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Future Meat Technologies Unveils New Brand, Changes Name to Believer Meats
Future Meat Technologies ("Future Meat"), the industry-leading company developing innovative food technology to produce cultivated meat, has changed its name to Believer Meats ("Believer"), effective immediately. The rebranding is a big step in the broader strategic transformation of Future Meat into a technology-rooted food company as Believer prepares for its product launch. Believer's groundbreaking process and technology have paved the way to bring cultivated meat one step closer to commercial viability, pending U.S. regulatory approval.
"People are biologically conditioned to crave meat, but the conventional..."
Zero Egg Introduces the First Ready-to-Eat Plant-Based Scrambled Egg
Food-Tech Startup, Zero Egg, is Making it Easier Than Ever for Foodservice Operators and Manufacturers to Serve Plant-Based Eggs
Today, Food-tech startup Zero Egg has announced that it will soon release a game changing new product: Zero Egg Scoopable Scramble – the world's first ready-to-eat frozen plant-based scrambled egg.
Using cutting-edge technology, Zero Egg has developed a frozen scrambled egg that has the same taste and texture as an ordinary egg. This innovative product is set to be...
MGP Offers New Proterra® Plant-Based Crumbles for Foodservice Industry
MGP Ingredients, Inc., announces the launch of Proterra® Crumbles, a line of chef-seasoned plant-based protein crumbles developed for foodservice operations. Ready to serve in just minutes, Proterra pea protein crumbles can help cafeterias meet growing consumer demand for plant-based foods that are both flavorful and satisfying.
Proterra's global-inspired flavors –Zesty Chimichurri and Savory Barbacoa, with more flavors under development – are the basis for versatile dishes that can be served throughout the day.
The new product line is MGP's first for the foodservice channel...
FarmBox Foods Launches Indoor Farm That Grows Livestock Feed
FarmBox Foods LLC is excited to announce the official launch of its Hydroponic Fodder Farm.
The company will host a public open house from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 27 at 5389 Plum Ave. in Sedalia, CO. Guided tours of the new indoor farm — the third product line offered by FarmBox Foods — will be provided. Attendees will also receive a tour of the company's other tech-assisted, containerized farms: the Vertical Hydroponic Farm and Gourmet Mushroom Farm.
What exactly is fodder? It's a nutrient-dense hay that's used as a dietary supplement...
Steakholder Foods™ Reports Financial Results for Q2 2022 and Provides Business Update
Steakholder Foods, formerly MeaTech 3D Ltd., an international deep-tech food company at the forefront of the cultured meat industry, today released its financial results for Q2 2022 and provided a business update.
Steakholder Foods is developing high quality beef, chicken, pork, and seafood products made from animal cells rather than farm-raised animals — as whole cuts, ground and raw materials — that are safer and with significantly less impact than conventional meat.
Q2 2022 Financial Results Summary
- Research and development expenses totaled...
Steakholder Foods Initiates Cultured Pork Development Using a Porcine Cell Line
Steakholder Foods Ltd., an international deep-tech food company at the forefront of the cultured meat industry, is pleased to announce that it will begin developing cultured pork products from a new line of iPS porcine cells.
The new stem cell line was derived from sampled cells that were reprogrammed back into an embryonic-like pluripotent state. This enables one cell bank to become an unlimited and highly scalable source for developing any type of muscle or fat cells for cultured meat production.
Steakholder Foods has partnered with a...
Calling All Food Creators: Partner with Mealco to Launch Your Virtual Restaurant Brand
Mealco, a food-tech start-up focused on creating value for food brands, restaurant operators and customers, announced today a new initiative to identify food creators – both established brands and emerging chefs – to join its exclusive "Brand Innovators'' program. Mealco will be selecting the best-of-the-best to expand its network of culinary innovators and help them penetrate new markets and enhance their brands. New creators will join an existing slate of esteemed brand innovators that include Hillary Sterling's Cayenne, Ken Gordon's Mochidoki...
Wendy's Announces Innovative New Global Restaurant Design Standard: "Global Next Gen"
The Wendy's Company announced today a new global restaurant design standard, Global Next Gen, for enhanced customer, crew and digital experiences. Beginning Fall 2022, Wendy's® new traditional restaurant builds will feature a sleek and modern design with an optimized layout and next-generation technology to deliver more Wendy's to more people with an emphasis on convenience, speed and accuracy.
"To accelerate our business and expand our footprint across the globe, we must consistently meet the needs of our customers however they chose to engage with Wendy's, whether that's..."
Nick Calderon Joins GrubMarket as Director of Software Services, Strategic Accounts
GrubMarket, Inc. announced today that Nick Calderon, former Implementation Manager and Senior Consultant at Famous Software, will join its software team as Director of Software Services, Strategic Accounts for its flagship product, WholesaleWare. Nick will report to GrubMarket's Chief Software Officer, Genevieve Wang, and be responsible for implementations and training of WholesaleWare. WholesaleWare is the produce and protein industry's newest and most innovative ERP software and inventory management system. Nick, leveraging his wealth of experience, will help this leading technology through its next phase of continued exponential growth...
GOOD Meat Partners with Industry Leader to Build the First Large-Scale Cultivated Meat Facility
GOOD Meat, the cultivated meat division of Eat Just, Inc., a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology on a mission to create healthier, more sustainable foods, announced today that it signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with ABEC, Inc. to design, manufacture, install and commission the largest known bioreactors for avian and mammalian cell culture. With a long history of bioprocess equipment innovation, ABEC has the most experience and largest capacity in the biotech industry.
Ten 250,000-liter bioreactors will form the foundation...
