This Week In Food: DiCaprio's latest investments, the latest billionaires in restaurant tech, alt-seafood funding hits all time high

This Week In Food: DiCaprio's latest investments, the latest billionaires in restaurant tech, alt-seafood funding hits all time high

By
Nicola Spalding
September 24, 2021

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In this week's edition:

  • Where DiCaprio's investing his earnings.
  • The latest restaurant tech and eGrocery billionaires.
  • Alt-seafood reels in record year in funding.
  • Starbucks try's to go reusable (again).

💡 The Digest

💡 Demo Day: This week we announced the batch of 40 selected foodtech companies pitching at our Demo Day - from enabling technologies for the cultured meat boom to dynamic pricing for food waste reduction. Reply to this email to learn more about investing in these companies through FoodHack's Syndicate.

📈 What’s Up:  According to global market intelligence agency Mintel, one in three Brits are now drinking plant-based milk, with oat milk leading the charge. For a nation that drinks a lot of tea, it’s a big deal. 

📉 What’s Down: An industry group in the UK has warned that the carbon dioxide shortage in the nation, which has led to a number of domestic energy suppliers being forced out of business, could imminently result in serious meat supply issues.

💸 New In Funding

📱 Restaurant tech startup Sunday, which launched just five months ago, secured $100M Series A funding for its QR code-based restaurant checkout system, which saves wait time and increases table turnover.

🥛 Alt dairy startup Ripple Foods secured $60M Series E funding, exceeding its capital raise expectations, to continue growing its already popular ranges of plant-based milk and dessert products.

💦 Germany’s Air Up raised €40M in fresh funding led by Five Seasons Ventures and co-led by existing investors PepsiCo, Ippen.Media, and Oyster Bay. The company provides refillable drinking bottle that gives flavour to tap water using only scented air.

🤖 Israel’s Blue White Robotics closed $37M Series B funding for its platform that provides Robots-as-a-Service to enable farms to run themselves autonomously.

🐠 Sweden’s Hooked Foods netted €3.8M funding to accelerate innovation and international expansion of its plant-based fish products, including Toonish, its vegan tuna product, which hit Swedish retail shelves earlier this month. 

💸 Find all 26 FoodTech funding rounds here - including Gorillas, Sunday, GOOD Meat, Iron Ox, Ripple Foods, Blue White Robotics, HumanCo, Juffy, Advanced Farm Technologies, EarthOptics, Steward, Bruvi, Gardyn, Hooked Foods, Lunch.co, Flink.

Cellular

🍗 Israeli startup MeaTech is now able to produce over 0.5 kg of cultivated chicken fat in a single production run, in what it claims is “the first example of 100% pure cultivated fat biomass grown in this quantity outside of an animal”, and should unlock serious flavour and texture potential in alternative protein products.

🎥 Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in two cell-based startups, Israel’s Aleph Farms and the Netherlands’ Mosa Meat, and commented: “One of the most impactful ways to combat the climate crisis is to transform our food system. Mosa Meat and Aleph Farms offer new ways to satisfy the world’s demand for beef, while solving some of the most pressing issues of current industrial beef production.”

🐔 Eat Just’s GOOD Meat raised another $97M funding this week, bringing its total to $267M, to work towards commercialising its cultivated chicken in the U.S. and scale up its Singapore operations.

💡Here's a great (long) read from The Counter on the potential future of cell-based meat, exploring the advances and hurdles with cultivating meat from cells.

Unicorns

💰 Toast’s three co-founders are all billionaires after the company's IPO this week. The restaurant tech’s point of sale and management system is used at 48,000+ restaurants around the US and powered contactless payments throughout Covid-19.

🦄 US-based DoorDash just invested into their German competitor Flink. Rumours say the pre-money valuation post-investment is $2.1 billion dollars, meaning Flink reached unicorn status in just 7 months.

🦍 eGrocery platform Gorillas, closed an additional $950M in Series C funding led by food delivery giant, Delivery Hero, valuing the company at $3B amidst an ongoing eGrocery war.

