This Week In Food: Mission Barns Cultivated Sausages, Europe's biggest plant based series B, and what's driving Nestles Q2 sales?

This Week In Food: Mission Barns Cultivated Sausages, Europe's biggest plant based series B, and what's driving Nestles Q2 sales?

By
Nicola Spalding
October 22, 2021

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In this week's edition:

  • What's driving Nestle's Q2 sales?
  • Europe's "biggest" plant-based Series B.
  • The Protein Brewery's new facility.
  • Sausages made with cultivated fat.

💡 The Digest

image via Nestle

📈 What’s Up:  Swiss food giant Nestlé has raised its annual forecast after reporting stronger-than-expected sales for the second quarter in a row, having seen strong demand for pet food and coffee. Probably because people are still at home, drinking too much coffee and enjoying their lockdown pets. 

Similar news for Unilever, which reported 2.5% sales growth for Q3, and Danone, whose Q3 sales were up 3.8% on a like-for-like basis amid “inflationary pressures”.

📉 What’s Down: Vertical farming firm AeroFarms has called off its SPAC deal, which would have valued its entity with Spring Valley at $1.2 billion, as it decided that the merger was “not in the best interest of its shareholders”.

💸 New In Funding

🦍 Berlin-based grocery delivery startup Gorillas raised almost $1 billion Series C funding, in a round led by Delivery Hero, having grown rapidly to operate over 180 warehouses in nine international markets since its inception in June 2020.

💰 Rubio Impact Ventures closed its second fund with €110M, almost 40% more than its initial target, and plans to invest in over 30 impact-focused companies.

🌯 London-based vegan meal delivery service allplants raised £38M Series B funding, marking the biggest-ever Series B raise by a DTC plant-based company in Europe

☕️ Coffee tech startup Cometeer closed $35M Series B funding, bringing its total funding to $100M. The firm brews coffee “through science” before sealing it in recyclable capsules and flash-freezing it to lock in the aroma.

🍼 Female-led biotech Biomilq raised $21M Series A funding, in a round co-led by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Danish investors Novo Holdings, to support commercialisation of its cell-based breastmilk.

💻 German meal planning startup Kitchenful closed $1.9M for its flexible service which allows users to browse recipes from food bloggers and create personalised, affordable meal plans, adjustable to preferences and dietary requirements.

💸 Find all 16 funding rounds of the week including Owen Wilson's investment into al-protein Abbot's Butcher, British vegan restaurant Neat Burger's latest raise and the first firm in China to produce cell-based meat.

Groceries and Sheep Milk

image via GoPuff

🗽 Super-speedy delivery service GoPuff launched in four of New York City’s five boroughs this week, with plans to double its NYC locations by the end of the year. The photos from the launch seem to hint at an IPO down the line?

🛒 Instacart has acquired smart cart and grocery checkout company Caper AI for $350M to access its portfolio of technology solutions, many of which are in use in major retailers across North America.

🏭 Moving up! Netherlands based The Protein Brewery which makes fermotein, an alternative protein from sugar beets, potatoes and corn, is moving into a new, much larger, facility in Mijkenbroek (actual name of a town in Netherlands). The move comes after the company raised €22m back in November.

🌾  New York-based startup Farther Farms is pioneering a solution to make fresh food shelf stable, with the goal of reducing the food industry’s reliance on the costly (both environmentally and monetarily) cold chain.

🐑 Chinese dairy tech Blue River is the first company in the world to make sheep milk infant formula, which it claims behaves similarly to breastmilk and is nutritionally superior to other types of infant milk.

🚀 NASA and the Canadian Science Agency have announced the phase one winners of the Deep Space Food Challenge, in which companies must be able to offer a palatable and nutritious solution to feeding at least four astronauts on a four-year space mission, with minimal inputs and waste.

🔔 Better-for-you beverage maker The Vita Coco Company launched on the NASDAQ this week, pricing its IPO at $15 per share, slightly lower than its previously expected range of $18-21.

Plant-Based Launches

Image via Mission Barns

🌭 Mission Barns has partnered with Silva Sausage to develop a plant-based sausage made with cultivated fat, marking the first partnership between a cultured fat company and a plant-based meat manufacturer in North America.

