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Impossible Foods’ Growth Accelerates as Restaurant Sales Rebound and Retail Orders Surge

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Impossible Foods has expanded its grocery store footprint by more than 30X, and the food tech startup is on track to increase retail availability 50X throughout 2020.

Impossible Burger was sold in only 150 grocery stores in March. Impossible Foods’ plant-based burger is now available in more than 5,000 grocery stores across 48 states, including the nation’s largest grocery chain, Kroger, as well as Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Gelson’s, Safeway, Vons, and Wegmans.

Last month, Ahold Delhaize-owned stores on the East Coast, including Giant, Giant Martin’s and Stop & Shop, began selling Impossible Burger. And Impossible Foods’ flagship product will...

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Jul 14 2:32 PM, General News



Sweet Earth Foods Debuts New Plant-Based Burgers 

Sweet Earth Foods announced the release of its Awesome Bacon Burger. The new burger extends the plant-based food makers' portfolio just in time for grilling season, as nearly 40 percent of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based foods, according to Nielsen.

The Sweet Earth Awesome Bacon Burger is a smoky plant-based burger infused with vegan bacon bits. Made of textured pea protein, this plant-based burger contains 26g of protein per serving (27% DV) and is non-GMO project certified. The burger will be hitting shelves of HEB starting this week with nationwide distribution increasing over the coming weeks.

"We are so excited to announce the release of the Awesome Bacon Burger as the first-ever vegan bacon burger, proving eating plant-based can be...

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Jul 14 2:15 PM, General News


Chipotle to Test New Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice in Select Markets

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced it will test Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice at 55 restaurants in Denver and throughout Wisconsin starting July 15. Chipotle's latest plant-based option is made with real, grilled cauliflower, seasoned with fresh-chopped cilantro, lime juice and salt, prepared fresh in-restaurant every day. As many brands look to limit menu offerings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Chipotle is continuing to explore menu innovations that align with its Food with Integrity standards.

"To date, one out of three new menu item requests from Chipotle customers is for Cauliflower Rice," said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. "We've answered the call from fans and created a better-for-you option that puts a delicious twist on our classic white rice recipe by using the same fresh cilantro and lime ingredients and...

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Jul 14 8:21 AM, Urner Barry


Grubhub Releases Second Annual State of the Plate Report

We're officially in the second half of 2020, and it's time to turn the dial back to take a look at how we ate our way through the beginning of a year unlike any other we've seen before. Grubhub, a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, launched its latest report, "State of the Plate", looking at trends across the more than half a million orders placed a day. Grubhub's mid-year report checks in on the popular food trends to date and what quarantined Americans ordered through contact-free delivery, and predicts what we can expect to see more of in the second half of the year.

From grabbing a chorizo burrito (270% more popular) for breakfast, a cheesy breadstick snack (412% more popular), a plant-based burger (291% more popular), or a fit-for-quarantine meal kit (orders of meal kits rose 55%), below are the trends loved so far this year...

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Jul 10 8:22 AM, General News


Conagra Brands Launches More Than Two Dozen New Products, Hitting Shelves This Summer

Conagra Brands, Inc. is celebrating the summer with the debut of more than two dozen new products. More people are cooking and eating at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Birds Eye, Marie Callender's, Healthy Choice and Snack Pack are among the brands bringing new items to market to satisfy evolving consumer needs. The new items from Conagra Brands will be hitting store shelves this summer.

New Plant-Based Meal and Snack Options

Plant-based products continue to rise in popularity, and not just for vegetarians and vegans, but for flexitarians too. Nearly 40% of Americans are attempting to incorporate more plant-based options into their diets. To answer the increased demand, brands including Birds Eye, Gardein, Healthy Choice and Marie Callender's have developed new items including...

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Jul 10 8:22 AM, General News


Purple Carrot Launches New Single Serve, Frozen Meals in Retail

Purple Carrot, known for its e-commerce subscription plant-based meal kit, announced their new 100% plant-based, single serve meals are now available in the frozen aisle at most Whole Foods Market stores across the country. Purple Carrot created these meals with the same flavor profiles and nutritional philosophies that are core to its meal kit offering.

The frozen foods market has been growing exponentially during the last few years, specifically for products that align with consumer demand for more plant-based options, according to the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association.

