for jackfruit-based "pork"

Several individuals and companies have invested a total of $1.7 million in seed funding in analogue manufacturer Karana, which produces a "pork" product more...

Consumers prefer the term ‘cell-based’ for lab seafood

Companies that grow seafood from fish cells in a specialized medium, including such seafood as tuna, shrimp and salmon, are best advised to label their more...

Analogue proteins sell better in meat department: PBFA, Kroger

Sales of plant-based proteins were 23% higher on average when products were placed for sale in the meat case, according to a study conducted by the Plant more...

Bell Food Group boosts Mosa Meat investment

In July 2018, Bell Food Group invested €2 million in Dutch cell-cultured start-up Mosa Meat. Two years later, Bell announced it will sink another more...

Algae grower Simris to raise SEK 29 million via rights issue

Simris, a Swedish agribusiness firm that grows algae to protect endangered marine habitats — and to produce omega-3, in lieu of fish oil or krill more...

'Chill' is in

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Consumer interest in plant-based items had been rising for more...

Motif, Illinois universities partner to fine-tune analogue texture

Attracting new consumers to plant-based foods requires hitting the right texture — that veggie burger needs to break down into a juicy bite rather more...

China: A voluntary standard for plant-based analogues

The Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) has issued a notice soliciting comments on the voluntary standard: “Plant-Based Meat more...

LIVEKINDLY acquires Swedish analogue firm Oumph!

Five-year-old Swedish plant-based firm Oumph! has become part of the LIVEKINDLY co., an aggregate of both heritage and startup brands such as LikeMeat more...

McD’s and Beyond: Divorce, or just a separation?

When McDonald’s said, in 2019, that it would test Beyond Meat’s burger patty at restaurants in Canada, it was big news: Up to that point, more...

Analogues online: Food Tech Summit, THIS, Vegan Arborist, Moving Mountains

Virtual Future Food Tech Summit announces speakers The virtual Future Food Tech Summit scheduled for September 17-18 has announced its first set of speakers more...

OZO brand from JBS startup Planterra aims at analogue

Planterra, a Colorado-based startup division of JBS USA, has launched its OZO brand of plant-based burger patties, ground, Mexican-seasoned ground, and more...

Impossible Foods gives back

Impossible Foods is collaborating with apparel retailer Local Human to address food insecurity in the U.S., which has become an acute crisis more...

Ingredients news: PLT Health Solutions, Nutriati, DuPont

PLT partners with Nutriati PLT Health Solutions has partnered with manufacturing and technology firm Nutriati LLC, to create a new protein-based ingredient more...

New products: ADM, Marfrig, Beyond Meat, Impossible Sausage, Alpha Foods, Gardein, Sweet Earth

ADM, Marfrig fry up plant-based burgers in Brazil ADM and beef producer Marfrig Global Foods have joined forces to roll out vegetable protein burgers more...

Euromonitor research shines light on analogues' post-COVID reality

Boosts to immunity, ease of home preparation and a need to lower prices overall: The outlines of a path forward in the plant-based meat analogue space more...

Air Protein recognized as tech pioneer

Sustainable food tech company Air Protein, which uses elements of the air and renewable energy to make edible proteins, has received recognition from more...

Lightlife re-releases old favorites in new packages

As summer grilling season began, Lightlife relaunched its plant-based line with a cleaner label, brighter package and more approachable logo. The re-release more...

June 2020

A summer of substitutes

The next few months of 2020 are going to be remembered as the summer of backyard cookouts. Even with states’ economies poised somewhere between more...

Refrigerated plant-based alt-meat products sales outpaced frozen

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Throughout the pandemic, refrigerated and frozen plant-based more...

Beyond Meat expands distribution, foodservice locations in China

Beyond Meat has expanded its presence in China with a new distribution deal as well as new trial launch sites at specific KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell more...

Could insect-based be the new plant-based?

A Finnish company called Entoprot that believes “insect protein is the future” has been chosen as one of the 10 startups in a VTT-sponsored more...

Maple Leaf jumps into the 'blended' arena

Maple Leaf Foods has rolled out a line of meat-and-plant blended products it has dubbed Maple Leaf 50/50, the company said in a news release. Maple Leaf more...

Swedish firm baits the hook for plant-based seafood

A Swedish start-up is hoping that consumers get hooked on plant-based salmon and tuna.The new company, Hooked, is producing these shredded, plant-based more...

Company’s lockdown success is NoBull

The decade-old NoBull plant-based burger brand entered 2020 with dozens of Whole Foods, Krogers and Wegmans accounts, and plans to enter a seed-funding more...

Impossible makes mail order possible, expands relationship with BK

Consumers in the “lower 48” will be able to order plant-based burgers from Impossible Foods directly from a brand new e-commerce site with more...

Good Food Institute offering analogue webinars

The Good Food Institute will cover data and opportunities in the plant-based protein industry during three webinars offered over the next couple of weeks more...

GAO counsels FDA/USDA on their regulatory marriage

The U.S. is notable for not having a single regulatory agency overseeing the food supply/food safety chain. The cultivated meat industry, over which the more...

