Alt-Milk Hits Wall Street: PLUS: cell-cultivated fat gets a price cut and the pizza and cereal robots we never knew we needed

Alt-Milk Hits Wall Street: PLUS: cell-cultivated fat gets a price cut and the pizza and cereal robots we never knew we needed

By
Nicola Spalding
May 21, 2021

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The Digest 🧠

💡Apply now: Our friends at ProVeg Incubator have just opened their applications to the 2021 accelerator programme. Since its launch in 2018, the Berlin-based ProVeg Incubator has worked with over 50 startups from around the world (raising a total of €35 million+) and this year is calling on any pioneering plant-based, fermentation, and cultured-food startups to apply to the programme before Sunday, 18th July. (sponsored)

📈 What’s Up: Online and plant-based protein sales show no sign of waning in the wake of the pandemic, having seen extraordinary growth through the past year. 20% of respondents to the 2021 Food & Health Survey by the International Food Information Council shop online for groceries at least weekly, and 24% are eating more plant protein than one year ago. 

📉 What’s Down: Coca-Cola is discontinuing sales of Coca-Cola Energy in North America. The firm has been pruning brands for some time to focus on “drinks that are growing and have the potential to achieve a large scale”.

💸 Funding: See all 17 rounds here including $170M to scale up cell-based meat subsidiary, Good Meat, €6.1M for Berlin-based Vly and its yellow pea-based milk, €1.7M for Volta Greentech's to build the “world’s largest algae factory" and plenty more juicy funding news inside.

p.s. fundraising for your startup? Apply here to get your deck in front of leading foodtech investors. Deadline: 26th May.

Startups 💡

mosa

🧫 Dutch cellular agriculture pioneer Mosa Meat has reduced the cost of its cultivated fat by 66 times, meaning it now costs 1.52% of what it cost in September 2019. 

📲 Southeast Asian food commerce ‘super app’ Gojek and e-commerce platform Tokopedia are merging into a new entity called GoTo in a deal worth $18B, marking Indonesia’s biggest M&A transaction to date.

🐮 Spanish dairy firm Calidad Pascual’s innovation arm, Pascual Innoventures, has launched what it claims is the “world’s first incubator program for cellular agriculture in the dairy industry”, dubbed Mylkubator, to support cell-based milk startups.

🌭 UK-based Ivy Farm Technologies is gearing up to launch cell-cultured sausages in markets and restaurants by 2023, and is kicking off its fundraising efforts to try and raise £16M to create a R&D facility.

🥬  Estonian startup Click & Grow met its $35,000 Kickstarter funding goal in just 20 minutes for its smart tabletop farm that, in the company’s own words, “works like a Nespresso coffee machine, only instead of coffee pods, you use biodegradable Smart Soil plant pods to grow fresh greens all year round.”

🐄 Superbrewed Food is making dairy alternatives through fermentation, in order to “feed good gut health to people”. It has been operating in stealth mode, with a view to launch its first products in the second half of the year.

🍔 US alt meat brand AKUA has launched what it claims is the “world’s first kelp burger”, made from sustainably-produced seaweed, which requires no fresh water, fertiliser, feed, or arable land, and it helps keep the oceans healthy by filtering carbon and nitrogen from the water.



Sponsored by F&A Next

Last Call: Grab a ticket to the AgriFoodTech event of the year The F&A Next Summit is coming up next Wednesday, 26th May and the speaker line-up is pretty insane:

From the founders of Mosa Meat (cell-based meat), BIOMILQ (cultivated breastmilk) and Crisp (online supermarket) to the investors at Astanor ($325M fund), Anterra Capital ($200M fund) and Blue Horizon Ventures (€183M fund). 

What to expect this year: 
- Hear pitches from 8 leading Food & Agtech startups
- Discover talks across the 'impact of innovation' in food
- Meet your next investor (seriously, this founder did)
- Network with fellow startups, scale-ups, investors and corporates 

Grab a last minute ticket here - and use the code FHK-FaNext21 for 25% off.


