This Week In Food: Gal Gadot's new food brand, General Mills take on animal-free dairy, Migros eyes alt-seafoods

This Week In Food: Gal Gadot's new food brand, General Mills take on animal-free dairy, Migros eyes alt-seafoods

By
Nicola Spalding
November 19, 2021

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We released our top 5 FoodTech predictions for for 2022. Here's the TLDR:

1. Cell-Based Viability is (Almost) Here. See Upside Foods new production centre.

2. Increased food prices = Waste reduction startups getting a boost.

3. Grocery delivery is hitting its stride (& consolidating). Green Grocery is next.

4. The farms of the future are here driven by desire for a shorter, more sustainable supply chain. 

5. ‘Shroom Boom' continues with novel growing methods, packaging, alt protein & ingredient tech.

Want more foodtech predictions? Sign up to this webinar we're taking part in soon.

In this week's edition:

  • Actor Gal Godot's new food brand.
  • General Mills take on animal-free dairy.
  • Migros eyes alt-seafoods products.
  • JBS makes a major cell-tech acquisition.

The Digest

Credit: Chobani

📈 What’s Up: Chobani increased its revenue by 5.2% to $1.4billion in 2020, is the top brand in the yoghurt category with just over 20% market share, and is heading towards its IPO.

📉 What’s Down: Oatly shares have taken a massive tumble, falling by nearly 20% this week after missing revenue expectations and suffering quality and supply issues.

💡 It’s that time of the year where accelerators around the world call on startup founders to fast track their growth. Check out our list of 4 FoodTech Accelerators that are recruiting right now - and the perks that each offers. 

Funds & Funding

 💰 Chinese agrifoodtech venture capital firm Bits x Bites closed its latest fund at $100M to support the country’s startups that are working towards a sustainable food future.

🍸 Lyre’s, the London-based non-alcoholic spirits brand, raised £20M at a valuation of £270M to scale up its operations and continue expanding its customer base.

🍄 Israeli animal-free dairy company Imagindairy secured $13M seed funding to support development of its precision fermentation technology, as it is cooperating with leading dairy companies to offer a complete range of molecularly identical dairy-free proteins.

🥗 Singapore-based SaladStop raised $8.9M Series B funding to “foster more tech-enabled growth”. The ‘grab n’ go’ salad chain has evolved into a hybrid offline retailer and it intends to “become the leading personalized nutrition company in Asia”.

🧀 America's Gooder Foods raised $6.4M to launch new macaroni and cheese brand Goodles, created by Gal Gadot and boasting healthy alternatives to leading brands that tackle both better taste and nutrition.

☕️ US-based cold brew coffee startup Riff secured $2.5M seed funding. Its mission is to use 100% of the agricultural value of the coffee plant, and its energy drink is made from cascara, a by-product of the coffee harvest.

💸 Find all 20 funding rounds of the week including the Farmers Business Network mega $300M raise and Sweden's Peas of Heaven fresh €2.7M late seed funding.

Robots and Fungi

Credit: Nommi

🤖 Wavemaker Labs has announced a new bowl-making robotic kiosk concept, called Nommi. It’s “a standalone robotic kitchen that is able to produce and dispense any grain-, noodle- or lettuce-based dish through a fully integrated cooking system.”

🍏 Singapore government-backed investment firm Temasek launched the Asia Sustainable Foods Platform to support alternative protein startups and accelerate sustainable food development in the region.

👨 Two dietitian's have developed WIRL, the world’s first mental wellbeing app that’s fuelled by food and driven by the gut-brain axis, and are pioneering a way to improve consumers’ mental health with food.

🍄 Michroma has advanced to pilot-scale production of a heat-stable red food colourant made from fungi, which it claims will give synthetic food dyes a “run for their money” in terms of performance and sustainability.

Plant-Based News

Credit: Redefine Meat

🐑 Israel’s Redefine Meat launched what it claims are the world’s first plant-based whole beef and lamb cuts that are comparable in quality to animal meat, which have already received acclaim from Michelin-star chefs.

🐓 Singapore’s Next Gen Foods launched its flagship TiNDLE plant-based chicken product in Amsterdam this week, marking the first step of its expansion into Europe. 

🍝 Impossible Foods is launching Impossible Meatballs, made from a blend of Impossible Burger and Impossible Sausage, at 3,000 Walmart stores across the US.