Nestle seeds investments in China

Nestlé has made an investment of about $104 million (730 million Chinese renminbi) in China, greatly expanding the capacity of an existing pet more...

5 ways retailers are using plant-based products to advantage: GFI

The Good Food Institute last month released an inaugural ranking of retailers, benchmarking the 15 U.S. retailers deemed the best with their assortment more...

Celebs go beyond for Beyond Meat

It makes actor-comedian Kevin Hart feel less sluggish and like he’s more thoughtful about his diet. Investor and rapper Snoop Dogg notes the environmental more...

New products: Gardein, Edible, Let’s Plant, Atlantic, Rebellyous

The Gardein brand from Conagra on May 28 launched the Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Burger, a 4-ounce patty made from pea protein, with 19 grams more...

David 1, Goliath 0

In the alt-meat market Impossible Foods, with its $4 billion valuation, is hardly an underdog, unless it is pitted against a company like Nestlé more...

HKScan of Finland enters plant-based joint venture

The Finnish processor HKScan has entered into a partnership with Leivon Leipomo Oy, a bakery that’s produced the plant-based Boltsi product family more...

AAK, Good Food Institute link up to advance analogue in India

The Good Food Institute India has joined forces with AAK Kamani, the Indian joint venture of which vegetable oil and fat provider AAK is majority owner more...

No Evil Foods continues nice raise for frontline workers

Like many food corporations, No Evil Foods, which makes 100% plant-based and non-GMO meat alternatives, provided a temporary “hero pay” wage more...

Scaled-down plant-based expo planned for 2021

Analogue industry organizations and leaders are partnering to plan the Scout Plant-Based Expo, scheduled for Sept. 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. Lori and more...

Don Lee Farms fights hunger in SoCal

Don Lee Farms is supplying more than 1 million servings per day to food insecure families in Southern California through the USDA’s new “Farmers more...

May 2020

New products: Beyond Meat, Nick's Sticks

Beyond Meat has brought to market Beyond Breakfast Sausage, a line of frozen plant-based patties available in classic and spicy flavors that cook in five more...

High winds, but raining dollars on agtech

Even as COVID-19 raced across the globe, buffeting food supply chains everywhere, nearly a billion dollars was poured into the development and expansion more...

Alt-protein maneuvers in the COVID dark

Any marketer worth their salt will advise the CFO to double down on marketing in a recession, and there’s plenty of data to back up the decision more...

Future Food Group unveils new brand

Future Food Group rolled out the new analogue brand PLNT, with “tasty, sustainable and affordable” products ranging from vegan lunch meat more...

Sales up, yes, but market share down for alt-meat in retail surge

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. More than two months into the COVID-19 pandemic, grocery patterns more...

Good Food Institute celebrates victory in Virginia, alliance in D.C.

After lobbying the legislature and testifying at hearings about a pending “label censorship bill” in Virginia, The Good Food Institute is more...

French start-up promises ‘ethical’ foie gras

The French delicacy foie gras, made from the livers of ducks and geese that are fed more than they would naturally consume, has long created ethical controversy more...

Impossible Foods fights hunger with Cook-A-Thon

Impossible Foods raised nearly $34,000 during a Cook-A-Thon on May 14 to combat food hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has sharply raised food more...

New investments: Plantible, Starfield, InnovoPro

Plantible, a San Marco, Calif.-based company making a plant-based protein ingredient to be used in meat analogues, among other foods, scored $4.6 million more...

COVID-19 and Beyond

Life during the pandemic has been a nauseating roller coaster ride for no company more than Beyond Meat Inc. in El Segundo, Calif. On the upside, the more...

New products: Baicaowei, Cargill, Pulled Oats, Bilinski’s

Pepsi-owned Baicaowei rolls out sausage product Chinese company Baicaowei, bought by Pepsi in February, has rolled out a plant-based smoked sausage made more...

Asia’s interest in analogues soars

As social and economic restrictions begin to lift across Asia, plant-based meat analogues appear to benefit from concern about a possible link between more...

Aleph Farms announces carbon-neutral plans

Israeli cultivated meat company Aleph Farms Ltd. announced in a news release its goal of eliminating emissions from its meat production processes by 2025 more...

Novameat prints pork

Novameat, a Barcelona-based company researching ways to create plant-based meat analogue whole muscle cuts using 3D-printing technology, announced it more...

Impossible Foods boosts marketing message with 'impact calculator'

Redwood City, Calif.-based Impossible Foods launched what it calls an Impact Calculator on its website, "so people can see how much they are reducing more...

April 2020

Burger King's plant-based Whopper runs afoul of U.K. ad rules

Burger King was found to have misled U.K. customers with its ads for the Rebel Whopper, the U.K. version of the plant-based meat substitute Whopper sandwich more...

Impossible hits 1,000-retailer mark, partners with S.F. wholesaler

Impossible Foods has secured distribution for its Impossible Burger to 777 Albertsons-owned supermarkets, and now is carried in about 1,000 stores nationwide more...

Rebellyous snags $6 million in funding

Rebellyous Foods, a maker of plant-based nuggets meant to imitate those made from chicken, raised $6M in Series A funding co-led by Clear Current Capital more...

