This Week In Food: Insect farming and the growing demand for sustainable feed, food and raw materials.

This Week In Food: Insect farming and the growing demand for sustainable feed, food and raw materials.

By
Arman Anatürk
October 9, 2020

This Week In Food's major news is French-startup Ÿnsect has raised $224 million to build out the world’s largest insect farm. Proving that B2B is the less sexy but oftentimes more lucrative space to be in.

This got me thinking about the B2B ingredient sector as a whole. As the demand for more sustainable feed, food, and materials grows, suppliers will be cashing in. Some companies that come to mind are Kingdom Supercultures, Algaia, Tebrito, and further down the line, Future Fields.

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Weekly Digest


  • 💡 Discover: From insect-based snacks to probiotic power, discover who made it to this week’s top 3 startups on FoodHack Discovery.
  • 💰 Foodtech startup fundraising? Fill out the form here before Tuesday 13th Oct to get in front of 50+ investors in this space. Accredited investor's reply for access to deal flow.
  • 📈 What's up: If you jumped on Beyond Meat stock in the early days you were probably salivating yesterday as the company shares surged to an all-year high of $193 on rumors that McDonalds wants to introduce a vegan burger with a patty from Beyond Meat in the UK.
  • 🥘 Jackfruit, a tropical crop that shot to almost overnight fame as a substitute for pulled pork and other meat. Find out what exactly is making this spiky, sweet specialty the darling of the plant-based population. (FoodHack+)
  • 🍔 Burger news: California-based vegan brand Before the Butcher is making its plant-based burger patties more accessible, with a pricing structure which matches that of ground beef. But it’s looking like we may have to call them ‘discs’ if legislators get their way, or the new Beyond Meat vegan breakfast sausage links will be renamed ‘cylinders’, but thankfully vegan brand Tofurkey is fighting back.
  • 🌎 The Climate Store just opened in Sweden, a grocery store where the currency is carbon dioxide equivalents and items are priced according to their carbon footprint, to highlight the true impact of food production on the climate.
  • 🍗 Flexitarian appeal: Barcelona-based vegan startup Heura launched its plant-based chicken products in the UK this week. They contain the same amount of protein as real chicken but only one-third of the fat, and have a pretty short list of ingredients. Dubai-based Arlene launched a range of plant-based ready meals designed for flexitarians, making it the first fully plant-based and Halal ready meal provider in the Middle East.
  • 🎤 Celebrity food: What do Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Pauly D, Steve Aoki, and Travis Barker have in common? They’re all part of the inaugural class of celebrity-themed virtual restaurant brands deployed in ghost kitchens and existing brick-and-mortar restaurants seeking a new lifeline.

Source: Tyga Bites ©
  • 🍫 Confectionery giant Mars announced this week it has achieved its goal of a deforestation-free palm oil supply chain, but it’s not good enough for Greenpeace. Philly startup Cocoa Press is democratising chocolate production with its development of a 3D printer for chocolate. US brand Lily’s Sweets launched a range of Christmas chocolate into Walmart described as being ‘filled with all the seasonal flavour and none of the added sugar’.
  • 📦 You are what you eat: At the cutting edge of customised nutrition is UK meal kit brand Gousto, which is matching ancestry findings from DNA analysis with meal kit recommendations, for home cooks to feel a more ‘personal connection’ to their food. Mind. Blown.
  • 🍳 Eggciting: Just Egg is working on an improved plant-based egg replacement that could behave better than the real deal, and cost less. Food tech startup Zero Egg launched its all-purpose, plant-based egg to food service operators and food manufacturers in the US on World Egg Day. India’s Evo Foods announced it will be launching its first liquid egg alternative in India this year, with plans for global expansion.
  • 🧬 CBD is super trendy, and Montreal-based biotech startup Hyasynth has figured out how to produce it through a fermentation process, which is far quicker than traditional production and results in a clean, sustainable product.
  • 🥄 Behold Planeteer’s IncrEdible spoon, plant-based, available in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours and designed to be eaten once you’re done using it, as a great alternative to plastic waste when on-the-go.
  • 🌱 Ovolo Hotels announced this week that it’s going completely vegetarian across all its services, the first hotel group to do so, as part of its campaign to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • 🗑 Begone, stinky garbage: The new Petal trash can freezes your waste, so smells and pesky fruit flies are a thing of the past. Environmentally questionable, but still pretty cool (see what we did there?)
  • 🍭 Sweets for my sweet: UK startup Jelly Drops has launched a range of sugar-free water sweets, made of 95% water and electrolytes, designed to combat dehydration in the elderly and those suffering from dementia. It’s good that they’re sugar-free because the UK government called for a 20% sugar reduction in key products by the end of this year, but critics are saying the scheme should be scrapped.
  • 🍪 That takes the biscuit: Happy Family Organics launched lactation cookies in the US this week. They’re specially designed to support breastfeeding mothers and their specific nutritional needs. Meanwhile, Fox’s Biscuits has been sold to Ferrero for a cool £246M, their second biscuit purchase in twelve months.
  • 📱 Online food ordering has never been more popular, which is why US-based SideChef is now offering recipes on its app and website which are fully shoppable at Walmart in just one click. It's also why online ordering platform Lunchbox is teaming up with virtual kitchen company C3 to create a high-end virtual food hall.