Plant-Based 🌱

wildwestland

🤠 Those Vegan Cowboys are launching their WildWestLand plant-based ‘fromance’ cheeses, designed in collaboration with dairy expert ‘WildWestLand Annie’, in Albert Heijn stores across the Netherlands in June.

🥛 Oatly went public on the Nasdaq, opening at $22.10 per share, a 30% increase on its initial IPO price of $17 per share, resulting in a valuation of over US$13.1B. With shares of founders Björn & Rickard Öste reportedly now worth US$600M+ discover the story behind the brothers unlikely road to success.

🍔 Impossible Foods is partnering with 7-Eleven Singapore to make its convenience store debut in Asia at over 300 locations in the city-state. The award-winning bleeding plant-based Impossible Deluxe Burger will be served with sautéed white button mushrooms and fresh spinach, accompanied by sour cream sauce on the buns, in a recipe crafted by 7-Eleven chefs.

🍝 Beyond Meat is launching its plant-based Beyond Meatballs at 2,100 Walmart stores across the US in June, and will celebrate by hosting barbecues in front of Walmart stores in Dallas and Southern California.

🐷 Hong Kong’s Green Monday’s Omnifoods arm has announced double-digit price reductions for its Omnipork plant-based pork analogues, bringing them to parity with conventional pork products in Hong Kong.

🐓 Thailand’s largest pork and poultry producer, Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC, has unveiled a new plant-based range. It is aiming to make MEAT ZERO the top vegan meat brand in Asia by 2022, and in the world’s top three by 2026.

🍜 Japan’s Next Meats Co is collaborating with IKEA Japan to launch the “world’s first plant-based Japanese beef bowl”,  the NEXT Gyudon, which is topped with its signature plant-based beef.

🥛 Milkadamia has launched a ‘Milkman 2.0’ service across the US to deliver its macadamia milks directly to its customers' doorsteps, for maximum convenience. 

🧀 Miyoko’s Creamery has launched a line of kid-friendly snackable vegan cheese sticks, made with Miyoko’s Plant Milk (made with coconut oil, oats, and chickpeas) along with unique ingredients such as fava beans, pineapple, and hemp seed butter.

Big Food🕴

Kellogsbowlbot

🥣 Kellogg’s Away From Home foodservice division has partnered with Chowbotics to pilot a cereal dispensing robot, The Kellogg’s Bowl Bot, at two universities in the US, with a special (extra delicious) menu programmed for students.

🍴 Burger King has partnered with FoodStars to trial its first-ever delivery-only ghost kitchen operation in London, as food delivery is expected to remain a popular choice in the wake of the pandemic.

🍦 Häagen-Dazs has unveiled a new, indulgent ice cream collection inspired by iconic, rum-based cocktails, just in time for summer in the UK. 

🍬 Hershey is acquiring low-sugar brand Lily’s, which produces a wide range of stevia-sweetened food products, for an undisclosed amount, to extend its better-for-you snacks and confections offer.

🌱 PepsiCo is accelerating the development of plant-based foods it hopes could one day rival sales generated by some of its popular chip, tea and soda brands.

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This is a web version of FoodHack's 'This Week In Food' newsletter. Sign up here to receive the next edition to your inbox.

The Digest 🧠

💡Apply now: Our friends at ProVeg Incubator have just opened their applications to the 2021 accelerator programme. Since its launch in 2018, the Berlin-based ProVeg Incubator has worked with over 50 startups from around the world (raising a total of €35 million+) and this year is calling on any pioneering plant-based, fermentation, and cultured-food startups to apply to the programme before Sunday, 18th July. (sponsored)

📈 What’s Up: Online and plant-based protein sales show no sign of waning in the wake of the pandemic, having seen extraordinary growth through the past year. 20% of respondents to the 2021 Food & Health Survey by the International Food Information Council shop online for groceries at least weekly, and 24% are eating more plant protein than one year ago. 