🦞 Chicago startup Aqua Cultured Foods is partnering with Swiss retail giant Migros to expedite development of its fungus-based alt seafood products made via microbial fermentation.

🌱 CP Foods, Thailand’s largest agrifood company, is launching its plant-based meat brand MEAT ZERO in Singapore as part of its mission to dominate the meat alternatives market in Asia.

🍫 Singer Billie Eilish debuted a new plant-based 37% milk chocolate bar named after her new album, ‘Happier Than Ever’. The bar is organic, rainforest alliance-certified, and packaged in a compostable cardboard box.

🏭 Enough Food is leading Plenitude, a group of sustainable food partners, and is on a mission to scale the “largest non-animal protein factory of the decade” in the south of the Netherlands. 

🛒 PlantBelly launched this week. It’s a 100% plant-based online grocery store and grocery subscription service which supplies small-batch, high quality foodie collections of unique vegan items.

Big Food & Acquisitions

Credit: General Mills

🧀 General Mills, Inc. launched an animal-free dairy brand, Bold Cultr, developed through its internal accelerator. Its first product is a cream cheese alternative which features non-animal whey protein from Perfect Day.

🧫 The largest meat processing company in the world, JBS, is purchasing Spanish cultivated meat producer Biotech Foods, and is establishing a cultivated meat R&D center in Brazil, marking its entry into the cell-based protein market.

🥫 Del Monte Foods has announced the industry’s first canned vegetable products boasting certification by the Upcycled Food Association: its Blue Lake Petite Cut and Blue Lake Farmhouse Cut Green Beans, made with 100% upcycled and sustainably grown green beans.

🍗 Poultry giants Sanderson Farms and Wayne Farms are merging their operations and the joint entity will be the third-largest US poultry processor after the deal closes.

🏭 French dairy giant Danone is converting one of its animal-based dairy factories into a plant-based dairy site in order to seize growth opportunities in the sector.

☕️ Starbucks and Amazon have joined forces to open a cashierless coffee shop. The new store, Starbucks Pickup, is in New York City and features Amazon’s Just Walk Out platform.

Trends: Crop Genetics

Genetic modification has grown up and birthed a novel, more precise technology that could hold the keys to a more sustainable and efficient food production system. That technology is gene editing. Specifically, CRISPR (and even more specifically, CRISPR-Cas9)

🔎 Discover in the full FoodHack+ Report:
- 2x case studies (BetterSeeds, Pairwise)
- The good, the bad, and the figures behind GM 2.0
- List of 15 startups in the space
- List of 30 Investors in the space.

Find out more about how the startups showcased in this article are paving the way to a gene-edited future that could transform food production as we know it.

👋 From The Community

👀FoodTech Jobs: Find 60 FoodTech Jobs on our new job board. Geltor Inc. (USA) are hiring a Sr. Fermentation Engineer, Bettr Egg (Germany) are recruiting a Food Process Engineer, Sway (USA) are hiring Senior Polymer Scientist, The Better Meat Co. (USA) are bringing on more Food Scientists, Vly (Germany) are hiring a Head of Product. 

👋 New FoodHack Meetups: coming up in Brussels (November 25th), Basel (November 29th), Cape Town (December 1st) & Zurich (December 6th).

🤳 Content for food: Throughout November, Bun Burgers is allowing its customers to pay for their food with TikTok. Simply order your food, create a TikTok and tag Bun Burgers, then show the cashier and you’re good to go.


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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.


We released our top 5 FoodTech predictions for for 2022. Here's the TLDR:

1. Cell-Based Viability is (Almost) Here. See Upside Foods new production centre.

2. Increased food prices = Waste reduction startups getting a boost.

3. Grocery delivery is hitting its stride (& consolidating). Green Grocery is next.

4. The farms of the future are here driven by desire for a shorter, more sustainable supply chain. 

5. ‘Shroom Boom' continues with novel growing methods, packaging, alt protein & ingredient tech.

Want more foodtech predictions? Sign up to this webinar we're taking part in soon.

In this week's edition:

  • Actor Gal Godot's new food brand.
  • General Mills take on animal-free dairy.
  • Migros eyes alt-seafoods products.
  • JBS makes a major cell-tech acquisition.

The Digest

Credit: Chobani

📈 What’s Up: Chobani increased its revenue by 5.2% to $1.4billion in 2020, is the top brand in the yoghurt category with just over 20% market share, and is heading towards its IPO.