"As more and more consumers are seeking to add plant-based options to their weekly routines but aren't ready to commit to a full lifestyle change, these single-serve meals offer a perfect way to...

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Jul 8 8:20 AM, General News


Redefine Meat Unveils Alt-Steak

Redefine Meat unveils Alt-Steak plant-based products, with market testing at select high-end restaurants to start later this year. Created using Redefine Meat's patent-pending 3D meat printing technology, the company's Alt-Steak products have the texture, flavor and appearance of beef steak and can be produced in the volume and cost to enable large-scale market launch.

Working with leading butchers, chefs, food technologists and the close collaboration of taste expert, Givaudan, Redefine Meat has digitally mapped more than 70 sensorial parameters into its Alt-Steak products, including premium beef cuts' texture, juiciness, fat distribution and mouthfeel. Layer by layer, the company's proprietary industrial-scale 3D food printers create...

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Jul 1 8:23 AM, General News


Plant-Based Seafood Company Ocean Hugger Foods Falls Victim to Pandemic

Ocean Hugger Foods, the company behind the first plant-based alternative to raw tuna and freshwater eel, announced last week that they are shuttering their operations.

“Due to the COVID-19 health crisis our world is facing, and the fact that our company sells exclusively to foodservice customers (such as university and corporate cafeterias, and restaurants) who are suffering greatly during time time, it is with tremendous sadness that we must report that Ocean Hugger Foods must cease operations,” a note from co-founder and CEO David Benzaquen and...

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Jun 29 12:10 PM, SeafoodNews


Plant-Based Protein Brand OZO Brings New Option to Retail and E-Commerce

Colorado-based Planterra Foods is making its debut this month in retail outlets and direct-to-consumer e-commerce with its introductory line of OZO. Consumers looking for a new plant-based protein can take a bite of OZO Burgers (two-4 oz patties), Ground (12 oz), and Mexican-Seasoned Ground (12 oz) just in time for summer grilling and new recipe ideas.

Powered by an exclusive proprietary blend of pea and rice protein fermented by shiitake mushrooms, all of the new OZO products are an excellent source of protein with up to 22 grams per serving. OZO features a high-quality pea protein that is a great source of iron. The Planterra team is also passionate about...

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Jun 22 8:15 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Introduces Limited Edition Burger Pack

Beyond Meat is making plant-based burgers more accessible and affordable this summer with the introduction of Cookout Classic, a limited edition burger 10-pack available at a majority of Walmart and Target stores nationwide and select retailers across the U.S. beginning the week of June 22. Sold in the frozen meat aisle with a suggested retail price of $15.99 ($1.60 per patty), the new offering will be available through mid-August, or until supplies last, and is intended to narrow the price gap between plant-based meat and animal protein.

With growing consumer interest in plant-based protein, the Cookout Classic value pack is designed to inspire a plant-based meat option at barbecues and summer gatherings. The burgers are made with...

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Jun 18 8:19 AM, General News


Mintel: A Quarter of British Millennials Say COVID-19 has Made a Vegan Diet More Appealing 

The prospect of a diet packed with chickpeas, lentils, and quinoa appears to be more tempting as of late, as new research from Mintel reveals that a quarter (25%) of young British Millennials (aged 21-30) say that the COVID-19 pandemic has made a vegan diet more appealing.

These plant-loving Millennials are not alone, as the research reveals that a vegan diet is proving more attractive to over one in ten (12%) of all Brits, rising to almost a quarter (22%) of Londoners, since the start of the pandemic.

This comes as Mintel research indicates there is a strong belief in the healing power of plants, as half of Brits (51%) believe plant/botanical ingredients (eg herbs, spices) can have...

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Jun 18 8:17 AM, General News


AFT Holdings Suspending Operations of All About Healthy Foods Holdings

AFT Holdings, an international investment and management group whose portfolio includes sustainable foods development and global fishing fleets, announced on Tuesday that they are taking steps to suspend their All About Healthy Foods Holdings (AAHFH) operational group. 

AAHFH was created in 2017 to “centralize and focus the AFT Holdings investment portfolio and strategic partnerships operating in the space of healthy, sustainable, functional, value-based foods.” Brands under AAHFH include Atlantic Natural Foods, which maintains the Loma Linda plant-based protein brands and TUNO, the plant-based and...