🚧 The Gig Workers Collective has launched a #DeleteInstacart campaign, to encourage Instacart shoppers to stop using the service until workers access better treatment.

Plant-Based

🐖 Impossible Foods is launching its plant-based Impossible Pork globally this autumn, starting with a debut in New York at Chef David Chang’s Momofuku bar this week.

🌱 French plant-based ingredients specialist Roquette is opening a new €11M dedicated center of expertise for plant protein, which will serve as an R&D accelerator to support Roquette’s plant-based gastronomy strategy.

🐟Startups developing plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived alternatives to seafood raised $116M during the first half of 2021, according to new data from the Good Food Institute.

🌭 Spanish alt meat brand Heura launched Heura Sausage and Heura Chorizo, which it claims are healthier than others on the market and boast a clean label, at a former bullfighting colosseum in Barcelona.

🐕 Star investor-backed British plant-based dog food company The Pack has launched a new range of ambient wet foods, and claims to be the first company in the world to produce multiple plant-based meat analogue wet dog food flavours.

🐟 Brazilian plant-based meat brand Fazenda Futuro announced its latest product, “Future Tuna”, marking its first foray into the plant-based seafood category.

🌿 The US’ leading producer of vegan meat products, Tofurky, is collaborating with Triton Algae Innovations to produce algae-based meat products, set to roll out in Q1 2022.

Big Food

☕ Starbucks has launched a global campaign to serve its beverages in reusable cups, offering increased discounts for customers who bring in their own cup for a limited time and, depending on the country, gifting free drinks to encourage consumers to get into the reusable habit.

🥜 Yoghurt giant Chobani has entered the peanut butter category for the first time with the launch of Chobani Ends Child Hunger Peanut Butter Flavored Nutrient Spread, and will donate all profits from the sale of the spreads to Edesia Nutrition, a nonprofit fighting hunger.

🍻 Heineken UK is working with Muntons Malt and Future Food Solutions to explore sustainable barley cultivation as part of Heineken’s effort to reduce its agriculture-related emissions by a third by 2030 and achieve a carbon-neutral value chain by 2040. 

🥫 McCain Foods announced a new plant-based brand, The Simple Root, which will offer dips, spreads, sauces and cheeses made from root vegetables and boasting a low carbon footprint.

🍔 Burger King South Africa has launched a range of vegan products in partnership with The Vegetarian Butcher and the ProVeg V-Label verification program.

👋 From The Community

🌱 ProVeg Incubator just announced it’s batch of 8 selected companies taking part in their latest cohort. With a strong focus on emerging food technologies and unique ingredients for the alt-protein space.

🏆 Top 500 Applications to Forward Fooding’s FoodTech 500 is now open. AgriFoodtech companies around the world can apply to be considered for the ranking.

🌎 The Founder Institute is launching the Global Food Accelerator Program, aspiring or early-stage founders in FoodTech or AgriTech can apply here by November 7th.

🍞 Bread & Jam Festival is back - join hundreds of entrepreneurs on the 20th - 22nd October for virtual content from industry thought leaders and retail pitching opportunities.

🎙 The Secret Sauce is returning. Meet our next guest who's a foodtech VC with an entrepreneurial streak. From netting $50k through his high school side hustle to co-founding a food delivery platform with 1200 employees. 


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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.


In this week's edition:

  • Where DiCaprio's investing his earnings.
  • The latest restaurant tech and eGrocery billionaires.
  • Alt-seafood reels in record year in funding.
  • Starbucks try's to go reusable (again).

💡 The Digest

💡 Demo Day: This week we announced the batch of 40 selected foodtech companies pitching at our Demo Day - from enabling technologies for the cultured meat boom to dynamic pricing for food waste reduction. Reply to this email to learn more about investing in these companies through FoodHack's Syndicate.

📈 What’s Up:  According to global market intelligence agency Mintel, one in three Brits are now drinking plant-based milk, with oat milk leading the charge. For a nation that drinks a lot of tea, it’s a big deal. 

📉 What’s Down: An industry group in the UK has warned that the carbon dioxide shortage in the nation, which has led to a number of domestic energy suppliers being forced out of business, could imminently result in serious meat supply issues.

