This Week In Food: Cultivated Meat Prices Keep Dropping And Chef Gordon Ramsay Joins Silk

This Week In Food: Cultivated Meat Prices Keep Dropping And Chef Gordon Ramsay Joins Silk

By
Nicola Spalding
July 30, 2021

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💡 The Digest

Cultured meat grown in a laboratory at the University of Maastricht, 2011. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

💡Good Reads: A comprehensive piece over on the Guardian about cellular agriculture and the possibilities, challenges and needs with bringing cell-based meat to the masses.

📈 What’s Up: Amazon recorded 44,000 searches for meat alternatives in the month of June, having seen a sales surge of 27% year-on-year.

📉 What’s Down: According to cell-meat startup Upside Foods, Cultivated meat costs are dropping faster than the cost of sequencing a human genome and we're now in $10-$100/lbs territory. 

🇮🇹 Governments around the world announced on Wednesday that they have formed coalitions to change the way we produce and consume food after the UN Pre-Summit in Rome, with technology and innovation at the heart of the mission.

🤝 FYI: Ticket prices for the FoodHack Summit (Oct. 5-6, Lausanne) increase on Sunday. Register now to hear from the founders of Oatly, Infarm, Taster, Astanor, Juicy Marbles and more. Use code NEWSLETTER-10 for a discount.

💸 New In Funding

🇨🇱 Chilean alternative protein food tech NotCo raised $235M Series D funding and gained its unicorn horn with a valuation of $1.5B. It uses a proprietary AI platform to create new plant-based dairy, egg and meat alternatives

🍼 Baby nutrition company ByHeart closed $90M Series B funding to accelerate commercialisation of its infant formula, which it claims is the first to include a breastfed reference arm in its clinical trials.

🥕 Colombian on-demand grocery delivery service Merqueo raised $50M Series C funding to expand its operations across Latin America. It sources directly from large brands and local suppliers to deliver to consumers directly from its dark store network. 

☕️ Spinn secured $20M in new funding for its connected coffee machine, which uses centrifugal force to spin coffee grounds for extraction, which the company says gives a more nuanced and flavourful cup of coffee than pressing.

⛽️ NovoNutrients raised $4.7M for its air protein product, made from captured CO2 emissions from oil, gas and cement-related plants. The brand says its protein can improve the amino acid profile of food products, and can be used in meat analogues as well as animal feeds.

💸 Find all 18 funding rounds of the week here including: NotCo, AppHarvest, HappyFresh, ByHeart, Merqueo, Spinn, ConverseNow, The Whole Truth, Frizata, NovoNutrients, Eden Brew, Hoow Foods, Small Robot Co., The University of Glasgow, Planty, Small Giants, Coco Bakery, GoodDot.


Sponsored by StartLife

Accelerating leading agrifoodtech startups

StartLife, Europe’s longest running and leading agrifoodtech accelerator, is calling on food & agtech startups to apply to its next cohort.

With introductions to leading corporates and Wageningen University experts, access to pre-seed and growth investors, and up to €250K as a convertible loan, StartLife supports the next generation of sustainable food startups to validate and scale up their business.

Apply here before the Monday 2nd of August deadline.


🌱 Plant & Cell Based

🥛 Chef Gordon Ramsay, notorious for being one of the biggest critics of veganism, is now an ambassador for plant-based brand Silk to promote its G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) oat milk.

🍖 Israeli food tech Redefine Meat has debuted five new products, made via its “hybrid” process of 3D printing technology and plant-based ingredients, at select restaurants and hotels in the country.

🧪 Future Fields unveiled its latest growth factor/recombinant protein, a lyophilised powder supplement that can directly replace Transferrin needs in cell culture and support with proving cost-effective growth factors.

🐑 New Zealand startup Berkano is developing plant-based lamb, beef and pork, in what it claims is a first for the country, and plans to launch in 2022.

🐟 British plant-based startup Moving Mountains has launched a plant-based fish fillet to tackle the 380 million portions of fish and chips eaten in the UK every year.

🍤 Dutch startup Novish has launched a new range of plant-based shrimps. Founded by the former CEO of a major Dutch shrimp firm, the startup offers burgers, finger sticks, bites and fillets and raised an undisclosed round back in January.

🥛 Green Boy Group launched its “dairy-grade” functional plant-based protein powder, designed specifically for the plant-based dairy industry, in four protein varieties: pea, mung bean, fava bean and chickpea.