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Jun 17 11:49 AM, SeafoodNews


Sweet Earth Foods Debuts Eight New Plant-Based Products

Sweet Earth Foods announced the national launch of a selection of eight new burritos and entrée bowls. As the latest additions to Sweet Earth's best-selling product lines, these two new burritos and six new entrée bowls are available now in the frozen aisle of grocery stores, with distribution increasing in the following weeks.

The new burritos and bowls all incorporate plant-based Awesome Grounds or Mindful Chik'n, satisfying cravings for the meaty, juicy taste of traditional meats, and making them a good source of protein. Created with wholesome ingredients like veggies and globally inspired spices, the burritos and bowls are...

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Jun 16 10:05 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Expands Local Production Capabilities in Europe

Beyond Meat, Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND), a leader in plant-based meat, today announced the company’s first co-manufacturing capabilities in Europe with the official opening of the Zandbergen co-manufacturing facility in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands. The new state-of-the-art facility owned and operated by Zandbergen will produce the Beyond Burger® and Beyond Sausage® and is intended to allow for more efficient distribution of Beyond Meat’s products across EMEA.

Production at the new Zandbergen co-manufacturing facility will also include the upcoming debut of new packaging for...

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Jun 11 8:45 AM, General News


Impossible Foods Launches Direct-to-Consumer Sales and Accelerates Retail Expansion

Impossible Foods is launching an all-new e-commerce site today, allowing people in the lower 48 states to buy the award-winning, plant-based Impossible Burger and cook it at home.

The startup’s direct-to-consumer channel offers family-size quantities of the award-winning, plant-based Impossible Burger starting at $49.99 (plus tax). The orders come with compostable and recyclable packaging, free shipping and two-day home delivery.

Impossible Foods has increased its retail footprint nearly 20-fold since the start of 2020, and its flagship product is now available in over...

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Jun 5 9:24 AM, General News


COVID-19 Impact on Alternative Protein Industry

The on-going COVID-19 pandemic is re-shaping everything from the global economies to product categories, pricing, and stock availability to consumer behavior.

The pandemic has also placed the spotlight on meat supply and food security globally. The spotlight on meat supply has been evident in both developed and emerging markets amidst disruptions to supply chains and panic buying and stockpiling, following announcements of lockdowns and social distancing measures...

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Jun 5 8:09 AM, General News


Yum China to Introduce Beyond Burger at Select KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Restaurants

Yum China Holdings, Inc., announced that it is partnering with Beyond Meat, Inc., a leader in plant-based meat, to introduce the Beyond Burger as a limited time offering at select KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell locations in mainland China starting June 3. This partnership marks the introduction of Beyond Meat's Beyond Burger in mainland China.

"We see great potential for the plant-based meat market in China," said Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China. "This latest introduction across KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands is expected to capture valuable consumer feedback across different regions in China. It will enable us to optimize flavors and processes and help assess...

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Jun 2 8:13 AM, General News


Marfrig and ADM Unveil Plant-Based Joint Venture 

Marfrig and ADM announced an agreement to create PlantPlus Foods, a joint venture for the sale of plant-based food products across South American and North American markets.

Marfrig, one of the world’s leading beef producers and the world’s largest beef patty producer, and ADM, a leading global nutrition company, already have a successful history working together to develop and produce sustainable, plant-based foods in South America. Now, PlantPlus Foods will expand on that successful relationship.

“Marfrig’s production and distribution capacity and its experience and know-how in working with high-quality meat, combined with ADM’s technical and development excellence and its industry-leading plant-based ingredient and natural flavors portfolio, will provide...

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May 28 8:52 AM, General News


Lightlife Reinvents Plant-Based Protein Line with Simpler Ingredients and New Look

Lightlife, owned by Greenleaf Foods, SPC, announced sweeping changes to its product portfolio to deliver the cleanest ingredient labels in the plant-based meat category. Driven by growing consumer demand for products with ingredients they understand, Lightlife is making it easier for consumers to make healthier food choices by offering plant-based meat products made only with simple, recognizable ingredients, like pea protein, brown rice, dried red bell pepper, and beet and cherry powders.

To define its new brand and business strategy, Lightlife conducted a comprehensive research study, connecting with more than 11,500 consumers to better understand their values and expectations from plant-based protein. The study uncovered five unique demand spaces that define specific consumer needs for...

