Vion Launches Start-Up for Alternative Proteins

The demand for alternative proteins is growing. Vion invests in demand-driven chains. Alongside the sustainable production of traditional meat, a new part of the organisation,...

McDonald’s Joins Beyond Meat Bandwagon with Canada Tests

McDonald's Corp will test a new "plant, lettuce and tomato" sandwich using Beyond Meat's patties in some restaurants in Canada next week, following major...

Sustainability and Health Concerns Driving European Consumers Away from Meat

While meat sales volumes globally have increased by 8% between 2013 and 2018, and are expected to continue growing into the near future, Europe...

Nestle Expands Plant-Based Range in USA Switzerland

Nestlé is expanding its plant-based food range in the United States, its largest market, and in its home country of Switzerland. The launches come just...

Plant-Based Egg Maker Gains From Non-Animal Food Buzz but Lower Costs Key

Plant-based food startup JUST, shortly to launch its egg substitute in Europe as animal alternatives catch on, sees cutting costs as key to leaping...

Oatly to Open Manufacturing Plant in the Netherlands

Swedish oat milk company Oatly is opening a processing facility in Vlissingen, the Netherlands according to local press sources. It is understood to be the...

INSIGHT: US Consumers Raise Concerns about Healthiness of Ultraprocessed Veggie Burgers

New generation veggie burger companies Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger are disrupting the veggie burger and alternative meat industry, and other companies such as...

Beyond Meat Rival Impossible Foods Readies for Retail Debut in California

Impossible Foods said it would sell its vegan burgers at 27 outlets of Gelson's Markets in California starting Friday, as it looks to catch...

The Good Food Institute to Award USD 3 Mln. to Alternative Meat Research Projects

19 September 2019- Plant-based and cell-based meat advocates The Good Food Institute is launching round two of its competitive research grant program. With over USD...

Brenntag Signs EMEA Distribution Agreement with Axiom Foods

Brenntag Food & Nutrition has signed an agreement with Axiom Foods for the distribution of its plant-based products in EMEA, excluding UK & Ireland....

Plant-Based To Take On Traditional Meat in New Kroger Research Project

US supermarket giant, Kroger has announced a research partnership with Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) to determine how both plant-based meat and animal-derived meat...

Where’s The Fake Beef? Not At Kraft Heinz, Investors Worry

Investors are chewing out Kraft Heinz Co for failing to lay out a full strategy for how it plans to compete in the roughly...

Kraft Heinz Fund Invests in Dairy-Free Cheese Maker New Culture

Kraft Heinz, through its venture fund, Evolv Ventures led a USD 3.5 million seed funding round by New Culture, a San Francisco-based startup that...

Big Ag Wants a Cut of Booming Fake-Meat Market

Bunge Ltd, one the world's biggest grain traders, recently disclosed the 1.6% stake it had purchased in the fast-growing fake-meat startup Beyond Meat. The play...

Impossible Foods Says China Its Top Priority Meat Substitute Market

Impossible Foods, a California-based producer of meat substitutes made from plants, is actively working to speed up its entry into China, its number one...

Kroger to Sell Its Own Plant-Based Meat Products

Kroger Co on Thursday said it would launch its own line of meatless burger patties, as the supermarket chain tries to cater to a...

Hormel Foods Goes Plant-Based with New Alt-Meat Range

Hormel Foods announced during its presentation at the Barclays Global Consumer Conference that it will be taking on the alternative meat market with “Happy...

Tyson Ventures into Plant-Based Seafood with New Investment

Meat processor, Tyson Foods has announced the completion of an investment by its corporate venture subsidiary, Tyson Ventures, in plant-based shellfish maker, New Wave...

Kellogg’s Keen to Capture Plant-Based Meat Market with Incogmeato

Kellogg's is looking to take a bite out of the growing alternative meat maket with the launch of its own plant-based meat replacement product...

Burger King to Launch Meatless ‘Rebel Whopper’ in Brazil

Burger King will launch a plant-based burger imitating meat called the "Rebel Whopper" in Brazil in November, the company said on Tuesday, amid an...

US Cell-Based Meat Companies Launch Industry Association

03 September 2019- Five companies working on the cell-based meat concept in the US have banded together to form the Alliance for Meat, Poultry...

Euromonitor: KFC Goes Beyond Chicken

KFC announced a partnership with Beyond Meat to launch a plant-based chicken option being piloted at a location in Atlanta beginning this week. Numerous...

US: Cargill Invests Additional USD 75 Mln to Propel Pea Protein Production

Cargill has invested an additional $75 million in PURIS, the largest North American producer of pea protein. The investment enables PURIS to more than...

BlueNalu Plans for Groundbreaking of Cellular Seafood Plant in 5 Years

27 August 2019- The race to replace foods harvested from animals with equivalent tissues grown in labs has inspired startup ventures and funders around...

KFC to Test Beyond Meat’s Chicken Nuggets at Atlanta Restaurant

Yum Brands Inc said on Monday it will be testing Beyond Meat Inc's plant-based chicken nuggets at an Atlanta KFC restaurant. The quick-service restaurant is...

Nestlé Reworks Its Plant-Based Incredible Burger

The Swiss food giant announced that it will be introducing a newer version of its Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger to the European market this...

Australian Startup Working on Lab-Grown Kangaroo Meat

26 August 2019- An Australian startup called VOW has received a grant from the government of New South Wales in order to produce lab-grown...

HelloFresh Adds Beyond Meat to its Plant-Based Options

Meal-Kit company HelloFresh has added Beyond Meat to its menu line up across North America. HelloFresh’s meal kit customers can now order the first...

Beyond Meat’s Burger Heading to Spain

Beyond Meat, the US-based maker of plant-based meat alternative products, has partnered with Spain’s largest supermarket chain, El Corte Inglès, to bring its vegan...

US: Plant-Based Egg Alternative JUST Egg Available in Kroger Stores Soon

JUST Egg, an alternative egg product made from mung bean, is reportedly set to soon hit the shelves of all stores owned by US...

US: Motif Ingredients Raises USD 27.5 Mln in Funding

Ingredient innovation company Motif Ingredient has secured USD 27.5 million in funding in a round led by growth equity firm General Atlantic. As well as...

Danish Crown to Offer Plant-Based Burger before End of the Year

Danish Crown CEO, Finn Klostermann has announced that the European pork and beef processor plans to add a completely plant-based burger to its portfolio...

Plant-Based Foods Start-Up Emergy Foods Secures USD 4.5 Mln Funding

Colorado based Emergy Foods has secured USD 4.5 million in venture capital financing. The funds raised, the company said, will be used to set-up...

Smithfield Foods Launches Plant-Based Meat Products in Growing Trend

Meat processor Smithfield Foods Inc on Monday launched a line of soy-based meat products, joining an increasing number of companies catering to growing demand...