🍳 The European Food Safety Authority has approved Eat Just, Inc.’s mung bean protein, which is central to its plant-based JUST egg products, as a novel ingredient, which will enable the launch of JUST Egg in Europe in mid-2022. 

🍔 Black Sheep Foods launched its plant-based lamb burgers into San Francisco restaurants, as part of its mission to offer more variety to plant-based meat eaters.

🇸🇬 TiNDLE, the vegan chicken brand by Singapore’s Next Gen Foods, debuted in the US at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, ahead of its official restaurant launch in 2022.

🐟 German plant-based fish producer BettaF!sh has launched a new range of vegan tuna sandwiches, launched exclusively at Aldi stores across the country.

🥛 Female-led startup Lifestock has launched a new milk alternative, THIS PKN, made from low water-usage pecan nuts, born from a mission to support Texas pecan farmers.

🌎 Impossible Foods and Climate Pledge Arena, which is the world’s first net zero-carbon sports arena, announced that the Impossible patty has been named the venue’s official burger. Makes sense.

🇪🇸 Burger King Spain is partnering with The Vegetarian Butcher to open its first 100% plant-based restaurant in Madrid, planned to be open for a month.

🥛 Not technically food tech news… but food tech-adjacent: Swedish oat milk giant Oatly is making its sustainable fashion debut with its first line of upcycled denim jackets adorned with its Post-Milk generation campaign slogans, as a fast fashion protest.

Big Food

Image via Bear Robotics

🍻 Ten Chili’s restaurants across the US have employed Bear Robotics’ Rita the robot server-bot to bring food to customers’ tables. With 1,600 locations, Chili’s could be a lucrative win for Bear Robotics.

🇵🇭 Philippines-based seafood and dairy giant Century Pacific is set to launch its affordable plant-based meat range, unMEAT, into retail in the US, starting on the West coast.

🤷 European meat giant Danish Crown’s CEO, Jais Valeur, has admitted that the company was wrong for underestimating the plant-based meat trend, and will now be ramping up production of plant-based meat.

🌰 Nestlé is launching a new line of refrigerated snacks, Nestlé Rallies Nut Butter Bombs, made with chocolate and nut butter, that the firm claims is healthier than the leading nut butter chocolate candy.

🔮 It’s that time of year again! Whole Foods has made its 2022 food trend predictions, and here’s a listicle by ADM… don’t worry, FoodHack’s is coming soon (and will be worth the wait)!

🍫 Trends: Vegan Chocolate

What once was a niche market is becoming increasingly popular, with the growth of the plant-based chocolate market expected to outpace the growth of traditional milk chocolate, and be worth $1bn in 6 years’ time. 

🔎 Discover in the full FoodHack+ Report:
- 2x case studies (QOA, Fellow Creatures)
- The good, the bad, and the figures behind animal-free chocolate.
- List of 25+ startups in the space.

Find out more about how brands, both large and small, are hoping to win over vegetarians, flexitarians and climate-conscious consumers with their plant-based, ethical chocolate that’s only getting tastier as time goes on.

👋 From The Community

🏆 GROW and Innovate UK have selected eight UK-based agrifood startups to take part in the very first Global Incubator Programme - Gateway to Asia, designed to help business grow and scale in the region.

👋 Ian at DEMI is looking to connect with food and beverage brands that would like to build communities with their audience. Contact Ian or set up your community

🇨🇭FoodHack Basel are hosting a meetup on Monday 29th November with speakers carvelo2go, Stripped Pizza & Arbuckles. Reserve a free seat here.


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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:

  • What's driving Nestle's Q2 sales?
  • Europe's "biggest" plant-based Series B.
  • The Protein Brewery's new facility.
  • Sausages made with cultivated fat.

💡 The Digest

image via Nestle

📈 What’s Up:  Swiss food giant Nestlé has raised its annual forecast after reporting stronger-than-expected sales for the second quarter in a row, having seen strong demand for pet food and coffee. Probably because people are still at home, drinking too much coffee and enjoying their lockdown pets. 

Similar news for Unilever, which reported 2.5% sales growth for Q3, and Danone, whose Q3 sales were up 3.8% on a like-for-like basis amid “inflationary pressures”.

📉 What’s Down: Vertical farming firm AeroFarms has called off its SPAC deal, which would have valued its entity with Spring Valley at $1.2 billion, as it decided that the merger was “not in the best interest of its shareholders”.