🌱 Berkeley City Council voted to switch 50% of its current food expenses, which include jails, public events and care homes, to plant-based foods by 2024, following activism by animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere

🕴Big Food

Source: Skittles

🚀 Mars Wrigley has released new limited-edition Zero-G Skittles, which come in an aluminium pouch and feature blue and purple candies in a mix of three flavours, inspired by Jeff Bezos’ skittles shenanigans in space.

🍸 Campari Group unveiled its new range of non-alcoholic infusions, The Notes Collection, which “draws upon Campari’s experience in bitters and liqueurs” and is designed to be enjoyed as a serve or mixed with spirits.

🥬 Urban agriculture startup InFarm is partnering with Canadian retail giant Sobeys to sell its vertically-grown greens in over 1,000 retail locations across the country.

🍕 Pizza Hut has made Beyond Meat vegan meat toppings a permanent feature at its more than 400 Delivery Hut outlets across the UK, though its Beyond pizza options are not actually vegan as they also include mozzarella cheese.

🧀 Kraft Heinz has launched a vegan version of its iconic blue box Kraft Mac & Cheese in Australia, with adapted cooking instructions to suggest using soy milk instead of cow’s milk.

🛒 British supermarket Morrisons’ biggest shareholder, Silchester International, which holds a 14.4% stake, has rejected the proposed $6.3B Fortress takeover bid in the hope of attracting a better offer.


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💡 The Digest

Cultured meat grown in a laboratory at the University of Maastricht, 2011. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

💡Good Reads: A comprehensive piece over on the Guardian about cellular agriculture and the possibilities, challenges and needs with bringing cell-based meat to the masses.

📈 What’s Up: Amazon recorded 44,000 searches for meat alternatives in the month of June, having seen a sales surge of 27% year-on-year.

📉 What’s Down: According to cell-meat startup Upside Foods, Cultivated meat costs are dropping faster than the cost of sequencing a human genome and we're now in $10-$100/lbs territory. 

🇮🇹 Governments around the world announced on Wednesday that they have formed coalitions to change the way we produce and consume food after the UN Pre-Summit in Rome, with technology and innovation at the heart of the mission.

🤝 FYI: Ticket prices for the FoodHack Summit (Oct. 5-6, Lausanne) increase on Sunday. Register now to hear from the founders of Oatly, Infarm, Taster, Astanor, Juicy Marbles and more. Use code NEWSLETTER-10 for a discount.

💸 New In Funding

🇨🇱 Chilean alternative protein food tech NotCo raised $235M Series D funding and gained its unicorn horn with a valuation of $1.5B. It uses a proprietary AI platform to create new plant-based dairy, egg and meat alternatives

🍼 Baby nutrition company ByHeart closed $90M Series B funding to accelerate commercialisation of its infant formula, which it claims is the first to include a breastfed reference arm in its clinical trials.

🥕 Colombian on-demand grocery delivery service Merqueo raised $50M Series C funding to expand its operations across Latin America. It sources directly from large brands and local suppliers to deliver to consumers directly from its dark store network. 

☕️ Spinn secured $20M in new funding for its connected coffee machine, which uses centrifugal force to spin coffee grounds for extraction, which the company says gives a more nuanced and flavourful cup of coffee than pressing.

⛽️ NovoNutrients raised $4.7M for its air protein product, made from captured CO2 emissions from oil, gas and cement-related plants. The brand says its protein can improve the amino acid profile of food products, and can be used in meat analogues as well as animal feeds.

💸 Find all 18 funding rounds of the week here including: NotCo, AppHarvest, HappyFresh, ByHeart, Merqueo, Spinn, ConverseNow, The Whole Truth, Frizata, NovoNutrients, Eden Brew, Hoow Foods, Small Robot Co., The University of Glasgow, Planty, Small Giants, Coco Bakery, GoodDot.


Sponsored by StartLife

Accelerating leading agrifoodtech startups

StartLife, Europe’s longest running and leading agrifoodtech accelerator, is calling on food & agtech startups to apply to its next cohort.

With introductions to leading corporates and Wageningen University experts, access to pre-seed and growth investors, and up to €250K as a convertible loan, StartLife supports the next generation of sustainable food startups to validate and scale up their business.

Apply here before the Monday 2nd of August deadline.


🌱 Plant & Cell Based

🥛 Chef Gordon Ramsay, notorious for being one of the biggest critics of veganism, is now an ambassador for plant-based brand Silk to promote its G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) oat milk.