📉 What’s Down: Coca-Cola is discontinuing sales of Coca-Cola Energy in North America. The firm has been pruning brands for some time to focus on “drinks that are growing and have the potential to achieve a large scale”.

💸 Funding: See all 17 rounds here including $170M to scale up cell-based meat subsidiary, Good Meat, €6.1M for Berlin-based Vly and its yellow pea-based milk, €1.7M for Volta Greentech's to build the “world’s largest algae factory" and plenty more juicy funding news inside.

p.s. fundraising for your startup? Apply here to get your deck in front of leading foodtech investors. Deadline: 26th May.

Startups 💡

mosa

🧫 Dutch cellular agriculture pioneer Mosa Meat has reduced the cost of its cultivated fat by 66 times, meaning it now costs 1.52% of what it cost in September 2019. 

📲 Southeast Asian food commerce ‘super app’ Gojek and e-commerce platform Tokopedia are merging into a new entity called GoTo in a deal worth $18B, marking Indonesia’s biggest M&A transaction to date.

🐮 Spanish dairy firm Calidad Pascual’s innovation arm, Pascual Innoventures, has launched what it claims is the “world’s first incubator program for cellular agriculture in the dairy industry”, dubbed Mylkubator, to support cell-based milk startups.

🌭 UK-based Ivy Farm Technologies is gearing up to launch cell-cultured sausages in markets and restaurants by 2023, and is kicking off its fundraising efforts to try and raise £16M to create a R&D facility.

🥬  Estonian startup Click & Grow met its $35,000 Kickstarter funding goal in just 20 minutes for its smart tabletop farm that, in the company’s own words, “works like a Nespresso coffee machine, only instead of coffee pods, you use biodegradable Smart Soil plant pods to grow fresh greens all year round.”

🐄 Superbrewed Food is making dairy alternatives through fermentation, in order to “feed good gut health to people”. It has been operating in stealth mode, with a view to launch its first products in the second half of the year.

🍔 US alt meat brand AKUA has launched what it claims is the “world’s first kelp burger”, made from sustainably-produced seaweed, which requires no fresh water, fertiliser, feed, or arable land, and it helps keep the oceans healthy by filtering carbon and nitrogen from the water.



Sponsored by F&A Next

Last Call: Grab a ticket to the AgriFoodTech event of the year The F&A Next Summit is coming up next Wednesday, 26th May and the speaker line-up is pretty insane:

From the founders of Mosa Meat (cell-based meat), BIOMILQ (cultivated breastmilk) and Crisp (online supermarket) to the investors at Astanor ($325M fund), Anterra Capital ($200M fund) and Blue Horizon Ventures (€183M fund). 

What to expect this year: 
- Hear pitches from 8 leading Food & Agtech startups
- Discover talks across the 'impact of innovation' in food
- Meet your next investor (seriously, this founder did)
- Network with fellow startups, scale-ups, investors and corporates 

Grab a last minute ticket here - and use the code FHK-FaNext21 for 25% off.


Plant-Based 🌱

wildwestland

🤠 Those Vegan Cowboys are launching their WildWestLand plant-based ‘fromance’ cheeses, designed in collaboration with dairy expert ‘WildWestLand Annie’, in Albert Heijn stores across the Netherlands in June.

🥛 Oatly went public on the Nasdaq, opening at $22.10 per share, a 30% increase on its initial IPO price of $17 per share, resulting in a valuation of over US$13.1B. With shares of founders Björn & Rickard Öste reportedly now worth US$600M+ discover the story behind the brothers unlikely road to success.

🍔 Impossible Foods is partnering with 7-Eleven Singapore to make its convenience store debut in Asia at over 300 locations in the city-state. The award-winning bleeding plant-based Impossible Deluxe Burger will be served with sautéed white button mushrooms and fresh spinach, accompanied by sour cream sauce on the buns, in a recipe crafted by 7-Eleven chefs.