Beyond Meat Shelves Plans for Japan Push, Mitsui Says

Beyond Meat Inc has shelved plans to enter Japan, according to a Japan-based investor, focusing more on the U.S. market where it recently bolstered...

Subway to Test Beyond Meat Meatball in N.America

Subway Restaurants will test Beyond Meat Inc meatballs in 685 restaurants across the United States and Canada starting next month, the latest chain to...

Marfrig, ADM to Produce Plant-Based Meat in Brazil

Brazil's Marfrig Global Foods SA, the world's largest hamburger producer, said on Tuesday it has reached an agreement with U.S.-based Archer Daniels Midland Co...

Ingredion Invests to Expand Portfolio of Plant-Based Proteins

Ingredion, provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, today announced it will further expand its manufacturing and production capabilities in Vanscoy, Saskatchewan with Verdient...

Impossible Foods Launches Co-Manufacturing Collaboration with OSI

Impossible Foods launched a co-manufacturing collaboration today with global food provider OSI Group, one of the largest food producers in the world. OSI will begin...

Bunge Posts Profit on South America, Gain from Beyond Meat Investment

Agricultural commodities trader Bunge Ltd swung to a profit in the second quarter from a year-ago loss, helped by improved results at its South...

Beyond Meat Competitor Impossible Foods Receives FDA Approval for ‘Bleeding’ Plant Burger

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a key ingredient in plant-based burger patties made by Impossible Foods, a rival to Beyond...

Greggs Rides Success of Vegan Sausage Roll with Profit Jump

Vegan sausage rolls lured more people into the bakery stores of Britain's Greggs, helping drive a 58% first half profit rise as they also...

Beyond Meat Shares Crumble on Stock Offering Surprise, Demand for Meatless Burgers Soars

Beyond Meat Inc's shares tumbled on Monday on plans for another stock offering just three months after its IPO while demand for its plant-based...

Beyond Meat Net Revenue Up 287% in Q2

Beyond Meat, Inc., a leader in plant-based meat, today reported financial results for its second quarter and six months ended June 29, 2019. Second Quarter...

Unilever, Tesco, Nestle Ranked Top on Meat Alternatives – Report

Unilever, Tesco and Nestlé are among the best prepared to capitalize on the trend for plant-based meat substitutes, according to a report from an...

Dunkin’ to Add Beyond Meat Sausages in Breakfast Sandwiches

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc said on Wednesday it would add vegan burger maker Beyond Meat Inc's plant-based sausages to its breakfast menu at stores...

Midsona to Acquire Alimentation Santé from Ebro Foods

Midsona AB is pleased to announce that it intends to acquire the entire share capital of Alimentation Santé SAS ("Alimentation Santé" or the “Company”)...

Milking the vegan trend- A quarter (23%) of Brits use plant-based milk

• 33% of British 16-24s use plant-based milk alternatives in 2019. • Less than three quarters of 16-24s now use standard cow’s milk. • 40% of...

Brazil’s Monashees Buys Stake in Plant-Based Meat Producer Fazenda Futuro

Brazilian plant-based meat producer Fazenda Futuro said on Thursday it has received its first round of investments, led by venture capital firm Monashees. In the...

Conagra Expands Plant-Based Range

Conagra Brands Gardein is expanding its line of meat free options answering the growing demand for plant-based options as more people move to a...

GFI Reports US Plant-Based Food Sales Growing Five Times Faster Than Total Food Sales

The Good Food Institute (GFI) reports new data shows in the US the plant-based foods retail market is worth USD 4.5 billion, and in...

Blue Apron to Include Beyond Meat Burgers on Menus

Meal kit delivery company Blue Apron Holdings Inc said on Tuesday its menus would feature plant-based proteins from Beyond Meat Inc. The recipes will be...

On the Menu Soon: Lab-Grown Steak for Eco-Conscious Diners

Diners in some upmarket restaurants will soon be able to tuck into laboratory-grown steak, thanks to an Israeli startup that seeks to tap into...

McCain Partners with Plant-Based Start-Up NUGGS

McCain Foods, frozen French fries, potato specialties and appetizers, announces a new strategic partnership and lead investment in NUGGS, a New York based start-up...

The $280,000 Lab-Grown Burger Could Be a More Palatable $10 in Two Years

* Growing demand for meat alternatives drives research and funding * Production costs falling dramatically, say start-ups * Biotech Foods targets industrial scale production by 2021 *...

DSM and Avril Collaborate to Bring Plant-Based Protein to Food Industry

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and sustainable living, and Avril, an international French agro-industrial group, intend to work together...

US Partnership Plans CBD Infused Plant-Based Burger

North American Cannabis Holdings, Inc. and Kali-Extracts have announced plans to introduce a meatless hamburger infused with CBD in partnership with West Coast Venture...

‘Piggybacking farming’s reputation’- industry shouts down rip-off vegan ‘meat’

Farmers and industry leaders will not tolerate the use of meat-suggestive terms on plant-based alternatives if an amendment to ban their use does not...

What is a Beyond Meat Burger Worth to Hungry Investors?

U.S. consumers hankering for one of Beyond Meat Inc's faux-meat burgers can pick one up at the grocery store for about $3 a patty. That...

Fazer to Acquire Kaslink

Fazer Group has agreed to buy Scandinavian food products company Kaslink, including brands Kaslink Aito, Maire, Koria, The Vesi and Nordic Cuisine. No financial...

Plant Based Cheese Company Parmela Creamery Raises USD 1.25 Mln in Series Seed...

Parmela Creamery, a leader in cultured, plant-based cheeses, has raised over $1 million in a Series Seed financing round led by 25Madison. Other investors...

Meat-Loving Brazil Joins the Search for Plant-Based Alternatives

Beef-crazy Brazil, with its all-you-can-eat steak houses, world-leading meatpackers and more cattle than people, is not the first place you might look for plant-based...

Chicken Producer Perdue Enters Crowded plant-Based Meat Market

Perdue Foods, one of America's largest chicken producers, said it will sell frozen chicken nuggets mixed with cauliflower, chickpeas and plant protein to address...

Tyson Enters Crowded Plant-Based Meat Market with Blended Proteins

U.S. meat processor Tyson Foods Inc on Thursday launched its first vegan and mixed protein products as it joined a growing number of companies...

60% of Global Meat Market Will Be Made of Vegan Alternatives and Cultured Meat...

13 June 2019 - AT Kearney has projected that 60% of the global meat market will be made of vegan alternatives and 'cultured' or...

Beyond Meat Slides After Lead Underwriter Downgrades Stock

Shares of Beyond Meat Inc fell as much as 22% on Tuesday after one of the stock's lead underwriters, J.P. Morgan, downgraded it, saying...

