Food Tech

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    Biotechnology should be used to improve nutrition, sustainability and resiliency of food, Biden report says

    The new document sets out “bold goals” to improve areas that include human health and supply chain management. It follows a September executive order that made this kind of technology a national priority.

    By March 23, 2023
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    Race for regulation of cell-based meat

    Eat Just gets FDA clearance for cultivated meat in US

    Good Meat chicken, which has been approved for sale in Singapore since 2020, is the second cell-based meat item to get the first green light from the federal government.

    By Updated March 22, 2023
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    The Food Dive Outlook on 2023

    Continued volatility, a focus on sustainability and technology playing a bigger role in giving consumers what they want are playing a huge part in the trends we see for 2023.  

    By Food Dive staff
  • Future Farm launched its plant-based Future Burger in the U.S. in July 2021.
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    Why Future Farm is getting into plant-based milk and honey

    The Brazilian company known for its meat analogs is expanding its platform, making plans to provide varieties of many food items found on the farm.

    By March 20, 2023
  • Overhead view of a bowl of Shiru's OleoPro fat with a spoon lying on top of it. The background is green and features Shiru's logo.
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    Shiru launches plant-based fat as its first ingredient

    OleoPro, developed with the company’s artificial intelligence platform, combines proteins and unsaturated oil for functions similar to animal ingredients with less saturated fat.

    By March 16, 2023
  • A close up view of a rendering of Believer Meats' commercial facility. The entry portion is navy blue with many windows and Believer's logo. Lower beige wings with navy blue roofs are on the sides.
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    Believer Meats promotes its COO to the CEO slot

    Gustavo Burger joined the cultivated meat maker last year, playing a key role in building an operations team with CPG experience as the company builds a facility in North Carolina and prepares to launch. 

    By March 15, 2023
  • 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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    How The Better Meat Co. scrambled to meet payroll after the SVB collapse

    CEO and co-founder Paul Shapiro said a fast and unexpected loss of access to capital was one scenario the company wasn’t prepared to handle.  

    By March 14, 2023
  • Darko Mandich and Aaron Schaller stand at a colorful booth for the Mellody brand with a branded backdrop and a table in front of them with sample spoons of honey.
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    Food startups describe a ‘roller coaster of emotions’ as Silicon Valley Bank collapsed

    Many companies with accounts at the bank were showing off their products at Natural Products Expo West as news went out, sending many founders into a frenzy.

    By March 14, 2023
  • Front and back views of the packaging for NotMayo. It features a mayonnaise jar with a black label and lid, and bold magenta and white lettering.
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    Kraft Heinz and NotCo launch plant-based NotMayo

    The product is the second to come from the joint venture between the CPG giant and the food tech unicorn. It will get to store shelves this month before gradually expanding nationwide.

    By March 10, 2023
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    How Bonumose’s new tagatose facility moves better-for-you sweeteners forward

    The Virginia plant producing the rare sugar officially opened this month, making a supply of the healthier stand-in for sucrose available for manufacturers.

    By March 9, 2023
  • A cast iron skillet with cooked Impossible Beef Lite sits on a range with a wooden slotted spoon that was used to saute it sitting to the left.
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    Impossible Foods launches a healthier version of its signature plant-based beef

    Impossible Beef Lite, which is intended as a replacement for 90/10 lean meat from cows, has 45% less total fat than its animal-based counterpart.

    By March 9, 2023
  • Animal-free ice cream sandwiches made by Coolhaus and Brave Robot
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    Four in 10 consumers will buy food made through precision fermentation

    A recent study done by Hartman Group in partnership with Cargill and Perfect Day found the willingness to try products increases with education about how they’re made and their sustainability benefits.

    By March 8, 2023
  • Two cardboard containers with plant-based chicken on a waffle with scoops of plant-based gelato drizzled with honey on top, with branded Tindle toothpicks in front of the Tindle and Mwah logos.
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    Next Gen Foods buys plant-based gelato maker Mwah

    The buzzy company that created chicken analog Tindle led the seed round for the U.K. frozen treat maker last year, and will be showcasing its products at Natural Products Expo West this week.