Written by
Arman Anatürk

Lived across North America, Europe and Asia, leading to my questionable cooking style. Jumped two feet forward into the startup world in 2013, and haven't looked back since. Always on the hunt for the next story or inside scoop to cover - email me or connect on LinkedIn.

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This Week In Food's major news is French-startup Ÿnsect has raised $224 million to build out the world’s largest insect farm. Proving that B2B is the less sexy but oftentimes more lucrative space to be in.

This got me thinking about the B2B ingredient sector as a whole. As the demand for more sustainable feed, food, and materials grows, suppliers will be cashing in. Some companies that come to mind are Kingdom Supercultures, Algaia, Tebrito, and further down the line, Future Fields.

This is a web-version of our weekly This Week In Food newsletter. Subscribe below to receive future editions straight to your inbox.

Weekly Digest


  • 💡 Discover: From insect-based snacks to probiotic power, discover who made it to this week’s top 3 startups on FoodHack Discovery.
  • 💰 Foodtech startup fundraising? Fill out the form here before Tuesday 13th Oct to get in front of 50+ investors in this space. Accredited investor's reply for access to deal flow.
  • 📈 What's up: If you jumped on Beyond Meat stock in the early days you were probably salivating yesterday as the company shares surged to an all-year high of $193 on rumors that McDonalds wants to introduce a vegan burger with a patty from Beyond Meat in the UK.
  • 🥘 Jackfruit, a tropical crop that shot to almost overnight fame as a substitute for pulled pork and other meat. Find out what exactly is making this spiky, sweet specialty the darling of the plant-based population. (FoodHack+)
  • 🍔 Burger news: California-based vegan brand Before the Butcher is making its plant-based burger patties more accessible, with a pricing structure which matches that of ground beef. But it’s looking like we may have to call them ‘discs’ if legislators get their way, or the new Beyond Meat vegan breakfast sausage links will be renamed ‘cylinders’, but thankfully vegan brand Tofurkey is fighting back.
  • 🌎 The Climate Store just opened in Sweden, a grocery store where the currency is carbon dioxide equivalents and items are priced according to their carbon footprint, to highlight the true impact of food production on the climate.
  • 🍗 Flexitarian appeal: Barcelona-based vegan startup Heura launched its plant-based chicken products in the UK this week. They contain the same amount of protein as real chicken but only one-third of the fat, and have a pretty short list of ingredients. Dubai-based Arlene launched a range of plant-based ready meals designed for flexitarians, making it the first fully plant-based and Halal ready meal provider in the Middle East.
  • 🎤 Celebrity food: What do Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Pauly D, Steve Aoki, and Travis Barker have in common? They’re all part of the inaugural class of celebrity-themed virtual restaurant brands deployed in ghost kitchens and existing brick-and-mortar restaurants seeking a new lifeline.

