BIV currently runs four accelerator programmes per year in New York and Singapore. But with Bel on board, the US-based venture fund says it hopes to open an accelerator in Paris in 2021.For Bel, backing the New Protein Fund aligns with its commitment to ‘enabling a better balance between plant and animal proteins in food’. The group has already announced plans to roll out plant-based products within the range of its main brands, as well as under a new international brand.
Substantial markets for cultured meat exist in both countries, although German consumers are significantly more open to the concept than the French. Strikingly, cultured meat acceptance is significantly higher amongst agricultural and meat workers, indicating that those who are closest to existing meat production methods are most likely to prefer alternatives. We found some evidence that pro-cultured meat messages, which focus on antibiotic resistance and food safety, are significantly more persuasive than those that focus on animals or the environment.
Algaia, a French biomarine ingredient company specialising in seaweed natural extracts, has just completed a US$2.4 million investment round, which it says it will spend on developing a new range of seaweed-based solutions that can be used to create plant-based substitutes. The company has seen double-digit growth over the past years, as demand for seaweed-based ingredients skyrockets for vegan food applications.
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