Chris & Sebastiano, ForGood

Chris Smalling & Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni

ForGood: “We Are Committed to Doing Everything in Our Power to End Animal Suffering”

When international footballer Chris Smalling, brand builder Rebecca Wheeler, and vegan investor Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni realized their values aligned, the three game-changers came together to launch ForGood, a new sustainability-focused VC consultancy with a global vision.  On the hunt for disruptive, high-growth business ideas working to address climate change, ForGood is a purpose-driven collective of investors committed to scaling ideas to build a better future. We spoke with all three …

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Violife Le Rond Camembert

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Violife: “Continuing to Develop Flavors and Formats That Are First-of-their Kind in the Plant-Based Cheese Space”

Violife became part of the Upfield portfolio following the acquisition of Arivia in 2020, creating the largest plant-based consumer food products company in the world. Violife cheeses are available in more than 50 countries and are most widely available in the UK, US, and mainland Europe. We spoke with General Manager Andy Reichgut, who is responsible for building business in US retail and food service channels. Reichgut is a leader …

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PLNT-tuna

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PLNT: “We Believe That a Healthier Life and a Healthier Planet Are the Foundation For Our Future”

Developed and prepared by butchers in the Netherlands, PLNT is creating plant-based products especially for lovers of meat and fish. “Our butchers know exactly what we like in a good cut of meat or fish,” says the young brand, part of the Future Food Group. We caught up with the founders of PLNT, headed by Anton Bal, an experienced butcher and commercial director in the world of alt protein. Who …

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Greg Erdei ©Lallemand Bio-ingredients

Lallemand Bio Ingredients: “We Provide High Value Yeast Ingredients to Key Players in the Plant-Based Marketplace”

Lallemand Bio-Ingredients, a yeast specialist based in Canada, follows a customer-centric strategy and strengthens its business relationships worldwide by visiting several expositions and summits. We spoke to Greg Erdei, Business Development Manager – Plant Based Nutrition, about customer relationships and yeast extracts that bring an umami taste profile to plant-based products. Who is Lallemand and what does the company stand for in the plant-based sector? Lallemand Bio-Ingredients (LBI) is first …

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Dear Bella Creamery founders

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Dear Bella Creamery: “What We Hear Over and Over From Our Customers is, “I Cannot Believe This is Plant-Based!””

LA ice cream shop Dear Bella Creamery was founded by Taiwanese-Americans Alice Cherng and Belinda Wei in 2017 to “offer a limitless approach to plant-based ice cream and other frozen treats” and quickly became a hit in Hollywood amongst vegans and non-vegans alike, recently revealing expansion plans beginning with a new location in Costa Mesa. The best friend-founders recently announced that the entire line of plant-based ice cream, including flavors …

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Let’s Plant Meat: “We Saw a 10X Jump in Daily Searches for “Vegan” and “Plant-Based Meat” in Thailand”

Thailand’s Let’s Plant Meat has been at the forefront of the burgeoning plant-based industry in the country since its inception, producing vegan meat alternatives such as burgers, mince, and katsu with locally grown ingredients.  A former winner of Future Food Asia’s Plant Protein award, Let’s Plant Meat products can be found in multiple retail locations across the country, at far lower prices than the imported alt meats of its rivals. …

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Jan Bebber Ohly

Jan Bebber ©Ohly

Ohly: “We Aim to Delight Our Customers With Innovative & Functional Ingredients Solutions”

Ohly is one of the world’s leading suppliers of yeast-based ingredients and culinary powders for the global food, fermentation, human and animal health markets. Ohly offers a wide range of products such as yeast extracts, inactive dry yeast, yeast cell wall derivatives, probiotic yeast and autolysed yeast, based on baker’s, torula yeast and specialty powders.  We spoke with Jan Bebber, Global Platform Director – New Business, about the Hamburg-based ingredients …