Source: Tyga Bites ©
  • 🍫 Confectionery giant Mars announced this week it has achieved its goal of a deforestation-free palm oil supply chain, but it’s not good enough for Greenpeace. Philly startup Cocoa Press is democratising chocolate production with its development of a 3D printer for chocolate. US brand Lily’s Sweets launched a range of Christmas chocolate into Walmart described as being ‘filled with all the seasonal flavour and none of the added sugar’.
  • 📦 You are what you eat: At the cutting edge of customised nutrition is UK meal kit brand Gousto, which is matching ancestry findings from DNA analysis with meal kit recommendations, for home cooks to feel a more ‘personal connection’ to their food. Mind. Blown.
  • 🍳 Eggciting: Just Egg is working on an improved plant-based egg replacement that could behave better than the real deal, and cost less. Food tech startup Zero Egg launched its all-purpose, plant-based egg to food service operators and food manufacturers in the US on World Egg Day. India’s Evo Foods announced it will be launching its first liquid egg alternative in India this year, with plans for global expansion.
  • 🧬 CBD is super trendy, and Montreal-based biotech startup Hyasynth has figured out how to produce it through a fermentation process, which is far quicker than traditional production and results in a clean, sustainable product.
  • 🥄 Behold Planeteer’s IncrEdible spoon, plant-based, available in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours and designed to be eaten once you’re done using it, as a great alternative to plastic waste when on-the-go.
  • 🌱 Ovolo Hotels announced this week that it’s going completely vegetarian across all its services, the first hotel group to do so, as part of its campaign to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • 🗑 Begone, stinky garbage: The new Petal trash can freezes your waste, so smells and pesky fruit flies are a thing of the past. Environmentally questionable, but still pretty cool (see what we did there?)
  • 🍭 Sweets for my sweet: UK startup Jelly Drops has launched a range of sugar-free water sweets, made of 95% water and electrolytes, designed to combat dehydration in the elderly and those suffering from dementia. It’s good that they’re sugar-free because the UK government called for a 20% sugar reduction in key products by the end of this year, but critics are saying the scheme should be scrapped.
  • 🍪 That takes the biscuit: Happy Family Organics launched lactation cookies in the US this week. They’re specially designed to support breastfeeding mothers and their specific nutritional needs. Meanwhile, Fox’s Biscuits has been sold to Ferrero for a cool £246M, their second biscuit purchase in twelve months.
  • 📱 Online food ordering has never been more popular, which is why US-based SideChef is now offering recipes on its app and website which are fully shoppable at Walmart in just one click. It's also why online ordering platform Lunchbox is teaming up with virtual kitchen company C3 to create a high-end virtual food hall.

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This Week In Food's major news is French-startup Ÿnsect has raised $224 million to build out the world’s largest insect farm. Proving that B2B is the less sexy but oftentimes more lucrative space to be in.

This got me thinking about the B2B ingredient sector as a whole. As the demand for more sustainable feed, food, and materials grows, suppliers will be cashing in. Some companies that come to mind are Kingdom Supercultures, Algaia, Tebrito, and further down the line, Future Fields.

This is a web-version of our weekly This Week In Food newsletter. Subscribe below to receive future editions straight to your inbox.

Weekly Digest


  • 💡 Discover: From insect-based snacks to probiotic power, discover who made it to this week’s top 3 startups on FoodHack Discovery.
  • 💰 Foodtech startup fundraising? Fill out the form here before Tuesday 13th Oct to get in front of 50+ investors in this space. Accredited investor's reply for access to deal flow.
  • 📈 What's up: If you jumped on Beyond Meat stock in the early days you were probably salivating yesterday as the company shares surged to an all-year high of $193 on rumors that McDonalds wants to introduce a vegan burger with a patty from Beyond Meat in the UK.
  • 🥘 Jackfruit, a tropical crop that shot to almost overnight fame as a substitute for pulled pork and other meat. Find out what exactly is making this spiky, sweet specialty the darling of the plant-based population. (FoodHack+)
  • 🍔 Burger news: California-based vegan brand Before the Butcher is making its plant-based burger patties more accessible, with a pricing structure which matches that of ground beef. But it’s looking like we may have to call them ‘discs’ if legislators get their way, or the new Beyond Meat vegan breakfast sausage links will be renamed ‘cylinders’, but thankfully vegan brand Tofurkey is fighting back.
  • 🌎 The Climate Store just opened in Sweden, a grocery store where the currency is carbon dioxide equivalents and items are priced according to their carbon footprint, to highlight the true impact of food production on the climate.
  • 🍗 Flexitarian appeal: Barcelona-based vegan startup Heura launched its plant-based chicken products in the UK this week. They contain the same amount of protein as real chicken but only one-third of the fat, and have a pretty short list of ingredients. Dubai-based Arlene launched a range of plant-based ready meals designed for flexitarians, making it the first fully plant-based and Halal ready meal provider in the Middle East.
  • 🎤 Celebrity food: What do Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Pauly D, Steve Aoki, and Travis Barker have in common? They’re all part of the inaugural class of celebrity-themed virtual restaurant brands deployed in ghost kitchens and existing brick-and-mortar restaurants seeking a new lifeline.

