This Week: Mealworms Now Approved, The Impact Accelerator Giving Out $100k & Chobani Does Coffee

This Week: Mealworms Now Approved, The Impact Accelerator Giving Out $100k & Chobani Does Coffee

By
Nicola Spalding
January 15, 2021

FoodHack virtual meetups are back and there's an impressive line up of speakers including Marley Spoon's CMO, Jonas Erich, the co-founder of Meatable, Dr. Mark Kotter, and more. Check out the full line up of upcoming events and come connect with founders from across the globe.

Thanks to everyone who voted on our survey last week, overwhelmingly you wanted trends/insights, followed by industry news. And everyone wants a year of free access to FoodHack+. In the end, I used this tool to two randomly select our two lucky readers; Anna Bradshaw & Nicole Marxen 🎉

Still want to try FoodHack+? Grab a monthly membership here (I still haven't got around to updating the prices for 2021) 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

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Weekly Digest

  • 🎨We're hiring: We're looking for a talented graphic designer to join the FoodHack team. Apply here or share the word.
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden FoodTech: As a Turk living in Switzerland, I was asked to give my take on the Swedish FoodTech scene 🤷‍♂️Here's what I had to say alongside some actual experts of the industry. For more on Sweden's FoodTech scene, check out this list we did with Daniel Skavén Ruben.
  • 💡2021 Predictions: Our 2021 food predictions have been making the rounds. Here's some more that we're a fan of by The Spoon & Green Queen Media.
  • 👀 Discover: 2021 so far has brought vegetable-based pasta, nootropic drinks and sweet spreads made from garbanzo beans to our Discovery board - but here are the 3 products that topped the charts this week.
  • 📈 What’s Up: The White House is placing 25% tariffs on high alcohol wine from France and Germany, as part of a long-standing trade dispute over aircraft parts, despite wide criticism.
  • 📉What’s Down: PepsiCo has pledged to diminish its greenhouse emissions and reach net zero by 2040, a full decade earlier than the Paris Agreement demands, by focusing on agriculture, packaging, distribution and operations.
  • 💰Funding: From Nick's, the Swedish sugar free snacks and ice cream brand that's closed $30M to Weezy, the delivery app offering local deliveries in just 15 minutes that raised £14.6M - see all 14 companies who closed rounds this week including a new plant-based D2C pet food brand, a plastic-free online milk delivery startup and a Chinese plant-based meat startup.
Norrsken Foundation Accelerator

💸Money, money, money:

  • Swedish impact investor Norrsken Foundation is launching an impact accelerator, with the aim of building companies which help 1Bn people. The first year will focus on food tech in particular, with sustainability the name of the game. There’s a stellar lineup of mentors on hand to help startups focus and develop their activities, and a pretty healthy investment fund to get them on their way. Check out the cool promo video here.
  • PepsiCo has selected ten finalists to join its fifth Greenhouse Accelerator program, focused on the next generation of wellness technologies, services and ingredients. Each finalist receives $20k grant funding now, and in June one company will win a further $100k.
  • Global food delivery service Delivery Hero is launching its own venture capital fund, DX Ventures, to invest in food, delivery and other areas of the food industry, having already made around $500M of minority investments in the last couple of years.
  • Turkey’s biggest online delivery service, Getir, is getting ready to expand into the UK and is close to signing a deal for fresh funding at a valuation of more than $800M, having enjoyed faster-than-expected growth through 2020.
  • 🐛The European Food Safety Authority has okayed mealworms as ok for human consumption. French insect firm Ÿnsect plans to get in on the action with its food grade mealworm ingredients and other insect-focussed companies such as Micronutris in France, Protifarm in the Netherlands, Essento in Switzerland and Entogourmet in Spain are now preparing to ramp up their operations.
  • 📦Grocery giant Walmart announced its plans to partner with smart box maker HomeValet to pilot a solution to allow it to deliver goods to customers’ doors 24 hours per day. The firm’s temperature-controlled smart box can be placed outside the home so groceries can be delivered contact-free and kept chilled, even if the customer isn’t home.
  • ♻️ French retail giant Carrefour is partnering with circular packaging platform The Loop to offer a reusable and returnable packaging service to its customers, available both online and in-store, to promote a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle approach to packaging consumption.
  • 🍛Healthy fast casual restaurant chain Just Salad has launched a new meal kit brand, Housemade, which is no-subscription, zero-prep and plastic-free, designed to be a sustainable service which fights food and packaging waste.