    By March 6, 2023
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    Motif FoodWorks enters molecular farming partnership to produce its heme ingredient

    The food tech company is teaming with IngredientWerks to try to make Hemami in corn plants, a development that could save money and energy.

    By March 2, 2023
  • A hand holds a bundle of herbs above a fiery double-decker grill with Meati Steaks and Cutlets with grill marks on the bottom left, asparagus on the bottom right, and a frying pan of stir fry and corn
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    Meati hires CPG veterans for supply chain and operations

    As the mycelium meat analog company prepares for a national retail launch this year, Elizabeth Fikes and Joseph Johnston have been hired to run more traditional manufacturing functions.

    By March 2, 2023
  • A wooden serving board with small pieces of bread spread with cream cheese and topped with sliced cherry tomatoes and chives sits on a counter next to a tub of Daiya Cream Cheeze and other items.
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    Daiya’s new fermentation technology promises improved plant-based cheese

    CEO Michael Watt said items made using the new method will have a taste, melt and mouthfeel more like their dairy counterparts.

    By Updated March 1, 2023
  • A double-decker plant-based burger with pickles, red onions, mayonnaise, and red round slices on a poppy and sesame seed bun, with words explaining the ingredients.
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    Cargill enters alternative fats partnership with Cubiq Foods

    The co-development and go-to-market agreement was part of the agribusiness giant’s investment in the Spanish plant-based and cultivated ingredients startup last year.

    By March 1, 2023
  • Gaston Paladini holds a round dish with small plants in his hand in a room with shelves of similar small plants.
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    Moolec Science grows molecular farming awareness with Nasdaq debut

    The company, which went public through a SPAC merger late last year, is highlighting its technology and the opportunities it could bring to the food system.

    By Feb. 28, 2023
  • General Mills launched animal-free dairy cheese brand Bold Cultr in November 2021.
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    General Mills discontinues animal-free cream cheese Bold Cultr

    A note on the website of the first Big Food product to use precision fermentation dairy says the company decided to “deprioritize funding” for the startup brand.

    By Feb. 28, 2023
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    Finding and creating value in food waste

    Our system needs to be circular and mimic nature, where nothing is lost, writes Pete Pearson, global initiative lead for the food circularity program at World Wildlife Fund.

    By Pete Pearson • Feb. 27, 2023
  • A small cast iron skillet with Beyond Steak bites inside sits on a gas-powered hot plate with the product package and a dish of tortilla chips with dips is in the background.
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    Beyond Meat hits earnings expectations, but continues to struggle with sales

    CEO Ethan Brown said operational changes are starting to work, and reaffirmed the expectation to be cash flow positive by the second half of 2023.

    By Feb. 24, 2023
  • A black-rimmed white bowl with ground beef and Mush Foods' light brown mycelium ingredient sits on a wooden cutting board with a knife to the left and salt and pepper in cups to the right.
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    Mush Foods launches mycelium ingredient to blend with meat

    The Israel-based company says that its offering, a blend of roots from three kinds of mushrooms, can match the texture, taste and nutrition of beef in a hybrid product.

    By Feb. 23, 2023
  • Products made with Perfect Day's animal-free dairy proteins.
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    Precision Fermentation Alliance forms to promote understanding of the technology

    The new trade group, formed by nine leading companies in the space, is the latest industry coalition formed to promote an up-and-coming food technology. 

    By Feb. 21, 2023
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    Elo Life Systems raises $24.5M for molecular farmed monk fruit sweeteners

    The food tech company, spun out of Precision BioSciences in 2021, also is working with Dole on a disease-resistant banana.

    By Feb. 16, 2023
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    The Every Company whips up interest in animal-free egg ingredients

    Skyrocketing prices and dwindling supply due to bird flu is stoking manufacturer interest in replacing the commodity ingredient with one made from precision fermentation.

    By Feb. 15, 2023
  • A small white plate of scrambled Just Egg and toast with a fork resting on it sits on a white marble surface. A coffee cup, salt and pepper shakers, a Just Egg bottle and skillet are nearby,
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    How Just Egg delivers as the market scrambles

    The plant-based substitute has seen record velocities and increased demand in recent months, but leaders say it hasn’t changed the company’s mission.

    By Feb. 13, 2023