💸 New In Funding

🦍 Berlin-based grocery delivery startup Gorillas raised almost $1 billion Series C funding, in a round led by Delivery Hero, having grown rapidly to operate over 180 warehouses in nine international markets since its inception in June 2020.

💰 Rubio Impact Ventures closed its second fund with €110M, almost 40% more than its initial target, and plans to invest in over 30 impact-focused companies.

🌯 London-based vegan meal delivery service allplants raised £38M Series B funding, marking the biggest-ever Series B raise by a DTC plant-based company in Europe

☕️ Coffee tech startup Cometeer closed $35M Series B funding, bringing its total funding to $100M. The firm brews coffee “through science” before sealing it in recyclable capsules and flash-freezing it to lock in the aroma.

🍼 Female-led biotech Biomilq raised $21M Series A funding, in a round co-led by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Danish investors Novo Holdings, to support commercialisation of its cell-based breastmilk.

💻 German meal planning startup Kitchenful closed $1.9M for its flexible service which allows users to browse recipes from food bloggers and create personalised, affordable meal plans, adjustable to preferences and dietary requirements.

💸 Find all 16 funding rounds of the week including Owen Wilson's investment into al-protein Abbot's Butcher, British vegan restaurant Neat Burger's latest raise and the first firm in China to produce cell-based meat.

Groceries and Sheep Milk

image via GoPuff

🗽 Super-speedy delivery service GoPuff launched in four of New York City’s five boroughs this week, with plans to double its NYC locations by the end of the year. The photos from the launch seem to hint at an IPO down the line?

🛒 Instacart has acquired smart cart and grocery checkout company Caper AI for $350M to access its portfolio of technology solutions, many of which are in use in major retailers across North America.

🏭 Moving up! Netherlands based The Protein Brewery which makes fermotein, an alternative protein from sugar beets, potatoes and corn, is moving into a new, much larger, facility in Mijkenbroek (actual name of a town in Netherlands). The move comes after the company raised €22m back in November.

🌾  New York-based startup Farther Farms is pioneering a solution to make fresh food shelf stable, with the goal of reducing the food industry’s reliance on the costly (both environmentally and monetarily) cold chain.

🐑 Chinese dairy tech Blue River is the first company in the world to make sheep milk infant formula, which it claims behaves similarly to breastmilk and is nutritionally superior to other types of infant milk.

🚀 NASA and the Canadian Science Agency have announced the phase one winners of the Deep Space Food Challenge, in which companies must be able to offer a palatable and nutritious solution to feeding at least four astronauts on a four-year space mission, with minimal inputs and waste.

🔔 Better-for-you beverage maker The Vita Coco Company launched on the NASDAQ this week, pricing its IPO at $15 per share, slightly lower than its previously expected range of $18-21.

Plant-Based Launches

Image via Mission Barns

🌭 Mission Barns has partnered with Silva Sausage to develop a plant-based sausage made with cultivated fat, marking the first partnership between a cultured fat company and a plant-based meat manufacturer in North America.

🍳 The European Food Safety Authority has approved Eat Just, Inc.’s mung bean protein, which is central to its plant-based JUST egg products, as a novel ingredient, which will enable the launch of JUST Egg in Europe in mid-2022. 

🍔 Black Sheep Foods launched its plant-based lamb burgers into San Francisco restaurants, as part of its mission to offer more variety to plant-based meat eaters.

🇸🇬 TiNDLE, the vegan chicken brand by Singapore’s Next Gen Foods, debuted in the US at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, ahead of its official restaurant launch in 2022.

🐟 German plant-based fish producer BettaF!sh has launched a new range of vegan tuna sandwiches, launched exclusively at Aldi stores across the country.

🥛 Female-led startup Lifestock has launched a new milk alternative, THIS PKN, made from low water-usage pecan nuts, born from a mission to support Texas pecan farmers.

🌎 Impossible Foods and Climate Pledge Arena, which is the world’s first net zero-carbon sports arena, announced that the Impossible patty has been named the venue’s official burger. Makes sense.

🇪🇸 Burger King Spain is partnering with The Vegetarian Butcher to open its first 100% plant-based restaurant in Madrid, planned to be open for a month.