🍝 Beyond Meat is launching its plant-based Beyond Meatballs at 2,100 Walmart stores across the US in June, and will celebrate by hosting barbecues in front of Walmart stores in Dallas and Southern California.

🐷 Hong Kong’s Green Monday’s Omnifoods arm has announced double-digit price reductions for its Omnipork plant-based pork analogues, bringing them to parity with conventional pork products in Hong Kong.

🐓 Thailand’s largest pork and poultry producer, Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC, has unveiled a new plant-based range. It is aiming to make MEAT ZERO the top vegan meat brand in Asia by 2022, and in the world’s top three by 2026.

🍜 Japan’s Next Meats Co is collaborating with IKEA Japan to launch the “world’s first plant-based Japanese beef bowl”,  the NEXT Gyudon, which is topped with its signature plant-based beef.

🥛 Milkadamia has launched a ‘Milkman 2.0’ service across the US to deliver its macadamia milks directly to its customers' doorsteps, for maximum convenience. 

🧀 Miyoko’s Creamery has launched a line of kid-friendly snackable vegan cheese sticks, made with Miyoko’s Plant Milk (made with coconut oil, oats, and chickpeas) along with unique ingredients such as fava beans, pineapple, and hemp seed butter.

Big Food🕴

Kellogsbowlbot

🥣 Kellogg’s Away From Home foodservice division has partnered with Chowbotics to pilot a cereal dispensing robot, The Kellogg’s Bowl Bot, at two universities in the US, with a special (extra delicious) menu programmed for students.

🍴 Burger King has partnered with FoodStars to trial its first-ever delivery-only ghost kitchen operation in London, as food delivery is expected to remain a popular choice in the wake of the pandemic.

🍦 Häagen-Dazs has unveiled a new, indulgent ice cream collection inspired by iconic, rum-based cocktails, just in time for summer in the UK. 

🍬 Hershey is acquiring low-sugar brand Lily’s, which produces a wide range of stevia-sweetened food products, for an undisclosed amount, to extend its better-for-you snacks and confections offer.

🌱 PepsiCo is accelerating the development of plant-based foods it hopes could one day rival sales generated by some of its popular chip, tea and soda brands.

This is a web version of FoodHack's 'This Week In Food' newsletter. Sign up here to receive the next edition to your inbox.

The Digest 🧠

💡Apply now: Our friends at ProVeg Incubator have just opened their applications to the 2021 accelerator programme. Since its launch in 2018, the Berlin-based ProVeg Incubator has worked with over 50 startups from around the world (raising a total of €35 million+) and this year is calling on any pioneering plant-based, fermentation, and cultured-food startups to apply to the programme before Sunday, 18th July. (sponsored)

📈 What’s Up: Online and plant-based protein sales show no sign of waning in the wake of the pandemic, having seen extraordinary growth through the past year. 20% of respondents to the 2021 Food & Health Survey by the International Food Information Council shop online for groceries at least weekly, and 24% are eating more plant protein than one year ago. 

📉 What’s Down: Coca-Cola is discontinuing sales of Coca-Cola Energy in North America. The firm has been pruning brands for some time to focus on “drinks that are growing and have the potential to achieve a large scale”.

💸 Funding: See all 17 rounds here including $170M to scale up cell-based meat subsidiary, Good Meat, €6.1M for Berlin-based Vly and its yellow pea-based milk, €1.7M for Volta Greentech's to build the “world’s largest algae factory" and plenty more juicy funding news inside.

p.s. fundraising for your startup? Apply here to get your deck in front of leading foodtech investors. Deadline: 26th May.

Startups 💡

mosa

🧫 Dutch cellular agriculture pioneer Mosa Meat has reduced the cost of its cultivated fat by 66 times, meaning it now costs 1.52% of what it cost in September 2019. 

📲 Southeast Asian food commerce ‘super app’ Gojek and e-commerce platform Tokopedia are merging into a new entity called GoTo in a deal worth $18B, marking Indonesia’s biggest M&A transaction to date.

