Faux Leather, Real Money: Fabric Funding Sizzles As Startups Spin Out Cell-Grown Leather And More

This week was a case in point, with Silicon Valley-based VitroLabs, a developer of cell-cultivated leather, closing on $46 million in a Series A funding round. Agronomics led the financing, joined by a list of backers including Khosla Ventures and Leonardo DiCaprio. Source: Faux Leather, Real Money: Fabric Funding Sizzles As Startups Spin Out Cell-Grown … Read more

M-Food co-founder argues Europe’s insect food ingredients boom has “higher potential than plant-based”

With the two insect species having been granted Novel Food authorizations in the EU, FoodIngredientsFirst speaks to M-Food’s co-founder Dave van der Pasch about the insect-based ingredients company’s forecast for this burgeoning sector. “The possibilities are almost endless, giving insect consumption an even higher potential than the plant-based meat revolution,” he argues. Source: M-Food co-founder … Read more

Albert Heijn to go majority plant-based by 2030

Albert Heijn, the Netherlands’ largest supermarket chain, has pledged to expand its plant-based range to more than half of its total offering by 2030. The aim of this move is to make plant-based eating more affordable and accessible to all, according to the supermarket, and will involve adding more than 150 new products to its … Read more

Libre Foods Closes $2.5 Million Seed Round, Plant Alt Bacon Launch Across Europe

Barcelona biotech startup Libre Foods has announced the closure of a $2.5 million seed round to scale its mushroom bacon, with plans for whole cut chicken and steak in the works. The round was led by Green Generation Fund and counted return investors Good Seed Ventures, alongside ProVeg International and Veg Capital. Source: Libre Foods … Read more

What Will the Future of Plant-Based Meat Look Like?

In late 2021, Impossible Foods announced a record-breaking $500 million investment round to fuel the future of plant-based protein ahead of an anticipated IPO in early 2022. The decade-old startup is gaining ground on rival Beyond Meat, a publicly traded company that’s experienced some stock market fluctuations due to the pandemic. But with such impressive … Read more

5 plant-based food trends and innovations for 2022 – Food Matters Live

Offer and demand for plant-based food is growing rapidly and exponentially and 2022 will see this market grow even further. Whilst almost all types of food are available in vegan form these days, there are still some areas that need further research and development, such as fish and cheese alternatives. This coming year more proteins … Read more

A cow’s worth of protein every two minutes – how fermentation could feed millions

Sustainable protein companies are building on age-old methods of making products like tempeh to produce foods that deliver the distinctive flavours and textures of animal products, without farming animals. Innomy and Libre Foods in Spain, Sweden’s Mycorena, Germany’s Mushlabs and The Protein Brewery in the Netherlands are just some of the European startups using fermentation … Read more