Ukraine’s Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For Egg White Replacer, a plant-based egg white replacer startup from Ukraine, announces the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on the platform Indiegogo to determine the demand for its product. announced the start of its crowdfunding campaign to gauge interest in its product. The campaign has a global reach due to the international interest in the company’s product creation. The company says that Ukrainian animal rights group UAnimals will receive 10% of …


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Ingredients Show Fi Europe & Hi Europe Returns to France in December

Ingredients show Fi & Hi Europe is set to attract over 20,000 attendees from more than 135 countries around the world when it returns to France from 6-8 December at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Key exhibitors attending include ADM, Beneo, Brenntag, Cargill, DSM, and Ingredion.  Over 1,200 exhibitors will attend both in person and virtually, covering a wide variety of live and on-demand content, as well as data-driven …


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Chinova Bioworks Develops “Game Changing” Vegan Fining Agent Made From Mushrooms

Chinova Bioworks, a Canadian company using fungi to reduce food waste, announces the launch of Mycobrio™ — a mushroom-derived fining agent which can replace synthetic and animal-derived fining agents such as isinglass and gelatin, traditionally used in fermented drinks such as beers and wines. Mycobrio™ is described as a natural extract fiber derived from the stems of white button mushrooms, which serves as a fining agent for the alcoholic and …


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ADM Enters Strategic Partnership With Benson Hill to Scale Ultra-High Protein Soy

Agri-food giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has entered a strategic partnership with Benson Hill to scale the food tech company’s proprietary ultra-high soy protein for the North American food ingredients market. Since inventing textured vegetable protein in 1965, ADM has led the way in the market for plant proteins and has consistently modified its products to meet shifting customer preferences. Following the invention of the soy vegetable burger three decades …


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Fooditive Develops Bee-Free Honey Using Precision Fermentation

Plant-based ingredient manufacturer Fooditive has revealed it is working on bee-free honey. The company has found a way of copying the DNA of honey and using fermentation enzymes to create a product that exactly mimics the conventional variety. The vegan honey is said to have the same texture, colour, properties, and health benefits as honey made by bees. First trials of the product are set to take place at the …



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Merit Functional Foods Develops Methylcellulose-Free Ingredient Solution

Burcon NutraScience Corporation announces that its joint venture company, Merit Functional Foods Corporation, has developed an innovation utilizing its non-GMO Peazazz® pea protein as part of a 100% protein-based clean label solution to replace methylcellulose, a synthetic ingredient widely used in food and meat alternative applications. With consumers looking for advanced plant-based products that provide meat-like texture and cooking qualities, while not being highly processed, many food manufacturers in the …


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Boston’s Motif FoodWorks Appoints Michael Leonard as New CEO

Food technology company Motif FoodWorks announces that Michael Leonard has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Leonard will replace previous CEO Jonathan McIntyre, who is transitioning to an advisory role.  Leonard has served as CTO of Motif since 2019, and brings extensive experience in commercialization, R&D and innovation. As new CEO, he will lead the company as it accelerates go-to-market initiatives, including its newly launched meat alternative finished formats, …


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Lypid Partners with Taiwan’s Louisa Coffee For New ‘Juicy’ Plant-Based Meat Lineup

Lypid, a startup specializing in plant-based fats, announces a partnership with Louisa Coffee, Taiwan’s largest coffee chain, to serve new plant-based burgers made with Lypid’s animal-like vegan fat, PhytoFat.  Available at 500 locations across Taiwan, the collaboration will feature six sandwiches, rice burgers, muffins, and bagels made with the special burger patties. According to Chris Huang, Founder and Chairman of Louisa Coffee, the “juicy” new burgers are intended to make …


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Chinova Bioworks’ Chiber Mushroom Preservative Receives FDA GRAS Status

Canadian food tech startup Chinova Bioworks has received a No Questions Letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) application for Chiber Mushroom Fiber. The letter indicates the ingredient is now permitted for use in food applications.  Acting as a natural food and beverage preservative, Chiber is derived from the upcycled stems of white button mushrooms. According to Chinova, it can improve …


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Spore-Forming Probiotic BC30 Improves Protein Absorption from Plant Sources

With various studies suggesting animal proteins are absorbed by the body better than plant proteins – at about 2% difference – a new clinical study has shown leading spore-forming probiotic BC30 can improve protein absorption from plant sources. Part of Kerry’s ProActive Health Portfolio, BC30 is a patented spore-forming probiotic which can be used in a range of food and beverage products. The findings are significant for food and beverage …


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MeliBio Partners with San Francisco’s BAIA to Debut Exclusive Bee-Free Honey Menu

MeliBio, a startup making real honey without bees, announces its groundbreaking honey is now available at San Francisco’s BAIA restaurant for a limited time. From July to September, guests at BAIA can order the startup’s award-winning honey in two exclusive summertime dishes. The new collaboration comes ahead of MeliBio’s official launch at select US restaurants later this year.  BAIA will feature the honey, which MeliBio says is indistinguishable in taste …




BENEO is Showcasing New “Future-Proof” Fava Bean Protein at IFT FIRST Expo in Chicago

Leading functional ingredients producer BENEO is showcasing its new fava bean protein concentrate at the 2022 IFT FIRST Annual Event and Expo under the theme “Rooted in Nature – the Power of Plants”. Fava bean protein production continues to gain traction in the alt protein industry as the sustainable crop offers numerous advantages for plant-based producers.  Taking place currently at McCormick Place in Chicago, visitors to BENEO’s booth will have …


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Loryma: “It Continues to Inspire Me” – Interview With a Wheat Enthusiast

We talked to Henrik Hetzer about the future of plant-based food. As the managing director of Loryma, Hetzer says he is convinced that his company must continue to broaden the scope of its meat alternatives in order to maintain sustainability goals,  both for the business and the future of the planet. Loryma, a subsidiary of the Crespel & Deiters Group, specialises in the production of wheat proteins, wheat starches, extrudates …



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Lallemand Receives Authorization For Non-Animal Vitamin D Yeast in the EU

Lallemand Bio-Ingredients, a yeast specialist based in Canada, announces that the EU Regulation authorizing the use of its Lalmin® non-animal vitamin D yeast in 22, consolidated, new food categories, has now been published. Vitamin D is vital for human health; it is obtained by sunlight and some foods, and supplements are recommended for those in countries with less sunshine. Many vitamin D products come from animal sources including eggs and …




HLTHPUNK: Disrupting The Sauce Industry with Punk-Inspired Vegan Flavor

When it comes to making condiments, most brands stick to a familiar formula of traditional ingredients and flavors. But at least one art-inspired brand, HLTHPUNK, is setting out to bring a plant-based “punk revolution” to the conventional sauce industry.  World’s first oat mayo Founded by designer Richard LaSalle, HLTHPUNK produces a cult-favorite line of organic, clean-label sauces crafted with superfood ingredients. Along with the popular UFO Burger Sauce, the brand …