🌱 Plant-Based Innovation:

  • UK-based Asian fusion restaurant chain Wagamama has launched its new Veganuary offer, and pledged to make half of its menu meatless in 2021 as part of its ‘Small Choices, Big Change’ campaign, having been the first major restaurant to offer vegan tuna in 2020.
  • French dairy giant Danone has expanded its So Delicious Dairy Free range to include plant-based shredded and sliced cheeses, as well as creamy spreads, capitalising on its cheese-making credentials to convince consumers, who may assume that plant-based cheeses taste inferior to dairy-based, to give them a try.
  • British retailer Sainsbury’s has announced its plans to launch its own label plant-based teabags later this year, through packaging innovation within the bags themselves, which will be made from polylactic acid sourced from the sugars in cornstarch, cassava or sugarcane.
  • Nescafé is launching a line of vegan flat white latte pods in the UK this month, which will come in either almond or coconut variety at first, with oat milk to follow later in the year.
  • UK vegan restaurant Neat Burger, owned by Lewis Hamilton, has launched a plant-based Filet-no-Fish burger made with jackfruit to rival McDonald’s fish-based version, and claims that it’s the first vegan fish burger in a UK fast food chain.
  • KFC Singapore is launching its first ever meat-free product, the Zero Chicken Burger made from mycoprotein, across over 80 of its locations. It’s topped with cheese, though, so isn’t suitable for vegans.

☕️ Chobani is launching a new range of chilled, ready-to-drink coffees, to capitalise on what it sees as “one of the fastest-growing segments of the entire non-alcoholic beverage industry”, and is confident that its products will gain traction with consumers despite the wide choice already available.


  • ❄️Frozen foods are making a comeback. They’re convenient, last almost forever and discourage food waste, and here’s a handy guide of popular delectable delicacies to look for next time you’re in the frozen aisle.
  • 🍴As consumers in some countries venture back into eating out as pandemic restrictions are lifted, Yelp has revealed that its users will be able to provide feedback on restaurants’ Covid-19-related health and safety practises, in order to ensure customers enjoy the safest possible experiences.
  • 🍫(Small) sweets for my sweet: comfort foods are having a moment, but ideally they’re funsize to avoid packing on too many more pandemic pounds. No surprise, then, that Krispy Kreme has introduced a range of dessert-inspired mini doughnuts, and Nestlé is releasing vegan-friendly Rowntrees Dessert Pastilles in February, both featuring much-loved desserts and sweet treats. Plus, Mars Wrigley has unveiled 100 calorie Mars, Snickers and Twix bars, in a size which allows for those who would prefer a small portion of their favourite treat to a larger portion of lower-sugar chocolate (me personally, I’d just eat three…).
  • 💪Protein Power: San Francisco-based Immi just launched a range of ‘reinvented’ high-protein instant ramen products to shake up the stagnant instant noodle category, in response to growing demand for healthier foods. Danone North America has debuted its range of Silk Ultra protein beverages, which offers 20g of complete plant-based protein per serving, geared towards athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Plus, Kellogg’s Kashi brand is launching its first keto-friendly cereal, which contains 12g of plant-based protein and just 1g of sugar per serving, as it’s made from high-fibre pea protein, lentil and chickpea flour, and sweetened with allulose and monk fruit.
  • 🍻 Low and no: Heineken has announced a global launch of Desperados Virgin 0.0%, in a bid to offer more choices to consumers looking to purchase alcohol-free versions of their favourite drinks.