Is it ever really over? 'Heme' gets yet another day in court

When the Food and Drug Administration issued a final ruling in December allowing the use of soy leghemoglobin (aka "heme") in plant-based meat analogues more...

Stepping up: Beyond Meat, No Evil Foods,

Beyond promises 1 million+ in product donations In April, Beyond Meat and its partners began donating and distributing more than 1 million Beyond Meat more...

The post-pandemic picture for analogues

On its way to rearranging the economic and social systems of every country in the world, the spread of COVID-19 also is rewriting the playbook for plant-based more...

New products: Farm Rich, Mia, Starbucks China, Meatless Farm

Farm Rich gets inspired "Garden Inspirations by Farm Rich" is a new line of plant-based appetizers, snacks and meal solutions made with plant-based meats more...

Nature’s Fynd begins production with $80 million in funding

Nature’s Fynd, a Chicago-based food tech company, has announced an $80 million Series B funding haul, which will allow it to begin production on more...

Original Herbivore announces new location, LA delivery services

Original Herbivore, a Los Angeles-based food truck that serves only vegan food, is expanding to both a delivery service and a brick-and-mortar location more...

Plant-based meat substitutes log 18% growth in '19

In 2019, U.S. retail sales of plant-based foods grew by 11.4%, to a total market value of $5 billion, and those of plant-based meat substitutes grew 18% more...

Giving back: Happy Little Plants

Hormel Foods' Happy Little Plants line donated $10,000 to support the efforts of the National Young Farmers Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated more...

How analogue companies are staying safe

By Ed Finkel, contributing editor Plant-based meat substitute makers face many of the same challenges that meat processors do in trying to keep their more...

Good Food Institute awards $4 million for plant-based meat research

The non-profit Good Food Institute (GFI) has awarded $4 million in grant funds for the scientific research of plant-based and cultivated meats. GFI’s more...

COVID-19 bends the analogue supply chain, too

By Ed Finkel, contributing editor The spread of the novel coronavirus has upended the plant-based meat analogue market along with every other protein more...

Plant Protein Innovation Center halts all non-essential operations

The Plant Protein Innovation Center (PPIC), an interdisciplinary research institute with the University of Minnesota that studies plant and alternative more...

Brazilian plant-based brands strikes EU distribution deal

Future Food Group, a Dutch distributor, has forged a partnership with Fazenda Futuro, a plant-based meat substitute company based in Brazil, the companies more...

March 2020

New product roundup: El Pollo Loco, Outstanding Foods, Nestle, Daring Foods, Beyond Meat

El Pollo Loco goes chickenless El Pollo Loco Inc. is the first national chicken chain to deliver plant-based chicken system-wide with the launch of its more...

Better Meat seek to beef up financing

The Better Meat Co. is looking to raise nearly $10 million in an equity round of financing, according to a notice of exempt offering of securities filed more...

Maple Leaf’s big bet

Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods is built on meat: The 93-year-old company’s brands include Maple Leaf and Maple Leaf Prime, Schneider’s, Swift more...

In-store marketing deal struck for Hormel's Happy Little Plants

Hormel's Happy Little Plants brand and the Fresh Thyme natural and organic foods retailer have set aside space dedicated to the brand in each of Fresh more...

GFI adds alt-meat science series

The Good Food Institute later this month plans to launch of a technical online seminar series for scientists: The Science of Alt. Protein. The monthly more...

'Milk' label bill awaits guv's signature

In Virginia, HB119, which promises to limit the use of the term "milk" to the "lacteal secretion of a healthy hooved mammal" and ban from the state more...

Pivot point? Alt-prices start to drop

As competition in the plant-based meat substitute space grows exponentially, Impossible Foods announced a 15% cut in the wholesale prices for its products more...

Meat substitute patties market growing 41% CAGR: Technavio

U.K. market research firm Technavio projects that the plant-based burger patties market is poised to grow at a compound annual growth rate of almost 41% more...

Impossible Foods lines up $500M in additional financing

Impossible Foods has lined up about $500 million in new funding, bringing the total raised to nearly $1.3 billion, the food technology startup said. The more...

New company raises $200M to expand in plant-based chicken

A newly formed alternative protein company has raised $200 million from its founders to support development of chicken substitutes with the aim of becoming more...

JBS is latest entrant in plant-based protein competition

JBS USA, through its start-up unit Planterra Foods, will launch its own line of plant-based protein products in April, about seven months after deciding more...

Wendy's rolls out Plantiful in Canada

Wendy's Canada has introduced The Plantiful, a plant-based burger that is manufactured in Canada using its own recipe developed in-house, the company more...

Cargill announces plant-based proteins line

Cargill Inc. announced that its plant-based patty and ground products for foodservice and retail customers, including private label solutions, will be more...

German plant-based alternatives maker gets US investment boost

New U.S. investment firm Foods United has taken a majority stake in German plant-based meat alternative manufacturer LikeMeat, according to a report in more...

Taco Bell still mulling plant-based alternatives

Taco Bell has been a hold-out among QSRs, having not added a plant-based meat alternative to its menu, but that doesn't mean it will stay that way. In more...

Plant-based QSR has ambitious expansion plans

PLNT Burger, a recently launched quick serve restaurant located in a Whole Foods Market in Silver Spring, Md., has ambitious explansion plans and has more...