💸 New In Funding

📱 Restaurant tech startup Sunday, which launched just five months ago, secured $100M Series A funding for its QR code-based restaurant checkout system, which saves wait time and increases table turnover.

🥛 Alt dairy startup Ripple Foods secured $60M Series E funding, exceeding its capital raise expectations, to continue growing its already popular ranges of plant-based milk and dessert products.

💦 Germany’s Air Up raised €40M in fresh funding led by Five Seasons Ventures and co-led by existing investors PepsiCo, Ippen.Media, and Oyster Bay. The company provides refillable drinking bottle that gives flavour to tap water using only scented air.

🤖 Israel’s Blue White Robotics closed $37M Series B funding for its platform that provides Robots-as-a-Service to enable farms to run themselves autonomously.

🐠 Sweden’s Hooked Foods netted €3.8M funding to accelerate innovation and international expansion of its plant-based fish products, including Toonish, its vegan tuna product, which hit Swedish retail shelves earlier this month. 

💸 Find all 26 FoodTech funding rounds here - including Gorillas, Sunday, GOOD Meat, Iron Ox, Ripple Foods, Blue White Robotics, HumanCo, Juffy, Advanced Farm Technologies, EarthOptics, Steward, Bruvi, Gardyn, Hooked Foods, Lunch.co, Flink.

Cellular

🍗 Israeli startup MeaTech is now able to produce over 0.5 kg of cultivated chicken fat in a single production run, in what it claims is “the first example of 100% pure cultivated fat biomass grown in this quantity outside of an animal”, and should unlock serious flavour and texture potential in alternative protein products.

🎥 Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in two cell-based startups, Israel’s Aleph Farms and the Netherlands’ Mosa Meat, and commented: “One of the most impactful ways to combat the climate crisis is to transform our food system. Mosa Meat and Aleph Farms offer new ways to satisfy the world’s demand for beef, while solving some of the most pressing issues of current industrial beef production.”

🐔 Eat Just’s GOOD Meat raised another $97M funding this week, bringing its total to $267M, to work towards commercialising its cultivated chicken in the U.S. and scale up its Singapore operations.

💡Here's a great (long) read from The Counter on the potential future of cell-based meat, exploring the advances and hurdles with cultivating meat from cells.

Unicorns

💰 Toast’s three co-founders are all billionaires after the company's IPO this week. The restaurant tech’s point of sale and management system is used at 48,000+ restaurants around the US and powered contactless payments throughout Covid-19.

🦄 US-based DoorDash just invested into their German competitor Flink. Rumours say the pre-money valuation post-investment is $2.1 billion dollars, meaning Flink reached unicorn status in just 7 months.

🦍 eGrocery platform Gorillas, closed an additional $950M in Series C funding led by food delivery giant, Delivery Hero, valuing the company at $3B amidst an ongoing eGrocery war.

🚧 The Gig Workers Collective has launched a #DeleteInstacart campaign, to encourage Instacart shoppers to stop using the service until workers access better treatment.

Plant-Based

🐖 Impossible Foods is launching its plant-based Impossible Pork globally this autumn, starting with a debut in New York at Chef David Chang’s Momofuku bar this week.

🌱 French plant-based ingredients specialist Roquette is opening a new €11M dedicated center of expertise for plant protein, which will serve as an R&D accelerator to support Roquette’s plant-based gastronomy strategy.

🐟Startups developing plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived alternatives to seafood raised $116M during the first half of 2021, according to new data from the Good Food Institute.

🌭 Spanish alt meat brand Heura launched Heura Sausage and Heura Chorizo, which it claims are healthier than others on the market and boast a clean label, at a former bullfighting colosseum in Barcelona.

🐕 Star investor-backed British plant-based dog food company The Pack has launched a new range of ambient wet foods, and claims to be the first company in the world to produce multiple plant-based meat analogue wet dog food flavours.

🐟 Brazilian plant-based meat brand Fazenda Futuro announced its latest product, “Future Tuna”, marking its first foray into the plant-based seafood category.