No Meat Please! Nestle May Extend Plant-Based Burger Partnership with McDonald’s

Nestle could expand its plant-based burger sales partnership with fast food chain McDonald's beyond Germany and is also looking for other partners, the Swiss...

Jensen Meat Acquires Plant-Based Protein Company

11 June 2019 – Ground beef maker, Jensen Meat Company, has entered the world of plant-based alternatives by acquiring a controlling interest in startup...

Vivera Foodgroup Focuses Entirely on Plant-Based Market

Following the sale of meat company Enkco, Vivera Foodgroup is entering a meatless future with the remaining plant-based companies Vivera, Culifrost and Dutch Tofu...

Raisio to Invest EUR 45 Mln in Plant-Based Products Facility

Food company Raisio is investing an estimated EUR 45 million in the production facility developing and manufacturing plant-based added value products. With the investment,...

Euromonitor: Health Ambitions and Climate Concern Drive Plant-Based Diets

Consumers who are trying to eat healthy are likely to reduce meat intake in line with the local dietary guidelines. Meanwhile, climate concern is...

Beyond Meat Sees Sales More Than Doubling in 2019, Shares Jump 21%

Beyond Meat Inc, a maker of plant-based burgers and sausages, said it expects to more than double its revenue and report breakeven EBITDA this...

FOCUS-Beyond Meat’s Home in the Meat Aisle Sparks Food Fight

06 June 2019 - In a bid to directly compete with ground beef and pork sausage, Beyond Meat Inc bills itself the world's first...

Atlantic Natural Foods Secures Distribution Deal with Freedom Foods

03 June 2019- US plant-based product company Atlantic Natural Foods has formalised its distribution agreement with Australian health food company Freedom Foods Group. The...

Beyond Meat to Start Plant-Based Meats Production in Europe Next Year

28 May 2019- Vegan burger maker Beyond Meat Inc said on Tuesday it would begin making its plant-based meats in Europe next year, in...

Burcon to Build USD 48 Mln Pea and Canola Protein Production Plant

28 May 2019- Burcon NutraScience Corporation is entering a joint venture partnership with an investor group to build a USD 48 million/ CAD 65...

Atlantic Natural Foods Seeks Investment Partner for Brand Expansion

28 May 2019- James Douglas Hines, founder of U.S. Atlantic Natural Foods (ANF), announced last week he had hired Deloitte to help secure an...

Ardent Mills Investing in Its Denver Mill

28 May 2019- Milling and ingredients company Ardent Mills is set to invest in its Denver Colorado mill to support The Annex, a business...

Barclays Analysts Predict the Alternative Meat Market Could be Worth USD 140 Billion in...

27 May 2019- The global meat market is set to be worth USD 1.4 trillion in a decade according to the Barclay’s report ‘I...

Little Caesars to Use Impossible Foods’ Meatless Sausages in Pizzas

20 May 2019-  Little Caesars will use meatless sausages made by Impossible Foods in some of its pizzas, making it the latest food chain...

Meat Substitutes Recorded USD 19.5 Billion Sales Globally in 2018

17 May 2019 Global market research company Euromonitor International unveiled today new research about the impact of climate concerns on dietary habits during the...

Omega Lambs and Fitbit Cows: New Zealand Responds to Alternative Protein Threat

16 May 2019- At Dave Harper's family farm in New Zealand's scenic Canterbury region, a painstakingly bred flock of lambs is grazing, not on...

Cargill Invests in Cultured Meat Company

14 May 2019- The demand for protein is expected to grow 70% over the next 30 years as the global population increases significantly. With...

Impossible Foods Raises $300 mln With Investors Eager for Bite of Meatless Burgers

13 May 2019 - Impossible Foods, which makes a meatless plant-based burger and is backed by celebrities like Serena Williams and Katy Perry, said...

Beyond Meat’s Share Price More Than Doubles in Vegan Burger Maker’s IPO

02 May 2019 - Shares of vegan burger maker Beyond Meat Inc rose more than 160 percent in their market debut on Thursday, as...

Regulatory Implications of Meat Alternatives: Urner Barry Executive Conference

02 May 2019- It's the elephant in the room—plant and cell-based meat alternatives. Everyone is talking about it and many are unsure what to...

Ingredion Leads Clara Foods Funding, Expanding Its Protein Portfolio

April 25, 2019 - Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global provider of ingredient solutions, today announced it is leading the Series B funding...

Mintel: EU Set to Ban Meat Names for Veggie Alternatives

What’s in a name? The fast-growing meat substitute market may soon face this question as meat-related terms and names could be banned for veggie...

Tyson Sells Stake in Plant-Based Meat Maker Beyond Meat

24 April 2019 - Tyson Foods Inc said on Wednesday it had sold its 6.5 percent stake in vegan burger maker Beyond Meat, as...

Beyond Meat Outlines IPO Offering

24 April 2019- Plant based meat company Beyond Meat has said it expects the initial public offering of shares of common stock of Beyond...

US: Beyond Meat Partners with Organic Meal Delivery Service

16 April 2019- Organic meal delivery service Trifecta is partnering with alternative protein company Beyond Meat to add the brands plant-based burgers and other...

Maple Leaf Foods Building USD 310 Mln Facility to Boost Plant-based Offering

08 April 2019 – The Canadian packaged meat company and its subsidiary, Greenleaf Foods announced plans to construct a new plant-based food processing facility...

Nestle Launches Plant-based Burgers in Europe, US to Follow

2 April 2019 - Nestlé, the world biggest packaged foods group, announced that it will be bringing its range of “cook from raw” plant-based...

Vegetarian Patty Gets the Burger King Whopper Test

01 April 2019 - Vegetarian burgers may finally be getting the recognition they need to go main stream. On Monday Burger King and Silicon...

Customer Health Demands Driving Plant-based Meat Sector Says Study

28 March 2019 – Market insights show that a substantial part of the growth experienced by the plant-based alternative meat industry is down to...

Alpha Foods Secures USD 7 mln Seed Funding

26 March 2019- Alpha Foods, makers of plant-based meals that make it convenient for consumers to choose a meatless life or a meatless Monday,...

Brazilian Egg Producer Introduces Plant-based Alternative

25 March 2019 -  Grupo Mantiqueira, the largest egg producer in South America, recently stepped into the alternative protein market with the debut of...

Impossible Foods Hires Dennis Woodside as President

Impossible Foods announced today that Dennis Woodside has joined the food technology startup in the newly created role of President, effective March 18. The tech...

U.S. Lawmakers Tuck into Juicy Debate over Meat Substitutes

14 March 2019 - Towering over a wooden podium in the Arkansas General Assembly this month, Republican representative David Hillman, a self-declared calf-roper, spoke...

Kavli Foods Invests in Non-Meat Growth Category.

11 March 2019- The Norwegian-owned Kavli food group has strengthened its focus on plant-based foods by acquiring the Finnish company Verso Food. Verso has...