🍖 Israeli food tech Redefine Meat has debuted five new products, made via its “hybrid” process of 3D printing technology and plant-based ingredients, at select restaurants and hotels in the country.

🧪 Future Fields unveiled its latest growth factor/recombinant protein, a lyophilised powder supplement that can directly replace Transferrin needs in cell culture and support with proving cost-effective growth factors.

🐑 New Zealand startup Berkano is developing plant-based lamb, beef and pork, in what it claims is a first for the country, and plans to launch in 2022.

🐟 British plant-based startup Moving Mountains has launched a plant-based fish fillet to tackle the 380 million portions of fish and chips eaten in the UK every year.

🍤 Dutch startup Novish has launched a new range of plant-based shrimps. Founded by the former CEO of a major Dutch shrimp firm, the startup offers burgers, finger sticks, bites and fillets and raised an undisclosed round back in January.

🥛 Green Boy Group launched its “dairy-grade” functional plant-based protein powder, designed specifically for the plant-based dairy industry, in four protein varieties: pea, mung bean, fava bean and chickpea.

🌱 Berkeley City Council voted to switch 50% of its current food expenses, which include jails, public events and care homes, to plant-based foods by 2024, following activism by animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere

🕴Big Food

Source: Skittles

🚀 Mars Wrigley has released new limited-edition Zero-G Skittles, which come in an aluminium pouch and feature blue and purple candies in a mix of three flavours, inspired by Jeff Bezos’ skittles shenanigans in space.

🍸 Campari Group unveiled its new range of non-alcoholic infusions, The Notes Collection, which “draws upon Campari’s experience in bitters and liqueurs” and is designed to be enjoyed as a serve or mixed with spirits.

🥬 Urban agriculture startup InFarm is partnering with Canadian retail giant Sobeys to sell its vertically-grown greens in over 1,000 retail locations across the country.

🍕 Pizza Hut has made Beyond Meat vegan meat toppings a permanent feature at its more than 400 Delivery Hut outlets across the UK, though its Beyond pizza options are not actually vegan as they also include mozzarella cheese.

🧀 Kraft Heinz has launched a vegan version of its iconic blue box Kraft Mac & Cheese in Australia, with adapted cooking instructions to suggest using soy milk instead of cow’s milk.

🛒 British supermarket Morrisons’ biggest shareholder, Silchester International, which holds a 14.4% stake, has rejected the proposed $6.3B Fortress takeover bid in the hope of attracting a better offer.


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💡 The Digest

Cultured meat grown in a laboratory at the University of Maastricht, 2011. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

💡Good Reads: A comprehensive piece over on the Guardian about cellular agriculture and the possibilities, challenges and needs with bringing cell-based meat to the masses.

📈 What’s Up: Amazon recorded 44,000 searches for meat alternatives in the month of June, having seen a sales surge of 27% year-on-year.

📉 What’s Down: According to cell-meat startup Upside Foods, Cultivated meat costs are dropping faster than the cost of sequencing a human genome and we're now in $10-$100/lbs territory. 

🇮🇹 Governments around the world announced on Wednesday that they have formed coalitions to change the way we produce and consume food after the UN Pre-Summit in Rome, with technology and innovation at the heart of the mission.

🤝 FYI: Ticket prices for the FoodHack Summit (Oct. 5-6, Lausanne) increase on Sunday. Register now to hear from the founders of Oatly, Infarm, Taster, Astanor, Juicy Marbles and more. Use code NEWSLETTER-10 for a discount.

💸 New In Funding

🇨🇱 Chilean alternative protein food tech NotCo raised $235M Series D funding and gained its unicorn horn with a valuation of $1.5B. It uses a proprietary AI platform to create new plant-based dairy, egg and meat alternatives

🍼 Baby nutrition company ByHeart closed $90M Series B funding to accelerate commercialisation of its infant formula, which it claims is the first to include a breastfed reference arm in its clinical trials.

🥕 Colombian on-demand grocery delivery service Merqueo raised $50M Series C funding to expand its operations across Latin America. It sources directly from large brands and local suppliers to deliver to consumers directly from its dark store network. 

☕️ Spinn secured $20M in new funding for its connected coffee machine, which uses centrifugal force to spin coffee grounds for extraction, which the company says gives a more nuanced and flavourful cup of coffee than pressing.

⛽️ NovoNutrients raised $4.7M for its air protein product, made from captured CO2 emissions from oil, gas and cement-related plants. The brand says its protein can improve the amino acid profile of food products, and can be used in meat analogues as well as animal feeds.

