This Week: Beyond looks beyond meat after announcing a joint venture with Pepsi to make plant-based drinks and snacks

This Week: Beyond looks beyond meat after announcing a joint venture with Pepsi to make plant-based drinks and snacks

By
Nicola Spalding
January 30, 2021

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Weekly Digest

  • 📈 What’s Up: Beyond looks beyond meat. The plant-based meat producer’s stock jumped as much as 39% Tuesday after announcing a joint venture with Pepsi to make plant-based drinks and snacks.
  • 📉What’s Down: After the unprecedented boom in premium CPG in 2020, consumers will shift towards value and private label brands through 2021, and will also prefer smaller sizes over large packs due to pandemic-induced penny pinching, according to a consumer trend report from IRI.
  • 👀 Discover: This week’s selection included plant-based dumplings and moon cakes alongside vitamin water and energy bites. Check out the top 3 products that topped the charts this week.

  • 💰Funding: See all 18 (!) companies who closed rounds this week including a massive $530M for Deliveroo’s Finnish rival, a chickpea snack brand that's snacking on $50M in new funding, the Swiss cultivated meat startup that closed $2.1M and a whole lot more.

  • 💸Fundraising? Looking for funding for your Food, Beverage, FoodTech or AgTech startup? Get your deck in front of 130+ of the top VC’s, CVC’s, business angels & family offices in this space. Apply here before 17th Feb.
  • 🐖Meat Meatable: Mark Kotter, Co-Founder of Meatable the cultured meat startup thats raised $10 million in funding will be speaking at the upcoming FoodHack event. If you're into cell-tech, you don't want to miss this.


Sponsored

Last Call: Apply to StartLife Accelerate Wageningen before February 1st 🚀

StartLife is the #1 acceleration program for Foodtech & Agtech startups to validate customer segments, raise funding and access leading corporates and investors in the industry.  

If you're looking to boost your agrifoodtech startup in 2021, make sure to apply for StartLife's 12-week acceleration program before Monday February 1st.

Apply here (it’s free)


Startups

  • 🍕Ever seen people this excited about pizza? 👆PizzaForno is bringing its ‘automated pizza ovens’ (pizza vending machines) to the US next month. Each automatic kiosk dispenses fresh pizza in just two minutes.
  • 🌎Climate-friendly cooking: new online tool My Emissions, developed in partnership with WP Recipe Maker, automatically calculates the carbon footprint of recipes using its ingredients and allows food blogs and websites to add carbon labels to their recipes for users to better understand their consumption choices. Similarly in this space is Swiss-based Eaternity.
  • 📝UK tech startup Whisk has partnered with British supermarket Sainsbury’s to turn any recipe on the Whisk network into a smart shopping list through AI, which it can then order directly through Sainsbury’s for click & collect or delivery.
  • 🥟Wow Bao’s virtual restaurant concept, which allows other restaurants to make and serve its products to sell on via third-party delivery channels as a way for them to coin in some extra revenue, will grow to over 1100 locations by the end of 2021, up from 150 right now.
  • 🧀Random: People keep sending me experimental foods to try and I keep posting my honest reviews online. Have something you'd like me to try? Reply and I'll send you my address.

Plant-based

  • 🍆British retailer Marks & Spencer, well-known for its mildly risqué food innovations (‘The Love Sausage’, anyone?), has launched a vegan eggplant-shaped Easter egg under its Plant Kitchen line, to ‘brighten up your January in all its aubergine-shaped glory’. *fans self* Don’t they know it’s not Easter until April?!

  • 🍦Vegans the world over rejoice as Ben & Jerry’s launches vegan Phish Food ice cream, made with almond milk, having worked with its marshmallow supplier for over a year to develop gelatin-free marshmallows for its signature whipped swirls.