🐮 Spanish dairy firm Calidad Pascual’s innovation arm, Pascual Innoventures, has launched what it claims is the “world’s first incubator program for cellular agriculture in the dairy industry”, dubbed Mylkubator, to support cell-based milk startups.

🌭 UK-based Ivy Farm Technologies is gearing up to launch cell-cultured sausages in markets and restaurants by 2023, and is kicking off its fundraising efforts to try and raise £16M to create a R&D facility.

🥬  Estonian startup Click & Grow met its $35,000 Kickstarter funding goal in just 20 minutes for its smart tabletop farm that, in the company’s own words, “works like a Nespresso coffee machine, only instead of coffee pods, you use biodegradable Smart Soil plant pods to grow fresh greens all year round.”

🐄 Superbrewed Food is making dairy alternatives through fermentation, in order to “feed good gut health to people”. It has been operating in stealth mode, with a view to launch its first products in the second half of the year.

🍔 US alt meat brand AKUA has launched what it claims is the “world’s first kelp burger”, made from sustainably-produced seaweed, which requires no fresh water, fertiliser, feed, or arable land, and it helps keep the oceans healthy by filtering carbon and nitrogen from the water.



Sponsored by F&A Next

Last Call: Grab a ticket to the AgriFoodTech event of the year The F&A Next Summit is coming up next Wednesday, 26th May and the speaker line-up is pretty insane:

From the founders of Mosa Meat (cell-based meat), BIOMILQ (cultivated breastmilk) and Crisp (online supermarket) to the investors at Astanor ($325M fund), Anterra Capital ($200M fund) and Blue Horizon Ventures (€183M fund). 

What to expect this year: 
- Hear pitches from 8 leading Food & Agtech startups
- Discover talks across the 'impact of innovation' in food
- Meet your next investor (seriously, this founder did)
- Network with fellow startups, scale-ups, investors and corporates 

Grab a last minute ticket here - and use the code FHK-FaNext21 for 25% off.


Plant-Based 🌱

wildwestland

🤠 Those Vegan Cowboys are launching their WildWestLand plant-based ‘fromance’ cheeses, designed in collaboration with dairy expert ‘WildWestLand Annie’, in Albert Heijn stores across the Netherlands in June.

🥛 Oatly went public on the Nasdaq, opening at $22.10 per share, a 30% increase on its initial IPO price of $17 per share, resulting in a valuation of over US$13.1B. With shares of founders Björn & Rickard Öste reportedly now worth US$600M+ discover the story behind the brothers unlikely road to success.

🍔 Impossible Foods is partnering with 7-Eleven Singapore to make its convenience store debut in Asia at over 300 locations in the city-state. The award-winning bleeding plant-based Impossible Deluxe Burger will be served with sautéed white button mushrooms and fresh spinach, accompanied by sour cream sauce on the buns, in a recipe crafted by 7-Eleven chefs.

🍝 Beyond Meat is launching its plant-based Beyond Meatballs at 2,100 Walmart stores across the US in June, and will celebrate by hosting barbecues in front of Walmart stores in Dallas and Southern California.

🐷 Hong Kong’s Green Monday’s Omnifoods arm has announced double-digit price reductions for its Omnipork plant-based pork analogues, bringing them to parity with conventional pork products in Hong Kong.

🐓 Thailand’s largest pork and poultry producer, Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC, has unveiled a new plant-based range. It is aiming to make MEAT ZERO the top vegan meat brand in Asia by 2022, and in the world’s top three by 2026.

🍜 Japan’s Next Meats Co is collaborating with IKEA Japan to launch the “world’s first plant-based Japanese beef bowl”,  the NEXT Gyudon, which is topped with its signature plant-based beef.

🥛 Milkadamia has launched a ‘Milkman 2.0’ service across the US to deliver its macadamia milks directly to its customers' doorsteps, for maximum convenience. 

🧀 Miyoko’s Creamery has launched a line of kid-friendly snackable vegan cheese sticks, made with Miyoko’s Plant Milk (made with coconut oil, oats, and chickpeas) along with unique ingredients such as fava beans, pineapple, and hemp seed butter.