💸 Find all 18 funding rounds of the week here including: NotCo, AppHarvest, HappyFresh, ByHeart, Merqueo, Spinn, ConverseNow, The Whole Truth, Frizata, NovoNutrients, Eden Brew, Hoow Foods, Small Robot Co., The University of Glasgow, Planty, Small Giants, Coco Bakery, GoodDot.


Sponsored by StartLife

Accelerating leading agrifoodtech startups

StartLife, Europe’s longest running and leading agrifoodtech accelerator, is calling on food & agtech startups to apply to its next cohort.

With introductions to leading corporates and Wageningen University experts, access to pre-seed and growth investors, and up to €250K as a convertible loan, StartLife supports the next generation of sustainable food startups to validate and scale up their business.

Apply here before the Monday 2nd of August deadline.


🌱 Plant & Cell Based

🥛 Chef Gordon Ramsay, notorious for being one of the biggest critics of veganism, is now an ambassador for plant-based brand Silk to promote its G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) oat milk.

🍖 Israeli food tech Redefine Meat has debuted five new products, made via its “hybrid” process of 3D printing technology and plant-based ingredients, at select restaurants and hotels in the country.

🧪 Future Fields unveiled its latest growth factor/recombinant protein, a lyophilised powder supplement that can directly replace Transferrin needs in cell culture and support with proving cost-effective growth factors.

🐑 New Zealand startup Berkano is developing plant-based lamb, beef and pork, in what it claims is a first for the country, and plans to launch in 2022.

🐟 British plant-based startup Moving Mountains has launched a plant-based fish fillet to tackle the 380 million portions of fish and chips eaten in the UK every year.

🍤 Dutch startup Novish has launched a new range of plant-based shrimps. Founded by the former CEO of a major Dutch shrimp firm, the startup offers burgers, finger sticks, bites and fillets and raised an undisclosed round back in January.

🥛 Green Boy Group launched its “dairy-grade” functional plant-based protein powder, designed specifically for the plant-based dairy industry, in four protein varieties: pea, mung bean, fava bean and chickpea.

🌱 Berkeley City Council voted to switch 50% of its current food expenses, which include jails, public events and care homes, to plant-based foods by 2024, following activism by animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere

🕴Big Food

Source: Skittles

🚀 Mars Wrigley has released new limited-edition Zero-G Skittles, which come in an aluminium pouch and feature blue and purple candies in a mix of three flavours, inspired by Jeff Bezos’ skittles shenanigans in space.

🍸 Campari Group unveiled its new range of non-alcoholic infusions, The Notes Collection, which “draws upon Campari’s experience in bitters and liqueurs” and is designed to be enjoyed as a serve or mixed with spirits.

🥬 Urban agriculture startup InFarm is partnering with Canadian retail giant Sobeys to sell its vertically-grown greens in over 1,000 retail locations across the country.

🍕 Pizza Hut has made Beyond Meat vegan meat toppings a permanent feature at its more than 400 Delivery Hut outlets across the UK, though its Beyond pizza options are not actually vegan as they also include mozzarella cheese.

🧀 Kraft Heinz has launched a vegan version of its iconic blue box Kraft Mac & Cheese in Australia, with adapted cooking instructions to suggest using soy milk instead of cow’s milk.

🛒 British supermarket Morrisons’ biggest shareholder, Silchester International, which holds a 14.4% stake, has rejected the proposed $6.3B Fortress takeover bid in the hope of attracting a better offer.


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💡 The Digest

Cultured meat grown in a laboratory at the University of Maastricht, 2011. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

💡Good Reads: A comprehensive piece over on the Guardian about cellular agriculture and the possibilities, challenges and needs with bringing cell-based meat to the masses.

📈 What’s Up: Amazon recorded 44,000 searches for meat alternatives in the month of June, having seen a sales surge of 27% year-on-year.

📉 What’s Down: According to cell-meat startup Upside Foods, Cultivated meat costs are dropping faster than the cost of sequencing a human genome and we're now in $10-$100/lbs territory. 

🇮🇹 Governments around the world announced on Wednesday that they have formed coalitions to change the way we produce and consume food after the UN Pre-Summit in Rome, with technology and innovation at the heart of the mission.

🤝 FYI: Ticket prices for the FoodHack Summit (Oct. 5-6, Lausanne) increase on Sunday. Register now to hear from the founders of Oatly, Infarm, Taster, Astanor, Juicy Marbles and more. Use code NEWSLETTER-10 for a discount.

