Meat / Protein

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    ADM, Benson Hill partner to scale high-protein soy

    By marrying the agribusiness giant’s scale with the food tech firm’s gene editing capabilities, the companies believe soybeans can reach their full potential as a plant-based ingredient.

    By Aug. 11, 2022
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    Food prices continue to rise even as overall inflation cools

    Food-at-home prices rose 13.1% year-over-year according to July figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, although a few factors could eventually ease the pace of growth.

    By Aug. 10, 2022
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    Maple Leaf cuts plant-based business 25% as demand fails to meet expectations

    The owner of Lightlife and Field Roast brands is “sizing the shoe to fit a new foot” as it aims to make its alternative meat unit profitable, according to its CEO.

    By Aug. 9, 2022
  • Packaging for Kellogg's MorningStar Farms Incogmeato brand.
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    MorningStar Farms sales drop 10% on supply disruption

    Kellogg said the brand’s “uncharacteristic” decline was mostly caused by issues at a co-manufacturer and the company is focused on restoring supply.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
  • A large package of Beyond Meat burgers sits in a shopping cart.
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    Beyond Meat cuts outlook and employees as sales and earnings disappoint

    As higher prices and inflation lead consumers to trade down at the grocery store, CEO Ethan Brown said the company is focusing on reducing its operational expenses.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
  • Groundbreaking at Tyson's Caseyville, Illinois, prepared foods expansion project
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    Tyson invests $180M to expand Illinois prepared foods plant

    As demand for snacking and breakfast offerings grows, the company is adding seven lines to ramp up production of its Jimmy Dean and Hillshire Farm brands.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
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    Firmenich and IFF open high-tech facilities to speed product development

    The Switzerland-based company’s new plant in California strengthens its U.S. presence, while IFF’s culinary design center in Denmark is part of its Re-Imagine Protein Innovation Program.

    By Aug. 4, 2022
  • Chicken meat in a grocery store
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    New USDA policy will reject some salmonella-contaminated poultry products

    The federal government will now test for the pathogen in breaded and stuffed raw chicken products, and plans a broader proposal to reduce illnesses from the bacteria in the fall.

    By Aug. 2, 2022
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    Pilgrim’s Pride plans fully cooked chicken plant in Southeast

    The news comes after the company saw a 96% jump in revenues for its prepared offerings in the last quarter.

    By Aug. 1, 2022
  • Five bottles of different Soylent flavors sit on the shelf of a mini-fridge.
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    How Soylent is bringing plant-based meal replacement into the future

    CEO Demir Vangelov says the company, whose successful evolution from a tech product to a nutritional supplement has invited acquisition rumors, doesn’t take itself too seriously.

    By Aug. 1, 2022
  • Plant-based meat at a Target in Washington, D.C.
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    Investing in plant-based proteins is the most cost-effective way to cut emissions, report says

    The study from Blue Horizon and Boston Consulting Group found that not only is food more impactful than several other industrial technologies, it's also the easiest to execute.

    By Aug. 1, 2022
  • A pair of hands works with fermentation equipment in Paleo's lab.
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    How Paleo is using biochemistry to bring plant-based mammoth meat to consumers

    The European startup uses precision fermentation to create heme commonly found in beef, chicken, pork, lamb and tuna — in addition to the long-extinct mammal — to make analogs taste more like the animal proteins they replace.

    By July 28, 2022
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    Laird Superfood enters snacking category with new bar

    While its functional foods with clean ingredients are on trend, the upstart has struggled since going public in 2020, with its shares down 91%.

    By July 26, 2022
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    Cargill, Sanderson and Wayne Farms to pay $85M to settle DOJ wage suit

    Days after the closing of Cargill and Continental Grain’s purchase of Sanderson Farms, the government accused the poultry processors of conspiring to suppress worker pay.

    By July 26, 2022
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    Cargill and Continental Grain close $4.5B purchase of Sanderson Farms

    The transaction, which was announced last August and creates the third-largest U.S. poultry processor, was delayed by a Justice Department review.

    By , Updated July 22, 2022
  • A person slices a Meati Crispy Cutlet on a white cutting board that sits on a coral-colored counter.
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    Meati nets $150M investment for expansion as products hit store shelves

    The funding will help the mycelium-based meat analog company complete its “Mega Ranch” facility, which will supply all Sprouts Farmers Market stores later this year. Chipotle’s venture fund was among the investors.

    By July 21, 2022
  • Hershey, Land O'Lakes dairy sustainability initiative
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    Meat and dairy investors say climate inaction threatens their finances: study

    More than half said they are not doing enough to make companies implement strategies like reducing greenhouse gases, according to a survey from Changing Markets Foundation.

    By July 19, 2022
  • A scientist stands to the right of Brevel's microalgae ingredient culturing equipment, made up of metal tanks and glass chambers with yellow substances..
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    Why Brevel says its microalgae will become the most popular alternative protein ingredient

    The inexpensive powder with a mild taste and high level of nutrition will eventually topple today’s standards of soy and pea in plant-based foods, the Israeli company’s CEO says.

    By July 14, 2022
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    Wheat's inflationary year

    Wheat and dairy punctuate 12.2% spike in food prices in the last year

    The increase is the highest in more than four decades, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but consumer costs seem to be moderating for meat.

    By July 14, 2022
  • Hands hold a hybrid plant-based and cultivated meat burger cut in half.
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    SCiFi Foods reduces the cost of cell-based beef 1,000-fold

    The company, which plans to make hybrid plant-based and cultivated meat burgers, used bioengineering technology to make cells that can grow in higher densities.

    By July 13, 2022
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    Tyson invests $90M to expand Mississippi plant

    The project, which will add more than 320 jobs, boosts chicken output for the processing giant amid heightened consumer demand for the protein.

    By July 13, 2022
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    Tyson uses automation and employee programs to meet chicken demand

    The poultry giant is working to improve efficiency as supply issues continue to mount.

    By July 12, 2022
  • Hands hold white protein powder made by Superbrewed Food.
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    Bel Group teams with Superbrewed Food to make postbiotic cheeses

    The French company is the first CPG to partner with the fermented protein ingredient maker. New products from the collaboration could be introduced next year.

    By Updated July 12, 2022
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    Sysco sues the four largest beef producers for price-fixing

    The wholesale distributor accused Cargill, JBS, Tyson Foods and National Beef Packing of working together to drive up the price of the protein.

    By Updated July 11, 2022
  • Scientists work at one of Motif FoodWorks' labs.
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    Motif FoodWorks lays off employees as it restructures

    The food-tech firm has let go of an unspecified number of workers to prioritize high-growth areas as economic conditions shift, a spokesperson said. 

    By July 8, 2022