  • 🌹Italian plant-based brand Flower Burger is launching its first UK store in London in April, to sell its colourful vegan fast food made from all-natural ingredients, and is marking the event with a brand new ‘Jungle’ burger which has a bright green bun made from turmeric and spirulina.
  • 🥚A recent Stanford grad has developed Peggs, a vegan egg substitute based on chickpeas, in her home kitchen during lockdown last year. The product is climate-friendly, clean-labelled and comes in a shelf-stable powdered format to reduce waste.
  • 🍳Plant-based pioneer Eat Just is launching Just Egg sous vide bites, developed in collaboration with sous vide experts Cuisine Solutions, in a ready-to-eat format designed to make its mung-bean based egg products more convenient for consumers.

Big Food

  • 🍄 Mondelēz Snack Futures is launching Vitality Nut Butters enriched with powdered mushroom blends, as part of its focus on a snacking category it has dubbed ‘ready-to-eat care’ which combines nourishment from a snack with nutritional credentials typical of the supplements space.
  • 🥣 Don’t go breaking my heart: General Mills is bringing back its limited-edition heart-shaped Os to its Cheerios to bring more awareness to a heart-healthy lifestyle, as the wholegrain cereals may help lower cholesterol, a big factor in cardiac health.
  • 📦 Only Smarties have the answer: Nestlé is moving all Smarties products worldwide to paper packaging, in what it claims is a world first, replacing 250M plastic packs sold globally each year.

🍿 Snack attack:

  • The Hershey Company is launching a new chocolatey crisps and peanut butter candy bar in the US, the Whozeewhatszit bar, named in a competition held last year, marking the first extension to its Whatchamacallit range in a decade.

Trends

Sustainability, nutrition and personalisation are just three emerging consumer desires. And the pet food industry - expected to hit revenues of $128.4 billion globally by 2022 - is responding to these demands with an array of new developments.

This week in FoodHack+ you’ll discover:

  • The trends and consumers that are driving the shift for better dog food
  • 2x case studies: The new plant-based pet food brand that's entered the pack and a subscription-based dog food startup that's raised £15 million
  • List of 20+ companies in this space - from insect protein pioneers to cultivated meat for your furry friends.
  • Our predictions on what's next for the dog food sector.

Find out more about what we’re feeding man’s best friend over on FoodHack+

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Weekly Digest

  • 📈 What’s Up: Beyond looks beyond meat. The plant-based meat producer’s stock jumped as much as 39% Tuesday after announcing a joint venture with Pepsi to make plant-based drinks and snacks.
  • 📉What’s Down: After the unprecedented boom in premium CPG in 2020, consumers will shift towards value and private label brands through 2021, and will also prefer smaller sizes over large packs due to pandemic-induced penny pinching, according to a consumer trend report from IRI.
  • 👀 Discover: This week’s selection included plant-based dumplings and moon cakes alongside vitamin water and energy bites. Check out the top 3 products that topped the charts this week.

  • 💰Funding: See all 18 (!) companies who closed rounds this week including a massive $530M for Deliveroo’s Finnish rival, a chickpea snack brand that's snacking on $50M in new funding, the Swiss cultivated meat startup that closed $2.1M and a whole lot more.

  • 💸Fundraising? Looking for funding for your Food, Beverage, FoodTech or AgTech startup? Get your deck in front of 130+ of the top VC’s, CVC’s, business angels & family offices in this space. Apply here before 17th Feb.
  • 🐖Meat Meatable: Mark Kotter, Co-Founder of Meatable the cultured meat startup thats raised $10 million in funding will be speaking at the upcoming FoodHack event. If you're into cell-tech, you don't want to miss this.


Sponsored

Last Call: Apply to StartLife Accelerate Wageningen before February 1st 🚀

StartLife is the #1 acceleration program for Foodtech & Agtech startups to validate customer segments, raise funding and access leading corporates and investors in the industry.  

If you're looking to boost your agrifoodtech startup in 2021, make sure to apply for StartLife's 12-week acceleration program before Monday February 1st.