Subscribe to This Week In Food:

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FoodHack virtual meetups are back and there's an impressive line up of speakers including Marley Spoon's CMO, Jonas Erich, the co-founder of Meatable, Dr. Mark Kotter, and more. Check out the full line up of upcoming events and come connect with founders from across the globe.

Thanks to everyone who voted on our survey last week, overwhelmingly you wanted trends/insights, followed by industry news. And everyone wants a year of free access to FoodHack+. In the end, I used this tool to two randomly select our two lucky readers; Anna Bradshaw & Nicole Marxen 🎉

Still want to try FoodHack+? Grab a monthly membership here (I still haven't got around to updating the prices for 2021) 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Subscribe to This Week In Food:

Weekly Digest

  • 🎨We're hiring: We're looking for a talented graphic designer to join the FoodHack team. Apply here or share the word.
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden FoodTech: As a Turk living in Switzerland, I was asked to give my take on the Swedish FoodTech scene 🤷‍♂️Here's what I had to say alongside some actual experts of the industry. For more on Sweden's FoodTech scene, check out this list we did with Daniel Skavén Ruben.
  • 💡2021 Predictions: Our 2021 food predictions have been making the rounds. Here's some more that we're a fan of by The Spoon & Green Queen Media.
  • 👀 Discover: 2021 so far has brought vegetable-based pasta, nootropic drinks and sweet spreads made from garbanzo beans to our Discovery board - but here are the 3 products that topped the charts this week.
  • 📈 What’s Up: The White House is placing 25% tariffs on high alcohol wine from France and Germany, as part of a long-standing trade dispute over aircraft parts, despite wide criticism.
  • 📉What’s Down: PepsiCo has pledged to diminish its greenhouse emissions and reach net zero by 2040, a full decade earlier than the Paris Agreement demands, by focusing on agriculture, packaging, distribution and operations.
  • 💰Funding: From Nick's, the Swedish sugar free snacks and ice cream brand that's closed $30M to Weezy, the delivery app offering local deliveries in just 15 minutes that raised £14.6M - see all 14 companies who closed rounds this week including a new plant-based D2C pet food brand, a plastic-free online milk delivery startup and a Chinese plant-based meat startup.
Norrsken Foundation Accelerator

💸Money, money, money:

  • Swedish impact investor Norrsken Foundation is launching an impact accelerator, with the aim of building companies which help 1Bn people. The first year will focus on food tech in particular, with sustainability the name of the game. There’s a stellar lineup of mentors on hand to help startups focus and develop their activities, and a pretty healthy investment fund to get them on their way. Check out the cool promo video here.
  • PepsiCo has selected ten finalists to join its fifth Greenhouse Accelerator program, focused on the next generation of wellness technologies, services and ingredients. Each finalist receives $20k grant funding now, and in June one company will win a further $100k.
  • Global food delivery service Delivery Hero is launching its own venture capital fund, DX Ventures, to invest in food, delivery and other areas of the food industry, having already made around $500M of minority investments in the last couple of years.
  • Turkey’s biggest online delivery service, Getir, is getting ready to expand into the UK and is close to signing a deal for fresh funding at a valuation of more than $800M, having enjoyed faster-than-expected growth through 2020.
  • 🐛The European Food Safety Authority has okayed mealworms as ok for human consumption. French insect firm Ÿnsect plans to get in on the action with its food grade mealworm ingredients and other insect-focussed companies such as Micronutris in France, Protifarm in the Netherlands, Essento in Switzerland and Entogourmet in Spain are now preparing to ramp up their operations.
  • 📦Grocery giant Walmart announced its plans to partner with smart box maker HomeValet to pilot a solution to allow it to deliver goods to customers’ doors 24 hours per day. The firm’s temperature-controlled smart box can be placed outside the home so groceries can be delivered contact-free and kept chilled, even if the customer isn’t home.
  • ♻️ French retail giant Carrefour is partnering with circular packaging platform The Loop to offer a reusable and returnable packaging service to its customers, available both online and in-store, to promote a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle approach to packaging consumption.
  • 🍛Healthy fast casual restaurant chain Just Salad has launched a new meal kit brand, Housemade, which is no-subscription, zero-prep and plastic-free, designed to be a sustainable service which fights food and packaging waste.