🥛 Not technically food tech news… but food tech-adjacent: Swedish oat milk giant Oatly is making its sustainable fashion debut with its first line of upcycled denim jackets adorned with its Post-Milk generation campaign slogans, as a fast fashion protest.

Big Food

Image via Bear Robotics

🍻 Ten Chili’s restaurants across the US have employed Bear Robotics’ Rita the robot server-bot to bring food to customers’ tables. With 1,600 locations, Chili’s could be a lucrative win for Bear Robotics.

🇵🇭 Philippines-based seafood and dairy giant Century Pacific is set to launch its affordable plant-based meat range, unMEAT, into retail in the US, starting on the West coast.

🤷 European meat giant Danish Crown’s CEO, Jais Valeur, has admitted that the company was wrong for underestimating the plant-based meat trend, and will now be ramping up production of plant-based meat.

🌰 Nestlé is launching a new line of refrigerated snacks, Nestlé Rallies Nut Butter Bombs, made with chocolate and nut butter, that the firm claims is healthier than the leading nut butter chocolate candy.

🔮 It’s that time of year again! Whole Foods has made its 2022 food trend predictions, and here’s a listicle by ADM… don’t worry, FoodHack’s is coming soon (and will be worth the wait)!

🍫 Trends: Vegan Chocolate

What once was a niche market is becoming increasingly popular, with the growth of the plant-based chocolate market expected to outpace the growth of traditional milk chocolate, and be worth $1bn in 6 years’ time. 

🔎 Discover in the full FoodHack+ Report:
- 2x case studies (QOA, Fellow Creatures)
- The good, the bad, and the figures behind animal-free chocolate.
- List of 25+ startups in the space.

Find out more about how brands, both large and small, are hoping to win over vegetarians, flexitarians and climate-conscious consumers with their plant-based, ethical chocolate that’s only getting tastier as time goes on.

👋 From The Community

🏆 GROW and Innovate UK have selected eight UK-based agrifood startups to take part in the very first Global Incubator Programme - Gateway to Asia, designed to help business grow and scale in the region.

👋 Ian at DEMI is looking to connect with food and beverage brands that would like to build communities with their audience. Contact Ian or set up your community

🇨🇭FoodHack Basel are hosting a meetup on Monday 29th November with speakers carvelo2go, Stripped Pizza & Arbuckles. Reserve a free seat here.


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In this week's edition:

  • What's driving Nestle's Q2 sales?
  • Europe's "biggest" plant-based Series B.
  • The Protein Brewery's new facility.
  • Sausages made with cultivated fat.

💡 The Digest

image via Nestle

📈 What’s Up:  Swiss food giant Nestlé has raised its annual forecast after reporting stronger-than-expected sales for the second quarter in a row, having seen strong demand for pet food and coffee. Probably because people are still at home, drinking too much coffee and enjoying their lockdown pets. 

Similar news for Unilever, which reported 2.5% sales growth for Q3, and Danone, whose Q3 sales were up 3.8% on a like-for-like basis amid “inflationary pressures”.

📉 What’s Down: Vertical farming firm AeroFarms has called off its SPAC deal, which would have valued its entity with Spring Valley at $1.2 billion, as it decided that the merger was “not in the best interest of its shareholders”.

💸 New In Funding

🦍 Berlin-based grocery delivery startup Gorillas raised almost $1 billion Series C funding, in a round led by Delivery Hero, having grown rapidly to operate over 180 warehouses in nine international markets since its inception in June 2020.

💰 Rubio Impact Ventures closed its second fund with €110M, almost 40% more than its initial target, and plans to invest in over 30 impact-focused companies.

🌯 London-based vegan meal delivery service allplants raised £38M Series B funding, marking the biggest-ever Series B raise by a DTC plant-based company in Europe

☕️ Coffee tech startup Cometeer closed $35M Series B funding, bringing its total funding to $100M. The firm brews coffee “through science” before sealing it in recyclable capsules and flash-freezing it to lock in the aroma.

🍼 Female-led biotech Biomilq raised $21M Series A funding, in a round co-led by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Danish investors Novo Holdings, to support commercialisation of its cell-based breastmilk.

💻 German meal planning startup Kitchenful closed $1.9M for its flexible service which allows users to browse recipes from food bloggers and create personalised, affordable meal plans, adjustable to preferences and dietary requirements.