📉 What’s Down: Oatly shares have taken a massive tumble, falling by nearly 20% this week after missing revenue expectations and suffering quality and supply issues.

💡 It’s that time of the year where accelerators around the world call on startup founders to fast track their growth. Check out our list of 4 FoodTech Accelerators that are recruiting right now - and the perks that each offers. 

Funds & Funding

 💰 Chinese agrifoodtech venture capital firm Bits x Bites closed its latest fund at $100M to support the country’s startups that are working towards a sustainable food future.

🍸 Lyre’s, the London-based non-alcoholic spirits brand, raised £20M at a valuation of £270M to scale up its operations and continue expanding its customer base.

🍄 Israeli animal-free dairy company Imagindairy secured $13M seed funding to support development of its precision fermentation technology, as it is cooperating with leading dairy companies to offer a complete range of molecularly identical dairy-free proteins.

🥗 Singapore-based SaladStop raised $8.9M Series B funding to “foster more tech-enabled growth”. The ‘grab n’ go’ salad chain has evolved into a hybrid offline retailer and it intends to “become the leading personalized nutrition company in Asia”.

🧀 America's Gooder Foods raised $6.4M to launch new macaroni and cheese brand Goodles, created by Gal Gadot and boasting healthy alternatives to leading brands that tackle both better taste and nutrition.

☕️ US-based cold brew coffee startup Riff secured $2.5M seed funding. Its mission is to use 100% of the agricultural value of the coffee plant, and its energy drink is made from cascara, a by-product of the coffee harvest.

💸 Find all 20 funding rounds of the week including the Farmers Business Network mega $300M raise and Sweden's Peas of Heaven fresh €2.7M late seed funding.

Robots and Fungi

Credit: Nommi

🤖 Wavemaker Labs has announced a new bowl-making robotic kiosk concept, called Nommi. It’s “a standalone robotic kitchen that is able to produce and dispense any grain-, noodle- or lettuce-based dish through a fully integrated cooking system.”

🍏 Singapore government-backed investment firm Temasek launched the Asia Sustainable Foods Platform to support alternative protein startups and accelerate sustainable food development in the region.

👨 Two dietitian's have developed WIRL, the world’s first mental wellbeing app that’s fuelled by food and driven by the gut-brain axis, and are pioneering a way to improve consumers’ mental health with food.

🍄 Michroma has advanced to pilot-scale production of a heat-stable red food colourant made from fungi, which it claims will give synthetic food dyes a “run for their money” in terms of performance and sustainability.

Plant-Based News

Credit: Redefine Meat

🐑 Israel’s Redefine Meat launched what it claims are the world’s first plant-based whole beef and lamb cuts that are comparable in quality to animal meat, which have already received acclaim from Michelin-star chefs.

🐓 Singapore’s Next Gen Foods launched its flagship TiNDLE plant-based chicken product in Amsterdam this week, marking the first step of its expansion into Europe. 

🍝 Impossible Foods is launching Impossible Meatballs, made from a blend of Impossible Burger and Impossible Sausage, at 3,000 Walmart stores across the US.

🦞 Chicago startup Aqua Cultured Foods is partnering with Swiss retail giant Migros to expedite development of its fungus-based alt seafood products made via microbial fermentation.

🌱 CP Foods, Thailand’s largest agrifood company, is launching its plant-based meat brand MEAT ZERO in Singapore as part of its mission to dominate the meat alternatives market in Asia.

🍫 Singer Billie Eilish debuted a new plant-based 37% milk chocolate bar named after her new album, ‘Happier Than Ever’. The bar is organic, rainforest alliance-certified, and packaged in a compostable cardboard box.

🏭 Enough Food is leading Plenitude, a group of sustainable food partners, and is on a mission to scale the “largest non-animal protein factory of the decade” in the south of the Netherlands. 

🛒 PlantBelly launched this week. It’s a 100% plant-based online grocery store and grocery subscription service which supplies small-batch, high quality foodie collections of unique vegan items.

Big Food & Acquisitions

Credit: General Mills

🧀 General Mills, Inc. launched an animal-free dairy brand, Bold Cultr, developed through its internal accelerator. Its first product is a cream cheese alternative which features non-animal whey protein from Perfect Day.