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May 28 8:14 AM, General News


Field Roast Expands Frozen Portfolio with Plant-Based Nuggets

Field Roast Grain Meat Co, owned by Greenleaf Foods, has added Plant-Based Nuggets to its portfolio of frozen plant-based appetizers and entrees. The crispy, bite-size nuggets feature a bold, inspiring taste and expand the brand’s frozen portfolio that also includes Fruffalo Wings and Miniature Corn Dogs.

“Remember the joy that a chicken nugget could bring you as a kid?,” said Dan Curtin, president of Greenleaf Foods. “We’re bringing that back with an absolutely delicious plant-based nugget...

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May 22 8:14 AM, General News


Nestlé Introduces New Life Cuisine 

Nestlé is introducing Life Cuisine, an exciting new brand delivering delicious and satisfying meal solutions to match the approach to eating well. From gluten-free to high-protein, Life Cuisine is made with flavorful ingredients that help power your day.

Over the years, the definition of wellness has evolved from calorie-conscious eating to a more holistic approach that extends well beyond just what's on your plate. Once-niche dietary trends like gluten free and meatless meals have also...

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May 20 8:12 AM, General News


JUST Announces Partnership with Post Holdings’ Michael Foods

JUST and Michael Foods, a subsidiary of Post Holdings and one of the largest processors of value-added eggs in the world, announced a groundbreaking new partnership to bring the top-selling, plant-based JUST Egg to millions more consumers in the United States.

Under the arrangement, Michael Foods will be the exclusive manufacturer, supplier and distributor of JUST Egg to foodservice and food ingredient customers who are already familiar with their industry-leading egg brands such as Papetti’s, Abbotsford Farms and Davidson’s Safest Choice and are in search of a unique, plant-based egg product.

For over 100 years, the Michael Foods family of businesses have leveraged quality ingredients and cutting-edge processes to offer the finest products and solutions to their customers. This partnership adds...

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May 19 8:08 AM, General News


JUST and Emsland Group Partner to Scale Plant-Based JUST Egg

JUST announced a partnership to expand its protein processing capacity with Emsland Group, a worldwide leader in manufacturing raw materials from vegetables. This partnership will provide the scale needed to meet increasing global demand for the plant-based product marketed as JUST Egg in the United States.

Headquartered in Emlichheim, Germany, Emsland Group has manufactured innovative pea and potato products that are essential elements in a wide range of food applications since 1928. Partnering with JUST to process mung bean protein, the key ingredient in JUST Egg, is a first for the venerable farmer cooperative and will help...

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May 18 8:16 AM, General News


Applegate Farms Unveils Well Carved Product Line

Applegate introduced a new line of organic blended burgers and meatballs designed to satisfy consumers who are mindful of their meat intake. The new, chef-crafted Well Carved product line combines meat with whole vegetables, legumes and grains, and continues the brand’s mission – Changing The Meat We Eat.

“The Well Carved product line is a bold, direct challenge to the newly established wisdom that the only way to eat meat responsibly is to settle for a highly processed soy or pea-based burger—or to not eat meat at all,” said John Ghingo, president of Applegate. “Well Carved products offer a way for consumers to enjoy the real, clean meat they crave along with the vegetables that promote health and a healthier planet.”

To that end, all Well Carved products are made exclusively with organic meat and vegetables, and none of the...

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May 8 9:17 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results 

Beyond Meat, Inc., a leader in plant-based meat, today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 28, 2020.

“I am proud of our first quarter financial results which exceeded our expectations despite an increasingly challenging operating environment due to the COVID-19 health crisis," said Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The health and safety of our employees and their families is our top priority and we have implemented a series of measures to minimize risks while supporting business continuity. Among other things, these include...

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May 7 8:15 AM, General News


Impossible Foods Accelerates Retail Expansion with Kroger 

Impossible Foods is accelerating its retail expansion this week with the rollout of its flagship product at more than 1,700 grocery stores nationwide owned by The Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer.

In addition to grocery shelves at Kroger-affiliated brick-and-mortar stores, Impossible Burger is also available starting today for online ordering through Kroger.com for Kroger Curbside Pickup and Delivery.

The rollout of Impossible Burger at Kroger represents a 18-fold increase in Impossible Foods’ retail footprint so far in 2020. The company’s award-winning, plant-based meat is now on shelves in about...