🌿 The US’ leading producer of vegan meat products, Tofurky, is collaborating with Triton Algae Innovations to produce algae-based meat products, set to roll out in Q1 2022.

Big Food

☕ Starbucks has launched a global campaign to serve its beverages in reusable cups, offering increased discounts for customers who bring in their own cup for a limited time and, depending on the country, gifting free drinks to encourage consumers to get into the reusable habit.

🥜 Yoghurt giant Chobani has entered the peanut butter category for the first time with the launch of Chobani Ends Child Hunger Peanut Butter Flavored Nutrient Spread, and will donate all profits from the sale of the spreads to Edesia Nutrition, a nonprofit fighting hunger.

🍻 Heineken UK is working with Muntons Malt and Future Food Solutions to explore sustainable barley cultivation as part of Heineken’s effort to reduce its agriculture-related emissions by a third by 2030 and achieve a carbon-neutral value chain by 2040. 

🥫 McCain Foods announced a new plant-based brand, The Simple Root, which will offer dips, spreads, sauces and cheeses made from root vegetables and boasting a low carbon footprint.

🍔 Burger King South Africa has launched a range of vegan products in partnership with The Vegetarian Butcher and the ProVeg V-Label verification program.

👋 From The Community

🌱 ProVeg Incubator just announced it’s batch of 8 selected companies taking part in their latest cohort. With a strong focus on emerging food technologies and unique ingredients for the alt-protein space.

🏆 Top 500 Applications to Forward Fooding’s FoodTech 500 is now open. AgriFoodtech companies around the world can apply to be considered for the ranking.

🌎 The Founder Institute is launching the Global Food Accelerator Program, aspiring or early-stage founders in FoodTech or AgriTech can apply here by November 7th.

🍞 Bread & Jam Festival is back - join hundreds of entrepreneurs on the 20th - 22nd October for virtual content from industry thought leaders and retail pitching opportunities.

🎙 The Secret Sauce is returning. Meet our next guest who's a foodtech VC with an entrepreneurial streak. From netting $50k through his high school side hustle to co-founding a food delivery platform with 1200 employees. 


How did you like today's email?

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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.


In this week's edition:

  • Where DiCaprio's investing his earnings.
  • The latest restaurant tech and eGrocery billionaires.
  • Alt-seafood reels in record year in funding.
  • Starbucks try's to go reusable (again).

💡 The Digest

💡 Demo Day: This week we announced the batch of 40 selected foodtech companies pitching at our Demo Day - from enabling technologies for the cultured meat boom to dynamic pricing for food waste reduction. Reply to this email to learn more about investing in these companies through FoodHack's Syndicate.

📈 What’s Up:  According to global market intelligence agency Mintel, one in three Brits are now drinking plant-based milk, with oat milk leading the charge. For a nation that drinks a lot of tea, it’s a big deal. 

📉 What’s Down: An industry group in the UK has warned that the carbon dioxide shortage in the nation, which has led to a number of domestic energy suppliers being forced out of business, could imminently result in serious meat supply issues.

💸 New In Funding

📱 Restaurant tech startup Sunday, which launched just five months ago, secured $100M Series A funding for its QR code-based restaurant checkout system, which saves wait time and increases table turnover.

🥛 Alt dairy startup Ripple Foods secured $60M Series E funding, exceeding its capital raise expectations, to continue growing its already popular ranges of plant-based milk and dessert products.

💦 Germany’s Air Up raised €40M in fresh funding led by Five Seasons Ventures and co-led by existing investors PepsiCo, Ippen.Media, and Oyster Bay. The company provides refillable drinking bottle that gives flavour to tap water using only scented air.

🤖 Israel’s Blue White Robotics closed $37M Series B funding for its platform that provides Robots-as-a-Service to enable farms to run themselves autonomously.

🐠 Sweden’s Hooked Foods netted €3.8M funding to accelerate innovation and international expansion of its plant-based fish products, including Toonish, its vegan tuna product, which hit Swedish retail shelves earlier this month. 