🌱 Plant-Based Innovation:

  • UK-based Asian fusion restaurant chain Wagamama has launched its new Veganuary offer, and pledged to make half of its menu meatless in 2021 as part of its ‘Small Choices, Big Change’ campaign, having been the first major restaurant to offer vegan tuna in 2020.
  • French dairy giant Danone has expanded its So Delicious Dairy Free range to include plant-based shredded and sliced cheeses, as well as creamy spreads, capitalising on its cheese-making credentials to convince consumers, who may assume that plant-based cheeses taste inferior to dairy-based, to give them a try.
  • British retailer Sainsbury’s has announced its plans to launch its own label plant-based teabags later this year, through packaging innovation within the bags themselves, which will be made from polylactic acid sourced from the sugars in cornstarch, cassava or sugarcane.
  • Nescafé is launching a line of vegan flat white latte pods in the UK this month, which will come in either almond or coconut variety at first, with oat milk to follow later in the year.
  • UK vegan restaurant Neat Burger, owned by Lewis Hamilton, has launched a plant-based Filet-no-Fish burger made with jackfruit to rival McDonald’s fish-based version, and claims that it’s the first vegan fish burger in a UK fast food chain.
  • KFC Singapore is launching its first ever meat-free product, the Zero Chicken Burger made from mycoprotein, across over 80 of its locations. It’s topped with cheese, though, so isn’t suitable for vegans.

☕️ Chobani is launching a new range of chilled, ready-to-drink coffees, to capitalise on what it sees as “one of the fastest-growing segments of the entire non-alcoholic beverage industry”, and is confident that its products will gain traction with consumers despite the wide choice already available.


  • ❄️Frozen foods are making a comeback. They’re convenient, last almost forever and discourage food waste, and here’s a handy guide of popular delectable delicacies to look for next time you’re in the frozen aisle.
  • 🍴As consumers in some countries venture back into eating out as pandemic restrictions are lifted, Yelp has revealed that its users will be able to provide feedback on restaurants’ Covid-19-related health and safety practises, in order to ensure customers enjoy the safest possible experiences.
  • 🍫(Small) sweets for my sweet: comfort foods are having a moment, but ideally they’re funsize to avoid packing on too many more pandemic pounds. No surprise, then, that Krispy Kreme has introduced a range of dessert-inspired mini doughnuts, and Nestlé is releasing vegan-friendly Rowntrees Dessert Pastilles in February, both featuring much-loved desserts and sweet treats. Plus, Mars Wrigley has unveiled 100 calorie Mars, Snickers and Twix bars, in a size which allows for those who would prefer a small portion of their favourite treat to a larger portion of lower-sugar chocolate (me personally, I’d just eat three…).
  • 💪Protein Power: San Francisco-based Immi just launched a range of ‘reinvented’ high-protein instant ramen products to shake up the stagnant instant noodle category, in response to growing demand for healthier foods. Danone North America has debuted its range of Silk Ultra protein beverages, which offers 20g of complete plant-based protein per serving, geared towards athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Plus, Kellogg’s Kashi brand is launching its first keto-friendly cereal, which contains 12g of plant-based protein and just 1g of sugar per serving, as it’s made from high-fibre pea protein, lentil and chickpea flour, and sweetened with allulose and monk fruit.
  • 🍻 Low and no: Heineken has announced a global launch of Desperados Virgin 0.0%, in a bid to offer more choices to consumers looking to purchase alcohol-free versions of their favourite drinks.