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May 6 10:01 AM, General News


Cargill Launches New Plant-Based Products in China

Cargill announced it is launching a series of plant-based products in China, bringing more quality protein options to the Chinese market. The launch includes products for foodservice and a consumer-facing brand PlantEver. PlantEver is expected to debut in the Chinese market at the end of June and be available online and offline. 

“Our plant-based protein products were developed through extensive consumer engagement and research. We combine our knowledge and expertise in R&D and innovation to create some of the best tasting products in the plant-based category,” said Jackson Chan, managing director of Cargill Protein China. “The launch is just the beginning, we look forward to continuing to innovate. Our customers in China can count on a partner with...

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May 1 9:43 AM, General News


Maple Leaf Foods Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

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Apr 30 9:27 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Announces New Revolving Credit Facility

Beyond Meat, Inc. announced that it has entered into a new $150 million five-year secured revolving credit facility to support its future growth initiatives. The new credit facility also includes an accordion feature for up to an additional $200 million.

“Our current cash and liquidity position is strong, and we are pleased to complete this new credit facility on terms that will provide Beyond Meat with a greater amount of financial flexibility and better position the Company for long-term success,” said Mark Nelson, Beyond Meat’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. “We appreciate the support of our lenders as this transaction lowers our cost of capital, is expected to support...

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Apr 24 8:19 AM, General News


COVID-19 Impact on the Plant-Based Meat Market

According to MarketsandMarkets, the global plant-based meat market size is projected to grow from $3.6 billion in 2020 to $4.2 billion by 2021, recording a compound annual growth rate of 17.0% in the realistic scenario during the forecast period.

The pea segment is projected to be the fastest-growing segment in the plant-based meat market during the forecast period.

The use of pea in plant-based meat has gained significant prominence over the past two years, driven by companies such as Beyond Meat (US), R&S Blumos (Brazil), and other regional players who are...

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Apr 23 8:19 AM, General News


University of Copenhagen: Fava Beans Could Replace Soy

Tofu, soy milk and veggie mince. More and more Danes are opting to supplement or completely replace their consumption of animal-based proteins with plant-based proteins. Climate considerations are part of their reasoning.

We often use soy-based protein when experimenting with vegetarian cooking. But, new research from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Food Science demonstrates that fava beans hold great promise as a non-soy source of plant protein. Moreover, favas are...

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Apr 22 3:51 PM, General News


Rabobank: Impact of Coronavirus on Southeast Asian Food & Agribusiness

Southeast Asia will face far-reaching challenges from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, such as economic decline, reduced out-of-home consumption, and supply chains disruptions, even beyond the lockdowns.

After panic buying, consumers will shift from foodservice to retail and – after a short, suppressed splurge (if any) – to recession-period spending.

Production will also be affected, albeit less, but transporting goods will continue to experience problems due to...

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Apr 17 8:18 AM, General News


U.S. Plant-Based Retail Market Worth $5 Billion, Growing at 5X Total Food Sales

New data released today by the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) and The Good Food Institute (GFI) shows U.S. retail sales of plant-based foods have grown 11.4 percent in the past year, bringing the total plant-based market value to $5 billion.

The total U.S. retail food market has grown just 2.2 percent in dollar sales during this same period—and was flat in unit sales—showing that plant-based foods are a key driver of growth for retailers nationwide. This data covers the total grocery marketplace and was commissioned from SPINS.

The leading drivers of plant-based sales continue to be plant-based milks, meat, dairy alternatives in general, and plant-based meals. Sales of plant-based milks grew 5 percent over the past year, now making up 14 percent of...

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Apr 3 8:23 AM, General News


Protein Alternatives Market Outlook to 2025; Dominated by Cargill

According to ResearchAndMarkets, the global protein alternatives market is projected to grow with a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

The market studied has witnessed a significant growth due to the increasing intolerance toward animal protein, thereby leading to the shift in preference of the meat-consuming population toward meat substitutes made of vegan protein, therefore, driving the market studied.

Consumers in developing regions, like Asia-Pacific and Africa, have started to incorporate more protein in their daily diets. Many companies operating in the market place have started to initiate...

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Mar 25 9:55 AM, General News


Nature's Fynd Raises $80 Million in Funding to Commercialize New Alternative Proteins

Nature's Fynd, a food tech company producing a protein from a microbe originally discovered in the geothermal springs of Yellowstone's ancient volcano, has raised $80 million in new funding.