Apply here (it’s free)


Startups

  • 🍕Ever seen people this excited about pizza? 👆PizzaForno is bringing its ‘automated pizza ovens’ (pizza vending machines) to the US next month. Each automatic kiosk dispenses fresh pizza in just two minutes.
  • 🌎Climate-friendly cooking: new online tool My Emissions, developed in partnership with WP Recipe Maker, automatically calculates the carbon footprint of recipes using its ingredients and allows food blogs and websites to add carbon labels to their recipes for users to better understand their consumption choices. Similarly in this space is Swiss-based Eaternity.
  • 📝UK tech startup Whisk has partnered with British supermarket Sainsbury’s to turn any recipe on the Whisk network into a smart shopping list through AI, which it can then order directly through Sainsbury’s for click & collect or delivery.
  • 🥟Wow Bao’s virtual restaurant concept, which allows other restaurants to make and serve its products to sell on via third-party delivery channels as a way for them to coin in some extra revenue, will grow to over 1100 locations by the end of 2021, up from 150 right now.
  • 🧀Random: People keep sending me experimental foods to try and I keep posting my honest reviews online. Have something you'd like me to try? Reply and I'll send you my address.

Plant-based

  • 🍆British retailer Marks & Spencer, well-known for its mildly risqué food innovations (‘The Love Sausage’, anyone?), has launched a vegan eggplant-shaped Easter egg under its Plant Kitchen line, to ‘brighten up your January in all its aubergine-shaped glory’. *fans self* Don’t they know it’s not Easter until April?!

  • 🍦Vegans the world over rejoice as Ben & Jerry’s launches vegan Phish Food ice cream, made with almond milk, having worked with its marshmallow supplier for over a year to develop gelatin-free marshmallows for its signature whipped swirls.

  • 🌹Italian plant-based brand Flower Burger is launching its first UK store in London in April, to sell its colourful vegan fast food made from all-natural ingredients, and is marking the event with a brand new ‘Jungle’ burger which has a bright green bun made from turmeric and spirulina.
  • 🥚A recent Stanford grad has developed Peggs, a vegan egg substitute based on chickpeas, in her home kitchen during lockdown last year. The product is climate-friendly, clean-labelled and comes in a shelf-stable powdered format to reduce waste.
  • 🍳Plant-based pioneer Eat Just is launching Just Egg sous vide bites, developed in collaboration with sous vide experts Cuisine Solutions, in a ready-to-eat format designed to make its mung-bean based egg products more convenient for consumers.

Big Food

  • 🍄 Mondelēz Snack Futures is launching Vitality Nut Butters enriched with powdered mushroom blends, as part of its focus on a snacking category it has dubbed ‘ready-to-eat care’ which combines nourishment from a snack with nutritional credentials typical of the supplements space.
  • 🥣 Don’t go breaking my heart: General Mills is bringing back its limited-edition heart-shaped Os to its Cheerios to bring more awareness to a heart-healthy lifestyle, as the wholegrain cereals may help lower cholesterol, a big factor in cardiac health.
  • 📦 Only Smarties have the answer: Nestlé is moving all Smarties products worldwide to paper packaging, in what it claims is a world first, replacing 250M plastic packs sold globally each year.

🍿 Snack attack:

  • The Hershey Company is launching a new chocolatey crisps and peanut butter candy bar in the US, the Whozeewhatszit bar, named in a competition held last year, marking the first extension to its Whatchamacallit range in a decade.

Trends

Sustainability, nutrition and personalisation are just three emerging consumer desires. And the pet food industry - expected to hit revenues of $128.4 billion globally by 2022 - is responding to these demands with an array of new developments.

This week in FoodHack+ you’ll discover:

  • The trends and consumers that are driving the shift for better dog food
  • 2x case studies: The new plant-based pet food brand that's entered the pack and a subscription-based dog food startup that's raised £15 million
  • List of 20+ companies in this space - from insect protein pioneers to cultivated meat for your furry friends.
  • Our predictions on what's next for the dog food sector.