UK startup THIS inks distribution deal

THIS, a U.K. plant-based substitute manufacturer using pea and soy proteins, has signed a new distribution deal with the Brakes foodservice distributor more...

On the road to eliminating animal ag? Survey says: not so fast.

Despite some plant-based substitute executives' stated intention to eliminate animal agriculture completely, consumers haven't gotten the memo, according more...

Disappointing financial results beat up on Beyond Meat's stock price

Shares of Beyond Meat fell off a cliff last Friday after the company reported that it had not made a profit in its fiscal fourth quarter, although top-line more...

New product roundup: Impossible Foods, Lightlife and Field Roast, Fry's, Incogmeato

Impossible Foods at The Halal Shack Impossible Foods is on the menu now at The Halal Shack, a small, growing chain with eight locations in New York, California more...

February 2020

Los análogos de la carne tienen fanáticos en México

To the average American consumer, a Mexican menu seems heavy on the meats: Carne asada, tacos al pastor, barbacoa, lengua. But authentic Mexican cuisine more...

Analogue corned beef hits New York delis

A plant-based substitute company called Unreal Deli is selling its plant-based corned "beef" through Sarge's Delicatessen & Diner in the Murray Hill more...

What's on the barbie? The plant-based labeling issue Down Under

The controversy over the labeling of plant-based proteins has reached the land of the Vegemite sandwich. At issue, as in Europe and the U.S., is more...

Analogue bacon: Prime Roots crosses the final frontier

Prime Roots, a plant-based meat alternative company has debuted a meatless bacon that can be shipped direct-to-consumers, the company said in a news release more...

Lightlife inks meal kit partnership, enters more sports arenas

Lightlife and Field Roast Grain Meat Co. products are now available to subscribers of Purple Carrot, the only 100% plant-based meal kit company in the more...

Motif, UMass team up for faster protein research results

Motif FoodWorks, specializing in animal-free ingredients, announced a partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) to "optimize the more...

Impossible Foods hires CPO, promises 'hypergrowth'

Impossible Foods has hired biotech executive Brian Miller as Chief People Officer, the company said in a news release, and said the company is entering more...

Demand to soar for pea protein: report

Prices will rise for pea protein in the next five years, according to a report on the sector by ResearchAndMarkets.com. The market research firm projects more...

Faux-faraw: Behind Don Lee's escalating lawsuit v. Beyond Meat

Long before Beyond Meat became a market darling, Don Lee Farms in Ingleside, Calif., had sued the company (under the name Savage River Inc.) in May 2017 more...

New! Improved! KFC tests 'tweaked' Beyond chicken recipe

KFC this week is testing an "improved" version of Beyond Meat plant-based chicken nuggets and boneless wings at some 70 stores in Nashville, Tenn., and more...

Aleph Farms unveils visitor center, outreach program

Aleph Farms announced it has opened its Visitor Center, and "educational complex is set to showcase the public with up-close and transparent viewing on more...

Nestle's plan to collab with ingredient suppliers

Nestlé announced a collaboration with Burcon and Merit, two key players in the development and production of high-quality plant proteins, that more...

Pork producers' ads take aim at candidates

In the weeks before the Iowa presidential caucus on Monday, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) sought to put the debate over labeling of plant-based more...

New product roundup: Starbucks, Moving Mountains, Sysco, Denny's, Outstanding Foods

Starbucks Corp. Chief Operating Officer Rosalind Brewer told analysts the coffee chain would introduce a "plant-based patty" in the U.S. and Canada more...

Fast food = future food?

Burger King rolls out the Impossible Whopper to 7,000 stores. Del Taco adds Beyond Meat tacos to the menu at nearly 600 locations. And this year, Dunkin’ more...

January 2020

Beyond Meat shores up pea protein supply chain

Beyond Meat Inc. expanded its supply agreement with Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients, that will significantly increase the amount more...

Investor roster for plant-based protein companies expands

Dutch alt-protein manufacturer Mosa Meat recently attracted new investment partners while the alt-protein arm of Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods made more...

Greenleaf Foods teams up with Montreal Canadiens

The plant-based protein arm of Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods is now the first and exclusive plant-based protein sponsor of the Montreal Canadiens hockey more...

10 trends in 2020

After a rockin’ 2019, protein purveyors and lovers either look forward to, or dread, what’s in store for 2020. Here are some story lines to more...

New product roundup: Tofurky, Kroger, On the Border, Ruby Tuesday, Krave, THIS, Moving Mountains, Gardein, High Peaks

Tofurky launches plant-based burger patties at Target Tofurky launched 2020 by introducing an alt protein burger patty at more than 600 Target stores more...

Chinese analogue company gets a leg up

Chinese plant-based meat brand Z-Rou Meat has formed a strategic cooperation with IS Seafood, a sustainable B2B seafood supplier, boosting its sales and more...

At what price?

High prices remain the highest barrier to widespread adoption of plant-based meat substitutes (and to the commercial production of cultivated meat), when more...

New players link to assist Latin American alt-protein market

GFI Brazil and the first food tech hub in Latin America are teaming up to assist in the development of new alt protein products in an expanding market more...

