Meat / Protein

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    Motif FoodWorks continues to challenge Impossible Foods’ patents

    After the European Patent Office revoked one of the plant-based meat maker’s patents, the food tech company objected to four others filed in the U.S.

    By Dec. 7, 2022
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    Consumers want specific health and wellness benefits in their products in 2023, study finds

    Just being healthy or functional alone won’t be enough for food and beverage offerings next year, Tastewise says after analyzing billions of social media interactions, restaurant menus and recipes. 

    By Dec. 5, 2022
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    Meat sector looks for opportunities amid headwinds

    Meat producers like JBS and Tyson are looking for new ways to operate as they face major challenges, including inflation, supply chain constraints and shifting regulations.

    By Food Dive staff
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    Leftovers: Hershey bursts into Hot Chocolate Bombs; Premier Protein flips for pancakes

    The confection and snacking giant is bringing its own spin to the wintertime drink, and Kraft Heinz hopes its Lunchables Holiday Packs will give parents the gift of more time to prepare presents. 

    By Food Dive Staff • Dec. 2, 2022
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    A taste of Food Dive’s best stories

    From the struggles of plant-based meat to Kellogg’s proposed split, Food Dive writes about the news that moves the CPG industry.

    By Food Dive Staff • Dec. 2, 2022
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    Post’s Michael Foods to offer verified carbon reduced eggs in 2023

    The company is partnering with supplier Do Good Foods, and will quantify the impact each foodservice buyer’s purchase had on climate change. 

    By Dec. 2, 2022
  • Tyson CFO pleads not guilty to criminal trespass, intoxication charges: reports

    The company has drawn criticism from some corporate governance experts who felt it should have taken a more aggressive stance on the arrest of its newly minted financial chief.

    By Elizabeth Flood • Dec. 1, 2022
  • Sixty Kroger stores tested sales of plant-based meat in the meat section in early 2020, in connection with the Plant Based Foods Association.
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    Plant-based consumers spend less on meat and dairy, study finds

    Using Kroger shopper data, insights firm 84.51° and the Plant Based Foods Institute found many people who bought alternative products in 2020 kept buying them in 2021.

    By Dec. 1, 2022
  • Several workers in protective gear work on a meat production line with plastic dividers between them.
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    Tyson managers fired for COVID-19 betting pool sue for incentive pay

    The former supervisors at the plant in Waterloo, Iowa demand a total of $300,000, saying they deserve bonuses from when the facility met production targets.

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    McDonald’s sues meat companies for accusations of pork price-fixing

    Smithfield, Tyson, JBS and Hormel are among the processors the fast food giant claims have worked together since 2008 to inflate the price of pork.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    Meat companies conspired to set wages low, lawsuit claims

    The proposed class action case says red meat firms had secret meetings to keep employee pay and benefits the same, while pork processors used a service to get compensation information.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
  • A Cargill meatpacking plant is pictured on April 17, 2020 in Fort Morgan, Colorado.
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    Cargill names insider as new CEO

    COO Brian Sikes will become the 10th leader of the global protein and ingredients giant on Jan. 1. Current chief executive David MacLennen will transition to executive chairman.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
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    Leftovers: Sipping lasagna with Stouffer’s Bloody Mary Mix; Spam brings figgy pudding across the pond

    The Nestlé brand brings savory flavors to a cocktail glass, and Stuffed Puffs coats its new marshmallow snack with crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

    By Food Dive staff • Nov. 18, 2022
  • A Beyond Meat double cheeseburger with a toothpick flag of the company's logo sits on a counter.
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    Deep Dive

    How can plant-based meat get back to growth?

    As business indicators have worsened, Beyond Meat and other companies in the space have tried new strategies — but analysts say they may have forgotten consumers along the way.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
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    Race for regulation of cell-based meat

    Upside Foods gets FDA greenlight for cultivated chicken

    The California company received the first U.S. regulatory approval of any kind for meat grown from cells. It awaits a decision from the USDA before it can serve its products to consumers.

    By Updated Nov. 16, 2022
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    Kodiak picks Campbell Soup executive for CEO post

    Valerie Oswalt, who succeeds co-founder Joel Clark in the top post, will oversee a fast-growing company looking to bring its high-protein, whole-grain foods into new categories.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Tyson will eliminate ‘difficult’ jobs as automation increases

    CEO Donnie King did not specify how many positions would be impacted, but said workers would be reassigned to open roles in the company.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Beyond Meat partners with American Cancer Society on research

    The meat analog company will help facilitate data collection to see if plant-based alternatives could be linked to the prevention of chronic disease. 

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Vow raises $49.2M to expand cultivated meat production

    The Australian company, which focuses on growing uncommon types of meat such as kangaroo, alpaca and quail from cells, plans to launch in its home country and the U.S. next year.

    By Nov. 14, 2022
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    Grocery prices post smallest monthly increase in nearly a year

    Food and beverage prices at the store rose 0.4% in October from the prior month, according to the government’s CPI report, with eggs alone climbing 10.1%.

    By Nov. 10, 2022
  • Three slices of Air Chicken are on a glass plate, garnished with a small radish and purple flower. The background is a blue sky with a few clouds.
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    Deep Dive

    From science to CPG: Finding the right team to go beyond the lab

    While scientific processes and developments are core to what food tech companies do, they need employees who can turn the science into a successful business.

    By Nov. 10, 2022
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    As revenue slides, Beyond Meat CEO outlines strategy to improve business

    CEO Ethan Brown said today’s economy has not been kind to plant-based meat. He’s aiming to return the company to cash-flow-positive operations in the second half of 2023.

    By Nov. 10, 2022
  • A rendering of Steakholder Foods' planned future facility: A large open room with windows. Three large bioreactors in the middle, with smaller ones, 3D printers and storage drawers arranged around.
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    From science to CPG series

    A five-part series examining the challenges food tech companies face when scaling up.

    By Nov. 9, 2022
  • People in food safety protective gear handle yellow plastic tubs on a metal table in the middle of a room with metal walls, tubing and fans.
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    Deep Dive

    From science to CPG: Adapting R&D to regulations — and eventually consumers

    As food tech startups grow, their focus needs to shift from scientific breakthroughs to meeting stringent manufacturing rules, as well as thinking a lot about the people who will one day eat their products.

    By Nov. 9, 2022
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    Fermentation leaders form Fungi Protein Association

    Companies including Quorn, MycoTechnology, Meati and The Better Meat Co. are coming together to advocate for alternatives that are not made from plants.

    By Nov. 9, 2022
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    New Tyson CFO arrested on trespassing, public intoxication charges

    The incident involving the meat giant’s recently appointed CFO — son of the company’s chairman — reignites concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

    By Grace Noto • Nov. 8, 2022