Subscribe to This Week In Food:

Become a FoodHack+ member to get unlimited access

  • Access premium publications
  • Get listed on our directory
  • Join a Global Community

FoodHack virtual meetups are back and there's an impressive line up of speakers including Marley Spoon's CMO, Jonas Erich, the co-founder of Meatable, Dr. Mark Kotter, and more. Check out the full line up of upcoming events and come connect with founders from across the globe.

Thanks to everyone who voted on our survey last week, overwhelmingly you wanted trends/insights, followed by industry news. And everyone wants a year of free access to FoodHack+. In the end, I used this tool to two randomly select our two lucky readers; Anna Bradshaw & Nicole Marxen 🎉

Still want to try FoodHack+? Grab a monthly membership here (I still haven't got around to updating the prices for 2021) 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Subscribe to This Week In Food:

Weekly Digest

  • 🎨We're hiring: We're looking for a talented graphic designer to join the FoodHack team. Apply here or share the word.
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden FoodTech: As a Turk living in Switzerland, I was asked to give my take on the Swedish FoodTech scene 🤷‍♂️Here's what I had to say alongside some actual experts of the industry. For more on Sweden's FoodTech scene, check out this list we did with Daniel Skavén Ruben.
  • 💡2021 Predictions: Our 2021 food predictions have been making the rounds. Here's some more that we're a fan of by The Spoon & Green Queen Media.
  • 👀 Discover: 2021 so far has brought vegetable-based pasta, nootropic drinks and sweet spreads made from garbanzo beans to our Discovery board - but here are the 3 products that topped the charts this week.
  • 📈 What’s Up: The White House is placing 25% tariffs on high alcohol wine from France and Germany, as part of a long-standing trade dispute over aircraft parts, despite wide criticism.
  • 📉What’s Down: PepsiCo has pledged to diminish its greenhouse emissions and reach net zero by 2040, a full decade earlier than the Paris Agreement demands, by focusing on agriculture, packaging, distribution and operations.
  • 💰Funding: From Nick's, the Swedish sugar free snacks and ice cream brand that's closed $30M to Weezy, the delivery app offering local deliveries in just 15 minutes that raised £14.6M - see all 14 companies who closed rounds this week including a new plant-based D2C pet food brand, a plastic-free online milk delivery startup and a Chinese plant-based meat startup.
Norrsken Foundation Accelerator

💸Money, money, money:

  • Swedish impact investor Norrsken Foundation is launching an impact accelerator, with the aim of building companies which help 1Bn people. The first year will focus on food tech in particular, with sustainability the name of the game. There’s a stellar lineup of mentors on hand to help startups focus and develop their activities, and a pretty healthy investment fund to get them on their way. Check out the cool promo video here.
  • PepsiCo has selected ten finalists to join its fifth Greenhouse Accelerator program, focused on the next generation of wellness technologies, services and ingredients. Each finalist receives $20k grant funding now, and in June one company will win a further $100k.
  • Global food delivery service Delivery Hero is launching its own venture capital fund, DX Ventures, to invest in food, delivery and other areas of the food industry, having already made around $500M of minority investments in the last couple of years.
  • Turkey’s biggest online delivery service, Getir, is getting ready to expand into the UK and is close to signing a deal for fresh funding at a valuation of more than $800M, having enjoyed faster-than-expected growth through 2020.
  • 🐛The European Food Safety Authority has okayed mealworms as ok for human consumption. French insect firm Ÿnsect plans to get in on the action with its food grade mealworm ingredients and other insect-focussed companies such as Micronutris in France, Protifarm in the Netherlands, Essento in Switzerland and Entogourmet in Spain are now preparing to ramp up their operations.
  • 📦Grocery giant Walmart announced its plans to partner with smart box maker HomeValet to pilot a solution to allow it to deliver goods to customers’ doors 24 hours per day. The firm’s temperature-controlled smart box can be placed outside the home so groceries can be delivered contact-free and kept chilled, even if the customer isn’t home.
  • ♻️ French retail giant Carrefour is partnering with circular packaging platform The Loop to offer a reusable and returnable packaging service to its customers, available both online and in-store, to promote a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle approach to packaging consumption.
  • 🍛Healthy fast casual restaurant chain Just Salad has launched a new meal kit brand, Housemade, which is no-subscription, zero-prep and plastic-free, designed to be a sustainable service which fights food and packaging waste.