Quorn adds carbon data to its labels

Quorn, the British meat analogue, is to become the first major brand to introduce carbon labelling on its products, according to a report in The Guardian more...

PBFA offers analogue labeling guidelines

The Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) released a set of voluntary standards for labeling plant-based meat alternatives in an effort to promote consistency more...

Kroger begins test of plant-based sections in meat cases

Kroger Co. has rolled out a test of its plant-based sections in meat cases in 60 of its stores in Denver, Indiana and Illinois. The test, conducted in more...

'Meat-free' goes gourmet

A flexitarian or vegetarian/vegan diet is being heralded, and made more available, at all levels of dining, from the Impossible Whopper on up. Now the more...

Pushing plant protein further

Boston-based Motif FoodWorks ingredient innovation company is working with The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia, to test and identify more...

New products: Capriotti's, CKE, Fazoli's, Subway Canada, Hooters, KFC UK

Capriotti's tests Impossible sandwiches in Las Vegas Capriotti's Sandwich Shop is testing a plant-based version of its popular Cheese Steak sandwich — more...

The ingredients for a market shakeup

The food story of 2019 was plant-based meat substitutes, but in all the talk about Beyond Meat’s stock price and where in the store the newer analogues more...

December 2019

Plant-based on your doorstep: Analogues rule in 2019 restaurant delivery trends

Most of 2019's delivery orders from restaurants through the Grubhub digital food-ordering and delivery service, included vegan or vegetarian options, more...

Beyond Meat CEO hints at poultry in its future

Beyond Meat Inc. plans to do more in the coming year with a plant-based substitute for chicken, hinted Beyond CEO Ethan Brown in an interview with Bloomberg more...

NCBA mounts an offensive

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is deploying a public relations initiative aimed at deflecting the hype around the plant-based substitute market more...

Food 'tech' is starting to grow on people

Veal in a vat. Steak from a slurry. A loin from a lab. For years, consumer sentiment has balked at the notion of animal proteins created by science rather more...

New products: Moving Mountains, Elevation Burger, Nestle, Beyond Beef, Daring Foods

Dutch alt-meat producer Moving Mountains has added a sausage to its product line-up. It is made of "all-natural" ingredients including oyster mushroom more...

They hold the key to the cultivated meat market

Excitement about the prospect of a commercially viable cultivated meat industry has been tempered, significantly, by the astronomical cost of the medium more...

November 2019

Impossible Foods eyes $4bn valuation: Reuters

Impossible Foods could attract enough additional investment in a new round of fundraising to more than double the $2 billion in valuation it reached in more...

Over the holidays, the talk turns to turkey

While turkey slowly gains market traction across dayparts and calendar pages, Thanksgiving and the holiday season remains turkey’s prime time to more...

‘Air’ protein is no joke

By approaching the production of protein as a lab experiment rather than as the unique outcome of animal agriculture, companies in recent years have rolled more...

Meatless Farm taps new R&D head

The Meatless Farm Co., based in the U.K., has named Peter Hynes as its head of research and development, the company announced late last month. Hynes more...

Plant-based corned beef catches Sharks' attention

Plant-based meat substitutes got the star treatment on ABC's "Shark Tank" recently, when Jenny Goldfarb brought her beet-chickpea-tomato-based corned more...

The siren song of the Middle Kingdom

As devastating as African Swine Fever is proving to be for the pork farmers in Europe and, especially, Asia, it is a rising tide that is floating all more...

State labeling law(suits): One down, two to go

Half of the states have considered bills that would limit the ways that plant-based meat analogues could label their products, most of them proposing more...

Move over, McRib!

The McRib's annual pilgrimage back on to McDonald's menus has become an annual social media extravaganza, so it was a matter of time before the plant-based more...

Burger King enlists new alt-protein partner, adds to kid’s menu

In the wake of a successful launch of a plant-based sandwich in various U.S. markets, Burger King is teaming up with a new supplier for its planned alt-protein more...

Most Americans see alt-proteins as ‘mainstream’: report

A majority of U.S. consumers view plant-based proteins as being more mainstream – and nearly one-third expect to try a diet that includes such foods more...

AgFunder ‘plants’ investor fund for alternative proteins

The San Francisco-based foodtech venture capitalist firm AgFunder has established a new $20-million fund that will allow investors to invest in the next more...

Plant-based protein wars to heat up in early 2020

ConAgra Brands is stepping up its Gardien branded alt-protein efforts in the alt-meat-product fray early next year as it attempts to attract U.S. consumers more...

Two alt-protein producers ink deals with separate chains

A pair of manufacturers of alt-protein foods are making their products available to new restaurant chains in an expansion of their places in America’s more...

New marketing chief sets ‘Impossible’ goals

Impossible Foods has appointed Jessie Becker to the newly created post of senior vice president of marketing for the expanding producer of plant-based more...

Meatless Farm Co. bulks up executive team

The U.K.-based plant-based protein company Meatless Farm has appointed a new global chief marketing officer and a vice president of North American sales more...

October 2019

Science fact-ion: The next plant protein ... cotton?

The crop once known as "King Cotton" in the U.S. has only ever been good for one thing — cloth fibers — and the U.S. industry has more...

