Food Tech


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    Motif FoodWorks

    Opinion

    Why plant-based meat is not ‘just another fad’

    We are too close to unlocking the full potential of food design and the secrets of taste and texture to pull back on the space now, writes Michael Leonard, CEO of food-tech company Motif FoodWorks.

    By Michael Leonard • Feb. 3, 2023
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    Michroma raises $6.4M to speed commercialization of natural red food color

    The company, which ferments bioengineered fungi to produce a pigment, received funds from General Mills-backed Supply Change Capital, Dr. Oetker and CJ CheilJedang.

    By Feb. 2, 2023
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    Trendline

    Maturation of the Plant-Based Meat Category

    While plant-based meat’s sales growth is slowing, investment and innovation in the space is continuing. There’s a lot coming into the space, from companies with new ideas to studies showing positive effects on sustainability.

    By Food Dive staff
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    How New School Foods uses new ideas to make raw plant-based salmon

    The research-focused startup is emerging from stealth with a $12 million seed round it will use to come to restaurants in 2024.

    By Feb. 2, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Will 2023 be the year food plays a role in sustainability policy?

    Policymakers are starting to connect the dots between the sector — which represents roughly a third of all emissions — and climate change. But traditional ideas about food are hard to change.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
  • Components of Tindle's Motel Chicken Sandwich meal kit on a white table. Sandwiches are in the center on a cutting board, with packages, sauces, coleslaw, info cards and a baking tray with patties.
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    New Tindle chef-curated meal kits elevate the plant-based meat experience

    The kits, available on Goldbelly, are part of a massive global consumer expansion of Next Gen Foods’ signature chicken analog product.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    Product digitization is the future. Here’s how to get started.

    Product digitization can perform an almost limitless number of tasks throughout your supply chain, from helping spot counterfeit goods to providing specific recycling instructions.

    Jan. 27, 2023
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    BetterSeeds creates GMO cowpeas to replace soy

    The Israeli company’s bioengineered plant could stand up straight and be harvested just like the commodity oilseed crop, which is harder to grow in hotter, drier conditions.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    Meati’s Mega Ranch opens, increasing its scale for a national launch

    Production at the 100,000-square-foot mycelium meat analog fermentation plant will equal that of a traditional cattle farming facility, pound for pound, the company said.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    From CPGs to food, your products need digital twins. Here’s why.

    What are digital twins and how they can unlock nuanced product insights while triggering automations that boost efficiencies and improve experiences.

    Jan. 25, 2023
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    How Believer Meats is building the future for cultivated chicken

    The company, formerly known as Future Meat Technologies, hopes to have its North Carolina commercial-scale facility operational — and approval to put its meat on U.S. consumers’ plates — by Q1 2024.

    By Jan. 23, 2023
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    Why you must digitize your products for today’s complex global supply chains

    Your brand may not know where the majority of its products are right now. And it’s not alone.

    Jan. 23, 2023
  • Several people plate and prepare small white dishes that include Aleph Farms cultivated steak in an assembly line.
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    Courtesy of Aleph Farms

    Cultivated beef can be kosher, Israel’s top rabbi says

    Aleph Farms is the first cell-based meat company to get an opinion on how its products fit in with religious dietary restrictions. It is working on similar reviews with Muslim and Hindu leaders.

    By Jan. 20, 2023
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    Ayana Bio invests $3M to create healthy ingredients from chocolate

    The biological research company will cultivate polyphenol-rich cacao cells to add nutrition to a variety of food and drink items — but will not make candy.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    Live Green Co adds precision fermentation to enhance recommendations

    The new division brings new proteins into the reformulations its Charaka platform is able to make.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    7 trends shaping food and beverage in 2023

    The year begins with a new focus on giving consumers what they want, from RTD cocktails to tech-enabled products to sustainability to better labeling.

    By , , Jan. 10, 2023
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    Sponsored by Almond Board of California

    The future of social media-minded manufacturing

    How will cultural context and social media trends shape new consumer demands?

    Jan. 9, 2023
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    Benson Hill sells Fresh division for $21M to concentrate on ingredients

    Agribusiness company IMG Enterprises closed on its Florida facility, real estate, and packhouse at the end of 2022 and will complete the transaction through a stock purchase this year.

    By Jan. 6, 2023
  • Moolec Science co-founder and CEO Gaston Paladini and some of the company's bioengineered plants.
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    Moolec Science begins trading on Nasdaq

    The company is the first to use a process it calls molecular farming — using bioengineered plants to produce animal proteins — to go public.

    By Jan. 3, 2023
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    How ADM helps other fermentation companies grow and innovate

    Through investments, expertise and agreements, the global commodities giant has worked with many startups, helping them transform their technology into food. 

    By Dec. 22, 2022
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    Genetically modified hens could end the culling of male chicks, tech company says

    Huminn said its technology could allow chickens to produce only female offspring, which may eliminate the costs of sorting and killing males in commercial egg production.

    By Dec. 22, 2022
  • Two sandwich halves are stacked high with deli slices that look like turkey made from The Better Meat Co.'s Rhiza protein, with a company logo flag on a toothpick stuck in one.
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    Maple Leaf Foods partners with The Better Meat Co. to develop mycelium products

    The agreement, which is the first in alternative protein since the Canadian meat giant cut back on its plant-based division, is focused on R&D and innovation with Rhiza protein.

    By Dec. 21, 2022
  • A cast iron skillet with four cooked slices of MyBacon sits on a beige round woven placemat with herbs and stones at the upper left, as well as a small dish of pink salt.
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    Inside MyForest Foods’ strategy to make mycelium bacon sizzle

    Research, ingenuity and inspiration to “do something useful” are leading the up-and-coming startup to eventually grow 3 million pounds of mushroom roots a year at its Swersey Silos facility.

    By Dec. 20, 2022
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    Hershey goodness is brought to you by solar power and science-based targets

    By setting aggressive goals, investing in innovative solutions and measuring impacts, Hershey aims to reduce environmental impact for the long-term sustainability.

    Dec. 19, 2022
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    Oobli launches protein-sweetened chocolate bar

    The company, previously known as Joywell Foods, has three varieties available for online presale, all of which have 70% less sugar than traditionally made competitors. 

    By Dec. 15, 2022
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    NotCo raises $70M to make its AI available to other companies

    The Chile-based company will build on its recent joint venture with Kraft Heinz to bring the power of its Giuseppe algorithm to an array of manufacturers.

    By Dec. 12, 2022