🧫 The largest meat processing company in the world, JBS, is purchasing Spanish cultivated meat producer Biotech Foods, and is establishing a cultivated meat R&D center in Brazil, marking its entry into the cell-based protein market.

🥫 Del Monte Foods has announced the industry’s first canned vegetable products boasting certification by the Upcycled Food Association: its Blue Lake Petite Cut and Blue Lake Farmhouse Cut Green Beans, made with 100% upcycled and sustainably grown green beans.

🍗 Poultry giants Sanderson Farms and Wayne Farms are merging their operations and the joint entity will be the third-largest US poultry processor after the deal closes.

🏭 French dairy giant Danone is converting one of its animal-based dairy factories into a plant-based dairy site in order to seize growth opportunities in the sector.

☕️ Starbucks and Amazon have joined forces to open a cashierless coffee shop. The new store, Starbucks Pickup, is in New York City and features Amazon’s Just Walk Out platform.

Trends: Crop Genetics

Genetic modification has grown up and birthed a novel, more precise technology that could hold the keys to a more sustainable and efficient food production system. That technology is gene editing. Specifically, CRISPR (and even more specifically, CRISPR-Cas9)

🔎 Discover in the full FoodHack+ Report:
- 2x case studies (BetterSeeds, Pairwise)
- The good, the bad, and the figures behind GM 2.0
- List of 15 startups in the space
- List of 30 Investors in the space.

Find out more about how the startups showcased in this article are paving the way to a gene-edited future that could transform food production as we know it.

👋 From The Community

👀FoodTech Jobs: Find 60 FoodTech Jobs on our new job board. Geltor Inc. (USA) are hiring a Sr. Fermentation Engineer, Bettr Egg (Germany) are recruiting a Food Process Engineer, Sway (USA) are hiring Senior Polymer Scientist, The Better Meat Co. (USA) are bringing on more Food Scientists, Vly (Germany) are hiring a Head of Product. 

👋 New FoodHack Meetups: coming up in Brussels (November 25th), Basel (November 29th), Cape Town (December 1st) & Zurich (December 6th).

🤳 Content for food: Throughout November, Bun Burgers is allowing its customers to pay for their food with TikTok. Simply order your food, create a TikTok and tag Bun Burgers, then show the cashier and you’re good to go.


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.


We released our top 5 FoodTech predictions for for 2022. Here's the TLDR:

1. Cell-Based Viability is (Almost) Here. See Upside Foods new production centre.

2. Increased food prices = Waste reduction startups getting a boost.

3. Grocery delivery is hitting its stride (& consolidating). Green Grocery is next.

4. The farms of the future are here driven by desire for a shorter, more sustainable supply chain. 

5. ‘Shroom Boom' continues with novel growing methods, packaging, alt protein & ingredient tech.

Want more foodtech predictions? Sign up to this webinar we're taking part in soon.

In this week's edition:

  • Actor Gal Godot's new food brand.
  • General Mills take on animal-free dairy.
  • Migros eyes alt-seafoods products.
  • JBS makes a major cell-tech acquisition.

The Digest

Credit: Chobani

📈 What’s Up: Chobani increased its revenue by 5.2% to $1.4billion in 2020, is the top brand in the yoghurt category with just over 20% market share, and is heading towards its IPO.

📉 What’s Down: Oatly shares have taken a massive tumble, falling by nearly 20% this week after missing revenue expectations and suffering quality and supply issues.

💡 It’s that time of the year where accelerators around the world call on startup founders to fast track their growth. Check out our list of 4 FoodTech Accelerators that are recruiting right now - and the perks that each offers. 

Funds & Funding

 💰 Chinese agrifoodtech venture capital firm Bits x Bites closed its latest fund at $100M to support the country’s startups that are working towards a sustainable food future.

🍸 Lyre’s, the London-based non-alcoholic spirits brand, raised £20M at a valuation of £270M to scale up its operations and continue expanding its customer base.

🍄 Israeli animal-free dairy company Imagindairy secured $13M seed funding to support development of its precision fermentation technology, as it is cooperating with leading dairy companies to offer a complete range of molecularly identical dairy-free proteins.

🥗 Singapore-based SaladStop raised $8.9M Series B funding to “foster more tech-enabled growth”. The ‘grab n’ go’ salad chain has evolved into a hybrid offline retailer and it intends to “become the leading personalized nutrition company in Asia”.