Find out more about what we’re feeding man’s best friend over on FoodHack+

Subscribe to This Week In Food:

Subscribe to This Week In Food:

Weekly Digest

  • 📈 What’s Up: Beyond looks beyond meat. The plant-based meat producer’s stock jumped as much as 39% Tuesday after announcing a joint venture with Pepsi to make plant-based drinks and snacks.
  • 📉What’s Down: After the unprecedented boom in premium CPG in 2020, consumers will shift towards value and private label brands through 2021, and will also prefer smaller sizes over large packs due to pandemic-induced penny pinching, according to a consumer trend report from IRI.
  • 👀 Discover: This week’s selection included plant-based dumplings and moon cakes alongside vitamin water and energy bites. Check out the top 3 products that topped the charts this week.

  • 💰Funding: See all 18 (!) companies who closed rounds this week including a massive $530M for Deliveroo’s Finnish rival, a chickpea snack brand that's snacking on $50M in new funding, the Swiss cultivated meat startup that closed $2.1M and a whole lot more.

  • 💸Fundraising? Looking for funding for your Food, Beverage, FoodTech or AgTech startup? Get your deck in front of 130+ of the top VC’s, CVC’s, business angels & family offices in this space. Apply here before 17th Feb.
  • 🐖Meat Meatable: Mark Kotter, Co-Founder of Meatable the cultured meat startup thats raised $10 million in funding will be speaking at the upcoming FoodHack event. If you're into cell-tech, you don't want to miss this.


Sponsored

Last Call: Apply to StartLife Accelerate Wageningen before February 1st 🚀

StartLife is the #1 acceleration program for Foodtech & Agtech startups to validate customer segments, raise funding and access leading corporates and investors in the industry.  

If you're looking to boost your agrifoodtech startup in 2021, make sure to apply for StartLife's 12-week acceleration program before Monday February 1st.

Apply here (it’s free)


Startups

  • 🍕Ever seen people this excited about pizza? 👆PizzaForno is bringing its ‘automated pizza ovens’ (pizza vending machines) to the US next month. Each automatic kiosk dispenses fresh pizza in just two minutes.
  • 🌎Climate-friendly cooking: new online tool My Emissions, developed in partnership with WP Recipe Maker, automatically calculates the carbon footprint of recipes using its ingredients and allows food blogs and websites to add carbon labels to their recipes for users to better understand their consumption choices. Similarly in this space is Swiss-based Eaternity.
  • 📝UK tech startup Whisk has partnered with British supermarket Sainsbury’s to turn any recipe on the Whisk network into a smart shopping list through AI, which it can then order directly through Sainsbury’s for click & collect or delivery.
  • 🥟Wow Bao’s virtual restaurant concept, which allows other restaurants to make and serve its products to sell on via third-party delivery channels as a way for them to coin in some extra revenue, will grow to over 1100 locations by the end of 2021, up from 150 right now.
  • 🧀Random: People keep sending me experimental foods to try and I keep posting my honest reviews online. Have something you'd like me to try? Reply and I'll send you my address.

Plant-based

  • 🍆British retailer Marks & Spencer, well-known for its mildly risqué food innovations (‘The Love Sausage’, anyone?), has launched a vegan eggplant-shaped Easter egg under its Plant Kitchen line, to ‘brighten up your January in all its aubergine-shaped glory’. *fans self* Don’t they know it’s not Easter until April?!

  • 🍦Vegans the world over rejoice as Ben & Jerry’s launches vegan Phish Food ice cream, made with almond milk, having worked with its marshmallow supplier for over a year to develop gelatin-free marshmallows for its signature whipped swirls.

