For such a small country, Israel has a disproportionately high number of alternative meat startups – over 50, according to Nir Goldstein, the managing director of the Good Food Institute Israel. This should come as no surprise: Israel’s startup ecosystem frequently ranks among the best in the world. But there is ample support for alt-meat innovation in particular. “The market is so hot that we don’t know of any alt-protein startup that hasn’t been able to raise seed funding,” says Goldstein.
In January, Aleph Farms signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mitsubishi Corporation’s Food Industry Group to explore the potential of cultivated meat in the increasingly meat-hungry Japan.“This MoU implements specific action items on future consumer acceptance and regulatory pathways. The end goal would be to manufacture and market cultivated meat to the Japanese consumers,” Toubia explained.
A €50 million facility dedicated to developing new vegan cheese, butter, and other dairy-free products is opening in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The city has been dubbed the “Silicon Valley” of food.The Upfield Group, parent company to Greek vegan cheese brand Violife and plant-based margarine brand Flora, announced the Upfield Food Science Centre last month. It hopes to open the facility before the end of 2021.