Source: Tyga Bites ©
  • 🍫 Confectionery giant Mars announced this week it has achieved its goal of a deforestation-free palm oil supply chain, but it’s not good enough for Greenpeace. Philly startup Cocoa Press is democratising chocolate production with its development of a 3D printer for chocolate. US brand Lily’s Sweets launched a range of Christmas chocolate into Walmart described as being ‘filled with all the seasonal flavour and none of the added sugar’.
  • 📦 You are what you eat: At the cutting edge of customised nutrition is UK meal kit brand Gousto, which is matching ancestry findings from DNA analysis with meal kit recommendations, for home cooks to feel a more ‘personal connection’ to their food. Mind. Blown.
  • 🍳 Eggciting: Just Egg is working on an improved plant-based egg replacement that could behave better than the real deal, and cost less. Food tech startup Zero Egg launched its all-purpose, plant-based egg to food service operators and food manufacturers in the US on World Egg Day. India’s Evo Foods announced it will be launching its first liquid egg alternative in India this year, with plans for global expansion.
  • 🧬 CBD is super trendy, and Montreal-based biotech startup Hyasynth has figured out how to produce it through a fermentation process, which is far quicker than traditional production and results in a clean, sustainable product.
  • 🥄 Behold Planeteer’s IncrEdible spoon, plant-based, available in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours and designed to be eaten once you’re done using it, as a great alternative to plastic waste when on-the-go.
  • 🌱 Ovolo Hotels announced this week that it’s going completely vegetarian across all its services, the first hotel group to do so, as part of its campaign to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • 🗑 Begone, stinky garbage: The new Petal trash can freezes your waste, so smells and pesky fruit flies are a thing of the past. Environmentally questionable, but still pretty cool (see what we did there?)
  • 🍭 Sweets for my sweet: UK startup Jelly Drops has launched a range of sugar-free water sweets, made of 95% water and electrolytes, designed to combat dehydration in the elderly and those suffering from dementia. It’s good that they’re sugar-free because the UK government called for a 20% sugar reduction in key products by the end of this year, but critics are saying the scheme should be scrapped.
  • 🍪 That takes the biscuit: Happy Family Organics launched lactation cookies in the US this week. They’re specially designed to support breastfeeding mothers and their specific nutritional needs. Meanwhile, Fox’s Biscuits has been sold to Ferrero for a cool £246M, their second biscuit purchase in twelve months.
  • 📱 Online food ordering has never been more popular, which is why US-based SideChef is now offering recipes on its app and website which are fully shoppable at Walmart in just one click. It's also why online ordering platform Lunchbox is teaming up with virtual kitchen company C3 to create a high-end virtual food hall.

This Week In Food's major news is French-startup Ÿnsect has raised $224 million to build out the world’s largest insect farm. Proving that B2B is the less sexy but oftentimes more lucrative space to be in.

This got me thinking about the B2B ingredient sector as a whole. As the demand for more sustainable feed, food, and materials grows, suppliers will be cashing in. Some companies that come to mind are Kingdom Supercultures, Algaia, Tebrito, and further down the line, Future Fields.

This is a web-version of our weekly This Week In Food newsletter. Subscribe below to receive future editions straight to your inbox.

