Mark Kulsdom The Dutch Weed Burger

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The Dutch Weed Burger: “Seaweed is Considered the First Plant on The Planet and Has Been at the Foundation of Life as We Know It”

Amsterdam’s Dutch Weed Burger, which offers several alt seafood products enriched with seaweed and microalgae, says it is “Organizing a mutiny in the fast food industry, by showing politicians, big corporations, NGO’s, farmers and consumers that there are new opportunities on the horizon that are nourishing to nature, animals and mankind.” Originally founded by Mark Kulsom and Lisette Kreischer, co-author of Man Eat Plant and Dog Eat Plant, Dutch Weed …




Women’s EURO Final: Just Eat & UEFA to Introduce “Disappearing” Seaweed Food Packaging

Just Eat and UEFA announce that, in collaboration with sustainable packaging pioneer Notpla, biodegradable seaweed-coated food packaging will be introduced at the UEFA Women’s EURO Final at Wembley Stadium on 31st July, marking a first for a major football match. The packaging that will be served at the Women’s Final is home-compostable and will biodegrade within 4-6 weeks, just like a piece of fruit, according to Just Eat. With the …


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New York’s Nea Studio Launches Chandeliers Made With Algae

Nea studio, an award-winning specialist in interior design and architecture from New York, just launched an innovative new collection featuring sconces and chandeliers made with algae. Founded by Nina Edwards Anker in 2006, nea studio’s philosophy is guided by eco-responsibility. The studio’s newest collection is made from locally sourced marine algae that took the studio eight years to find. Luxury Material Algae is fast becoming a go-to luxury material used …


Jennifer O'Brien Plantruption

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Sea & Believe: “After Six Months, We Achieved Our Goal: a Cod-Like Product That Flakes Like Real Fish”

IndieBio alt-seafood startup Sea & Believe recently developed what could be the first plant-based whole cod filet to flake just like real fish. With a focus on Irish seaweed and microalgae, the female-led team is researching and collaborating with universities and food technologists to create plant-based seafood that’s close in taste and texture to the real deal. We talked everything seaweed with Founder Jennifer O Brien. How and why was …



AKUA Launches Krab Cakes Made With Sustainable Kelp

AKUA, producer of the “world’s first” Kelp Burger, launches its latest NPD — Krab Cakes — on Wednesday, July 20. AKUA creates plant-based foods from locally sourced and regeneratively ocean-farmed kelp, one of the most sustainable and nutrient-dense food sources on the planet, debuting back in 2019 with initial product Kelp Jerky. The Brooklyn brand has received accolades from Fast Company, TIME, and Travel + Leisure for its burger product, …


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Swiss Researchers Develop Microalgae-Based Prawns

Severin Eder and Lukas Böcker, two researchers from Swiss university ETH Zurich, are developing microalgae-based prawns to address the sustainability issues faced by the fishing industry. The pair met during their doctoral studies at the university, where Eder was working on ways to use waste in the food industry and Böcker was investigating the use of microalgae in food production. They saw the potential to combine these fields of research …


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AlgiKnit Raises $13 Million to Scale Sustainable Kelp Yarn Production

Sustainable kelp yarn producer AlgiKnit has raised $13 million in its Series A funding round, led by The Collaborative Fund with participation from H&M CO:LAB, SOSV, and more. Following a previous round last year, AlgiKnit has now secured a total of $17.9 million. The latest raise comes as the company opens its new facility in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area, which will allow it to scale production of the eco-friendly …


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Umaro Foods’ Novel Seaweed Bacon Launches in Several Acclaimed US Restaurants

Umaro Foods is launching its seaweed-based bacon into three US restaurants, marking the first time consumers can try the brand’s innovative protein. Beginning June 15, San Francisco’s Michelin-starred Sorrel Restaurant, New York City’s Egg Shop, and Nashville’s D’Andrews Bakery and Cafe will feature UMARO bacon in several specialty dishes. The company plans to debut in more restaurants in the Bay Area, LA and beyond later this year.  Made from a …


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Brevel Raises $8.4M to Reduce Cost of Microalgae-Based Protein by Over 90%

Israel’s Brevel has raised $8.4 million to build a commercial pilot facility for its microalgae-based protein. Investors in the seed funding round included FoodHack, Good Startup VC, Tet Ventures, and Nevateam Ventures. Brevel has also received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program and Israel’s Innovation Authority in the form of non-dilutive grants. The new pilot facility will allow the company to scale its proprietary technology and enhance its R&D …


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Duplaco Launches Golden-Coloured Chlorella to Discreetly Fortify Plant-Based Foods

Dutch manufacturer Duplaco has developed a new variety of golden-coloured chlorella, making it possible to add nutrients to plant-based foods without the green colour associated with the regular variety. Duplaco Gold is 40% protein (including all the essential amino acids), and rich in vitamins and minerals. This includes some that can be more challenging to obtain on a plant-based diet, such as iron and B12. The product is already being …



NewFish Closes $1.3M Pre-Seed Round for New Zealand Microalgae Foods

New Zealand biotech venture NewFish has emerged from stealth mode with an oversubscribed pre-seed round of $1.3 million. NewFish ferments microalgae unique to New Zealand to create new sustainable food sources in response to the climate crisis.    The company is undertaking multiple R&D streams to explore the unique nature of New Zealand microalgae and macroalgae, with general manager and co-founder Hamish Howard stating international plans with global partnerships have already …


Mara Renewables

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Tuna Giant Thai Union Invests $10M in Algae Ingredients Leader Mara Renewables

Thai Union Group, the global tuna giant, has announced a CAD $10 million investment in Mara Renewables Corporation, one of the world’s leading producers of sustainably grown algae-based bio-products. The investment comes as part of Mara’s CAD $39.5 million growth funding round, as Thai Union – owner of Chicken of the Sea and John West – continues to diversify in the alt protein sector.  Based in Nova Scotia, Mara has …


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SEAFOOD REBOOT Secures €3.2M to Create the Next Gen Algae Seafood (R)evolution

French foodtech startup SEAFOOD REBOOT announces it has completed a €3.2M pre-seed round for its algae-based alt seafood, less than six months after it was founded. Speaking with vegconomist this Wednesday, CEO Simon Ferniot stated: “There is this absolute urgency to shift our global diet towards more plant-based food and consumers are increasingly aware of that fact. By using the limitless potential of sea sourced seaweed and algae ingredients combined …


Mewery pork sausages

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Czech Foodtech Mewery Becomes “The First European” Cultivated Pork Startup Using Microalgae

The Czech startup Mewery holds the claim of being the first European foodtech startup developing cultivated pork on a proprietary microalgae base. The Brno-based foodtech has now received backing from US accelerator Big Idea Ventures to develop cultivated pork.   With pork meat being the second most consumed meat worldwide and the most consumed and preferred meat in Europe, Russia, and China, among others, Mewery has set its sights on becoming …


Eugene Wang of Sophies Bionutrients in Wageningen Office

Eugene Wang of Sophies Bionutrients in Wageningen Office, image courtesy of Sophies Bionutrients

Sophieʼs Bionutrients Celebrates Six Months in Europe After Relocating From Singapore

Six months ago, microalgae pioneer Sophieʼs Bionutrients moved its headquarters from Singapore to “Food Valley” in the Netherlands as one of the few Singaporean companies to make the move to Europe. Sophie’s Bionutrients introduced the world’s first milk alternative made from protein-rich microalgae in 2021. Last November, the foodtech scientists produced the first microalgae-based cheese said to closely mimic a conventional cheddar profile, in partnership with the Ingredion Idea Labs …