🌱 Plant-Based Innovation:

  • UK-based Asian fusion restaurant chain Wagamama has launched its new Veganuary offer, and pledged to make half of its menu meatless in 2021 as part of its ‘Small Choices, Big Change’ campaign, having been the first major restaurant to offer vegan tuna in 2020.
  • French dairy giant Danone has expanded its So Delicious Dairy Free range to include plant-based shredded and sliced cheeses, as well as creamy spreads, capitalising on its cheese-making credentials to convince consumers, who may assume that plant-based cheeses taste inferior to dairy-based, to give them a try.
  • British retailer Sainsbury’s has announced its plans to launch its own label plant-based teabags later this year, through packaging innovation within the bags themselves, which will be made from polylactic acid sourced from the sugars in cornstarch, cassava or sugarcane.
  • Nescafé is launching a line of vegan flat white latte pods in the UK this month, which will come in either almond or coconut variety at first, with oat milk to follow later in the year.
  • UK vegan restaurant Neat Burger, owned by Lewis Hamilton, has launched a plant-based Filet-no-Fish burger made with jackfruit to rival McDonald’s fish-based version, and claims that it’s the first vegan fish burger in a UK fast food chain.
  • KFC Singapore is launching its first ever meat-free product, the Zero Chicken Burger made from mycoprotein, across over 80 of its locations. It’s topped with cheese, though, so isn’t suitable for vegans.

☕️ Chobani is launching a new range of chilled, ready-to-drink coffees, to capitalise on what it sees as “one of the fastest-growing segments of the entire non-alcoholic beverage industry”, and is confident that its products will gain traction with consumers despite the wide choice already available.


  • ❄️Frozen foods are making a comeback. They’re convenient, last almost forever and discourage food waste, and here’s a handy guide of popular delectable delicacies to look for next time you’re in the frozen aisle.
  • 🍴As consumers in some countries venture back into eating out as pandemic restrictions are lifted, Yelp has revealed that its users will be able to provide feedback on restaurants’ Covid-19-related health and safety practises, in order to ensure customers enjoy the safest possible experiences.
  • 🍫(Small) sweets for my sweet: comfort foods are having a moment, but ideally they’re funsize to avoid packing on too many more pandemic pounds. No surprise, then, that Krispy Kreme has introduced a range of dessert-inspired mini doughnuts, and Nestlé is releasing vegan-friendly Rowntrees Dessert Pastilles in February, both featuring much-loved desserts and sweet treats. Plus, Mars Wrigley has unveiled 100 calorie Mars, Snickers and Twix bars, in a size which allows for those who would prefer a small portion of their favourite treat to a larger portion of lower-sugar chocolate (me personally, I’d just eat three…).
  • 💪Protein Power: San Francisco-based Immi just launched a range of ‘reinvented’ high-protein instant ramen products to shake up the stagnant instant noodle category, in response to growing demand for healthier foods. Danone North America has debuted its range of Silk Ultra protein beverages, which offers 20g of complete plant-based protein per serving, geared towards athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Plus, Kellogg’s Kashi brand is launching its first keto-friendly cereal, which contains 12g of plant-based protein and just 1g of sugar per serving, as it’s made from high-fibre pea protein, lentil and chickpea flour, and sweetened with allulose and monk fruit.
  • 🍻 Low and no: Heineken has announced a global launch of Desperados Virgin 0.0%, in a bid to offer more choices to consumers looking to purchase alcohol-free versions of their favourite drinks.

