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What’s the Verdict: Is Plant-Based Meat Healthy or Not? 

5 Mins Read In a recent analysis of nutritional profiles of plant-based meat and conventional, the food-focused think tank the Good Food Institute underscores the benefits of plant-based protein over the alternative. “No matter which way you slice it, plant-based meat has significantly more nutritional benefits than conventional meat,” says non-profit the Good Food Institute (GFI). “Whether it’s […]

ChickP Debuts Clean Dairy-Free Ice Cream Made From Chickpeas

4 Mins Read Israel-based ChickP Protein, Ltd., says it has created a tasty and additive-free dairy-free ice cream made from chickpea protein isolate. ChickP’s vegan ice cream follows the debut of a chickpea creamer prototype launched over the summer and an $8 million Series A funding round in January. Traditional ice cream making Using its signature chickpea protein […]

Oatly Restructures Amid Supply Chain Issues and Reduced Sales Projections

3 Mins Read Swedish oat milk giant Oatly is restructuring its manufacturing and reducing headcount in an effort to reduce costs. Oatly, the darling of the dairy-free sector, has announced plans to address supply chain issues and overhead following less than stellar third-quarter sales, the company said last week. Oatly saw more than $108 million in losses in […]

ICL Food Specialties and Protera Biosciences to Develop Sustainable Protein Via Precision Fermentation

3 Mins Read Specialty minerals company ICL Food Specialties, and Protera Biosciences, have partnered on an AI-backed tech to create protein-based products via precision fermentation. The collaboration between Israel’s ICL and Chile’s Protera follows ICL’s 2021 investment into Protera through its ICL Planet Startup Hub. Protera raised $10 million in a Series A last year. The companies say […]

Unilever Calls Dairy ‘Problematic’ As It Explores Ice Cream Made From Microbes

3 Mins Read Your favorite Unilever-owned ice cream products could soon be made from microbes. The company is exploring precision fermentation as a means to address its portfolio’s climate impact. Multinational food giant Unilever says it is investing in precision fermentation to bring cow-free dairy to its portfolio. The company, which owns the Magnum ice cream brand, Ben […]

Climate, Food and Agriculture, Why Are We Stuck?

4 Mins Read Food’s climate problem is getting worse and yet, we’re more stuck than ever. Why is it so hard? COP27 ended on a bittersweet note, with some achievements but mainly with a growing sense of frustration. For once, food and agriculture were given a more central place in the discussions. That’s good news, as only 3% […]

Cellular Agriculture Will Help FAO Address Food Emissions In Roadmap By COP28

4 Mins Read As attention turns toward agriculture in the fight against climate change, cellular agriculture emerges as an invaluable solution. During COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its plan to develop a roadmap for agri-food systems to better address the 1.5°C Paris Agreement climate targets. Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director of […]

Wilk’s Cell-Based Milk Fat Yogurt Gets Third-Party Stamp of Approval

2 Mins Read Wilk, the publicly traded Israel-based food tech company developing cell-based human and animal milk, says it has developed the world’s first yogurt made from cell cultures. External laboratories verified that Wilk’s yogurt meets all necessary chemical and biological requirements to qualify as yogurt. Wilk says its yogurt is a first-of-its-kind development using cell-based milk fat […]

Emerging From Stealth Mode, Opo Bio Puts New Zealand on the Cultivated Meat Map

3 Mins Read New Zealand has officially entered the cultivated meat space with Opo Bio’s NZ$1.5 million seed capital raise and first product launch. Opo Bio’s first product, cultivated cow cells dubbed ‘Opo-Moo,’ is now available for purchase by researchers, the company says. The company says its goal is to become the world’s leading producer of cultivated cell […]

Food Tech Company Me& Has Developed the First Fortified Human Breast Milk

4 Mins Read Australia’s first cell-based milk startup, Me&, says it is developing cell-based breast milk just like a human mother would. Me&’s cellular and molecular technology captures the inbuilt program in breast tissue cells allowing it to control the cell-based milk development and modify its composition to offer superior nutrition. The company recently closed an oversubscribed $2.5 […]

Nearly 40% of Chinese Consumers Are Eating Less Meat, Survey Finds

3 Mins Read A new survey finds nearly 40 percent of Chinese consumers are reducing their meat consumption—a move driven by health benefits, taste, ethics, and a ‘cool factor.’ The new research, led by Good Growth, finds that more than half (60 percent) of a sample of more than 1,200 Chinese consumers have tried plant-based meat, with more […]

Bel Group Will Bring Precision Fermentation to Laughing Cow, Babybel, and Boursin

2 Mins Read Following its investment in Standing Ovation earlier this year, the Bel Group says it has entered into an exclusive partnership with the dairy producer to bring precision fermentation into its catalog of products. The Bel Group, whose brands include Babybel, Laughing Cow, and Boursin, recently launched vegan versions of several of its cheese offerings. And […]

You’re Already Eating Foods With Ingredients Made Using Precision Fermentation, So Why The Fuss About Animal-Free Dairy?

6 Mins Read Precision fermentation has been around for decades, and most of us eat foods that contain ingredients made using the technology on a daily basis. Animal-free dairy makers are now using it to bring you the cheese and milk you love without the environmental cost. As the alternative protein industry matures, it is increasingly under attack […]

Indonesia’s Green Rebel Launches Into Plant-Based Dairy Category

2 Mins Read Following the first-ever dairy-free festival in Jakarta, Indonesia-based Green Rebel Foods has launched into the plant-based dairy category. Green Rebel is a leading producer of plant-based protein across Southeast Asia. Its new category launch, dubbed Creamy Crew, which includes cheese, sauces, and dressings, builds on its continuing innovation in the plant-based sector. The new range […]

With 8 Billion People To Feed, Does Alt Protein Need A Rebrand?

5 Mins Read Alternative protein has a naming problem. As a burgeoning global population gets hungrier and hungrier for meat, do we need to reframe the industry’s identity? I’ve been covering the alternative protein industry for over 6 years. At this point, I have read over 1,000 press releases detailing the mission of umpteen food tech startups, and […]

Breaking: Upside Foods Earns FDA GRAS Status for Its Cultivated Meat in ‘Watershed Moment’

4 Mins Read California-based cultivated meat producer Upside Foods has received FDA GRAS status for its cell-based chicken, becoming the first company in the U.S. to have its products designated as safe to eat. The milestone announcement comes after years of anticipation as cultivated meat companies, including Upside, have raised more than $2 billion in the last two years, […]