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Q&A w/ AgFunder’s Louisa Burwood-Taylor, AgriFood Expert & Journalist

6 Mins Read Green Queen founder Sonalie Figueiras recently chatted with Louisa Burwood-Taylor, AgFunder’s Head of Media & Research, about what makes an interesting story, covering portfolio company competitors, the rise of angel investing, and whether or not hype is a good thing. What started out as a newsletter a decade ago is now a US$150+ million agri-food-tech […]

‘We Can All Win’- Early Alt Protein VC Chris Kerr Talks Overhype, The Role Of Media And Why Success Is About Sticking To The Basics

17 Mins Read A few weeks, I sat down (via Zoom) with Chris Kerr to talk about the alternative protein industry. Chris is the founding partner and Chief Investment Officer at Unovis Capital Management and their early-stage venture capital fund New Crop Capital to. Their investment thesis revolves around identifying companies that are successfully creating products that can […]

‘We Need To Find Solutions That Work For Everyone’ – A Chat with Chris Huriwai and Amy Taylor of ‘Milked’ Documentary

10 Mins Read Vegan Māori activist Chris Huriwai and director Amy Taylor talk about the film ‘Milked’ and how it exposes New Zealand’s multibillion-dollar dairy industry, the ongoing cover-up of its environmental and ethical track record. and where we go from here. The New Zealand dairy industry is worth close to $8 billion. It is home to some of […]

From 0 to 130M in 16 months: TiNDLE’s Andre Menezes Is Taking On The World’s Most Consumed Meat And So Far, He’s Winning

5 Mins Read Andre Menezes is the co-founder and CEO of Next Gen Foods, maker of vegan chicken TiNDLE, currently served at over 200 restaurants across six international cities. Today, the company announced a record-breaking $100 million Series A, the largest such round in the plant-based meat sector. We spoke to Menezes about why investors love Next Gen, […]

$2 Million Strong: How Vegan Baby Food Startup Mamamade Overcame Investment Machismo To Serve Busy Parents Better

5 Mins Read UK-based Mamamade is making history, as well as healthy baby food. The organic, plant-based infant meal company has just revealed a 300 percent oversubscribed crowdfunding raise on the Seedrs platform, bringing in £1.5 million ($2 million). Executives from Allplants, Made.com and Bulb, amongst others, participated. The baby food market is worth over $60 billion, with […]

Chef and Storyteller Priyanka Naik On Tiffins, Vegan South Indian Food, and Why Sustainable Traveling Matters

7 Mins Read South-Indian-American Chef Priyanka Naik is a self-taught vegan cook with a popular cooking blog. Her authenticity in representing Indian culture through food, colour and travel has earned her a glut of fans, celebrity status in the foodie world and a book deal. Her just released cookbook The Modern Tiffin: On-The-Go Vegan Dishes With Global Flair […]

A Chat w/ Brinc x Halo Impact On Their New Accelerator

4 Mins Read Hong Kong-headquartered investor and accelerator Brinc has just partnered with Halo Impact to launch a new Circular Economy Accelerator Program. Dedicated to tech-forward circular economy solutions across a number of industries, the new program will accelerate much-needed solutions for everything from renewables to sustainable packaging with startups receiving up to $100,000 in funding and access […]

Vegan Chicken Brand VFC: Why We Banned The Term ‘Plant-Based’ In Our Marketing

5 Mins Read VFC, the vegan chicken brand co-founded by Veganuary’s Matthew Glover and chef Adam Lyons, doesn’t ever use the term “plant-based”. This is in stark contrast to the marketing approach of many alt-protein brands across the globe, which have done the opposite and favoured “plant-based” while shunning the word “vegan”. We wanted to know more about […]

Soybean Innovator Benson Hill’s CEO: ‘I Don’t Think You Can Get To Parity Level With Meat Without Ingredient Innovation’

12 Mins Read Matt Crisp is the CEO of Benson Hill, the company using AI to create sustainable foods and ingredients. Based in St Louis, Missouri, the firm describes itself as a “crop design” company combining AI, data analytics, food science and plant biology to unlock the ingredients that can be used to make novel sustainable proteins. Recently, […]

Q&A w/ Chef Toshio Tanahashi: The Shojin Master On That Eleven Madison Park Menu, The Controversy Of Plant-Based & Why We Must Respect Plants

10 Mins Read Chef Toshio Tanahashi is a master in shojin ryori, one of the oldest culinary traditions in Japan. Based in Okinawa, the southernmost part of Japan, the renowned shojin chef, who trained under Zen buddhist monks, is famously known as a “vegetable whisperer” with a wealth of knowledge and experience about pure plant-based cuisine before it […]

The Biggest Obstacle In The Climate Fight? Not Enough Women Leaders – Q&A w/ She Changes Climate Co-Founder Bianca Pitt

5 Mins Read She Changes Climate was founded in 2020 by Bianca Pitt, Antoinette Vermilye and Elise Buckle, with a mission to bring diversity into the COP international climate negotiations. Right now, the organisation is laser focused on broadening inclusion at the upcoming COP26 in November, with a goal to achieve a 50:50 split between men and women […]