💸 Find all 16 funding rounds of the week including Owen Wilson's investment into al-protein Abbot's Butcher, British vegan restaurant Neat Burger's latest raise and the first firm in China to produce cell-based meat.

Groceries and Sheep Milk

image via GoPuff

🗽 Super-speedy delivery service GoPuff launched in four of New York City’s five boroughs this week, with plans to double its NYC locations by the end of the year. The photos from the launch seem to hint at an IPO down the line?

🛒 Instacart has acquired smart cart and grocery checkout company Caper AI for $350M to access its portfolio of technology solutions, many of which are in use in major retailers across North America.

🏭 Moving up! Netherlands based The Protein Brewery which makes fermotein, an alternative protein from sugar beets, potatoes and corn, is moving into a new, much larger, facility in Mijkenbroek (actual name of a town in Netherlands). The move comes after the company raised €22m back in November.

🌾  New York-based startup Farther Farms is pioneering a solution to make fresh food shelf stable, with the goal of reducing the food industry’s reliance on the costly (both environmentally and monetarily) cold chain.

🐑 Chinese dairy tech Blue River is the first company in the world to make sheep milk infant formula, which it claims behaves similarly to breastmilk and is nutritionally superior to other types of infant milk.

🚀 NASA and the Canadian Science Agency have announced the phase one winners of the Deep Space Food Challenge, in which companies must be able to offer a palatable and nutritious solution to feeding at least four astronauts on a four-year space mission, with minimal inputs and waste.

🔔 Better-for-you beverage maker The Vita Coco Company launched on the NASDAQ this week, pricing its IPO at $15 per share, slightly lower than its previously expected range of $18-21.

Plant-Based Launches

Image via Mission Barns

🌭 Mission Barns has partnered with Silva Sausage to develop a plant-based sausage made with cultivated fat, marking the first partnership between a cultured fat company and a plant-based meat manufacturer in North America.

🍳 The European Food Safety Authority has approved Eat Just, Inc.’s mung bean protein, which is central to its plant-based JUST egg products, as a novel ingredient, which will enable the launch of JUST Egg in Europe in mid-2022. 

🍔 Black Sheep Foods launched its plant-based lamb burgers into San Francisco restaurants, as part of its mission to offer more variety to plant-based meat eaters.

🇸🇬 TiNDLE, the vegan chicken brand by Singapore’s Next Gen Foods, debuted in the US at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, ahead of its official restaurant launch in 2022.

🐟 German plant-based fish producer BettaF!sh has launched a new range of vegan tuna sandwiches, launched exclusively at Aldi stores across the country.

🥛 Female-led startup Lifestock has launched a new milk alternative, THIS PKN, made from low water-usage pecan nuts, born from a mission to support Texas pecan farmers.

🌎 Impossible Foods and Climate Pledge Arena, which is the world’s first net zero-carbon sports arena, announced that the Impossible patty has been named the venue’s official burger. Makes sense.

🇪🇸 Burger King Spain is partnering with The Vegetarian Butcher to open its first 100% plant-based restaurant in Madrid, planned to be open for a month.

🥛 Not technically food tech news… but food tech-adjacent: Swedish oat milk giant Oatly is making its sustainable fashion debut with its first line of upcycled denim jackets adorned with its Post-Milk generation campaign slogans, as a fast fashion protest.

Big Food

Image via Bear Robotics

🍻 Ten Chili’s restaurants across the US have employed Bear Robotics’ Rita the robot server-bot to bring food to customers’ tables. With 1,600 locations, Chili’s could be a lucrative win for Bear Robotics.

🇵🇭 Philippines-based seafood and dairy giant Century Pacific is set to launch its affordable plant-based meat range, unMEAT, into retail in the US, starting on the West coast.

🤷 European meat giant Danish Crown’s CEO, Jais Valeur, has admitted that the company was wrong for underestimating the plant-based meat trend, and will now be ramping up production of plant-based meat.

🌰 Nestlé is launching a new line of refrigerated snacks, Nestlé Rallies Nut Butter Bombs, made with chocolate and nut butter, that the firm claims is healthier than the leading nut butter chocolate candy.

🔮 It’s that time of year again! Whole Foods has made its 2022 food trend predictions, and here’s a listicle by ADM… don’t worry, FoodHack’s is coming soon (and will be worth the wait)!