🧀 America's Gooder Foods raised $6.4M to launch new macaroni and cheese brand Goodles, created by Gal Gadot and boasting healthy alternatives to leading brands that tackle both better taste and nutrition.

☕️ US-based cold brew coffee startup Riff secured $2.5M seed funding. Its mission is to use 100% of the agricultural value of the coffee plant, and its energy drink is made from cascara, a by-product of the coffee harvest.

💸 Find all 20 funding rounds of the week including the Farmers Business Network mega $300M raise and Sweden's Peas of Heaven fresh €2.7M late seed funding.

Robots and Fungi

Credit: Nommi

🤖 Wavemaker Labs has announced a new bowl-making robotic kiosk concept, called Nommi. It’s “a standalone robotic kitchen that is able to produce and dispense any grain-, noodle- or lettuce-based dish through a fully integrated cooking system.”

🍏 Singapore government-backed investment firm Temasek launched the Asia Sustainable Foods Platform to support alternative protein startups and accelerate sustainable food development in the region.

👨 Two dietitian's have developed WIRL, the world’s first mental wellbeing app that’s fuelled by food and driven by the gut-brain axis, and are pioneering a way to improve consumers’ mental health with food.

🍄 Michroma has advanced to pilot-scale production of a heat-stable red food colourant made from fungi, which it claims will give synthetic food dyes a “run for their money” in terms of performance and sustainability.

Plant-Based News

Credit: Redefine Meat

🐑 Israel’s Redefine Meat launched what it claims are the world’s first plant-based whole beef and lamb cuts that are comparable in quality to animal meat, which have already received acclaim from Michelin-star chefs.

🐓 Singapore’s Next Gen Foods launched its flagship TiNDLE plant-based chicken product in Amsterdam this week, marking the first step of its expansion into Europe. 

🍝 Impossible Foods is launching Impossible Meatballs, made from a blend of Impossible Burger and Impossible Sausage, at 3,000 Walmart stores across the US.

🦞 Chicago startup Aqua Cultured Foods is partnering with Swiss retail giant Migros to expedite development of its fungus-based alt seafood products made via microbial fermentation.

🌱 CP Foods, Thailand’s largest agrifood company, is launching its plant-based meat brand MEAT ZERO in Singapore as part of its mission to dominate the meat alternatives market in Asia.

🍫 Singer Billie Eilish debuted a new plant-based 37% milk chocolate bar named after her new album, ‘Happier Than Ever’. The bar is organic, rainforest alliance-certified, and packaged in a compostable cardboard box.

🏭 Enough Food is leading Plenitude, a group of sustainable food partners, and is on a mission to scale the “largest non-animal protein factory of the decade” in the south of the Netherlands. 

🛒 PlantBelly launched this week. It’s a 100% plant-based online grocery store and grocery subscription service which supplies small-batch, high quality foodie collections of unique vegan items.

Big Food & Acquisitions

Credit: General Mills

🧀 General Mills, Inc. launched an animal-free dairy brand, Bold Cultr, developed through its internal accelerator. Its first product is a cream cheese alternative which features non-animal whey protein from Perfect Day.

🧫 The largest meat processing company in the world, JBS, is purchasing Spanish cultivated meat producer Biotech Foods, and is establishing a cultivated meat R&D center in Brazil, marking its entry into the cell-based protein market.

🥫 Del Monte Foods has announced the industry’s first canned vegetable products boasting certification by the Upcycled Food Association: its Blue Lake Petite Cut and Blue Lake Farmhouse Cut Green Beans, made with 100% upcycled and sustainably grown green beans.

🍗 Poultry giants Sanderson Farms and Wayne Farms are merging their operations and the joint entity will be the third-largest US poultry processor after the deal closes.

🏭 French dairy giant Danone is converting one of its animal-based dairy factories into a plant-based dairy site in order to seize growth opportunities in the sector.

☕️ Starbucks and Amazon have joined forces to open a cashierless coffee shop. The new store, Starbucks Pickup, is in New York City and features Amazon’s Just Walk Out platform.

Trends: Crop Genetics

Genetic modification has grown up and birthed a novel, more precise technology that could hold the keys to a more sustainable and efficient food production system. That technology is gene editing. Specifically, CRISPR (and even more specifically, CRISPR-Cas9)

🔎 Discover in the full FoodHack+ Report:
- 2x case studies (BetterSeeds, Pairwise)
- The good, the bad, and the figures behind GM 2.0
- List of 15 startups in the space
- List of 30 Investors in the space.

