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Sonalie Figueiras

Serial social entrepreneur Sonalie Figueiras is the founder & editor-in-chief of Green Queen, an award-winning impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change in Hong Kong with a mission to shift consumer behaviour through inspiring & empowering original content. She is also the founder & CEO of SourceGreenPackaging,com, the global wholesale eCom marketplace for sustainable packaging products, Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products, with a mission to make safe, quality food accessible & affordable for the whole planet. With over a decade of experience in publishing, digital marketing, organic trade and health & sustainability, she is an eco wellness industry veteran with a keen eye for market trends and a sought-after international speaker and moderator, sharing her expertise on stages across Asia and beyond, including TEDx and Harvard Business School.

Shiok Meat’s Sandhya Sriram Gets Personal: ‘As A Pioneer, You Have To Break A Lot More Barriers And A Lot More Glass Ceilings’

13 Mins Read Sandhya Sriram is co-founder and CEO at Shiok Meats, a Singapore-headquartered cultivated meat and seafood company founded in 2018 that has raised over $30 million in funding. Below, she talks to Green Queen‘s Sonalie Figueiras about where cell-based seafood is going, her views on the future of cultivated meat, how investors should be thinking about […]

5 Countries Prioritizing Low-Carbon, Plant-Forward National Food Policy

6 Mins Read National decarbonization plans require a focus on food-related greenhouse gas emissions and these five countries have put plant-forward diets front and center of domestic climate policy. It took 26 COPs (the international climate change conference where world leaders gather to discuss decarbonization plans and commitments) before food was officially added to the agenda, finally putting […]

HackSummit: The Climate Conference You Can’t Miss

8 Mins Read Green Queen’s founder shares her take on HackSummit, the must-attend yearly climate and food tech event that just took place in Lausanne, Switzerland. Should climate activists travel to conferences? It’s a tough question to answer. After all, most of us are drowning in flygskam and painfully aware that offsetting is somewhat of a greenwasher’s game. […]

Miyoko’s Creamery: Plant-Based Dairy Founder And Company She Started Agree To Resolve All Lawsuits And Withdraw Legal Claims

2 Mins Read Three months after the vegan dairy company filed a lawsuit against its founder and former CEO, both parties say they have resolved all disputes and withdrawn all legal claims. In social media post published by both Miyoko Schinner and the company earlier today, both parties shared the following statement: Miyoko’s Creamery and Miyoko Schinner are […]

WWF’s Peter McFeely On Planet-Based Diets: No Global Change Without Localized Food Systems

7 Mins Read The World Wildlife Federation (WWF)’s Global Head of Communications, Food Practice, Peter McFeely, talks to Green Queen‘s Sonalie Figueiras about the organization’s new Planet-Based Diets Calculator tool, why local change is crucial for global food system transformation, the difference between sustainable diets and healthy diets and the problem of overconsumption. What is the WWF Planet-Based […]

Is Using Insects for Protein A Terrible Idea? Here’s What You Need to Know

3 Mins Read Using insects as a source of protein has gained attention in recent years with enthusiasts presenting the idea as a sustainable and ethical alternative to traditional protein sources. However, the use of insects for protein is a problematic idea for several reasons, which we explore below. Eating insects is cruel and inhumane The methods used […]

Thai Union’s Alt Protein MD Talks Sustainable Seafood Solutions, Cultivated Meat And The Future Of Plant-Based

8 Mins Read Global seafood company Thai Union has made alternative proteins a key part of its future business strategy. Not only has the company launched multiple lines of plant-based seafood alternatives including vegan tuna under its flagship John West brand and OMG Meat, an Asian range featuring crab meat, shrimp dumplings, and fish nuggets, the Thai giant […]

Shack Shack Adds First Ever Vegan Burger Patty To US Menu Nationwide

2 Mins Read Fast casual burger chain Shake Shack has debuted its first-ever vegan burger patty in a new vegetarian burger addition dubbed Veggie Shack. Fast casual burger chain Shake Shack has debuted its first-ever vegan burger patty. The patty, made from a blend of vegetables and grains including mushrooms, sweet potatoes, carrots, farro, and quinoa, will feature […]

Steakholder Foods and Umami Meats Debut World’s First 3D-Printed Cultivated Grouper Fish