Cultivated space cowboys

Israeli cultivated meat company Aleph Farms said it produced meat on the International Space Station, 248 miles away from any natural resources, the company more...

Fair game: Plant-based and cultivated products just want a level playing field

The regulation of emerging food technologies is a moving target, but a panel ranging from former USDA Secy. Ann Veneman to Good Food Institute Director more...

The opportunity in ASF

As African Swine Fever spreads through Asia and Europe, and Rabobank projects losses in the Chinese swine herd — the world’s largest — more...

Science fact-ion: The bleeding edge of plant protein research

When plant protein R&D types get together, what do they talk about? At the Good Food Conference in September in San Francisco, they talked about selective more...

European meat giant unveils alt-meat business unit

Dutch meat giant Vion has jumped into the alternative meat business with its announcement this month that the Boxtel, The Netherlands-based red meat provider more...

Alt-protein people on the move: Impossible Foods, Beyond Beef, Motif FoodWorks

Impossible Foods hires Dan Greene as senior vice president of U.S. sales Impossible Foods has hired tech industry sales leader Dan Greene as its senior more...

'Smart Protein' project seeks to kickstart development

The Good Food Institute, ProVeg and 31 partner organizations across 21 countries are launching Smart Protein, a $10.5 million (€9.6 million) project more...

September 2019

Methodology

Methodology In undertaking the study, Anne Odile Peschel, assistant professor in the Department of Management at Denmark’s Aarhus University more...

The human side of plant-based: An anthropologist's perspective

Behind the interest, the profits, the claims and the microbiology, the growth of the plant-based meat substitute market and the response of the conventional more...

Cargill doubles down on pea protein production

Cargill has invested an additional $75 million in PURIS, the largest North American producer of pea protein, the ag conglomerate said in a news release more...

Money talks: Five observations from investors about the business of replacing meat

Regardless of the amount of discussion, on- and off-line, about the plant-based meat substitute and cell-cultivated meat sectors, when investors talk more...

On the move: Greenleaf Foods, Impossible Foods

Maple Leaf Foods hires Grogan Toronto-based Maple Leaf Foods' plant-based protein unit, Greenleaf Foods SPC, has named Adam Grogan as chief operating more...

Cart before the horse? Why cell-cultured meat companies launched an industry group so soon

Without a cell-cultured meat product on the market between them, five companies at the forefront of the nascent industry last month formed the Alliance more...

From plant-based to personal health: The profit in the disconnect

People hear what they want to hear: Libraries of marketing and advertising messaging have been built on that premise. No surprise, then, that a study more...

Lightlife inks first alt-meat/NFL partnership

Greenleaf Foods SPC, and its Lightlife Foods brand announced that Lightlife had entered into a partnership with the Los Angeles Rams, the first plant-based more...

Impossible's goal: China

Impossible Foods' plans to disrupt the Asian meat supply chain, particularly in China, made a splash in the headlines, and the market is certainly attractive: more...

August 2019

A g’day for meaty-ish Ozzie pizza

Australia’s Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd. is rolling out three no-meat options for delivery this fall: Beef & Onion, Beef Loaded Burger more...

Disruption2: Technologies that could shake up the plant-based market

Market frontrunners always have targets on their backs. So it is with plant-based substitutes, where companies boasting new technologies and unique applications more...

ICYMI: Plant-based rising tide lifts all boats

Meat alternatives made from plants are expected to continue to generate significantly higher sales in a number of arenas over the next few decades, according more...

ICYMI: Another global meat giant jumps into plant-based burgers

Brazilian beef processor Marfrig Global Foods earlier this month entered into an agreement with Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) to produce vegetable more...

New product roundup: Gardein, Tim Hortons, Dunkin, Beyond Meat, Greenleaf, Subway, Before the Butcher, Sodexo

Gardein expands line-up Conagra Brands' Gardein line is adding to its line of plant-based meat substitutes, with Gochujang Style Chick'n Wings, Chipotle more...

Seven reasons why BYND's stock is such a wild ride

The wild ride that Beyond Meat’s stock has taken since the company’s May IPO has been fueled by a number of factors. The stock had risen from more...

Colo. gov says state should foster meat alternatives

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis spoke out in favor of fostering alternative-meat businesses in the state, an attention-getting move in that livestock-heavy more...

New opportunities or plant-based arms race?

While several of the U.S.’s largest meat processors are investing heavily in plant-based substitutes and in the development of cell-cultured meats more...

IF in the catbird seat

So many of the headlines this summer have been trained on Beyond Meat, but rival Impossible Foods is arguably in a better position to prevail in the market more...

July 2019

Plant-based meat sector worth $800MM: Report

  A new report indicates that the U.S. plant-based foods retail market is worth $4.5 billion, growing five times faster than total U.S. retail food more...

ICYMI: Plant-based food group sues Mississippi over labeling

The Plant Based Foods Association and vegan food maker Upton’s Naturals filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new labeling law in Mississippi that more...

ICYMI: Business coalition invests in Calgary plant protein push

A group of Canadian businesses is investing $8 million to help a Calgary-based company establish itself as a leading developer of plant-based protein more...

