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Greenest: India’s First ‘Hyper-Realistic’ Plant-Based Shami Kebabs Launch In Delhi

3 Mins Read Indian plant-based startup Upstablish Food Technologies has just launched the country’s first line of “hyper-realistic” plant-based meats under its brand Greenest. The range consists of high-protein plant-based alternatives to kebabs and is now available in Delhi. Looking ahead, the company will be launching its new line in more cities and has set its sights on […]

Madagascar: First Ever Indian Embassy To Go 100% Solar

4 Mins Read By: Malavika Vyawahare The Indian embassy in Madagascar went solar to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, becoming the first Indian embassy to embrace renewable energy. An 8 KW solar power plant was inaugurated at the embassy premises in the capital Antananarivo in the presence of the Malagasy Prime Minister […]

Billion Dollar Opportunity: Smart Protein Summit Highlights India’s Growing Alt Protein Industry

6 Mins Read The Good Food Institute India (GFI India), a nonprofit organisation supporting India’s burgeoning alternative protein ecosystem, recently hosted its Smart Protein Summit to great fanfare. Several key announcements were made during the course of the packed five-day virtual summit, including a dedicated investment and advisory platform for Asian food techs, the launch of an India-focused […]

Big Idea Ventures & Ashika Group Announce First India Alt Protein Fund & Accelerator

3 Mins Read New York and Singapore-based venture capital firm Big Idea Ventures (BIV) and Ashika Group, one of India’s leading retail financial services companies, have partnered together to launch a new investment fund and accelerator focused on supporting India’s alternative protein ecosystem. The new venture will begin running next year and will be supported by the Good […]

Q&A w/ BVeg Foods: “We Want To Become An End-To-End Solution Provider For The Plant-Based Industry”

9 Mins Read BVeg Foods aims to become a trusted and high quality co-manufacturer and distributor for plant-based meats both locally and globally as they building ecosystem fundamentals in India by addressing white space opportunities. By: The Good Food Institute India Innovation Specialist Shardul Dabir If the global plant-based foods industry is going to continue growing at its […]

Indian Fracking Companies Are Exploiting A Dearth Of Regulation & Causing Environmental Havoc

5 Mins Read By: Shashikant Yadav Corporations in India can explore shale gas reserves without obtaining environmental clearances. Oil and gas corporations have been allowed to begin drilling and other hydrocarbon exploration activities in India without conducting environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies or public consultations since the beginning of this year. The corporations are free to use any hydrocarbon exploration […]

Indian Fashion Entrepreneur Develops Ethical Vegan Wool From A Wasteland Plant

2 Mins Read Indian fashion designer and founder of Faborg has developed a new vegan wool alternative that is not only cruelty-free and ethical but sustainable too. Called “Weganwool”, the new fabric created by Gowri Shankar is derived from Calotropis, a flowering plant native to Asia and Northern Africa, which can be spun with organic cotton to create […]

Indian Government Solar Mandates Clash With Sacred Groves

4 Mins Read By: Rishika Pardikar As India moves toward ambitious climate goals, it is trampling on sacred groves in desert ecosystems. India has an ambitious target to generate 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022. Lands chosen to generate the solar component of this energy goal include the Thar Desert, a huge ecosystem in northwest India mostly located in […]

South Asia: First-Ever Climate Startup Week Kicks Off Virtually

2 Mins Read Climate Startup Week has just kicked off across South Asia, the biggest climate startup event that has taken place in the region. The week-long event is being held digitally, making it accessible to all despite the coronavirus pandemic, and will focus on climate and clean technology solutions across South Asia through virtual pitches, panels, talks […]

This Indian Startup Is Upcycling Floral Waste Into Vegan Leather

3 Mins Read Phool is an Indian startup using floral waste to make vegan-friendly leather materials. While vegan leather alternatives on the market might be cruelty-free, they aren’t always eco-friendly if they are derived from plastic or synthetic substances. Crafted out of natural plant-based waste matter, the company’s ethical solution embraces circularity and sustainability.  Called “fleather”, the biomaterial […]

Tata Starbucks Opens Two New All-Women Operated Stores In India

3 Mins Read Tata Starbucks, the joint venture that owns and operates Starbucks outlets in India, has just opened two new stores in Delhi and Mumbai that are entirely run and operated by female staff. The new all-women Starbucks stores are a part of the company’s initiative to increase the representation of women in the workforce.  Earlier this […]

Is India’s Food Bowl Going To Run Out Of Water? Experts Say It’s Likely.

5 Mins Read By: Gurpreet Singh Water-guzzling rice consumes more water than Punjab can recharge. If current irrigation rates continue, the state will empty its groundwater reserves within 20 years. Punjab, a landlocked state in northern India, has a predominantly agriculture-based economy that earns it the nickname the “food bowl of India.” However, experts worry that if the […]

Q&A With Myoworks: “In India The Transformation Will Be From Butcher To Cell-Lab & Beyond”

8 Mins Read Indian entrepreneurs like Myoworks Co-Founder Shubhankar Takle can power the country’s cultivated meat transformation. By: Good Food Institute India innovation specialist Nicole Rocque and Shardul Dabir As the global alternative protein sector continues to go from strength to strength, what’s perhaps most exciting to us across GFI’s network of nonprofits is the emergence of ‘tools’ […]

Bollywood Stars Genelia & Riteish Deshmukh Announce Vegan Meat Brand

2 Mins Read Influential actors Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh have just announced their new plant-based meat venture called Imagine Meats, offering a range of vegan-friendly meat substitutes tailored to the Indian market, such as kebabs, biryanis and curries. Alternative meat innovation in India is particularly crucial to meet the rapidly growing demand for protein healthily and sustainably.  Motivated […]

India’s Greek Yogurt Brand Epigamia Launches First Plant-Based Coconut Yogurt

3 Mins Read Epigamia, a Mumbai-based greek yogurt brand, has just revealed its new 100% plant-based yogurt line made with coconut milk. The product range includes an unsweetened coconut yogurt and a coconut jaggery flavoured yogurt. Epigamia cites the growing demand for healthy, plant-based and sustainable food options as the drive for launching its first plant-based line.  Epigamia’s […]

‘India Smart Protein Innovation Challenge’ To Foster Next-Gen Plant-Based Innovation

3 Mins Read The Good Food Institute (GFI) India, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to supporting the sustainable alternative protein ecosystem, has just created a new project to promote innovation in plant-based and cultivated foods. Called the “India Smart Protein Innovation Challenge”, the programme is open to all students, researchers and entrepreneurs, and will give participants a chance to […]