Big Food🕴

Kellogsbowlbot

🥣 Kellogg’s Away From Home foodservice division has partnered with Chowbotics to pilot a cereal dispensing robot, The Kellogg’s Bowl Bot, at two universities in the US, with a special (extra delicious) menu programmed for students.

🍴 Burger King has partnered with FoodStars to trial its first-ever delivery-only ghost kitchen operation in London, as food delivery is expected to remain a popular choice in the wake of the pandemic.

🍦 Häagen-Dazs has unveiled a new, indulgent ice cream collection inspired by iconic, rum-based cocktails, just in time for summer in the UK. 

🍬 Hershey is acquiring low-sugar brand Lily’s, which produces a wide range of stevia-sweetened food products, for an undisclosed amount, to extend its better-for-you snacks and confections offer.

🌱 PepsiCo is accelerating the development of plant-based foods it hopes could one day rival sales generated by some of its popular chip, tea and soda brands.

This is a web version of FoodHack's 'This Week In Food' newsletter. Sign up here to receive the next edition to your inbox.

The Digest 🧠

💡Apply now: Our friends at ProVeg Incubator have just opened their applications to the 2021 accelerator programme. Since its launch in 2018, the Berlin-based ProVeg Incubator has worked with over 50 startups from around the world (raising a total of €35 million+) and this year is calling on any pioneering plant-based, fermentation, and cultured-food startups to apply to the programme before Sunday, 18th July. (sponsored)

📈 What’s Up: Online and plant-based protein sales show no sign of waning in the wake of the pandemic, having seen extraordinary growth through the past year. 20% of respondents to the 2021 Food & Health Survey by the International Food Information Council shop online for groceries at least weekly, and 24% are eating more plant protein than one year ago. 

📉 What’s Down: Coca-Cola is discontinuing sales of Coca-Cola Energy in North America. The firm has been pruning brands for some time to focus on “drinks that are growing and have the potential to achieve a large scale”.

💸 Funding: See all 17 rounds here including $170M to scale up cell-based meat subsidiary, Good Meat, €6.1M for Berlin-based Vly and its yellow pea-based milk, €1.7M for Volta Greentech's to build the “world’s largest algae factory" and plenty more juicy funding news inside.

p.s. fundraising for your startup? Apply here to get your deck in front of leading foodtech investors. Deadline: 26th May.

Startups 💡

mosa

🧫 Dutch cellular agriculture pioneer Mosa Meat has reduced the cost of its cultivated fat by 66 times, meaning it now costs 1.52% of what it cost in September 2019. 

📲 Southeast Asian food commerce ‘super app’ Gojek and e-commerce platform Tokopedia are merging into a new entity called GoTo in a deal worth $18B, marking Indonesia’s biggest M&A transaction to date.

🐮 Spanish dairy firm Calidad Pascual’s innovation arm, Pascual Innoventures, has launched what it claims is the “world’s first incubator program for cellular agriculture in the dairy industry”, dubbed Mylkubator, to support cell-based milk startups.

🌭 UK-based Ivy Farm Technologies is gearing up to launch cell-cultured sausages in markets and restaurants by 2023, and is kicking off its fundraising efforts to try and raise £16M to create a R&D facility.

🥬  Estonian startup Click & Grow met its $35,000 Kickstarter funding goal in just 20 minutes for its smart tabletop farm that, in the company’s own words, “works like a Nespresso coffee machine, only instead of coffee pods, you use biodegradable Smart Soil plant pods to grow fresh greens all year round.”

🐄 Superbrewed Food is making dairy alternatives through fermentation, in order to “feed good gut health to people”. It has been operating in stealth mode, with a view to launch its first products in the second half of the year.

🍔 US alt meat brand AKUA has launched what it claims is the “world’s first kelp burger”, made from sustainably-produced seaweed, which requires no fresh water, fertiliser, feed, or arable land, and it helps keep the oceans healthy by filtering carbon and nitrogen from the water.