Belgium: Functional Ingredients Company Invests EUR 4.3 mln in New Plant

05 March 2019- Functional Ingredients manufacturer BENEO has invested EUR 4.3 million into a new production plant for vegetal protein in Wanze, Belgium. The...

Quaker Oat Beverage Splashes into Dairy-Alternative Market

27 February 2019- The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., has entered the dairy-alternative market with the launch of its new line...

Fonterra and Louis Dreyfus Company Invest in Motif Ingredients

27 February 2019- US based food ingredients company Motif Ingredients launched this week having secured USD 90 million in Series A funding. Investors include...

Watch Your Language: Tasty Words ‘Luring’ People to Healthier Foods

05 February 2019 - Rich and zesty or low fat and vegan? Clever marketing with mouth-watering words can boost sales of plant-based dishes by...

Sustainable Bioproducts Secures USD 33 mln in Series A Financing Round

04 February 2019-  Sustainable Bioproducts, a biotechnology company developing a new way to grow edible protein, has raised $33 million in Series A financing...

Plant Based Superfood Mix Brand Raises USD 5 mln in Funding

29 January 2019- Organic superfood mix company Your Super has raised USD 5 million in a funding round led by PowerPlant Ventures, the round also included Doehler Ventures.

UK: Finnebrogue Opens New GBP 3 mln Vegan and Vegetarian Factory

15 January 2019- Finnebrogue Artisan, UK sausage maker, has announced a major diversification today by opening a vegan and vegetarian factory at its base in Northern Ireland.

US: Oatly to Invest USD 40 mln Expanding Operations

11 January 2019- Oat-based food and drink company Oatly is planning to expand its operations opening a factory in Ogden Utah, investing up to...

Yofix Dairy Alternative Start-up Wins PepsiCo’s Nutrition Greenhouse Programme

10 January 2019- PepsiCo’s European Nutrition Greenhouse Programme has awarded Israeli start-up Yofix the EUR 100,000 grant to continue their business expansion. Yofix Probiotics Ltd....

Roquette Invests in Seed Breeding Company to Develop High-Protein Pea Varieties

18 October 2018 – Plant based ingredient company Roquette has signed a partnership agreement with Israeli seed breeding Company Equinom Ltd for the development and sourcing of new pea varieties with high-protein content.

Meat Alternative Comprising Aqueous Gelling Composition

The invention relates to a method of preparing a meat analogue, said method comprising the steps of: providing proteinaceous fibres comprising, by weight of the proteinaceous fibres, 40-80 wt.% of water and 5-50 wt.% protein selected from dairy protein, egg protein, plant protein, fungal protein and combinations thereof; providing an aqueous gelling composition, comprising by weight of the gelling composition: i. 0.01 -2 wt.% xanthan gum; ii. 0.01 -2 wt.% galactomannan; iii. at least 80 wt.% water; combining 100 parts by weight of the proteinaceous fibres with 2-50 parts by weight of the aqueous gelling composition. The invention further relates to a meat analogue comprising an aqueous gelling composition and to the use of the aqueous gelling composition for enhancing juiciness in meat analogues.

Roquette Acquires an Extrusion Unit from Texpall Expanding it’s Capabilities in Plant-Based Protein

24 September 2018 – Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health markets and a pioneer in new vegetal proteins, today announced the acquisition of a facility specialized in the extrusion of plant-based proteins. With this acquisition, the group wants to expand its range of premium textured plant-based ingredients for the global meat alternatives market.

Innovative Food and Drink Startups Showcased at Foodbytes

Increasing efficiency and using innovation to reduce waste and save money was a common theme among startup food and drink companies looking for investment as part of the FoodBytes! global pitch competition in London. Olivia Midgley reports.

Interview: Terramino on Alternative Protein Products and the Opportunity

7 September 2018- Protein products derived from plant sources, insects and cultured meats will be among the top food trends to watch in the coming years.

MGP Ingredients Q2 Consolidated Net Sales Increased 2.9%

02 August 2018- MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Nasdaq/MGPI), a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches, today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Mintel: Germany Continues to Dominate Global Vegan New Product Development

30 July 2018- Over the past few years, Germany has emerged as a leading force in the so-called 'vegan revolution'. New research from Mintel shows that Germany has retained its crown as the country with the highest percentage of global vegan food and drink launches, accounting for 15% of global vegan introductions between July 2017 and June 2018.

Maple Leaf Foods’ Quarterly Sales Down 1.8%

26 July - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) today reported its financial results for the second quarter, June 30, 2018.

Mintel: Thai consumers are on the road to self-betterment: 79% of Thais would like...

25 July 2018- Thai consumers, today, are looking for ways to fulfil their desires to better themselves, according to new research from global market intelligence agency Mintel. Latest findings reveal that as many as four in five (79%) metro Thai consumers would like to have a healthier diet in 2018*, while just over three in four (76%) would like to have a better work-life balance and 73% to exercise more.

PepsiCo Announces Incubator Programme Nutrition Greenhouse Class Of 2018

17 July 2018- PepsiCo has revealed its 2018 finalist 10 companies participating in the second class of the company's health and wellness incubator in Europe. Brands taking part range from organic snacks and sprouted grains to alcohol free wine and functional beverages.

The Bell Food Group’s H1 Performance Down, Invests in Cultured Meat Start-up

17 July - The Bell Food Group is investing in the Dutch start-up Mosa Meat, the world's leading company for cultured beef. The objective of the upcoming development phase is to successfully bring cultured beef to market by 2021. This will provide an alternative to consumers who are re-evaluating their consumption of meat for ethical reasons and make it possible to meet the growing demand for meat in a sustainable manner.

Cargill’s Food Ingredients & Applications Rose in Q3

12 July - Cargill today reported $3.2 billion in adjusted operating earnings for the 2018 fiscal year, one of its best performances. The fourth quarter also was very strong. The company's improved financial results over the past two years are the outcome of significant efforts by its teams to redefine how Cargill operates. The organization runs today with greater agility and stronger integration to serve customers' rapidly changing needs.

Innova Market Insights: Green Eating Driving Plant-Based Innovation

July 10, 2018- Plant-based innovation is flourishing. Growing consumer interest in health, sustainability and ethics is driving plant-derived ingredients and products into high popularity. Innova Market Insights reports that plant-based product claims increased by 62% globally (CAGR, 2013-2017) with growth occurring on platforms such as plant proteins, active botanicals, sweeteners, herbs & seasonings and coloring foodstuffs.