💸 Find all 26 FoodTech funding rounds here - including Gorillas, Sunday, GOOD Meat, Iron Ox, Ripple Foods, Blue White Robotics, HumanCo, Juffy, Advanced Farm Technologies, EarthOptics, Steward, Bruvi, Gardyn, Hooked Foods, Lunch.co, Flink.

Cellular

🍗 Israeli startup MeaTech is now able to produce over 0.5 kg of cultivated chicken fat in a single production run, in what it claims is “the first example of 100% pure cultivated fat biomass grown in this quantity outside of an animal”, and should unlock serious flavour and texture potential in alternative protein products.

🎥 Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in two cell-based startups, Israel’s Aleph Farms and the Netherlands’ Mosa Meat, and commented: “One of the most impactful ways to combat the climate crisis is to transform our food system. Mosa Meat and Aleph Farms offer new ways to satisfy the world’s demand for beef, while solving some of the most pressing issues of current industrial beef production.”

🐔 Eat Just’s GOOD Meat raised another $97M funding this week, bringing its total to $267M, to work towards commercialising its cultivated chicken in the U.S. and scale up its Singapore operations.

💡Here's a great (long) read from The Counter on the potential future of cell-based meat, exploring the advances and hurdles with cultivating meat from cells.

Unicorns

💰 Toast’s three co-founders are all billionaires after the company's IPO this week. The restaurant tech’s point of sale and management system is used at 48,000+ restaurants around the US and powered contactless payments throughout Covid-19.

🦄 US-based DoorDash just invested into their German competitor Flink. Rumours say the pre-money valuation post-investment is $2.1 billion dollars, meaning Flink reached unicorn status in just 7 months.

🦍 eGrocery platform Gorillas, closed an additional $950M in Series C funding led by food delivery giant, Delivery Hero, valuing the company at $3B amidst an ongoing eGrocery war.

🚧 The Gig Workers Collective has launched a #DeleteInstacart campaign, to encourage Instacart shoppers to stop using the service until workers access better treatment.

Plant-Based

🐖 Impossible Foods is launching its plant-based Impossible Pork globally this autumn, starting with a debut in New York at Chef David Chang’s Momofuku bar this week.

🌱 French plant-based ingredients specialist Roquette is opening a new €11M dedicated center of expertise for plant protein, which will serve as an R&D accelerator to support Roquette’s plant-based gastronomy strategy.

🐟Startups developing plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived alternatives to seafood raised $116M during the first half of 2021, according to new data from the Good Food Institute.

🌭 Spanish alt meat brand Heura launched Heura Sausage and Heura Chorizo, which it claims are healthier than others on the market and boast a clean label, at a former bullfighting colosseum in Barcelona.

🐕 Star investor-backed British plant-based dog food company The Pack has launched a new range of ambient wet foods, and claims to be the first company in the world to produce multiple plant-based meat analogue wet dog food flavours.

🐟 Brazilian plant-based meat brand Fazenda Futuro announced its latest product, “Future Tuna”, marking its first foray into the plant-based seafood category.

🌿 The US’ leading producer of vegan meat products, Tofurky, is collaborating with Triton Algae Innovations to produce algae-based meat products, set to roll out in Q1 2022.

Big Food

☕ Starbucks has launched a global campaign to serve its beverages in reusable cups, offering increased discounts for customers who bring in their own cup for a limited time and, depending on the country, gifting free drinks to encourage consumers to get into the reusable habit.

🥜 Yoghurt giant Chobani has entered the peanut butter category for the first time with the launch of Chobani Ends Child Hunger Peanut Butter Flavored Nutrient Spread, and will donate all profits from the sale of the spreads to Edesia Nutrition, a nonprofit fighting hunger.

🍻 Heineken UK is working with Muntons Malt and Future Food Solutions to explore sustainable barley cultivation as part of Heineken’s effort to reduce its agriculture-related emissions by a third by 2030 and achieve a carbon-neutral value chain by 2040. 

🥫 McCain Foods announced a new plant-based brand, The Simple Root, which will offer dips, spreads, sauces and cheeses made from root vegetables and boasting a low carbon footprint.