🍫 Trends: Vegan Chocolate

What once was a niche market is becoming increasingly popular, with the growth of the plant-based chocolate market expected to outpace the growth of traditional milk chocolate, and be worth $1bn in 6 years’ time. 

🔎 Discover in the full FoodHack+ Report:
- 2x case studies (QOA, Fellow Creatures)
- The good, the bad, and the figures behind animal-free chocolate.
- List of 25+ startups in the space.

Find out more about how brands, both large and small, are hoping to win over vegetarians, flexitarians and climate-conscious consumers with their plant-based, ethical chocolate that’s only getting tastier as time goes on.

👋 From The Community

🏆 GROW and Innovate UK have selected eight UK-based agrifood startups to take part in the very first Global Incubator Programme - Gateway to Asia, designed to help business grow and scale in the region.

👋 Ian at DEMI is looking to connect with food and beverage brands that would like to build communities with their audience. Contact Ian or set up your community

🇨🇭FoodHack Basel are hosting a meetup on Monday 29th November with speakers carvelo2go, Stripped Pizza & Arbuckles. Reserve a free seat here.


How did you like today's email?

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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.


In this week's edition:

  • What's driving Nestle's Q2 sales?
  • Europe's "biggest" plant-based Series B.
  • The Protein Brewery's new facility.
  • Sausages made with cultivated fat.

💡 The Digest

image via Nestle

📈 What’s Up:  Swiss food giant Nestlé has raised its annual forecast after reporting stronger-than-expected sales for the second quarter in a row, having seen strong demand for pet food and coffee. Probably because people are still at home, drinking too much coffee and enjoying their lockdown pets. 

Similar news for Unilever, which reported 2.5% sales growth for Q3, and Danone, whose Q3 sales were up 3.8% on a like-for-like basis amid “inflationary pressures”.

📉 What’s Down: Vertical farming firm AeroFarms has called off its SPAC deal, which would have valued its entity with Spring Valley at $1.2 billion, as it decided that the merger was “not in the best interest of its shareholders”.

💸 New In Funding

🦍 Berlin-based grocery delivery startup Gorillas raised almost $1 billion Series C funding, in a round led by Delivery Hero, having grown rapidly to operate over 180 warehouses in nine international markets since its inception in June 2020.

💰 Rubio Impact Ventures closed its second fund with €110M, almost 40% more than its initial target, and plans to invest in over 30 impact-focused companies.

🌯 London-based vegan meal delivery service allplants raised £38M Series B funding, marking the biggest-ever Series B raise by a DTC plant-based company in Europe

☕️ Coffee tech startup Cometeer closed $35M Series B funding, bringing its total funding to $100M. The firm brews coffee “through science” before sealing it in recyclable capsules and flash-freezing it to lock in the aroma.

🍼 Female-led biotech Biomilq raised $21M Series A funding, in a round co-led by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Danish investors Novo Holdings, to support commercialisation of its cell-based breastmilk.

💻 German meal planning startup Kitchenful closed $1.9M for its flexible service which allows users to browse recipes from food bloggers and create personalised, affordable meal plans, adjustable to preferences and dietary requirements.

💸 Find all 16 funding rounds of the week including Owen Wilson's investment into al-protein Abbot's Butcher, British vegan restaurant Neat Burger's latest raise and the first firm in China to produce cell-based meat.

Groceries and Sheep Milk

image via GoPuff

🗽 Super-speedy delivery service GoPuff launched in four of New York City’s five boroughs this week, with plans to double its NYC locations by the end of the year. The photos from the launch seem to hint at an IPO down the line?

🛒 Instacart has acquired smart cart and grocery checkout company Caper AI for $350M to access its portfolio of technology solutions, many of which are in use in major retailers across North America.

🏭 Moving up! Netherlands based The Protein Brewery which makes fermotein, an alternative protein from sugar beets, potatoes and corn, is moving into a new, much larger, facility in Mijkenbroek (actual name of a town in Netherlands). The move comes after the company raised €22m back in November.

🌾  New York-based startup Farther Farms is pioneering a solution to make fresh food shelf stable, with the goal of reducing the food industry’s reliance on the costly (both environmentally and monetarily) cold chain.