The company was previously named Sustainable Bioproducts.

Production began this month at Nature's Fynd's new 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on the site of the historic Union Stockyards in Chicago's South Side. The company will commercialize food and beverage products across...

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Mar 25 9:32 AM, General News


JUST Expands Partnerships Globally, Raises Capital & Adds Former Coca-Cola Executive

JUST announced a host of partnerships to manufacture and distribute its JUST Egg across North America, Latin America, Europe, and East Asia. This global infrastructure, which includes millions of additional points of potential distribution and access to production facilities on multiple continents, will provide the scale needed to meet the increasing worldwide demand for the product.

Included in this partnership announcement are South Korea’s food company, SPC Samlip; one of Southeast Asia’s largest food companies, Betagro Group; bakery company, Grupo Bimbo; one of Latin America’s largest edible oil and fat producers, Alianza Team; and local delivery platform, Delivery Hero. This infrastructure builds on a previously announced manufacturing and distribution partnership with...

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Mar 19 8:23 AM, General News


Impossible Foods Confirms Approximately $500 Million in New Funding

Impossible Foods confirmed today that it has secured approximately $500 million in its latest funding round, led by new investor Mirae Asset Global Investments, with participation from existing investors including Khosla Ventures, Horizons Ventures, and Temasek. The industry-leading food-tech startup has raised nearly $1.3 billion since its founding in 2011.

Impossible Foods will use the funds in part to invest in fundamental research and innovation; accelerate its manufacturing scaleup; expand its retail presence and its availability in key international markets; and accelerate commercialization of next-generation products including Impossible Sausage Made From Plants and Impossible Pork Made From Plants.

“With this latest round of fundraising, Impossible Foods has the resources to accelerate growth -- and continue to thrive in a volatile macroeconomic environment, including the current COVID-19 pandemic,” said Impossible Foods’ Chief Financial Officer David Lee.

Scaleup Accelerates

The new funding closely follows the launch of the company’s latest next-generation products...

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Mar 18 8:29 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Announces National Retail Launch of Beyond Breakfast Sausage

Beyond Meat announced its latest product innovation, Beyond Breakfast Sausage, will start to hit retail shelves by the end of March. Beyond Breakfast Sausage is a new plant-based breakfast sausage featuring 11 grams of protein per serving.

Available in two flavors, classic and spicy, this breakfast option offers the taste of traditional pork breakfast sausage.

Perfect for busy mornings, Beyond Breakfast Sausage is a quick and convenient plant-based option that goes from...

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Mar 11 10:51 AM, General News


Rabobank: China's Growing Appetite for Meat Alternatives

‘Meat alternative’ has become a global buzzword since Beyond Meat conducted its stellar Nasdaq IPO. Since then, many meat alternative startups began looking into the Chinese market. The rise of the numerous Chinese startups, such as OmniPork and Zhenmeat, hinge on the belief that China will be a potential consumption market for meat alternatives.

Meat alternatives have been discussed a lot by the public media in the past year. The global frontrunners are US-based companies making beef-like burgers with plant-based ingredients, like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Since Beyond Meat’s IPO, China has witnessed nearly 100 plant-based brands emerge in cities like...

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Mar 10 8:23 AM, General News


Alternative Proteins See Impressive Growth on Menus 

According to a recent webinar by Datassential, trending dishes are driven by a variety of factors, including global influences, mash ups, and plant based. Among these factors, plant based is especially driving several growing dishes. The research found that 44% of consumers are trying to increase their intake of vegetable-based protein. Meanwhile, vegan items have seen an increase of 621% in menu penetration over the past decade. However, consumers stated that plant-based or vegetarian diets are loved the most, while vegan diets are hated the most.

Products that attempt to mimic the texture and taste of meat are growing on menus as alternative proteins. The research found that 69% of consumers would at least occasionally order a plant-based meat if available. In the past four years, the plant-based burger’s menu penetration has increased by...

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Mar 10 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


Arla Introduces New Brand and Plant-Based Products

In recent years, an increasing number of consumers are looking for plant-based products, and the trend is set to continue. Therefore, Arla has decided to enter the market for plant-based products to meet consumer demand and to develop the category with natural products and unique flavor compositions. Initially, Arla will launch three oat drinks under the new brand, JÖRĐ, an umbrella brand for 100 percent plant-based products.

