Alternative protein investments reached $5 billion in 2021

Investment in the development of plant-based meat, dairy and egg alternatives, cultivated meat and alternative protein fermentation companies reached $5 billion in 2021, according to the Good Food Institute, an alternative protein advocacy group. The figure is 61% greater than the 2020 investment of $3.1 billion. Source: Alternative protein investments reached $5 billion in 2021 … Read more

Chinese agrifood tech VC raises millions, invests in feed, crop technology and protein portfolios

Bits x Bites invests across the food supply chain, from precision agriculture, crop and animal health to protein alternatives and nutrition. To date, it has invested in startups that are advancing gene editing for high-performing crops, agricultural drones, low-GI carbohydrates, as well as cost-efficient cell-based meat production without an actual animal. Altogether, Bits x Bites … Read more

Leo DiCaprio invests in cultivated-meat firms Aleph Farms and Mosa Meat

Cultivated meat — which is grown from animal cells — is still in early stages and has garnered criticism from some greens, but DiCaprio’s involvement provides a boost from one of the world’s most prominent climate activists. Driving the news: DiCaprio will be investing undisclosed sums in the Dutch startup Mosa Meat, which made the … Read more

Finistere Ventures Launches New Agrifood Fund in New Zealand

Food tech-focused firm Finistere Ventures announced today the launch of its Finistere Aotearoa Fund done in partnership with New Zealand Growth Capital Partners. The $40 million NZD (~$28.1 million USD) fund will support early-stage companies developing technologies for agriculture, alternative protein, supply chain, and other areas of food tech. Source: Finistere Ventures Launches New Agrifood Fund … Read more

New Food Invest – online – 18 March 2021

The New Food Invest is a 3-in-1 conference format, catering for three different time zones on a single day: it provides convenient access for the Asian/Australian market followed by the European/Middle Eastern region and closes with a focus on the North & South American continent. Each NFI ticket grants access to all sessions and leverages … Read more

Spanish government invests €5.2 million in cultured meat project

The project was selected by the Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), which supports R&D projects of Spanish companies. San Sebastián-based BioTech Foods is a Spanish biotechnology company dedicated to the development of cultured meat from the cultivation of muscle cells previously extracted from animals.According to the company, cultivated meat is positioned as one of … Read more

Startup Secures China’s Largest Cultivated Meat Investment Yet

Joes Future Food, a leading Chinese cultivated meat startup previously known as Nanjing Zhouzi, has secured a CNY 20 million (around USD 3 million) investment from Matrix Partners China in their angel round. In November 2019, Prof. Zhou Guanghong and his team created China’s first cultivated pork at a research center on the campus of … Read more

Agronomics raises £10m to fund lab-grown meat companies

Lab-grown meat investor Agronomics has raised £10m from a share placing to continue to fund companies in the alternative protein market. The Isle of Man-headquartered company has established a portfolio of 14 companies – including Livekindly, Mosa Meat, Meatable and VitroLabs – at various stages of growth in the rapidly advancing sector. The oversubscribed funding … Read more

A €50 Million Vegan Cheese Research Facility Is Opening in the Silicon Valley of Food

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 … Read more