Use Of Texturized Dairy Proteins As Carbohydrate Substitute In Carbohyhdrate-rich Food Articles

A use of texturized dairy proteins is suggested, obtainable or obtained by providing

(a) a mixture, containing or consisting of
(a1) about 25 to about 75% by weight dairy proteins, and
(a2) about 75 to about 25% by weight a plant protein and/or a fibre material
with the proviso that the quantities add up to 100% by weight,
(b) the mixture is extruded in the presence of water and/or whey, applying a temperature gradient of about 20 to about 200° C. and a pressure in the range of 1 to about 200 bar, and
(c) subsequently expanding the extrudate,
as a substitute for carbohydrates and as a source of protein in foods.

French Group Danone’s Venture Capital Fund Eyes 20-25 Deals by 2020

* Ambition is to make 6-7 investments per year
* Fund spent nearly half of initial $150 mln budget
* Fund is part of Danone's global push into healthy eating

22 June 2018- Danone Manifesto Ventures , an investment fund set up by the French food giant to target start-up companies challenging the dominance of big brands, expects to have invested in 20-25 such firms by 2020.

FDA Calls Public Meeting to Discuss Cultured Meats

18 June 2018- The FDA has announced a public meeting to discuss the emerging category of lab-grown meats, scheduled for June 12.

Market Report Brings to Light Grocery Blind Spots

13 June 2018- The latest Total Consumer Report from Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN), which leverages the company's new Total Food View, shows that fresh categories within the U.S. are driving nearly 49% of all dollar growth across the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brick-and-mortar landscape. In fact, within the last year, fresh and perishable foods generated more than $177 billion in sales—marking a sizable growth opportunity for many FMCG marketers who may be operating with a siloed and non-holistic view of their market

Big Ag Turns to Peas to Meet Soaring Global Protein Demand

18 May 2018- Cargill, the global grains trader, sees the future of protein in the humble pea.

France: Roquette Opens a New Pea Protein Production Unit

17 May 2018- Global plant-based ingredients company Roquette has announced its new French pea protein production unit is operational. The unit is expected to ship its first products in June 2018.

Euromonitor: Interview with Vegan CEO of Clean Machine, a Plant-Based Fitness Nutrition Company

17 May 2018- Euromonitor Interview by Carolina Ordonez.

Roquette Expands Its Tokyo Food Technical Centre

14 May 2018- Global plant-based ingredients company Roquette has announced the expansion of it Food Customer Technical Service Center (CTS) in Tokyo. The company said the expanded facility is a response to increased local demand for personalised nutrition with a range of ingredients including plant-based proteins.

Maple Leaf Foods Q1 Sales up 0.8%

2 May - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) today reported its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2018 .

Cultured Meat: Tyson Foods Invests in Israeli Startup Future Meat Technologies

2 May 2018 - Future Meat Technologies has announced a $2.2 million seed investment round co-led by Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods. Tyson Foods is a Fortune 100 company, and one of the world's largest food producers.

Après Closes $1.1Mln Q1 Seed Raise for Plant-based Protein Beverage

23 April - Après, a digital-first company based in San Francisco offering a plant-based protein beverage developed specifically for premium whole-body replenishment, announced today the closing of a $1.1 million seed series fundraising round led by Rocana Venture Partners.

Mintel: 39% of Urban Indonesians Consumed More Non-Animal Sources of Protein in 2017

17 April 2018- It seems the widespread move away from meat is not only happening in Europe or the US, but also here in Asia Pacific. New research from global market intelligence agency Mintel reveals that as many as two in five (39%) urban Indonesians and one in three (34%) urban Thais consumed more non-animal sources of protein (eg plant, dairy, grains) in 2017, compared to the previous year.

U.S. Plant-Based Meat Company Beyond Meat to Enter European Market

16 April 2018. California-based Beyond Meat, which counts Bill Gates and Leonardo DiCaprio among its investors, is working to change the meat we eat by replacing animal protein with plant-based proteins. The company's mission is to perfectly build meat from plants, delivering all of its benefits without downside. With the debut of the company's flagship Beyond Burger, Beyond Meat revolutionized the marketplace by introducing the first plant-based burger to be sold in the meat case alongside beef at major American grocery chains.

Plant-Based Protein: EC Clears Acquisition of Ojah by the Colruyt and Kerry Group

16 April 2018 - The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over Proparent, 100% shareholder of Ojah BV of the Netherlands by Korys Investment of Belgium and the Kerry Group of Ireland.

Entomo Farms Raises Funding from Maple Leaf Foods for Expansion of Cricket Farm

11 April - Entomo Farms, North America's largest insect farm for human consumption, announced today that it raised Series A funding from Maple Leaf Foods, Canada's largest protein consumer packaged goods company.

Lactobacillus Plantarum Proliferator, And Fermented Product Added With The Proliferator And Preparation Method Thereof

A Lactobacillus plantarum proliferator is a proteolytic mixture obtained by using a protease or a substance containing a protease to perform a degradation operation on a plant protein. The protease is one of a plant protease, an animal protease, a microbial protease, or a mixture thereof. The plant protein having undergone the degradation operation is one of a soybean protein, a mung bean protein, a chickpea protein, a broad bean protein, a pea protein, a hyacinth bean protein, a wheat protein, or a protein mixture thereof. A fermented product added with the Lactobacillus plantarum proliferator contains viable Lactobacillus plantarum of 1.0×109 cfu/g. A method of preparing the fermented product comprises the following steps: (1) mixing a main ingredient with Lactobacillus plantarum; (2) performing sterilization; and (3) performing inoculation and fermentation.

UK: Primal Pantry Secures GBP 3 mln Investment From NVM Private Equity

20 March 2018 NVM Private Equity has invested £3 million of growth capital into Maidenhead-based branded food business The Primal Pantry (“Primal”). With a vision to be a leading and trusted real food brand, the investment will be targeted at growing retail distribution and in-store visibility along with driving brand awareness through consumer marketing channels. NVM's backing will allow the brand to continue to innovate and reach an increasing number of consumers who are conscious about the impact their food choices have on themselves and wider society.

European Food and Agri Tech VC Firm First Closing Over EUR 60 Mln.; Investors...

15 March 2018- Five Seasons Ventures, a new venture capital firm, announced today the first closing of its fund with commitments in excess of Euro 60 million to invest in Food and Agriculture technology across Europe and with a particular interest in Italy and France. The fund will focus on early-stage companies, developing technological innovations aimed at solving the key challenges the sector currently faces, from healthier food, to shorter supply chains, to quantified and personalised nutrition, to alternative proteins.

Chobani Unveils Third Incubator Class With Continued Focus On Highly Disruptive, High-Impact Food And...

9 March 2018- Chobani, LLC, maker of America's #1 Greek Yogurt brand and the second largest overall yogurt manufacturer in the U.S., has announced today the members of its Spring 2018 class for the Chobani Incubator.

