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Shaka Harry Shakes Up India’s Growing Vegan Market With $2 Million Seed Raise

4 Mins Read Shaka Harry, an Indian-based plant-based meat brand, has raised $2 million in a Seed funding round led by Better Bite Ventures, Blue Horizon, and Panthera Peak among others, including celebrity chef Manu Chandra. Designed around the Indian palate, Shaka Harry says it’s one of the fastest-growing vegan meat and snacks brands in South Asia. The […]

AAK X Vista Foods: Industry Leaders To Scale Plant-Based Meat Production For Indian Market

3 Mins Read AAK, India’s leading manufacturer of specialty oils and fats recently joined forces with food suppliers Vista Processed Foods to collectively use both of its resources to scale up innovation and manufacturing in the alternative protein sector to fulfill the country’s growing demand for plant-based meat alternatives.  Though India’s meat alternative market is in its early […]

India Has Potential To Become Sustainable Algal Protein Powerhouse, GFI Report Says

4 Mins Read India could become a major foundation for the global algal protein industry, a fast-growing sector in the sustainable protein supply chain, according to a new analysis. The report, released by the Good Food Institute India (GFI India), details the country’s unique opportunity to tap into its cohort of homegrown microalgae producers and optimal coastline environment […]

Diverse Crop Indian Plant-Based Protein Startup Proeon Lands Spot On Global Food Tech Accelerator

4 Mins Read Proeon, an Indian startup focused on plant-based protein ingredients, has been selected to join Scrum Ventures’ sustainable food global accelerator program. As part of the Food Tech Studio – Bites! program, Proeon will be connected with food industry leaders in the U.S. and Japan, including big players like Nissin, Nichirei and Ito En, which the startup […]

Greenest Expands Retail Offering, Aims To Be India’s Largest Plant-Based Meat Brand

4 Mins Read After launching India’s first homegrown brand of “hyper-realistic” plant-based meats late last year, Upstablish Food Technologies is now ramping up its presence across the country with new product launches and retail expansion plans in the pipeline for 2021. In the long run, the brand, Greenest, wants to become the “largest and most comprehensive portfolio of […]

Q&A With Supplant Foods: “We Can Get Delicious, Nutritious & Cost-Effective Protein Without Slaughter”

8 Mins Read Chirag Sabunani of Supplant Foods is deploying material science expertise to create unique plant ingredients, and taking a deeper look at food formulation with novel products like chickpea flour, and understanding how texture plays a key role in making meat ‘meaty’. Supplant’s mission is to supply these ingredients to plant-based companies across the world, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

VegInvest & Shiok Meats Co-Founder Sandhya Sriram Invest In Evo Foods

3 Mins Read India’s first plant-based egg startup Evo Foods has just announced new investment from vegan investment fund VegInvest and the co-founder and CEO of Shiok Meats, Dr. Sandhya Sriram. The news comes after the food tech welcomed veteran vegan founder Ryan Bethencourt as its first angel investor and advisor alongside US-Asia impact venture firm Big Idea […]

Asia’s First: India Plant-Based Egg Startup Evo Foods Announces Angel Investment

3 Mins Read India’s first and leading plant-based egg startup, Evo Foods, has recently welcomed veteran vegan founder Ryan Bethencourt as its first angel investor and advisor alongside US-Asia impact venture firm Big Idea Ventures. The food tech uses food science and plant biochemistry to develop a vegan egg alternative, which they hope will catalyse much needed disruption […]