Remy Robotics Exits Stealth Mode with Launch of Third Autonomous Robotic Kitchen
Remy Robotics, a food technology startup leading the disruption of delivery-only restaurants through the use of adaptive robotics and culinary engineering, today exited stealth mode with the opening of a third autonomous robotic kitchen. With over 60,000 robot-cooked dishes sold and top customer ratings across all major delivery apps, Remy Robotics is now ready to expand its delivery-only restaurant business with more brands and more locations. The company's successful track record means it is now ready to offer its autonomous robotic kitchen platform to other...
Robert Downey Jr.'s FootPrint Coalition Ventures Joins Motif FoodWorks
Motif FoodWorks, the Boston-based food technology company making plant-based food better tasting and more nutritious, today announced an investment by Robert Downey Jr.'s FootPrint Coalition Ventures. Along with the investment, the companies will partner on the development of new-to-the-world plant-based food forms.
Separately, Motif also unveiled an expanded product portfolio—in addition to its food technologies—for foodservice providers, distributors, and retailers with private labels. The new products include finished alternative beef, pork and chicken formats that feature its breakthrough food-technologies...
Nowadays Closes $7 Million Seed Round to Accelerate Health-Focused, Plant-Based Chicken
Health-focused plant-based meat company Nowadays closed its oversubscribed Seed round, raising just shy of $10 million to-date to support commercialization of new plant-based chicken innovation, scale its proprietary whole-cut technology platform, and expand distribution.
Currently, the company offers crispy plant-based chicken nuggets that have a classic fried chicken taste and texture made with only seven simple and sustainable ingredients. Nowadays emerges from its latest round of funding with one of the highest valuations for a company in its category...
American Airlines Center Scores with Fully Integrated, Autonomous Food & Beverage Destinations
American Airlines Center today announced the opening of two new frictionless food and beverage experiences. In collaboration with hospitality partner Levy and its innovation studio, DBK Studio, The Center has opened a new Market To-Go shop on the arena’s Terrace Level, with a second location on the Main Concourse of the arena to open later this month.
Powered by autonomous retail technology from Standard AI and mobile payment technology from SpotOn, the markets are among the first food and beverage destinations at a North American sports venue that...
European Commission Approves JUST Egg's Key Ingredient as Brand Plans Fourth Quarter Launch
Eat Just, Inc., a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology on a mission to create healthier, more sustainable foods, announced today that the key ingredient in its popular plant-based JUST Egg products has received approval from the European Commission. The landmark approval for mung bean protein paves the way for the launch of JUST Egg in Europe in the fourth quarter of this year.
This decision means America’s fastest-growing egg brand can enter the market in countries belonging to the European Union and...
Marco's Pizza® Tests Automated Voice-to-Text Ordering Using Conversational AI
Marco's Pizza, one of the nation's fastest-growing pizza brands, announced a 50-store pilot of its proprietary voice-to-text ordering system with the goal of a systemwide rollout by the end of 2022. The speech-enabled application uses conversational artificial intelligence (AI) which yielded 100% order accuracy in initial beta testing as well as increased employee and customer satisfaction.
The initial voice-to-order beta test started in Summer 2021 before moving into the pilot. Designed to provide a seamless interaction with customers, the system...
Convenience, Technology and Engagement are the Changing Face of Grocery Shopping in India
Grocery shopping has entered a new era in India, influenced by factors such as the fast-paced changes in technology and evolving consumer behaviour. Here, we explore the key trends that are influencing Indian consumers’ online and in-store grocery shopping habits.
Engaging experiences, convenient deliveryThe pandemic has given rise to a number of ordering and delivery services – bringing home-bound consumers everything from medicines to groceries. Two in five Indian consumers find using online grocery shopping apps convenient. At the same time, nearly two-thirds...
SpotOn Unveils Tools to Help Restaurants Boost Profit Margins in the Face of Inflation
Points of Profit” demonstrates how flexible, integrated technology can help restaurants break out of the 5-7% profit margin plateau.
- According to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, 42% of Independent Restaurants that did not receive RRF grants are on the verge of bankruptcy- SpotOn challenges the restaurant industry’s single-digit profit margin standards, offering guidance and complementary tools for owners and operators to boost profit- Calculator, whitepaper, and educational sessions offer real-world examples to help restaurants translate insights into action...
Tyson Ventures Launches First Open Innovation Call for Sustainability Solutions
Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods, announced today its first ever pitch event for sustainability entrepreneurs and startups. Tyson “Demo Day” will be held virtually on July 11, 2022, and selected participants will be invited to demonstrate how their solutions could help create a more sustainable food system. The goal of the day is to identify and ultimately invest in breakthrough, sustainable technologies that can help Tyson Foods reach its sustainability goals.
At Tyson Demo Day, the selected companies will virtually pitch their solutions to a group...
Kraft Heinz and TheNotCompany Create Partnership to Accelerate AI-Driven Plant-Based Innovation
The Kraft Heinz Company and leading food tech start-up TheNotCompany, Inc. announced today a joint venture designed to reimagine global food production and advance toward a more sustainable future.
The joint venture, which will operate under the control of Kraft Heinz as The Kraft Heinz Not Company LLC (“The Kraft Heinz Not Company”), will leverage the inherent strengths of both companies. NotCo brings its patented, first-of-its-kind technology and proven artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, while Kraft Heinz offers its iconic brand portfolio and scale...
White Castle Expands Partnership with Miso Robotics to Install Flippy 2 in 100 New Locations
Today, White Castle – the world's first fast-food hamburger chain – announced plans to further expand its work with Miso Robotics and install Flippy 2 in 100 standalone locations. The announcement is the latest milestone for the partnership, which began in September 2020 with the deployment of the original Flippy to a White Castle in the Chicagoland area. Following an upgrade to Flippy 2 in November 2021, White Castle's commitment to Miso's technology was cemented after seeing an immediate positive impact on daily operations and the...
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