🍔 Burger King South Africa has launched a range of vegan products in partnership with The Vegetarian Butcher and the ProVeg V-Label verification program.

👋 From The Community

🌱 ProVeg Incubator just announced it’s batch of 8 selected companies taking part in their latest cohort. With a strong focus on emerging food technologies and unique ingredients for the alt-protein space.

🏆 Top 500 Applications to Forward Fooding’s FoodTech 500 is now open. AgriFoodtech companies around the world can apply to be considered for the ranking.

🌎 The Founder Institute is launching the Global Food Accelerator Program, aspiring or early-stage founders in FoodTech or AgriTech can apply here by November 7th.

🍞 Bread & Jam Festival is back - join hundreds of entrepreneurs on the 20th - 22nd October for virtual content from industry thought leaders and retail pitching opportunities.

🎙 The Secret Sauce is returning. Meet our next guest who's a foodtech VC with an entrepreneurial streak. From netting $50k through his high school side hustle to co-founding a food delivery platform with 1200 employees. 


How did you like today's email?

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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.


In this week's edition:

  • Where DiCaprio's investing his earnings.
  • The latest restaurant tech and eGrocery billionaires.
  • Alt-seafood reels in record year in funding.
  • Starbucks try's to go reusable (again).

💡 The Digest

💡 Demo Day: This week we announced the batch of 40 selected foodtech companies pitching at our Demo Day - from enabling technologies for the cultured meat boom to dynamic pricing for food waste reduction. Reply to this email to learn more about investing in these companies through FoodHack's Syndicate.

📈 What’s Up:  According to global market intelligence agency Mintel, one in three Brits are now drinking plant-based milk, with oat milk leading the charge. For a nation that drinks a lot of tea, it’s a big deal. 

📉 What’s Down: An industry group in the UK has warned that the carbon dioxide shortage in the nation, which has led to a number of domestic energy suppliers being forced out of business, could imminently result in serious meat supply issues.

💸 New In Funding

📱 Restaurant tech startup Sunday, which launched just five months ago, secured $100M Series A funding for its QR code-based restaurant checkout system, which saves wait time and increases table turnover.

🥛 Alt dairy startup Ripple Foods secured $60M Series E funding, exceeding its capital raise expectations, to continue growing its already popular ranges of plant-based milk and dessert products.

💦 Germany’s Air Up raised €40M in fresh funding led by Five Seasons Ventures and co-led by existing investors PepsiCo, Ippen.Media, and Oyster Bay. The company provides refillable drinking bottle that gives flavour to tap water using only scented air.

🤖 Israel’s Blue White Robotics closed $37M Series B funding for its platform that provides Robots-as-a-Service to enable farms to run themselves autonomously.

🐠 Sweden’s Hooked Foods netted €3.8M funding to accelerate innovation and international expansion of its plant-based fish products, including Toonish, its vegan tuna product, which hit Swedish retail shelves earlier this month. 

💸 Find all 26 FoodTech funding rounds here - including Gorillas, Sunday, GOOD Meat, Iron Ox, Ripple Foods, Blue White Robotics, HumanCo, Juffy, Advanced Farm Technologies, EarthOptics, Steward, Bruvi, Gardyn, Hooked Foods, Lunch.co, Flink.

Cellular

🍗 Israeli startup MeaTech is now able to produce over 0.5 kg of cultivated chicken fat in a single production run, in what it claims is “the first example of 100% pure cultivated fat biomass grown in this quantity outside of an animal”, and should unlock serious flavour and texture potential in alternative protein products.

🎥 Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in two cell-based startups, Israel’s Aleph Farms and the Netherlands’ Mosa Meat, and commented: “One of the most impactful ways to combat the climate crisis is to transform our food system. Mosa Meat and Aleph Farms offer new ways to satisfy the world’s demand for beef, while solving some of the most pressing issues of current industrial beef production.”

🐔 Eat Just’s GOOD Meat raised another $97M funding this week, bringing its total to $267M, to work towards commercialising its cultivated chicken in the U.S. and scale up its Singapore operations.