Weekly Digest


  • 💡 Discover: From insect-based snacks to probiotic power, discover who made it to this week’s top 3 startups on FoodHack Discovery.
  • 💰 Foodtech startup fundraising? Fill out the form here before Tuesday 13th Oct to get in front of 50+ investors in this space. Accredited investor's reply for access to deal flow.
  • 📈 What's up: If you jumped on Beyond Meat stock in the early days you were probably salivating yesterday as the company shares surged to an all-year high of $193 on rumors that McDonalds wants to introduce a vegan burger with a patty from Beyond Meat in the UK.
  • 🥘 Jackfruit, a tropical crop that shot to almost overnight fame as a substitute for pulled pork and other meat. Find out what exactly is making this spiky, sweet specialty the darling of the plant-based population. (FoodHack+)
  • 🍔 Burger news: California-based vegan brand Before the Butcher is making its plant-based burger patties more accessible, with a pricing structure which matches that of ground beef. But it’s looking like we may have to call them ‘discs’ if legislators get their way, or the new Beyond Meat vegan breakfast sausage links will be renamed ‘cylinders’, but thankfully vegan brand Tofurkey is fighting back.
  • 🌎 The Climate Store just opened in Sweden, a grocery store where the currency is carbon dioxide equivalents and items are priced according to their carbon footprint, to highlight the true impact of food production on the climate.
  • 🍗 Flexitarian appeal: Barcelona-based vegan startup Heura launched its plant-based chicken products in the UK this week. They contain the same amount of protein as real chicken but only one-third of the fat, and have a pretty short list of ingredients. Dubai-based Arlene launched a range of plant-based ready meals designed for flexitarians, making it the first fully plant-based and Halal ready meal provider in the Middle East.
  • 🎤 Celebrity food: What do Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Pauly D, Steve Aoki, and Travis Barker have in common? They’re all part of the inaugural class of celebrity-themed virtual restaurant brands deployed in ghost kitchens and existing brick-and-mortar restaurants seeking a new lifeline.

Source: Tyga Bites ©
  • 🍫 Confectionery giant Mars announced this week it has achieved its goal of a deforestation-free palm oil supply chain, but it’s not good enough for Greenpeace. Philly startup Cocoa Press is democratising chocolate production with its development of a 3D printer for chocolate. US brand Lily’s Sweets launched a range of Christmas chocolate into Walmart described as being ‘filled with all the seasonal flavour and none of the added sugar’.
  • 📦 You are what you eat: At the cutting edge of customised nutrition is UK meal kit brand Gousto, which is matching ancestry findings from DNA analysis with meal kit recommendations, for home cooks to feel a more ‘personal connection’ to their food. Mind. Blown.
  • 🍳 Eggciting: Just Egg is working on an improved plant-based egg replacement that could behave better than the real deal, and cost less. Food tech startup Zero Egg launched its all-purpose, plant-based egg to food service operators and food manufacturers in the US on World Egg Day. India’s Evo Foods announced it will be launching its first liquid egg alternative in India this year, with plans for global expansion.
  • 🧬 CBD is super trendy, and Montreal-based biotech startup Hyasynth has figured out how to produce it through a fermentation process, which is far quicker than traditional production and results in a clean, sustainable product.
  • 🥄 Behold Planeteer’s IncrEdible spoon, plant-based, available in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours and designed to be eaten once you’re done using it, as a great alternative to plastic waste when on-the-go.
  • 🌱 Ovolo Hotels announced this week that it’s going completely vegetarian across all its services, the first hotel group to do so, as part of its campaign to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • 🗑 Begone, stinky garbage: The new Petal trash can freezes your waste, so smells and pesky fruit flies are a thing of the past. Environmentally questionable, but still pretty cool (see what we did there?)
  • 🍭 Sweets for my sweet: UK startup Jelly Drops has launched a range of sugar-free water sweets, made of 95% water and electrolytes, designed to combat dehydration in the elderly and those suffering from dementia. It’s good that they’re sugar-free because the UK government called for a 20% sugar reduction in key products by the end of this year, but critics are saying the scheme should be scrapped.
  • 🍪 That takes the biscuit: Happy Family Organics launched lactation cookies in the US this week. They’re specially designed to support breastfeeding mothers and their specific nutritional needs. Meanwhile, Fox’s Biscuits has been sold to Ferrero for a cool £246M, their second biscuit purchase in twelve months.
  • 📱 Online food ordering has never been more popular, which is why US-based SideChef is now offering recipes on its app and website which are fully shoppable at Walmart in just one click. It's also why online ordering platform Lunchbox is teaming up with virtual kitchen company C3 to create a high-end virtual food hall.