Find out more about how the startups showcased in this article are paving the way to a gene-edited future that could transform food production as we know it.

👋 From The Community

👀FoodTech Jobs: Find 60 FoodTech Jobs on our new job board. Geltor Inc. (USA) are hiring a Sr. Fermentation Engineer, Bettr Egg (Germany) are recruiting a Food Process Engineer, Sway (USA) are hiring Senior Polymer Scientist, The Better Meat Co. (USA) are bringing on more Food Scientists, Vly (Germany) are hiring a Head of Product. 

👋 New FoodHack Meetups: coming up in Brussels (November 25th), Basel (November 29th), Cape Town (December 1st) & Zurich (December 6th).

🤳 Content for food: Throughout November, Bun Burgers is allowing its customers to pay for their food with TikTok. Simply order your food, create a TikTok and tag Bun Burgers, then show the cashier and you’re good to go.


How did you like today's email?

Love it 😁 Meh 😐 Hate it 🙁

Curated by Nicola & Arman

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


We released our top 5 FoodTech predictions for for 2022. Here's the TLDR:

1. Cell-Based Viability is (Almost) Here. See Upside Foods new production centre.

2. Increased food prices = Waste reduction startups getting a boost.

3. Grocery delivery is hitting its stride (& consolidating). Green Grocery is next.

4. The farms of the future are here driven by desire for a shorter, more sustainable supply chain. 

5. ‘Shroom Boom' continues with novel growing methods, packaging, alt protein & ingredient tech.

Want more foodtech predictions? Sign up to this webinar we're taking part in soon.

In this week's edition:

  • Actor Gal Godot's new food brand.
  • General Mills take on animal-free dairy.
  • Migros eyes alt-seafoods products.
  • JBS makes a major cell-tech acquisition.

The Digest

Credit: Chobani

📈 What’s Up: Chobani increased its revenue by 5.2% to $1.4billion in 2020, is the top brand in the yoghurt category with just over 20% market share, and is heading towards its IPO.

📉 What’s Down: Oatly shares have taken a massive tumble, falling by nearly 20% this week after missing revenue expectations and suffering quality and supply issues.

💡 It’s that time of the year where accelerators around the world call on startup founders to fast track their growth. Check out our list of 4 FoodTech Accelerators that are recruiting right now - and the perks that each offers. 

Funds & Funding

 💰 Chinese agrifoodtech venture capital firm Bits x Bites closed its latest fund at $100M to support the country’s startups that are working towards a sustainable food future.

🍸 Lyre’s, the London-based non-alcoholic spirits brand, raised £20M at a valuation of £270M to scale up its operations and continue expanding its customer base.

🍄 Israeli animal-free dairy company Imagindairy secured $13M seed funding to support development of its precision fermentation technology, as it is cooperating with leading dairy companies to offer a complete range of molecularly identical dairy-free proteins.

🥗 Singapore-based SaladStop raised $8.9M Series B funding to “foster more tech-enabled growth”. The ‘grab n’ go’ salad chain has evolved into a hybrid offline retailer and it intends to “become the leading personalized nutrition company in Asia”.

🧀 America's Gooder Foods raised $6.4M to launch new macaroni and cheese brand Goodles, created by Gal Gadot and boasting healthy alternatives to leading brands that tackle both better taste and nutrition.

☕️ US-based cold brew coffee startup Riff secured $2.5M seed funding. Its mission is to use 100% of the agricultural value of the coffee plant, and its energy drink is made from cascara, a by-product of the coffee harvest.

💸 Find all 20 funding rounds of the week including the Farmers Business Network mega $300M raise and Sweden's Peas of Heaven fresh €2.7M late seed funding.

Robots and Fungi

Credit: Nommi

🤖 Wavemaker Labs has announced a new bowl-making robotic kiosk concept, called Nommi. It’s “a standalone robotic kitchen that is able to produce and dispense any grain-, noodle- or lettuce-based dish through a fully integrated cooking system.”

🍏 Singapore government-backed investment firm Temasek launched the Asia Sustainable Foods Platform to support alternative protein startups and accelerate sustainable food development in the region.