Insect Food Company Aspire Food Group Acquires Cricket Protein Bar Maker Exo

Austin, Texas –March 8, 2018:Aspire Food Group, an Austin-based social enterprise specializing in farming insects for food, has acquiredExo, a Brooklyn-based company that produces cricket-based protein bars. Each is the leading brand in their respective spaces, and together they will integrate Exo's product lineinto Aspire's data-driven farming operations and supply chain to create new products and fuel the future growth of both customer bases, and the larger industry in general.

Eating Less Meat? Meatless Butchers to Mushroom Burgers Can Help

5 March - From juicy chicken chunks and sausage rolls to bacon and tuna, Dutch butcher Jaap Korteweg offers it all. But there's a twist: None of the goods on display at his shop in The Hague are made from meat.

Taste is The Top Reason US Consumers Eat Plant-based Proteins

26 Feb - Whether flexitarian, vegetarian, vegan or simply eating healthy, plant-based foods are making inroads with consumers. However, new research from Mintel reveals that taste is the top reason US adults who eat plant-based proteins* do so (52 percent), outranking concerns over diet** (10 percent), animal protection (11 percent), the environment (13 percent) and even health (39 percent).

Maple Leaf Quarterly Profit Beats on Higher Prices, Demand

21 February 2018- Canadian meat packaging company Maple Leaf Foods Inc posted a fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday that beat estimates, due to better pricing and high demand for its prepared meats and plant-based protein foods.

Ingredients Maker Ingredion Eyes Expansion into Plant-Based Proteins

20 February 2018- Ingredion Inc is evaluating opportunities to expand its portfolio of ingredients made from grains, fruits and vegetables with an eye to plant-based proteins as a growth area, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Zallie said on Tuesday in an interview along the sidelines of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in Florida.

Surge in Alternative Proteins as Nestlé and Tesco Praised by Investors for Plant-Based Shift

13 February 2018- A new report entitled 'Plant-based profits', backed by a $2.4 trillion coalition of 57 large investors, has urged global food companies to diversify their protein sourcing away from a reliance on animal proteins. An analysis of 16 multinationals concluded that Nestlé and Tesco were best positioned to benefit from a transition to alternative plant-based proteins. Other companies engaged included Kraft Heinz, General Mills and Unilever.

$65 Million Funding for Plant-Based Dairy Firm Ripple Foods

30 January 2018- Yesterday Ripple Foods, the Californian maker of pea milk dairy alternatives, announced they had secured $65 million Series C funding.

Tyson Invests in Cultured Meat Firm Memphis Meats

29 January 2018 - Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods, has acquired a minority stake in cultured meat startup Memphis Meats in a move to "explore innovative, new ways of meeting growing global demand for protein". The news comes on the heels of a Tyson Foods' additional investment in plant-based protein producer Beyond Meat in December 2017.

Latest from Davos: Global Leaders Discuss Future of Meat and Protein Production

25 January 2018 - A new initiative named "Meat: The Future" has been launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018, which is taking place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland until January 26. Leaders from the food and agricultural industry, governments and meat and food technology companies are gathered to discuss the future of sustainable meat and protein production and the changes required to the global system to ensure universally accessible, safe, and affordable options for consumers - as current approaches are deemed inadequate to meet tomorrow's protein demands.

Cargill Invests in PURIS to Accelerate Pea Protein Production for North American and Global...

18 Jan - With the rapid rise in consumer demand for plant-based protein, PURIS, the largest North American producer of pea protein, and Cargill have signed a joint venture agreement to accelerate a new wave of great tasting, sustainable and label-friendly plant-based foods.

SuperMeat Raises $3M Seed Funding

2 Jan - SuperMeat, the Israeli biotech and food-tech startup, has announced today it has raised $3M in seed funding and has formed a strategic partnership with PHW, one of Europe's largest poultry producers, and an equity investor in the company.

Sun Basket Releases Top Five Food and Health Trend Predictions for 2018

12 Dec - Sun Basket, a leading healthy meal kit service delivering the best organic and sustainable ingredients with delicious, easy recipes weekly to your door, today released five category predictions for 2018 that spotlight growing consumer trends for healthy cooking and eating. Sun Basket's team has identified emerging specialty ingredients, nutritional interests and more, all of which are expected to go mainstream in 2018.

Tyson Foods Raises Stake in Plant-Based Protein Maker Beyond Meat

Dec 7 - Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. meat processor, said on Thursday it slightly raised its stake in plant-based protein maker Beyond Meat as it looks to tap growing demand for alternative sources of protein.

Nestlé to Pay USD 2.3 Bln. for Health Supplements Firm Atrium Innovations

6 Dec - Nestlé today announced that it agreed to acquire privately-held Atrium Innovations, a global leader in nutritional health products, from a group of investors led by Permira Funds for USD 2.3 billion in cash. Atrium's 2017 sales are expected to reach almost USD 700 million.

Maple Leaf Foods to Acquire Vegan Brand Field Roast Grain Meat Co.

1 Dec - Maple Leaf Foods (MFI: TSX) today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Field Roast Grain Meat Co. (“Field Roast”) for USD$120 million, plus related costs. The Company expects to finance the transaction through a combination of cash-on-hand and drawings under the existing credit facility. Field Roast is a leading brand of premium grain-based 'meat' and vegan cheese products, with sales of approximately USD$38 million. Subject to customary regulatory review and transaction conditions, the transaction is expected to close by the end of 2017 and be accretive to earnings.

Food Ingredients Europe: Mintel Announces The Ingredients to Watch in 2018

27 Dec - With the doors once again swinging open for Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) in Frankfurt today (Tuesday 28th November), Mintel reveals a hunger for new ingredients across Europe.

Naturex Acquires Swedish Oat Fiber

14 November 2017 - Naturex, the global leader in speciality plant-based natural ingredients, announces its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Swedish Oat Fiber, a specialised Swedish manufacturer of oat-based extracts and ingredients.

Campbell Soup Company Joins Plant Based Foods Association

30 October 2017- Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) announced it is joining the Plant Based Foods Association, the nation's only trade group representing the fast-growing plant-based foods sector.

Roquette Celebrates Groundbreaking of its New Pea Protein Plant and Confirms Project Schedule

28 September 2017 – Roquette, a global leader in innovative plant-based food ingredients, celebrated today the groundbreaking of its pea-protein manufacturing site to be built in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (Canada). The event counted on the presence of local authorities and First Nations' representatives.

USA: Beyond Meat and Sysco to Bring Plant-Based Burger to Restaurants Nationwide

18 Sept 2017 - Beyond Meat® announces today its partnership with Sysco, the nation's largest food distributor. The Beyond Meat® Beyond Burger is the latest addition to Sysco's Cutting Edge Solutions (CES) program. The Beyond Burger is the first plant-based burger that looks, cooks and satisfies so much like traditional beef, it's sold in the meat section at grocery stores. The exclusive deal between Sysco and Beyond Meat will open distribution of the ground-breaking Beyond Burger to thousands of burger joints, restaurant chains, hospitality properties, healthcare centers and educational facilities nationwide.