🐑 Chinese dairy tech Blue River is the first company in the world to make sheep milk infant formula, which it claims behaves similarly to breastmilk and is nutritionally superior to other types of infant milk.

🚀 NASA and the Canadian Science Agency have announced the phase one winners of the Deep Space Food Challenge, in which companies must be able to offer a palatable and nutritious solution to feeding at least four astronauts on a four-year space mission, with minimal inputs and waste.

🔔 Better-for-you beverage maker The Vita Coco Company launched on the NASDAQ this week, pricing its IPO at $15 per share, slightly lower than its previously expected range of $18-21.

Plant-Based Launches

Image via Mission Barns

🌭 Mission Barns has partnered with Silva Sausage to develop a plant-based sausage made with cultivated fat, marking the first partnership between a cultured fat company and a plant-based meat manufacturer in North America.

🍳 The European Food Safety Authority has approved Eat Just, Inc.’s mung bean protein, which is central to its plant-based JUST egg products, as a novel ingredient, which will enable the launch of JUST Egg in Europe in mid-2022. 

🍔 Black Sheep Foods launched its plant-based lamb burgers into San Francisco restaurants, as part of its mission to offer more variety to plant-based meat eaters.

🇸🇬 TiNDLE, the vegan chicken brand by Singapore’s Next Gen Foods, debuted in the US at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, ahead of its official restaurant launch in 2022.

🐟 German plant-based fish producer BettaF!sh has launched a new range of vegan tuna sandwiches, launched exclusively at Aldi stores across the country.

🥛 Female-led startup Lifestock has launched a new milk alternative, THIS PKN, made from low water-usage pecan nuts, born from a mission to support Texas pecan farmers.

🌎 Impossible Foods and Climate Pledge Arena, which is the world’s first net zero-carbon sports arena, announced that the Impossible patty has been named the venue’s official burger. Makes sense.

🇪🇸 Burger King Spain is partnering with The Vegetarian Butcher to open its first 100% plant-based restaurant in Madrid, planned to be open for a month.

🥛 Not technically food tech news… but food tech-adjacent: Swedish oat milk giant Oatly is making its sustainable fashion debut with its first line of upcycled denim jackets adorned with its Post-Milk generation campaign slogans, as a fast fashion protest.

Big Food

Image via Bear Robotics

🍻 Ten Chili’s restaurants across the US have employed Bear Robotics’ Rita the robot server-bot to bring food to customers’ tables. With 1,600 locations, Chili’s could be a lucrative win for Bear Robotics.

🇵🇭 Philippines-based seafood and dairy giant Century Pacific is set to launch its affordable plant-based meat range, unMEAT, into retail in the US, starting on the West coast.

🤷 European meat giant Danish Crown’s CEO, Jais Valeur, has admitted that the company was wrong for underestimating the plant-based meat trend, and will now be ramping up production of plant-based meat.

🌰 Nestlé is launching a new line of refrigerated snacks, Nestlé Rallies Nut Butter Bombs, made with chocolate and nut butter, that the firm claims is healthier than the leading nut butter chocolate candy.

🔮 It’s that time of year again! Whole Foods has made its 2022 food trend predictions, and here’s a listicle by ADM… don’t worry, FoodHack’s is coming soon (and will be worth the wait)!

🍫 Trends: Vegan Chocolate

What once was a niche market is becoming increasingly popular, with the growth of the plant-based chocolate market expected to outpace the growth of traditional milk chocolate, and be worth $1bn in 6 years’ time. 

🔎 Discover in the full FoodHack+ Report:
- 2x case studies (QOA, Fellow Creatures)
- The good, the bad, and the figures behind animal-free chocolate.
- List of 25+ startups in the space.

Find out more about how brands, both large and small, are hoping to win over vegetarians, flexitarians and climate-conscious consumers with their plant-based, ethical chocolate that’s only getting tastier as time goes on.

👋 From The Community

🏆 GROW and Innovate UK have selected eight UK-based agrifood startups to take part in the very first Global Incubator Programme - Gateway to Asia, designed to help business grow and scale in the region.

👋 Ian at DEMI is looking to connect with food and beverage brands that would like to build communities with their audience. Contact Ian or set up your community

🇨🇭FoodHack Basel are hosting a meetup on Monday 29th November with speakers carvelo2go, Stripped Pizza & Arbuckles. Reserve a free seat here.


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