💸 New In Funding

🇨🇱 Chilean alternative protein food tech NotCo raised $235M Series D funding and gained its unicorn horn with a valuation of $1.5B. It uses a proprietary AI platform to create new plant-based dairy, egg and meat alternatives

🍼 Baby nutrition company ByHeart closed $90M Series B funding to accelerate commercialisation of its infant formula, which it claims is the first to include a breastfed reference arm in its clinical trials.

🥕 Colombian on-demand grocery delivery service Merqueo raised $50M Series C funding to expand its operations across Latin America. It sources directly from large brands and local suppliers to deliver to consumers directly from its dark store network. 

☕️ Spinn secured $20M in new funding for its connected coffee machine, which uses centrifugal force to spin coffee grounds for extraction, which the company says gives a more nuanced and flavourful cup of coffee than pressing.

⛽️ NovoNutrients raised $4.7M for its air protein product, made from captured CO2 emissions from oil, gas and cement-related plants. The brand says its protein can improve the amino acid profile of food products, and can be used in meat analogues as well as animal feeds.

💸 Find all 18 funding rounds of the week here including: NotCo, AppHarvest, HappyFresh, ByHeart, Merqueo, Spinn, ConverseNow, The Whole Truth, Frizata, NovoNutrients, Eden Brew, Hoow Foods, Small Robot Co., The University of Glasgow, Planty, Small Giants, Coco Bakery, GoodDot.


Sponsored by StartLife

Accelerating leading agrifoodtech startups

StartLife, Europe’s longest running and leading agrifoodtech accelerator, is calling on food & agtech startups to apply to its next cohort.

With introductions to leading corporates and Wageningen University experts, access to pre-seed and growth investors, and up to €250K as a convertible loan, StartLife supports the next generation of sustainable food startups to validate and scale up their business.

Apply here before the Monday 2nd of August deadline.


🌱 Plant & Cell Based

🥛 Chef Gordon Ramsay, notorious for being one of the biggest critics of veganism, is now an ambassador for plant-based brand Silk to promote its G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) oat milk.

🍖 Israeli food tech Redefine Meat has debuted five new products, made via its “hybrid” process of 3D printing technology and plant-based ingredients, at select restaurants and hotels in the country.

🧪 Future Fields unveiled its latest growth factor/recombinant protein, a lyophilised powder supplement that can directly replace Transferrin needs in cell culture and support with proving cost-effective growth factors.

🐑 New Zealand startup Berkano is developing plant-based lamb, beef and pork, in what it claims is a first for the country, and plans to launch in 2022.

🐟 British plant-based startup Moving Mountains has launched a plant-based fish fillet to tackle the 380 million portions of fish and chips eaten in the UK every year.

🍤 Dutch startup Novish has launched a new range of plant-based shrimps. Founded by the former CEO of a major Dutch shrimp firm, the startup offers burgers, finger sticks, bites and fillets and raised an undisclosed round back in January.

🥛 Green Boy Group launched its “dairy-grade” functional plant-based protein powder, designed specifically for the plant-based dairy industry, in four protein varieties: pea, mung bean, fava bean and chickpea.

🌱 Berkeley City Council voted to switch 50% of its current food expenses, which include jails, public events and care homes, to plant-based foods by 2024, following activism by animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere

🕴Big Food

Source: Skittles

🚀 Mars Wrigley has released new limited-edition Zero-G Skittles, which come in an aluminium pouch and feature blue and purple candies in a mix of three flavours, inspired by Jeff Bezos’ skittles shenanigans in space.

🍸 Campari Group unveiled its new range of non-alcoholic infusions, The Notes Collection, which “draws upon Campari’s experience in bitters and liqueurs” and is designed to be enjoyed as a serve or mixed with spirits.

🥬 Urban agriculture startup InFarm is partnering with Canadian retail giant Sobeys to sell its vertically-grown greens in over 1,000 retail locations across the country.

🍕 Pizza Hut has made Beyond Meat vegan meat toppings a permanent feature at its more than 400 Delivery Hut outlets across the UK, though its Beyond pizza options are not actually vegan as they also include mozzarella cheese.

🧀 Kraft Heinz has launched a vegan version of its iconic blue box Kraft Mac & Cheese in Australia, with adapted cooking instructions to suggest using soy milk instead of cow’s milk.

🛒 British supermarket Morrisons’ biggest shareholder, Silchester International, which holds a 14.4% stake, has rejected the proposed $6.3B Fortress takeover bid in the hope of attracting a better offer.


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