MycoTechnology’s Mushroom Protein Lands a $35M Series B With World’s Top Food Investors

14 Sept 2017 - MycoTechnology, a Colorado-based organic food technology company that uses mushrooms to create novel functional ingredients, closed a $35M Series B round of financing this past month with the top food investors from across the globe.

Nestle USA Agrees to Acquire Plant-Based Food Manufacturer Sweet Earth

7 September 2017 - Nestlé USA today announced that it has agreed to acquire Sweet Earth, a plant-based foods manufacturer based in Moss Landing, Calif.

Meaty Challenge: What’s on the Menu for Future Cities?

4 Sept 2017 - Juicy lab-grown steaks and burgers made of plant-based meat could soon be tempting hardened carnivores scanning restaurant menus in the world's biggest cities, as food producers explore fresh ways to feed booming populations

Hampton Creek Reportedly Seeking Mainstream Meat Partner to License Lab-Grown Meat

14 August 2017- Vegan food startup Hampton Creek is understood to be looking to license its lab-grown meat to traditional meat companies, according to reports including that of Global Meat News. The company revealed it was working on a cultured meat in June, and claims it will be ready to hit markets as early as 2018.

Urban Chinese Consumers are More Selective Spenders in 2017

28 July 2017 - While China's economy continues to grow at a moderate pace, consumers have become more selective spenders in 2017 as a result of increased pressures both at work and with their personal finances. New research from global market intelligence agency Mintel reveals that, today, urban Chinese consumers* are more conservative with regard to increasing their spending than they were in 2016, as 36% of surveyed consumers report spending more in 2017 compared to 43% who said the same in 2016. Meanwhile, consumers are more likely to control their spending this year, with nearly half (49%) reporting that they are spending “about the same” as they did in 2016.

Maple Leaf Foods’ Q2 Sales up 8.3%

27 July 2017- Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) today reported its financial results for the second quarter, June 30, 2017.

Plant-Based Protein Drink Koia Receives USD 7.5 Mln. in Funding

21 July 2017 - Koia ( a fast-growing manufacturer of fresh, plant-based protein beverages, announced today that it has closed on $7.5 million of Series Seed capital in a funding round led by KarpReilly, alongside existing institutional investor AccelFoods.

Hain Celestial Acquires The Better Bean Company, First Mover in Chilled Prepared Beans

28 June 2017 - The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAIN), a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe and India providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life(TM), today announced the purchase of The Better Bean Company ("Better Bean"). Better Bean, based in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 2010 by the father and daughter team of Keith and Hannah Kullberg, to make eating beans easy, tasty and healthy. Better Bean will augment Hain Celestial's offerings in the perimeter of the store, a coveted area. Better Bean is the the first acquisition by the Hain Celestial Cultivate Ventures strategic platform.

USA: Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts to Expand Peanut Flour Operation in Georgia

14 June 2017 - Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts, a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), today announced that it is investing in its third expansion project at the company's production facility in Blakely, Georgia. This newest expansion project will increase the plant capacity and add new technology for quality control as well cool storage to preserve quality for the finished products at the facility.

Roquette Invests Euro 40 Mln in French Pea Protein Plant

12 June 2017 – Roquette, a global leader in innovative plant-based ingredients, today announced a significant investment of Euro 40 million in its Vic-sur-Aisne facility in order to increase its pea processing capacity and respond to a fast-growing global demand for pea protein.

DSM Opens New Biotechnology Center in Netherlands; Says Will Accelerate R&D Capabilities

3 April 2017 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, today opens a new state-of-the-art biotechnology facility at its site in Delft to accelerate DSM's biotechnology research and development capabilities for applications in food and nutrition, feed, fuel, pharma and bio-based materials. The completion of this new biotechnology center is part of a Euro 100 million investment program by DSM to scale up R&D in the Netherlands since 2013. The center, which offers the broadest range of biotechnology specializations under one DSM roof, clusters innovation, housing over 400 research and developments experts and builds on a solid history of nearly 150 years of fermentation and biotechnology innovation in Delft, the Netherlands.

Plant Proteins: Tereos Launches New Pilot Facility in France

28 March 2017 - Today, at an event attended by Christophe Sirugue, French Secretary of State for Industry, Digital and Innovation, Alexis Duval, CEO of Tereos, inaugurated a pilot unit to produce food based on plant proteins. This unit, established at the Tereos Marckolsheim site in Alsace, is dedicated to the product's first commercialisation on the market of mass catering firms.

Protein Bar Company Receives Investment from 2x Partners and Gen Mills VC Unit

28 Feb 2017 - D's Naturals, creator of the innovative, low sugar plant-based No Cow protein bars and the low sugar protein-infused nut butters, Fluffbutter, today announced it has received a significant investment from 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners (2x Partners), a leading private equity investor in the emerging consumer products space and 301 INC, the new business development and venturing unit of General Mills. The collaboration with 2x Partners and General Mills will help to provide the resources the company needs for its next stage of growth. Terms of the investment, which was led by 2x Partners, were not disclosed.

Cash-Rich Maple Leaf Foods Sees Abundant U.S. Deal Opportunities

22 Feb 2017 - Canadian meat packing company Maple Leaf Foods is hunting for acquisitions in the United States, after years spent upgrading old factories and shedding business lines, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday.

Canadian Meat Processor Maple Leaf to Buy Plant-Based Protein Company Lightlife Foods

22 February 2017- Canadian meat packaging goods company Maple Leaf Foods Inc said on Tuesday it would buy U.S.-based Lightlife Foods Inc, a manufacturer of plant-based protein foods, for $140 million and related costs.

Meat-Free Days: Top Reason for Eating Protein Alternatives Among US Consumers

16 February 2017- While not fully committing to a meat-free lifestyle, 'Meatless Mondays' seem to be catching on among Americans as a way to cut back with new research from Mintel revealing that the top reason US consumers use meat alternatives* is because they occasionally like to have meat-free days (31 percent).

Korys Invests in Meat Alternatives Company Ojah BV

15 Feb 2017 – Korys, together with the management of Ojah BV, announces today the acquisition of Ojah BV, a pioneer in the production of the latest generation of textured meat alternatives. Ojah's innovative and sustainable approach to some of the most pressing challenges in the food supply chain proved to be a perfect match with Korys' core values.

Pinnacle Reorganizes Reporting Segments Following Boulder Brands Integration

10 February 2017- Pinnacle Foods Inc. (NYSE:PF) announced today that, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 during which the integration of the Boulder Brands acquisition was substantially complete, the Company reorganized its reporting structure, resulting in a change to its reportable segments. The new segments, which mirror the manner in which the businesses will be managed, are Frozen, Grocery, Boulder and Specialty.