  • 🌹Italian plant-based brand Flower Burger is launching its first UK store in London in April, to sell its colourful vegan fast food made from all-natural ingredients, and is marking the event with a brand new ‘Jungle’ burger which has a bright green bun made from turmeric and spirulina.
  • 🥚A recent Stanford grad has developed Peggs, a vegan egg substitute based on chickpeas, in her home kitchen during lockdown last year. The product is climate-friendly, clean-labelled and comes in a shelf-stable powdered format to reduce waste.
  • 🍳Plant-based pioneer Eat Just is launching Just Egg sous vide bites, developed in collaboration with sous vide experts Cuisine Solutions, in a ready-to-eat format designed to make its mung-bean based egg products more convenient for consumers.

Big Food

  • 🍄 Mondelēz Snack Futures is launching Vitality Nut Butters enriched with powdered mushroom blends, as part of its focus on a snacking category it has dubbed ‘ready-to-eat care’ which combines nourishment from a snack with nutritional credentials typical of the supplements space.
  • 🥣 Don’t go breaking my heart: General Mills is bringing back its limited-edition heart-shaped Os to its Cheerios to bring more awareness to a heart-healthy lifestyle, as the wholegrain cereals may help lower cholesterol, a big factor in cardiac health.
  • 📦 Only Smarties have the answer: Nestlé is moving all Smarties products worldwide to paper packaging, in what it claims is a world first, replacing 250M plastic packs sold globally each year.

🍿 Snack attack:

  • The Hershey Company is launching a new chocolatey crisps and peanut butter candy bar in the US, the Whozeewhatszit bar, named in a competition held last year, marking the first extension to its Whatchamacallit range in a decade.

Trends

Sustainability, nutrition and personalisation are just three emerging consumer desires. And the pet food industry - expected to hit revenues of $128.4 billion globally by 2022 - is responding to these demands with an array of new developments.

This week in FoodHack+ you’ll discover:

  • The trends and consumers that are driving the shift for better dog food
  • 2x case studies: The new plant-based pet food brand that's entered the pack and a subscription-based dog food startup that's raised £15 million
  • List of 20+ companies in this space - from insect protein pioneers to cultivated meat for your furry friends.
  • Our predictions on what's next for the dog food sector.

Find out more about what we’re feeding man’s best friend over on FoodHack+

Subscribe to This Week In Food:

Subscribe to This Week In Food:

Weekly Digest

  • 📈 What’s Up: Beyond looks beyond meat. The plant-based meat producer’s stock jumped as much as 39% Tuesday after announcing a joint venture with Pepsi to make plant-based drinks and snacks.
  • 📉What’s Down: After the unprecedented boom in premium CPG in 2020, consumers will shift towards value and private label brands through 2021, and will also prefer smaller sizes over large packs due to pandemic-induced penny pinching, according to a consumer trend report from IRI.
  • 👀 Discover: This week’s selection included plant-based dumplings and moon cakes alongside vitamin water and energy bites. Check out the top 3 products that topped the charts this week.

  • 💰Funding: See all 18 (!) companies who closed rounds this week including a massive $530M for Deliveroo’s Finnish rival, a chickpea snack brand that's snacking on $50M in new funding, the Swiss cultivated meat startup that closed $2.1M and a whole lot more.

  • 💸Fundraising? Looking for funding for your Food, Beverage, FoodTech or AgTech startup? Get your deck in front of 130+ of the top VC’s, CVC’s, business angels & family offices in this space. Apply here before 17th Feb.
  • 🐖Meat Meatable: Mark Kotter, Co-Founder of Meatable the cultured meat startup thats raised $10 million in funding will be speaking at the upcoming FoodHack event. If you're into cell-tech, you don't want to miss this.


Sponsored

Last Call: Apply to StartLife Accelerate Wageningen before February 1st 🚀

StartLife is the #1 acceleration program for Foodtech & Agtech startups to validate customer segments, raise funding and access leading corporates and investors in the industry.  

If you're looking to boost your agrifoodtech startup in 2021, make sure to apply for StartLife's 12-week acceleration program before Monday February 1st.