Shake Shack CEO: No alt-meat, not yet

Shake Shack is joining the restaurant companies that are staying on the sidelines of the alt-meat craze, at least for now. In an interview with the CNBC more...

New product roundup: Super Plant Pizza, Famous Dave's, Nuggs, Beyond Meat, Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Canadian pizza chain rolls out alt-meat toppings Canada's Pizza Pizza Ltd. is introducing a pizza at its stores nationwide topped with meat substitutes more...

Secy. Perdue does the ‘Impossible’

The Impossible Burger is “very good” and a “food facsimile” of beef raised on the hoof, according to USDA Secy. Sonny Perdue. more...

There's gold in them thar peas!

The Midas touch of the plant-based meat substitute craze has its ripple effects: Demand for the patties is running up the supply chain, and farmers in more...

British meat substitute firm inks Whole Foods deal

Meatless Farm, a plant-based meat substitute firm based in Leeds, U.K., is much better known in its home country than in the U.S., but that may soon change more...

Latest prediction: Cultured meat at $10/patty in 2 years

The old joke about economists goes, “if you predict a recession often enough, eventually you’ll be right.” The cell-cultured corollary more...

Alt-chicken from New Zealand expands to Australia

Chicken Free Chicken, made by a New Zealand company called Sunfed, has expanded distribution of its yellow pea protein product to Australia, according more...

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June 2019

New product roundup: Beyond Meat, Tim Hortons, Hard Rock Cafe, Max Burgers, Lone Star Texas Grill, Maple Leaf Foods

Beyond Meat's new iterations Beyond Meat has reformulated its original Beyond Burger to feature 'marbling' designed to melt and tenderize like traditional more...

Impossible Foods releases 'impact report'

As conventional meat processing companies heralded the release of each of their sustainability reports, Impossible Foods jumped in to announce what it more...

Beyond Meat builds facility with Zandbergen

Beyond Meat Inc. has expanded its partnership with Zandbergen World’s Finest Meat to produce the brand’s plant-based meats at a new manufacturing more...

Beyond Meat stock price tops $200 a share

In the wake of a one-two punch of new product announcements, shares of Beyond Meat soared as much as 18% Tuesday morning, to hit a new all-time high of more...

ICYMI: Hormel to join the alt-protein fray with pizza topping

Hormel Foods Corp. is developing its own entrant in the alternative protein arena: a plant-based pizza topping targeting a growing number of consumers more...

Quorn floats on a rising tide

Quorn Foods, founded in 1985, is a grand-daddy in the meat substitute arena, but even this mature product is seeing a steep rise in demand over the last more...

Dutch firm heralds exit from meat industry

Vivera Foodgroup heralded its "meatless future" as it announced the sale of its unit, Enkco, a maker of chilled and deep-frozen meat products to the Van more...

May 2019

Analogue market report roundup: Persistence Market Research, Future Market Insights, EuroMonitor International

New research reports on the plant-based meat substitutes industry predict compound annual growth rates of between 5.8% to more than 8% in the coming years more...

Analogue product roundup: Beyond Sausage, LightLife, Blaze Pizza, Don Lee Farms, Fresh N' Lean, Del Taco, Little Caesars, Equilibrium Food, Burger King

Beyond Sausage gets nationwide rollout, Beyond Burger goes north Beyond Meat's Beyond Sausage plant-based meat substitute links have been rolled out nationwide more...

If bacon is 'meat candy,' what are we to make of vegan bacon?

Vivera, a maker of plant-based meat alternatives in Europe, has introduced 100% fat- free vegan "Bacon Pieces" through Sainsbury's supermarkets in the more...

Impossible Foods' releases life cycle assessment report

Impossible Foods has followed in the footsteps of corporations everywhere, subjecting its flagship product to a sustainability life cycle assessment and more...

Brits are testing cell-cultured bacon

Let the Israelis and the Americans focus on growing beef in a lab: The Brits are going for the gold with their efforts to grow bacon. Specifically, researchers more...

Analogue investment roundup: $16 billion and counting

Investors have sunk $16 billion into plant-based meat, egg and dairy products in the 10 years ending in 2018, according to an accounting by the Good Food more...

Coffee schmoffee: Dunkin' looks to analogues for performance boost

Fighting a slump in traffic that its coffee innovations and existing menu haven't solved, Dunkin' is looking to add plant-based meat analogues to its more...

April 2019

A step closer to lab-produced steak

So far, most of the successful development of cell-based meat has been focused on a ground beef-like product. A new technology out of Penn State and the more...

An 800-lb. gorilla steps into the alt-meat ring

The plant-based but meat-mimicking burger sector is getting its biggest player yet: Nestlé earlier this month announced it will launch 'cook from more...

Pea protein market at $313.5 million by 2025: report

Pea protein, a common ingredient in plant-based meat analogues, is expected to be a $313.5 million market globally by 2025, according to new research more...

ICYMI: Del Taco tests plant-based tacos

Quick-service Mexican food chain Del Taco is testing tacos with a plant-based meat alternative as a possible menu item in select locations, the company said more...