Subscribe to This Week In Food:

FoodHack virtual meetups are back and there's an impressive line up of speakers including Marley Spoon's CMO, Jonas Erich, the co-founder of Meatable, Dr. Mark Kotter, and more. Check out the full line up of upcoming events and come connect with founders from across the globe.

Thanks to everyone who voted on our survey last week, overwhelmingly you wanted trends/insights, followed by industry news. And everyone wants a year of free access to FoodHack+. In the end, I used this tool to two randomly select our two lucky readers; Anna Bradshaw & Nicole Marxen 🎉

Still want to try FoodHack+? Grab a monthly membership here (I still haven't got around to updating the prices for 2021) 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Subscribe to This Week In Food:

Weekly Digest

  • 🎨We're hiring: We're looking for a talented graphic designer to join the FoodHack team. Apply here or share the word.
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden FoodTech: As a Turk living in Switzerland, I was asked to give my take on the Swedish FoodTech scene 🤷‍♂️Here's what I had to say alongside some actual experts of the industry. For more on Sweden's FoodTech scene, check out this list we did with Daniel Skavén Ruben.
  • 💡2021 Predictions: Our 2021 food predictions have been making the rounds. Here's some more that we're a fan of by The Spoon & Green Queen Media.
  • 👀 Discover: 2021 so far has brought vegetable-based pasta, nootropic drinks and sweet spreads made from garbanzo beans to our Discovery board - but here are the 3 products that topped the charts this week.
  • 📈 What’s Up: The White House is placing 25% tariffs on high alcohol wine from France and Germany, as part of a long-standing trade dispute over aircraft parts, despite wide criticism.
  • 📉What’s Down: PepsiCo has pledged to diminish its greenhouse emissions and reach net zero by 2040, a full decade earlier than the Paris Agreement demands, by focusing on agriculture, packaging, distribution and operations.
  • 💰Funding: From Nick's, the Swedish sugar free snacks and ice cream brand that's closed $30M to Weezy, the delivery app offering local deliveries in just 15 minutes that raised £14.6M - see all 14 companies who closed rounds this week including a new plant-based D2C pet food brand, a plastic-free online milk delivery startup and a Chinese plant-based meat startup.
Norrsken Foundation Accelerator

💸Money, money, money:

  • Swedish impact investor Norrsken Foundation is launching an impact accelerator, with the aim of building companies which help 1Bn people. The first year will focus on food tech in particular, with sustainability the name of the game. There’s a stellar lineup of mentors on hand to help startups focus and develop their activities, and a pretty healthy investment fund to get them on their way. Check out the cool promo video here.
  • PepsiCo has selected ten finalists to join its fifth Greenhouse Accelerator program, focused on the next generation of wellness technologies, services and ingredients. Each finalist receives $20k grant funding now, and in June one company will win a further $100k.
  • Global food delivery service Delivery Hero is launching its own venture capital fund, DX Ventures, to invest in food, delivery and other areas of the food industry, having already made around $500M of minority investments in the last couple of years.
  • Turkey’s biggest online delivery service, Getir, is getting ready to expand into the UK and is close to signing a deal for fresh funding at a valuation of more than $800M, having enjoyed faster-than-expected growth through 2020.
  • 🐛The European Food Safety Authority has okayed mealworms as ok for human consumption. French insect firm Ÿnsect plans to get in on the action with its food grade mealworm ingredients and other insect-focussed companies such as Micronutris in France, Protifarm in the Netherlands, Essento in Switzerland and Entogourmet in Spain are now preparing to ramp up their operations.
  • 📦Grocery giant Walmart announced its plans to partner with smart box maker HomeValet to pilot a solution to allow it to deliver goods to customers’ doors 24 hours per day. The firm’s temperature-controlled smart box can be placed outside the home so groceries can be delivered contact-free and kept chilled, even if the customer isn’t home.
  • ♻️ French retail giant Carrefour is partnering with circular packaging platform The Loop to offer a reusable and returnable packaging service to its customers, available both online and in-store, to promote a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle approach to packaging consumption.
  • 🍛Healthy fast casual restaurant chain Just Salad has launched a new meal kit brand, Housemade, which is no-subscription, zero-prep and plastic-free, designed to be a sustainable service which fights food and packaging waste.

