Meat / Protein

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    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
  • A raw plant-based salmon filet made by New School Foods on a marble surface with lemon slices and herbs in the foreground and bowls in the background.
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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
  • A variety of plant-based meat analogs in the form of sausages, breaded patties, ground meat, burgers, meatballs and hot dogs in tiled green trays. Explore the Trendline
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    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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    Egg prices to remain high for as long as bird flu continues, experts say

    After prices more than doubled over the past year, producers are grappling with the impact of the virus while politicians and activists call for investigations into potential price gouging.

    By Feb. 2, 2023
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    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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    Deep Dive

    Food companies say they can reduce their emissions this year. Experts are skeptical.

    Academics and environmental groups say CPGs’ reliance on regenerative agriculture and carbon credits may not be enough to realistically hit their time-based goals.

    By Jan. 30, 2023
  • Machinery, including large tanks and piping, used for biomass fermentation in an industrial building with red tile floors. A few people in hardhats are near the equipment.
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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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    Tyson CFO pleads guilty to trespassing, intoxication charges: report

    John Randal Tyson, great-grandson of the meat company’s founder, was initially arrested in November.

    By Elizabeth Flood • Jan. 25, 2023
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    Perdue’s new chicken products lean into at-home cooking and snacking trends

    Flavor-Infused Chicken is fully cooked sous vide bites, while Chicken Plus Snackers are a flavor-forward extension to the company’s plant-based hybrid line.

    By Jan. 24, 2023
  • Overhead view of hands touching plates of chicken dishes, including a rice bowl and tacos, on a yellow table with a light brown cloth napkin, two glasses and a bowl of tortilla chips
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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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    Homeland Security probes potential child trafficking at JBS slaughterhouses, NBC reports

    A high number of minors the Labor Department found were illegally working for a cleaning contractor at two of the Brazilian meat giant’s plants were also migrants, officials told the network.

    By 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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    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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    Danone plans to reduce methane 30% by 2030

    Through its new partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund, the dairy giant aims to implement regenerative agriculture practices and influence governments to adopt more climate-friendly policies.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
  • Plant-based chicken strips next to a wooden scoop of beans
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    No Meat Factory raises $42M to expand plant-based protein manufacturing

    The Canada-based company makes branded alternative protein items for other companies, and seeks to offer its services globally.

    By Jan. 13, 2023
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    Beyond Meat chief brand officer departs

    Beth Moskowitz is the fifth executive to leave the publicly traded plant-based meat company since September.

    By Jan. 13, 2023
  • A stack of snack food packages from Mondelez International, including Wheat Thins, Oreos, Ritz and Sour Patch kids.
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    4 snack trends to watch in 2023

    Sales have stayed strong even as prices have increased thanks to innovation and increasingly on-the-go consumers. Will that momentum continue this year?

    By Christine Blank • Jan. 12, 2023
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    Tyson adds 150 more jobs to Illinois plant expansion

    The company broke ground on the $180 million addition to its plant — which will now add 400 new positions — in August.

    By Jan. 11, 2023
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    Impossible Foods hires chief demand officer to continue growth path

    CPG veteran Sherene Jagla is the first to hold the hybrid position that brings together aspects of marketing, sales, insights and product development for the plant-based meat maker.

    By Jan. 9, 2023
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    Small meatpackers get $9.6M from the Biden administration

    The administration will provide funds toward 25 projects across 15 states, which USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said will be targeted at areas that need them most.

    By Jan. 6, 2023
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    Digging for gold: Kodiak CEO aims to convince consumers it’s more than waffles and pancakes

    Despite competition from PepsiCo, Kellogg and other CPGs in the $47 billion breakfast category, new CEO Valerie Oswalt said her company plans to be more aggressive in promoting its oatmeal, frozen waffles and granola bars.

    By Jan. 5, 2023
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    Exclusive: PepsiCo to bring iconic chip brands into new snacking categories in 2023

    Cheetos-flavored pretzels, Doritos co-branded jerky and a cracker with one of its major chip brands will allow the CPG giant to change how shoppers view its snacks and increase occasions when they are consumed.

    By Jan. 4, 2023
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    Cal-Maine hits record earnings as egg prices skyrocket, but shares drop

    The largest egg producer in the U.S. said bird flu ravaging flocks led to a 110% year-over-year sales increase in its most recent quarter, but there are some signs prices of the protein could recede as the new year takes hold.

    By Jan. 3, 2023
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    2022’s top M&A deals in the food and beverage industry

    Last year saw companies turn to dealmaking as a way to quickly gain presence in fast-growing categories or strengthen their position in existing ones.

    By Jan. 3, 2023
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    Bunge to spend $550M on protein concentrate plant

    The Indiana facility, which will create about 70 full-time jobs, will make key ingredients used in the production of plant-based foods, processed meat and other products.

    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