Sponsored by F&A Next

Last Call: Grab a ticket to the AgriFoodTech event of the year The F&A Next Summit is coming up next Wednesday, 26th May and the speaker line-up is pretty insane:

From the founders of Mosa Meat (cell-based meat), BIOMILQ (cultivated breastmilk) and Crisp (online supermarket) to the investors at Astanor ($325M fund), Anterra Capital ($200M fund) and Blue Horizon Ventures (€183M fund). 

What to expect this year: 
- Hear pitches from 8 leading Food & Agtech startups
- Discover talks across the 'impact of innovation' in food
- Meet your next investor (seriously, this founder did)
- Network with fellow startups, scale-ups, investors and corporates 

Grab a last minute ticket here - and use the code FHK-FaNext21 for 25% off.


Plant-Based 🌱

wildwestland

🤠 Those Vegan Cowboys are launching their WildWestLand plant-based ‘fromance’ cheeses, designed in collaboration with dairy expert ‘WildWestLand Annie’, in Albert Heijn stores across the Netherlands in June.

🥛 Oatly went public on the Nasdaq, opening at $22.10 per share, a 30% increase on its initial IPO price of $17 per share, resulting in a valuation of over US$13.1B. With shares of founders Björn & Rickard Öste reportedly now worth US$600M+ discover the story behind the brothers unlikely road to success.

🍔 Impossible Foods is partnering with 7-Eleven Singapore to make its convenience store debut in Asia at over 300 locations in the city-state. The award-winning bleeding plant-based Impossible Deluxe Burger will be served with sautéed white button mushrooms and fresh spinach, accompanied by sour cream sauce on the buns, in a recipe crafted by 7-Eleven chefs.

🍝 Beyond Meat is launching its plant-based Beyond Meatballs at 2,100 Walmart stores across the US in June, and will celebrate by hosting barbecues in front of Walmart stores in Dallas and Southern California.

🐷 Hong Kong’s Green Monday’s Omnifoods arm has announced double-digit price reductions for its Omnipork plant-based pork analogues, bringing them to parity with conventional pork products in Hong Kong.

🐓 Thailand’s largest pork and poultry producer, Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC, has unveiled a new plant-based range. It is aiming to make MEAT ZERO the top vegan meat brand in Asia by 2022, and in the world’s top three by 2026.

🍜 Japan’s Next Meats Co is collaborating with IKEA Japan to launch the “world’s first plant-based Japanese beef bowl”,  the NEXT Gyudon, which is topped with its signature plant-based beef.

🥛 Milkadamia has launched a ‘Milkman 2.0’ service across the US to deliver its macadamia milks directly to its customers' doorsteps, for maximum convenience. 

🧀 Miyoko’s Creamery has launched a line of kid-friendly snackable vegan cheese sticks, made with Miyoko’s Plant Milk (made with coconut oil, oats, and chickpeas) along with unique ingredients such as fava beans, pineapple, and hemp seed butter.

Big Food🕴

Kellogsbowlbot

🥣 Kellogg’s Away From Home foodservice division has partnered with Chowbotics to pilot a cereal dispensing robot, The Kellogg’s Bowl Bot, at two universities in the US, with a special (extra delicious) menu programmed for students.

🍴 Burger King has partnered with FoodStars to trial its first-ever delivery-only ghost kitchen operation in London, as food delivery is expected to remain a popular choice in the wake of the pandemic.

🍦 Häagen-Dazs has unveiled a new, indulgent ice cream collection inspired by iconic, rum-based cocktails, just in time for summer in the UK. 

🍬 Hershey is acquiring low-sugar brand Lily’s, which produces a wide range of stevia-sweetened food products, for an undisclosed amount, to extend its better-for-you snacks and confections offer.

🌱 PepsiCo is accelerating the development of plant-based foods it hopes could one day rival sales generated by some of its popular chip, tea and soda brands.

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