Arla – one of the world’s largest dairy cooperatives – is now entering the market for plant-based products. The company is ready with three oat-drinks introduced under the new brand, JÖRĐ, that is now on its way to European consumers to...

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Mar 6 8:28 AM, General News


New Plant-Based Protein Brand OZO to Debut Nationwide this April

New plant-based protein brand OZO, powered by start-up Colorado business Planterra Foods, is making its debut at grocery stores nationwide beginning in April, providing consumers with a clean protein option that delivers exceptional taste and nutrition. Where superior taste meets convenience, OZO is raising the bar on plant-based protein offerings for today's consumer who doesn't want to compromise flavor to eat well.

The new line of plant-based products will officially launch with Burgers, Ground, Mexican-Seasoned Ground and Italian-Style Meatballs, and foodservice and club packs are also planned for 2020. The four OZO protein offerings are non-GMO, do not contain soy, and feature transparent, straightforward...

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Mar 4 8:22 AM, General News


Nutri-Score May Shake Up the Plant Based Alternative Protein Shelf

According to Rabobank, Nutri-Score is likely to challenge consumers’ perceptions in their choice for alternative protein products. Making consumers aware of a food’s nutritional values is what the roll-out of the front-of-pack label in the coming months and years is intended to do in the European market. In this way, Nutri-Score may lead health-driven consumers to change their preferences and processors to change their formulations.

Nutri-Score is a front-of-pack labeling system that grades food products from A to E according to their nutritional level. It has been launched to nudge consumers to make healthier choices in their food preferences and has already been adopted by several...

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Mar 4 8:21 AM, General News


Taco Bell Introduces Veggie Mode 

On March 12, Taco Bell officially activates Veggie Mode, a single-swipe feature that instantly transforms the menu to show only vegetarian items on self-service ordering kiosks nationwide. While most of the industry is celebrating plant-based with one single offering on their menus, Veggie Mode makes it easier than ever for consumers to gain instant access to Taco Bell's nearly 50 American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified items.

Taco Bell has also expanded its amount of AVA-certified vegetarian ingredients, now including fan favorites like Potato Bites, Chalupa shells and Hash Browns. As always, customers can further customize their orders while in Veggie Mode, with a total of over...

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Mar 3 9:55 AM, General News


Impossible Foods Partners with The Halal Shack to Serve Halal Certified Cuisine 

Impossible Foods has announced its latest national restaurant partner: The Halal Shack. With 8 locations in New York, California and Texas and 25 more locations in development nationally, The Halal Shack combines the best of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors with a classic American spin for a delicious and unique dining experience. Impossible Burger meat will be available as a filling for any menu item, and can be added to Bowls, gyros, Wraps and Salads.

The Impossible Burger first became halal certified in 2018, and Halal Shack is the latest to benefit from this certification. The word “halal” derives from the Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted, as opposed to “haram” or prohibited. Halal meats are sourced and prepared in accordance with...

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Mar 2 10:15 AM, General News


US Foods Announces Launch of Spring Scoop 

US Foods announced the launch of Spring Scoop, “Raising the Bar: The Classics – Celebrated and Elevated.” The 25th edition of Scoop features products designed to help bar-and-grill operators easily get creative and innovate with their menus, with elevated, upsell-worthy versions of their traditional bar-and-grill fare.

As modern diners seek bolder flavors, new menu experiences and flexible dietary substitutions, adding new items to the menu and elevating the classics with on-trend ingredients is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage. In fact, 54% of diners consider new menu items important to their decision when...

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Mar 2 10:03 AM, General News


Lightlife and Field Roast Bring More to the Table with New Plant Based Breakfast Sausages

Greenleaf Foods is transforming the growing breakfast category with a nationwide retail launch of three plant-based breakfast sausage products from its Lightlife and Field Roast Grain Meat Co brands. The new, innovative products were created to continue the brands’ common goal: to pioneer the plant-based category by putting plants at the center of the plate.

“Breakfast is an important part of the day, and until now, there has not been many plant-based protein options available,” said Dan Curtin, president of Greenleaf Foods, SPC. “We’re reinvigorating the plant-based breakfast space with new delicious items from Lightlife and Field Roast.”