Roquette to Build Pea-Protein Manufacturing Site in Manitoba

18 January 2017 – Roquette, a global leader in innovative plant-based food ingredients, today announced a notable investment of more than 400 million CAD to build a brand new pea-protein manufacturing site in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (Canada) in order to address the growing demand for plant proteins.

Kellogg Company Makes First Investment in U.S.-Based Superfood Company Kuli Kuli

11 January 2017 - Eighteen94 capital, Kellogg Company's venture capital fund, today announced it led a $4.25 million Series A funding of Kuli Kuli, a manufacturer and distributor of moringa-based products. Other institutional investors in the round were InvestEco and S2G Ventures.

Burt’s Bees Enters New Category With Plant-Based Protein Shakes

2 January 2017 - The personal care brand that has crafted natural solutions for lip and skincare for more than 30 years is now helping to nourish the body with three protein formulas made with ingredients supplied by Mother Nature herself. In January, Burt's Bees introduces Burt's Bees Plant-Based Protein Shakes -- its first foray into the functional food arena.

Herbal Beverage Co. REBBL Closes USD 10 Mln. Investment Led by Boulder Investment Group

12 December 2016 - REBBL, maker of organic super-herb powered Coconut-Milk Elixirs and Proteins, announced it has closed a $10 million investment that will allow it to expand marketing efforts and bring the benefits of super-herbs to more people. The round, led by Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR), included Powerplant Ventures LP and individual investor John Foraker, president of Annie's Homegrown.

Tyson Launches Venture-Capital Fund

5 December 2016 - As part of its commitment to innovation and growth, Tyson Foods, Inc. has launched a venture capital fund focused on investing in companies developing breakthrough technologies, business models and products to sustainably feed a growing world population.

Mintel Identifies Four Key Chinese Consumer Trends for 2017

16 November 2016- Looking ahead to 2017, Mintel's APAC research director, Matthew Crabbe and Manager of Trends APAC Delon Wang discuss the four key Chinese consumer trends set to impact the China market, including implications for both consumers and brands.

Snacks: BRAMI Secures Seed Round Funding

14 October 2016 - BRAMI, the innovative brand bringing the Mediterranean lupini bean to the snack aisle, announced today that it has closed on a $1.5MM Series Seed round of funding led by Lerer Hippeau Ventures, AccelFoods and Enlightened Capital.

Meat Packers Add Plants to Plate as Consumers, Competition Shift

13 October 2016 - Some major North American meat producers are clearing room on their plates for plant-based substitutes, hedging their bets as consumer tastes shift and high-tech startups seek to create meat alternatives that taste like the real thing.

Tyson Foods Invests in Plant-Based Protein Producer Beyond Meat

Oct. 10, 2016 - Tyson Foods, Inc. has taken a 5-percent ownership stake in plant-based protein producer Beyond Meat, both companies announced today. The investment, provided through a fundraising initiative by Beyond Meat, will provide additional capital to help the company expand its product portfolio and distribution. Beyond Meat will remain an independent, privately held company led by Founder and CEO Ethan Brown.

Alternative Proteins: AFT Holdings Completes Portfolio Acquisition of Loma Linda

7 October 2016 - AFT Holdings, Inc., today announced it has completed its acquisition of the Loma Linda(TM) and Worthington Foods shelf stable business, as it has made its final payment to purchase the 101-year-old plant based protein brand from the Kellogg Company.

UK: Bridges Ventures Invests in Ingredients Company Vegetarian Express

6 October 2016 - The Bridges Sustainable Growth Fund III(“SGF III”), managed by specialist sustainable and impact investor Bridges Ventures (“Bridges”), announces its investment inVegetarian Express(“VE”), a specialist supplier of plant-based food ingredients.

Investors Urge Food Companies to Shift from Meat to Plants

26 September 2016 - A group of 40 investors managing $1.25 trillion in assets have launched a campaign to encourage 16 global food companies to change the way they source protein for their products to help to reduce environmental and health risks.

New Study Reveals More Americans Embracing Plant-Based, Organic and Non-GMO Foods

8 September 2016 - More grocery shoppers are seeking out and trying "better-for-you" foods, especially dairy- and meat-free alternatives, according to a new national health food study by Earth Balance. Two thousand consumers were polled for the study, which looked at which new foods they're trying, their top motivators and trends in healthy eating.

Campbell Soup Cuts Sales Outlook

Jul. 20, 2016-- Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) today outlined its strategies to unlock its purpose, potential and performance. Led by President and Chief Executive Officer Denise Morrison, executives detailed plans to strengthen Campbell's business through four strategic imperatives:

Flexitarian Lifestyle is New Trend

July 7, 2016 - Innova Market Insights data shows a +60% rise in global food and beverage launches using a vegetarian claim between 2011 and 2015. Launches featuring the term “vegan” also rose to account for 4.3% of total introductions in 2015, up from 2.8% in 2014 and just 1.5% in 2012.

Dutch Companies to Collaborate on R&D for Protein-Rich Foods

28 June 2016- Four Dutch companies will be joining together in a consortium known as TAPAS in order to develop protein-rich foods. The group includes dairy giant Royal FrieslandCampina, plant-based protein experts Ruitenberg Ingredients, and SONAC, specializing in functional proteins developed from animal by-products, as well as food research company Nizo, who boasts knowledge of the interactions between products and processes.

Hain Celestial Announces Cost Savings & Growth Initiatives With Q3 Results

04 May 2016- The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe and India providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life(TM), today reported results for its third quarter ended March 31, 2016.

ADM’s Q1 Profit More Than Halves

3 May 2016 - Archer Daniels Midland Company today reported financial results for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2016.

Plant Protein: Barentz and Parabel Announce Partnership

18 April 2016- Parabel USA Inc, winner of the 2015 IFT Innovations Award for its LENTEIN plant protein, and Barentz proudly announce the signing of an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement for Parabel's novel range of plant based protein ingredients for food and feed, as well as for plant based personal care ingredients.

Vegetarian Meals, Meal Centres Up 7-fold in Germany from 2011-2015

12 April 2016- Vegetarian and vegan meals and meal centres* are booming in Germany, as the rise of flexitarianism — a plant-based diet with the occasional inclusion of meat — offers new opportunities for manufacturers to experiment with meat-free product concepts. New research from Mintel reveals the number of meals and meal centres with vegetarian labels increased more than seven-fold (633%) in Germany between 2011 and 2015, while the number of vegan-labelled meals and meal centres has grown more than twenty-fold since 2011.

Seaweed-Flavoured Food & Drink Launches Increased 147% in Europe in 2011-2015

10 March 2016 - Western consumers may be unfamiliar with eating seaweed outside of sushi or miso soup, but seaweed-flavoured food and drink are set to be the next big superfood trend in Europe.