ICYMI: Maple Leaf unit plans continent’s largest plant-based protein facility

Greenleaf Foods SPC will build North America’s largest plant-based protein manufacturing facility in Shelbyville, Ind., investing US$310 million more...

Impossible Sliders mark their one-year anniversary

The White Castle burger chain marked the first anniversary of its introduction of the Impossible Slider by announcing it is rolling out the reformulated more...

Comment dites-vous 'veggie disc'? The EU has its own alt-meat labeling ideas

The agriculture committee of the European Union's parliament earlier this month approved a ban on using "nomenclature usually deployed to describe meat" more...

ICYMI: Burger King fools customers with Impossible Whopper

Burger King announced it is testing the Impossible Whopper, which replaces the beef patty with a plant-based one from Impossible Foods. In a nod to April more...

Impossible Foods settles in at Red Robin

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews has added The Impossible Burger — in the form of a cheeseburger — to its menu at locations nationwide more...

Before the Butcher moves to the butcher department

Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Before the Butcher is stocking its plant-based meat analogues and entrees in the butcher department of the Bristol Farms more...

Qdoba adds Impossible protein to its menu

QDOBA Mexican Eats is adding plant-based Impossible protein to its restaurants’ menus in the U.S., the fast-casual chain said in a news release more...

Brazil jumps into the plant-based analogue market

A Brazilian firm, Fazenda Futuro ("future farm" in Portuguese), has rolled out a plant-based meat alternative it's calling the Futuro Burger, according more...

Aramark rolls out 'plant-forward' foodservice concept

Aramark is rolling out The Twisted Beet, a "plant-forward dining concept" that will appear in more than 750 higher education, business dining and healthcare more...

Beyond Burger expands in Canada

The White Spot restaurant company in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, has added the Beyond Burger patty to its menu of signature burgers and entrées more...

March 2019

Reciprocal Meat Conference plans deep dive into cell-based meat science

The American Meat Science Association has added a symposium to its schedule for the 72nd Reciprocal Meat Conference on “Innovation at the Cellular more...

What's worse than livestock for the environment? It could be lab-grown meat, researchers say.

The headline reads, "Lab-grown meat’s promise for cutting climate warming depends on an energy revolution." Researchers from the Livestock, Environment more...

Don Lee Farms ups the ante in case against Beyond Meat

Don Lee Farms filed a second amended complaint earlier this month alleging that Beyond Meat is guilty of fraud, negligence and breach of contract, according more...

What the what? VEGAN McNuggets?

McDonald's has not made it official with an announcement — yet — but the fast-food giant McDonald’s recently introduced more...

New product roster: Strong Roots, Jackfruit, ABP Food Group, Axiom, Chipotle, A&W, MorningStar Farms, Beyond Meat, Atlantic Natural

Strong Roots heads for the U.S. market Strong Roots, a Dublin, Ireland-based premium root vegetables, veggie burgers and bites, made its debut at more...

ICYMI: Another biotech company jumps into alternative protein market

Boston-based food company Motif Ingredients announced it has launched with $90M in Series A financing to provide next-generation alternative proteins more...

ICYMI: Impossible Foods hires first president

Impossible Foods announced that Dennis Woodside has joined the company in the newly created role of president. Woodside oversees Impossible Foods’ more...

February 2019

Alt-meat is a slam-dunk for some NBA players

A growing number of professional hoops players are crediting plant-based meat substitutes as a factor in their success on the boards. According to a feature more...

From Yellowstone to the Blue Plate Special

In early February, Chicago-based Sustainable Bioproducts raised $33 million in financing from ADM Ventures, the venture-investing arm of Archer Daniels more...

Plant based dishes at the front of the house

The Good Food Institute's second annual Restaurant Scorecard called out Jamba Juice, White Castle, Panera Bread and Yard House for scoring highest in more...

GFI awards $3 million for cell- and plant-based product research

Good Food Institute (GFI), a nonprofit group that works with scientists, investors and entrepreneurs to develop meat alternatives, announced the recipients more...

Global conference planned in June

A conference dedicated to plant-based proteins is schedule in Amsterdam in June, organized by Global Meat News, a U.K.-based title of the William Reed more...

A primer on plant proteins

The global plant protein market is worth more than $6 billion as of 2017, and is expected to register an estimated compound annual growth rate of 7.1 more...

January 2019

Alt-burgers get jet-propelled international distribution

Two companies recently announced broad international distribution for their plant-based meat substitute burgers. Los Angeles-based Don Lee Farms, a processor more...

China creates plant-based industry association

China’s inaugural plant-based industry association was formally created in December 2018, according to California-based Good Food Institute, a founding more...

What’s in a name?

Both dairy milk and plant-based milks are associated with “nutrition” and “health,” and in fact, many consumers don’t see more...

Plant Based Foods Association launches certification program

San Francisco-based Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) has rolled out a Certified Plant Based program, which specifies criteria to make a certified more...

Quote-unquote

Danette Amstein from Midan Marketing on disruptors in the meat space, on Meatingplace: “We have to move past our fears and speed up our reaction more...

Whole Foods plants its flag on '19's top food trends

“Faux meat snacks” is one of Whole Foods’ predictions for the 10 most important food trends for 2019. The trend-setting retailer, now more...

December 2018

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