💡Here's a great (long) read from The Counter on the potential future of cell-based meat, exploring the advances and hurdles with cultivating meat from cells.

Unicorns

💰 Toast’s three co-founders are all billionaires after the company's IPO this week. The restaurant tech’s point of sale and management system is used at 48,000+ restaurants around the US and powered contactless payments throughout Covid-19.

🦄 US-based DoorDash just invested into their German competitor Flink. Rumours say the pre-money valuation post-investment is $2.1 billion dollars, meaning Flink reached unicorn status in just 7 months.

🦍 eGrocery platform Gorillas, closed an additional $950M in Series C funding led by food delivery giant, Delivery Hero, valuing the company at $3B amidst an ongoing eGrocery war.

🚧 The Gig Workers Collective has launched a #DeleteInstacart campaign, to encourage Instacart shoppers to stop using the service until workers access better treatment.

Plant-Based

🐖 Impossible Foods is launching its plant-based Impossible Pork globally this autumn, starting with a debut in New York at Chef David Chang’s Momofuku bar this week.

🌱 French plant-based ingredients specialist Roquette is opening a new €11M dedicated center of expertise for plant protein, which will serve as an R&D accelerator to support Roquette’s plant-based gastronomy strategy.

🐟Startups developing plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived alternatives to seafood raised $116M during the first half of 2021, according to new data from the Good Food Institute.

🌭 Spanish alt meat brand Heura launched Heura Sausage and Heura Chorizo, which it claims are healthier than others on the market and boast a clean label, at a former bullfighting colosseum in Barcelona.

🐕 Star investor-backed British plant-based dog food company The Pack has launched a new range of ambient wet foods, and claims to be the first company in the world to produce multiple plant-based meat analogue wet dog food flavours.

🐟 Brazilian plant-based meat brand Fazenda Futuro announced its latest product, “Future Tuna”, marking its first foray into the plant-based seafood category.

🌿 The US’ leading producer of vegan meat products, Tofurky, is collaborating with Triton Algae Innovations to produce algae-based meat products, set to roll out in Q1 2022.

Big Food

☕ Starbucks has launched a global campaign to serve its beverages in reusable cups, offering increased discounts for customers who bring in their own cup for a limited time and, depending on the country, gifting free drinks to encourage consumers to get into the reusable habit.

🥜 Yoghurt giant Chobani has entered the peanut butter category for the first time with the launch of Chobani Ends Child Hunger Peanut Butter Flavored Nutrient Spread, and will donate all profits from the sale of the spreads to Edesia Nutrition, a nonprofit fighting hunger.

🍻 Heineken UK is working with Muntons Malt and Future Food Solutions to explore sustainable barley cultivation as part of Heineken’s effort to reduce its agriculture-related emissions by a third by 2030 and achieve a carbon-neutral value chain by 2040. 

🥫 McCain Foods announced a new plant-based brand, The Simple Root, which will offer dips, spreads, sauces and cheeses made from root vegetables and boasting a low carbon footprint.

🍔 Burger King South Africa has launched a range of vegan products in partnership with The Vegetarian Butcher and the ProVeg V-Label verification program.

👋 From The Community

🌱 ProVeg Incubator just announced it’s batch of 8 selected companies taking part in their latest cohort. With a strong focus on emerging food technologies and unique ingredients for the alt-protein space.

🏆 Top 500 Applications to Forward Fooding’s FoodTech 500 is now open. AgriFoodtech companies around the world can apply to be considered for the ranking.

🌎 The Founder Institute is launching the Global Food Accelerator Program, aspiring or early-stage founders in FoodTech or AgriTech can apply here by November 7th.

🍞 Bread & Jam Festival is back - join hundreds of entrepreneurs on the 20th - 22nd October for virtual content from industry thought leaders and retail pitching opportunities.

🎙 The Secret Sauce is returning. Meet our next guest who's a foodtech VC with an entrepreneurial streak. From netting $50k through his high school side hustle to co-founding a food delivery platform with 1200 employees. 


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