Lightlife is introducing Plant-Based Breakfast Sausage Links and Plant-Based Sausage Patties that offer...

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Mar 2 8:25 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results

Beyond Meat, Inc. reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights Compared to Prior Year Period

  • Net revenues were $98.5 million, an increase of 212%, compared to net revenues of $31.5 million in the year-ago period;
  • Gross profit was $33.5 million, or 34.0% of net revenues, compared to gross profit of $7.9 million, or 25.0% of net revenues, in the year-ago period;
  • Net loss was $0.5 million, or $0.01 per common share, compared to net loss of $7.5 million, or $1.10 per common share in the year-ago period; and...
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Feb 28 8:23 AM, General News


Impossible Burger Named the Preferred Plant Based Burger of Disney Parks and Cruises 

Impossible Foods announces a new strategic alliance today with Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. As part of the alliance, the food tech startup’s flagship product – Impossible Burger – will be designated as the “Preferred Plant-Based Burger” of Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disney Cruise Line.

On February 28, Disney will debut Impossible Foods menu items at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, including:

  • Petite Impossible Burger with Guac and Pepper Jack Cheese at Avocado Time Marketplace
  • Impossible Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese at Nuts About Cheese Marketplace
  • Impossible Meatball Submarine at...
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Feb 25 10:20 AM, General News


Cargill Launches Plant-Based Patty and Ground Products 

Retail food and foodservice businesses can now capture their share of the growing plant-based protein market under their own brands thanks to Cargill. The global food and agriculture company today announced its new private label plant-based patties and ground products will hit retailers and restaurants in early April.

The new offerings are part of Cargill’s inclusive approach to the future of protein – advancing both animal and alternative protein products to meet the expected 70% growth in global demand for protein over the next 30 years.

The plant-based protein products, which were developed through culinary insight, extensive consumer research and innovation, are made in...

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Feb 24 8:50 AM, General News


Barilla Reformulates Protein+ Line

Barilla is offering a new and improved Protein+ line, now made entirely with 100% plant-based ingredients, specifically semolina durum wheat mixed with protein from lentils, chickpeas and peas. As today's consumers are increasingly looking for plant-based products, Barilla identified a delicious new recipe that removes the egg whites from the formula, while maintaining the same great taste and "al dente" texture of traditional semolina pasta.

The reformulation of Protein+ can complement a variety of lifestyles, including those that are vegan or are simply looking to incorporate more protein and fiber into their diet. The new formula now includes...

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Feb 21 8:16 AM, General News


Sysco Announces Exclusive New Product Offerings from Cutting Edge Solutions

Sysco Corporation announced today the launch of eleven new and exciting menu concepts. These innovative products are available exclusively for Sysco customers nationwide through the company’s Cutting Edge Solutions platform.

Designed to help Sysco’s customers stay ahead of their competition, Cutting Edge Solutions products are sourced from best-in-class suppliers at the forefront of innovation. From better-for-you ingredients to labor-saving products, Cutting Edge Solutions products help operators easily update their menus and delight patrons with chef-tested, on-trend and innovative solutions. These versatile products also represent...

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Feb 20 8:38 AM, General News


White Castle to Complement Impossible Slider with Dairy-Free Cheese at Select Locations

White Castle will soon become one of the first fast-food hamburger chains in the U.S. to offer a dairy-free alternative to cheddar cheese. White Castle announced that it will launch the non-dairy product on March 1 in its New Jersey and New York City restaurants.

Customers will be able to order dairy free cheddar to top any slider, including the Impossible Slider, the plant-based slider that White Castle introduced in April 2018 as a test item and then launched as a permanent menu item five months later.

"Our Impossible Slider was an instant Craver favorite, but it's about to get a new dimension with...

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Feb 19 8:16 AM, General News


Alpha Foods Raises $28 Million in Latest Funding Round, Looks to Expand Brand

Alpha Foods, creators of plant-based burritos, nuggets, pizza, pot pies, tamales, burgers and more announced it raised $28 million in its most recent funding round.

The new capital will support new products, additional hires, expanding its distribution channels in the U.S. and around the globe and boost its marketing and sales efforts.

“As more and more people actively seek out plant-based options, whether for their health or the environment, we are looking to expand our innovations within the category and bring...

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Feb 13 8:45 AM, General News




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