Apply here (it’s free)


Startups

  • 🍕Ever seen people this excited about pizza? 👆PizzaForno is bringing its ‘automated pizza ovens’ (pizza vending machines) to the US next month. Each automatic kiosk dispenses fresh pizza in just two minutes.
  • 🌎Climate-friendly cooking: new online tool My Emissions, developed in partnership with WP Recipe Maker, automatically calculates the carbon footprint of recipes using its ingredients and allows food blogs and websites to add carbon labels to their recipes for users to better understand their consumption choices. Similarly in this space is Swiss-based Eaternity.
  • 📝UK tech startup Whisk has partnered with British supermarket Sainsbury’s to turn any recipe on the Whisk network into a smart shopping list through AI, which it can then order directly through Sainsbury’s for click & collect or delivery.
  • 🥟Wow Bao’s virtual restaurant concept, which allows other restaurants to make and serve its products to sell on via third-party delivery channels as a way for them to coin in some extra revenue, will grow to over 1100 locations by the end of 2021, up from 150 right now.
  • 🧀Random: People keep sending me experimental foods to try and I keep posting my honest reviews online. Have something you'd like me to try? Reply and I'll send you my address.

Plant-based

  • 🍆British retailer Marks & Spencer, well-known for its mildly risqué food innovations (‘The Love Sausage’, anyone?), has launched a vegan eggplant-shaped Easter egg under its Plant Kitchen line, to ‘brighten up your January in all its aubergine-shaped glory’. *fans self* Don’t they know it’s not Easter until April?!

  • 🍦Vegans the world over rejoice as Ben & Jerry’s launches vegan Phish Food ice cream, made with almond milk, having worked with its marshmallow supplier for over a year to develop gelatin-free marshmallows for its signature whipped swirls.

  • 🌹Italian plant-based brand Flower Burger is launching its first UK store in London in April, to sell its colourful vegan fast food made from all-natural ingredients, and is marking the event with a brand new ‘Jungle’ burger which has a bright green bun made from turmeric and spirulina.
  • 🥚A recent Stanford grad has developed Peggs, a vegan egg substitute based on chickpeas, in her home kitchen during lockdown last year. The product is climate-friendly, clean-labelled and comes in a shelf-stable powdered format to reduce waste.
  • 🍳Plant-based pioneer Eat Just is launching Just Egg sous vide bites, developed in collaboration with sous vide experts Cuisine Solutions, in a ready-to-eat format designed to make its mung-bean based egg products more convenient for consumers.

Big Food

  • 🍄 Mondelēz Snack Futures is launching Vitality Nut Butters enriched with powdered mushroom blends, as part of its focus on a snacking category it has dubbed ‘ready-to-eat care’ which combines nourishment from a snack with nutritional credentials typical of the supplements space.
  • 🥣 Don’t go breaking my heart: General Mills is bringing back its limited-edition heart-shaped Os to its Cheerios to bring more awareness to a heart-healthy lifestyle, as the wholegrain cereals may help lower cholesterol, a big factor in cardiac health.
  • 📦 Only Smarties have the answer: Nestlé is moving all Smarties products worldwide to paper packaging, in what it claims is a world first, replacing 250M plastic packs sold globally each year.

🍿 Snack attack:

  • The Hershey Company is launching a new chocolatey crisps and peanut butter candy bar in the US, the Whozeewhatszit bar, named in a competition held last year, marking the first extension to its Whatchamacallit range in a decade.

Trends

Sustainability, nutrition and personalisation are just three emerging consumer desires. And the pet food industry - expected to hit revenues of $128.4 billion globally by 2022 - is responding to these demands with an array of new developments.

This week in FoodHack+ you’ll discover:

  • The trends and consumers that are driving the shift for better dog food
  • 2x case studies: The new plant-based pet food brand that's entered the pack and a subscription-based dog food startup that's raised £15 million
  • List of 20+ companies in this space - from insect protein pioneers to cultivated meat for your furry friends.
  • Our predictions on what's next for the dog food sector.

Find out more about what we’re feeding man’s best friend over on FoodHack+

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