🌱 Plant-Based Innovation:

  • UK-based Asian fusion restaurant chain Wagamama has launched its new Veganuary offer, and pledged to make half of its menu meatless in 2021 as part of its ‘Small Choices, Big Change’ campaign, having been the first major restaurant to offer vegan tuna in 2020.
  • French dairy giant Danone has expanded its So Delicious Dairy Free range to include plant-based shredded and sliced cheeses, as well as creamy spreads, capitalising on its cheese-making credentials to convince consumers, who may assume that plant-based cheeses taste inferior to dairy-based, to give them a try.
  • British retailer Sainsbury’s has announced its plans to launch its own label plant-based teabags later this year, through packaging innovation within the bags themselves, which will be made from polylactic acid sourced from the sugars in cornstarch, cassava or sugarcane.
  • Nescafé is launching a line of vegan flat white latte pods in the UK this month, which will come in either almond or coconut variety at first, with oat milk to follow later in the year.
  • UK vegan restaurant Neat Burger, owned by Lewis Hamilton, has launched a plant-based Filet-no-Fish burger made with jackfruit to rival McDonald’s fish-based version, and claims that it’s the first vegan fish burger in a UK fast food chain.
  • KFC Singapore is launching its first ever meat-free product, the Zero Chicken Burger made from mycoprotein, across over 80 of its locations. It’s topped with cheese, though, so isn’t suitable for vegans.

☕️ Chobani is launching a new range of chilled, ready-to-drink coffees, to capitalise on what it sees as “one of the fastest-growing segments of the entire non-alcoholic beverage industry”, and is confident that its products will gain traction with consumers despite the wide choice already available.


  • ❄️Frozen foods are making a comeback. They’re convenient, last almost forever and discourage food waste, and here’s a handy guide of popular delectable delicacies to look for next time you’re in the frozen aisle.
  • 🍴As consumers in some countries venture back into eating out as pandemic restrictions are lifted, Yelp has revealed that its users will be able to provide feedback on restaurants’ Covid-19-related health and safety practises, in order to ensure customers enjoy the safest possible experiences.
  • 🍫(Small) sweets for my sweet: comfort foods are having a moment, but ideally they’re funsize to avoid packing on too many more pandemic pounds. No surprise, then, that Krispy Kreme has introduced a range of dessert-inspired mini doughnuts, and Nestlé is releasing vegan-friendly Rowntrees Dessert Pastilles in February, both featuring much-loved desserts and sweet treats. Plus, Mars Wrigley has unveiled 100 calorie Mars, Snickers and Twix bars, in a size which allows for those who would prefer a small portion of their favourite treat to a larger portion of lower-sugar chocolate (me personally, I’d just eat three…).
  • 💪Protein Power: San Francisco-based Immi just launched a range of ‘reinvented’ high-protein instant ramen products to shake up the stagnant instant noodle category, in response to growing demand for healthier foods. Danone North America has debuted its range of Silk Ultra protein beverages, which offers 20g of complete plant-based protein per serving, geared towards athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Plus, Kellogg’s Kashi brand is launching its first keto-friendly cereal, which contains 12g of plant-based protein and just 1g of sugar per serving, as it’s made from high-fibre pea protein, lentil and chickpea flour, and sweetened with allulose and monk fruit.
  • 🍻 Low and no: Heineken has announced a global launch of Desperados Virgin 0.0%, in a bid to offer more choices to consumers looking to purchase alcohol-free versions of their favourite drinks.

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