👨 Two dietitian's have developed WIRL, the world’s first mental wellbeing app that’s fuelled by food and driven by the gut-brain axis, and are pioneering a way to improve consumers’ mental health with food.

🍄 Michroma has advanced to pilot-scale production of a heat-stable red food colourant made from fungi, which it claims will give synthetic food dyes a “run for their money” in terms of performance and sustainability.

Plant-Based News

Credit: Redefine Meat

🐑 Israel’s Redefine Meat launched what it claims are the world’s first plant-based whole beef and lamb cuts that are comparable in quality to animal meat, which have already received acclaim from Michelin-star chefs.

🐓 Singapore’s Next Gen Foods launched its flagship TiNDLE plant-based chicken product in Amsterdam this week, marking the first step of its expansion into Europe. 

🍝 Impossible Foods is launching Impossible Meatballs, made from a blend of Impossible Burger and Impossible Sausage, at 3,000 Walmart stores across the US.

🦞 Chicago startup Aqua Cultured Foods is partnering with Swiss retail giant Migros to expedite development of its fungus-based alt seafood products made via microbial fermentation.

🌱 CP Foods, Thailand’s largest agrifood company, is launching its plant-based meat brand MEAT ZERO in Singapore as part of its mission to dominate the meat alternatives market in Asia.

🍫 Singer Billie Eilish debuted a new plant-based 37% milk chocolate bar named after her new album, ‘Happier Than Ever’. The bar is organic, rainforest alliance-certified, and packaged in a compostable cardboard box.

🏭 Enough Food is leading Plenitude, a group of sustainable food partners, and is on a mission to scale the “largest non-animal protein factory of the decade” in the south of the Netherlands. 

🛒 PlantBelly launched this week. It’s a 100% plant-based online grocery store and grocery subscription service which supplies small-batch, high quality foodie collections of unique vegan items.

Big Food & Acquisitions

Credit: General Mills

🧀 General Mills, Inc. launched an animal-free dairy brand, Bold Cultr, developed through its internal accelerator. Its first product is a cream cheese alternative which features non-animal whey protein from Perfect Day.

🧫 The largest meat processing company in the world, JBS, is purchasing Spanish cultivated meat producer Biotech Foods, and is establishing a cultivated meat R&D center in Brazil, marking its entry into the cell-based protein market.

🥫 Del Monte Foods has announced the industry’s first canned vegetable products boasting certification by the Upcycled Food Association: its Blue Lake Petite Cut and Blue Lake Farmhouse Cut Green Beans, made with 100% upcycled and sustainably grown green beans.

🍗 Poultry giants Sanderson Farms and Wayne Farms are merging their operations and the joint entity will be the third-largest US poultry processor after the deal closes.

🏭 French dairy giant Danone is converting one of its animal-based dairy factories into a plant-based dairy site in order to seize growth opportunities in the sector.

☕️ Starbucks and Amazon have joined forces to open a cashierless coffee shop. The new store, Starbucks Pickup, is in New York City and features Amazon’s Just Walk Out platform.

Trends: Crop Genetics

Genetic modification has grown up and birthed a novel, more precise technology that could hold the keys to a more sustainable and efficient food production system. That technology is gene editing. Specifically, CRISPR (and even more specifically, CRISPR-Cas9)

🔎 Discover in the full FoodHack+ Report:
- 2x case studies (BetterSeeds, Pairwise)
- The good, the bad, and the figures behind GM 2.0
- List of 15 startups in the space
- List of 30 Investors in the space.

Find out more about how the startups showcased in this article are paving the way to a gene-edited future that could transform food production as we know it.

👋 From The Community

👀FoodTech Jobs: Find 60 FoodTech Jobs on our new job board. Geltor Inc. (USA) are hiring a Sr. Fermentation Engineer, Bettr Egg (Germany) are recruiting a Food Process Engineer, Sway (USA) are hiring Senior Polymer Scientist, The Better Meat Co. (USA) are bringing on more Food Scientists, Vly (Germany) are hiring a Head of Product. 

👋 New FoodHack Meetups: coming up in Brussels (November 25th), Basel (November 29th), Cape Town (December 1st) & Zurich (December 6th).

🤳 Content for food: Throughout November, Bun Burgers is allowing its customers to pay for their food with TikTok. Simply order your food, create a TikTok and tag Bun Burgers, then show the cashier and you’re good to go.


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