3 Mins Read In a global first, Israel’s Steakholder Fodos and Singapore’s Umami Meats showcase a 3-D printed grouper fish created using cellular agriculture. Steakholder Foods, a Nasdaq-listed company and a leader in the cultivated meat industry based in Israel, has successfully printed the world’s first ready-to-cook cultivated grouper fish product. The firm achieved this breakthrough by customizing […]

Vegan Meat Company Fenn Foods Becomes Australia’s First Carbon-Neutral Food Producer

3 Mins Read Queensland-based plant-based foods production company Fënn Foods has become the first certified carbon-neutral food producer in Australia, as certified by carbon consulting company the Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI). Fënn Foods was founded eight years ago by chef Alejandro Cancino and co-founder Paola Moro, who wanted to create affordable and delicious plant-based foods that are ethically […]

Israel’s Remilk Is Rethinking Dairy: “We Are Operating in A Space Of Oxymorons. We Are Making Animal Proteins Without Animals.”

7 Mins Read Green Queen’s Sonalie Figueiras talks to the Remilk team about precision fermentation nomenclature, the challenges of being a B2B company, why production facility availability is key, and working with conventional dairy companies.  On a sunny afternoon in Hong Kong in early March, I jump on a call with Remilk’s Head of Communications Shlomit DeLouya Solomon […]

Cult Ice Cream Brand Coolhaus Debuts Animal-Free Dairy Range Across Hong Kong

4 Mins Read Cult Californian artisan ice cream maker Coolhaus launched its animal-free dairy pints range yesterday in Hong Kong at Wellcome supermarkets after a limited release across 7-Eleven stores in March. The range features five flavors designed for the Asian market including Hojicha ‘N Boba, Cookies ‘N Creme, Taro ‘N Boba and Molten Chocolate and all of […]

“The Data Shows That Consumers Are Committed To Incorporating Plant-Based Meat Into Their Diets,” PBFA’s Julie Emmett Talks Industry Trends

7 Mins Read An interview with PBFA’s Vice President of Marketplace Development about the data from their latest report, the evolution of the US plant-based foods industry and where things are going next. US industry group the Plant Based Foods Association released their annual State of the Marketplace 2022 Summary Report this week, and the results were broadly […]

Babybel Maker Backs AI-Powered Climax Foods To Make Develop Game-Changing Plant-Based Cheese

3 Mins Read French cheese giant the Bel Groups is investing in and partnering with Californian biotech startup Climax Foods to develop AI-powered plant-based, sustainable and nutritious cheese products. French global food plater the Bel Group, known for its popular branded cheese products, has announced a unique partnership with biotech Climax Foods with the aim to develop a […]

9 Healthy Veggie Bowl Recipes to Fuel You From the Inside

4 Mins Read Your breakfast bowl is sorted, your lunch bowl is set, and now all you need are some healthier dinner bowl recipe inspirations. Whip up these healthy veggie bowls as the recipe intends or take inspiration and create your own. Happy eating! What are veggie bowls? There’s no official rule for veggie bowls, but generally, they’re […]

Vow Founder On That Mammoth Meatball: “We Needed To Do Something So Outrageous That It Would Break Through Into Mainstream Media.

6 Mins Read Green Queen‘s Sonalie Figueiras shares her reservations about Vow’s global headline-grabbing cultivated mammoth meatball event with company founder and CEO George Peppou in this exclusive interview. “We created the mammoth meatball to serve as a starting point for this conversation.” So writes George Peppou, the founder and CEO of Australian cultivated meat company Vow, in […]

Because Animals Sells Off “Discontinued” Products To Former Co-Founder To Accelerate Cultivated Pet Food Technology

4 Mins Read Cultivated meat innovation company CULT Food Science says it has acquired consumer brand assets and product formulations from cultivated pet food startup Because Animals. Because CEO Shannon Falconer says the company sold “discontinued” products to its former co-founder to focus on cultivated pet food acceleration. CULT Food Science, a publicly traded Vancouver, Canada-based cultivated meat […]

Exclusive: Former Outcast Foods CEO Darren Burke Named In Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination On The Basis Of Sex

7 Mins Read Canadian foodtech entrepreneur Marissa Bronfman says that after being recruited as co-founder for a new biotech mycelium fermentation company, she was subjected to a sexist work environment and was terminated by former Outcast Foods CEO Darren Burke for requesting that he hire a female scientist. Earlier this week, Green Queen received a PDF copy of […]