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björn_witte Blue Horizon

Bjöern Witte © Blue Horizon

Blue Horizon: “One of the Clear Leaders in Sustainable Food Investing”

Björn Witte is Managing Partner and CEO of Blue Horizon Corporation.  He was also a Co-Founder and acted as CEO of the LIVEKINDLY Collective. Björn talks to vegconomist about the future of protein and how Blue Horizon is on track to reach the 1 billion dollar mark in funding this year. Where does Blue Horizon currently stand, in terms of funding and number of investments etc? We had an intensive …

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Margaret Coons, Nuts For Cheese

Margaret Coons ©Nuts for Cheese

Nuts for Cheese: “Within One Year of Market Entry We Gained National Distribution With Products in 45 States”

Nuts for Cheese started life as a plant-based cheese brand when founder and CEO Margaret Coons was working as a vegan chef and used the kitchen after hours to create her own original dairy-free cheese recipes. Nuts For Cheese makes a premium, organic line of indulgent cashew cheeses, and has gone from strength to strength, recently reporting that it has seen 50% year-over-year sales growth as it increases distribution across the US. …

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Planteneers salmon

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Hydrosol and Planteneers at IFFA 2022: Meat or Plant-Based? The Solution in Between

Plant-based is more and more in focus, even at the international meat trade fair IFFA. Plant-based alternatives remain a growth segment in the industrialized western nations. At the same time, market researchers project a continued worldwide rise in meat consumption. Florian Bark, Product Manager of the sister companies Planteneers and Hydrosol, explains how the industry can profit from both of these trends. As an expert in plant-based foods, Planteneers is …

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Karuna Rawal Chief Marketing Officer

Karuna Rawal ©Nature's Fynd

Nature’s Fynd: “Changing the Food System is Hard Work and Demands Innovative Solutions”

Nature’s Fynd creates ver­sa­tile alter­na­tive pro­teins born out of research con­duct­ed for NASA on microbes with ori­gins in Yel­low­stone Nation­al Park, culminating in break­through fer­men­ta­tion tech­nol­o­gy and the new-to-the-world nutri­tion­al fun­gi pro­tein “Fy”, for which it has raised an incredible $500M to date. It came as no surprise to hear the news last week that Nature’s Fynd was award­ed a $4.76 mil­lion grant from the Bill & Melin­da Gates Foun­da­tion, …

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Elio Leoni Sceti

Elio Leoni Sceti, © The Craftory

The Craftory: “We Want to Make Measurable Impact the New Normal”

The Craftory is a VC firm with a focus on ethical CPG brands, whose purpose is to “champion change to make responsible CPG the new norm”. Its impressive portfolio includes NotCo, allplants, and Hippeas amongst many others. The company describes itself as the first investment house for mission-driven challenger brands in Consumer Goods, setting out its vision to “create a world where all consumer CPG choices recognise the benefits and …

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One Planet Pizza Launches at Asda

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One Planet Pizza: “We’re Not Your Typical Company. We’re Mission Led and Purpose Driven”

Much-loved UK brand One Planet Pizza has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2016 as the UK’s first producer of frozen vegan pizzas. Having smashed its recent Crowdfunder campaign, the father and son team has just secured its first major UK supermarket listing with a rollout into 75 ASDA stores across the UK. Four varieties of OPP’s wide product portfolio — Mediterranean Veg, Three Cheeze Margherita, Spicy Peppernomi, …

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Lypid_Co-founders Jen-Yu Huang and Michelle Lee

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Lypid: “We Must Elevate the Sensory Experiences of Alternative Proteins and Satiate Consumers’ Palates”

San Francisco based Lypid, describing itself as a team of uncompromising scientists and foodies, says that “fat is the key to make vegan meat taste like real meat”. As such, the team has created PhytoFat™, a proprietary line of vegan fats which offer the texture, mouthfeel, transfer of flavor, and cooking behavior of animal fats. Lypid has seen huge success over recent months; not least, a partnership with Thai pork …

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