Meat / Protein

  • A small plant-based burger on a sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and cheese sits on a board featuring Meala's logo.
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    Meala develops clean-label methylcellulose replacement

    The Israeli company’s emulsifier comes from naturally occurring biocatalysts in plant proteins, and it says it gives products a more meat-like texture.

    By Sept. 29, 2022
  • Overhead view of two children's lunch boxes open on a wooden table, containing a variety of food items and packages of Smucker's Uncrustables Bites inside, with product boxes lying between them.
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    Uncrustables adds frozen meat and cheese bites to lineup

    The fast-growing J.M. Smucker offering is debuting smaller versions in Uncured Ham & Cheddar and Turkey & Colby Jack, which thaw in time for lunch.

    By Sept. 29, 2022
  • Impossible Foods founder and CEO Pat Brown speaks with a Zoom background of fires in the Amazon rainforest at an October 2020 press conference.
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    Impossible Foods founder Pat Brown to lead a new company venture

    The medical doctor and outspoken critic of animal agriculture will be heading a separate group dedicated to “transformative innovation,” Business Insider reported.

    By Sept. 28, 2022
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    Smithfield to pay $75M in latest pork antitrust deal

    This settlement, involving at least 17.6 million consumers, follows JBS’ agreement to pay $20 million to purchasers this month.

    By Sept. 28, 2022
  • Meat at a Safeway in Washington, D.C.
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    Meat prices lag inflation as volumes decline

    Meat prices were up by 7.6% in August compared with the same period last year, to an average of $4.65 per pound, according to a report by 210 Analytics and IRI.

    By Sam Silverstein • Sept. 28, 2022
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    Beyond Meat chief supply chain officer to depart

    Bernie Adcock, a Tyson veteran who joined the company in December, said he was leaving to pursue other opportunities. The company just suspended its chief operating officer following an arrest last week. 

    By Sept. 26, 2022
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    JBS hires its first sustainability officer

    Jason Weller joins the beef giant after serving as vice president of Land O’Lakes sustainability arm Truterra, where he led an effort to incentivize more climate-friendly agriculture practices through carbon credits.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Campbell Soup launches first major brand in 6 years: FlavorUp boosts

    The squeezable flavoring targets busy millennials who enjoy restaurant-quality meals. It will be the CPG’s first venture into the seasoning aisle.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Behind 5 food and beverage sustainability programs receiving USDA funding

    Tyson and Land O’Lakes’ sustainability arm Truterra were among the 70 projects that received grants to facilitate climate-smart agricultural practices.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
  • Hands put hot sauce on a large Taco Bell quesadilla made with chunks of plant-based Beyond Carne Asada.
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    Beyond Meat and Taco Bell to test plant-based steak option

    Beyond Carne Asada, created in partnership with Yum Brands, will be sold at select Dayton, Ohio-area restaurants next month at the same price as meat.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
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    Why Nestlé is confident its portfolio overhaul has primed it for success

    North America CEO Steve Presley said the CPG is in a stronger position despite an unpredictable environment after turning over 40% of its U.S. business to focus on faster-growing, trendier offerings.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    Leftovers: White Castle slides into burger snacks; Eat the Change chews let adults choose veggies

    The burger chain rolls deeper into the freezer aisle with bites based on its Sliders, and Southern chicken restaurant Zaxby’s puts its popular sauces into freezer pops.

    By Food Dive staff • Sept. 16, 2022
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    Inflation, supply chain woes weigh on spice maker McCormick

    The flavoring giant is among a handful of food and beverage makers to lower their outlook or report challenges to their businesses in recent months amid a volatile economic environment. 

    By Sept. 15, 2022
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    Food inflation continues to rise, even as pace of growth slows

    The Ukraine conflict and poor growing conditions for crops like wheat have increased food prices at home 13.5% during the past year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    By Sept. 13, 2022
  • Young African American biochemist using microscope while working on scientific research in a laboratory. The view is through the glass.
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    How Biden’s biotech executive order helps the food industry

    Bioengineering powers genetically modified items and the animal-free products made through precision fermentation.

    By Sept. 13, 2022
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    Consumers ignore dates on shelf-stable foods as they try to save money, study finds

    Shoppers are looking to get the most value out of what they spend on groceries, looking for discounts and trying not to let anything go to waste, according to Attest.

    By Sept. 12, 2022
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    Bird flu hits turkey supply ahead of Thanksgiving

    More than 600,000 of the birds have been affected since mid-July as farmers start raising turkeys for the November holiday.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Sept. 9, 2022
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    Egg and turkey prices likely to remain high due to avian influenza: report

    Factors like high labor and feed costs will make it difficult for producers who have had to cull millions of birds to bounce back, according to CoBank.

    By Sept. 8, 2022
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    Good Catch acquired by Wicked Kitchen

    The all-stock deal brings the plant-based brands created by brothers Derek and Chad Sarno under one company, while the seafood alternative maker’s previous owner Gathered Foods will concentrate on the development space.

    By Sept. 8, 2022
  • Plant-based meat at a Target in Washington, D.C.
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    Plant Based Foods Institute will promote the segment’s policy and business aims

    The new nonprofit, a sister organization to the Plant Based Foods Association, will use sourcing agreements, lobbying, research and foodservice to empower “broadscale change.”

    By Sept. 7, 2022
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    Why addressing methane from meat is the fastest way to reverse climate change

    Both incremental and transformative innovation are needed to help the world hit net zero emissions by 2050, writes Aleph Farms’ Didier Toubia and Karen Hopper of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

    By Didier Toubia and Karen Hopper • Sept. 7, 2022
  • Boxes of Simulate's plant-based chicken Nuggs, Tenders, Crispy Cutlet and Strips arranged on a white background.
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    Simulate launches Strips and Cutlets with an eye on foodservice

    The new plant-based chicken products are produced using high moisture extrusion, which can create a fibrous texture more similar to actual meat.

    By Sept. 2, 2022
  • An array of four baking ingredients in silver bowls sitting on a checked kitchen towel with a partial stick of butter, a wire whisk and a measuring spoon sitting near the middle.
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    Puratos partners with Shiru on egg replacements for bakery

    Through this agreement, the legacy ingredients company will be able to get functional proteins found by the food tech startup to market faster.

    By Sept. 1, 2022
  • Impossible Foods' Chili Mac on a white plate, sitting on a yellow tiled countertop with the branded box in the lower left corner.
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    Impossible Foods launches frozen meals

    The plant-based meat company’s new bowls feature different cuisines with its beef, chicken and pork alternatives as the main focus.

    By Sept. 1, 2022
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    Walmart acquires minority stake in processor Sustainable Beef

    The retailer, which has been building out an end-to-end supply chain for Angus beef, will help the rancher-owned company open a processing facility in Nebraska. 

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • Sept. 1, 2022