Impossible Chicken Nuggets debuts in US restaurants as USDA seeks comments on labeling of cell-based meat

US – Plant-based Impossible Chicken Nuggets have made their first debut in the US consumer market, launching in some restaurants across the United States as the company gears up for  a retail distribution later this month.  The nuggets are soy-based with sunflower oil, and do not use any of Impossible Foods’ plant-based heme — the company’s signature ingredient that gives meat its distinctive taste.   Impossible Chicken Nuggets have 40% less saturated fat and 25% less sodium than animal-based chicken nuggets, the company says.   They also do not use titanium dioxide,…

Read More

Tolaram eyes Asia’s alternative protein market after success with noodles in Africa

SINGAPORE – Singapore-based multinational conglomerate Tolaram is eyeing Asia’s lucrative alternative proteins market after achieving success in Africa with its instant noodle brand Indomie.  Tolaram New Business Development Manager Avinash Aswani revealed in an interview with Food Navigator that the company had plans to start off its base in Singapore which already has a thriving food innovation ecosystem.  “[The alternative protein space] is developing rapidly in Singapore thanks to strong government support so there are many related companies based here,” said Aswani.   “[The first move we have made here] is…

Read More

India food regulator FSSAI asks e-commerce companies to end classification of plant-based products as dairy

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed e-commerce platforms to delist plant-based products as dairy milk products in line with a government regulation that non-milk products cannot be classified and sold as ‘dairy’ products.  “The general standard for milk and milk products under the Food Safety and Standards Regulations clearly lays down guidelines for use of dairy in the nomenclature of products,” FSSAI noted.   “These regulations state that use of any dairy term for a product which is not milk or a composite milk product is prohibited and any such action is in…

Read More

Eat Just to build the first-ever cultivated meat facility in the Middle East and Northern Africa

QATAR – Alternative protein company Eat Just is set to build a cell-cultured meat facility in Qatar which will be the first-ever facility of its kind in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region.  To make the project a success, Eat Just, Inc. has signed a collaborative agreement with Doha Venture Capital (DVC) and the Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA).  Thanks to the collaboration, the facility will be located in the Umm Alhoul Free Zone, one of two free zones overseen and regulated by QFZA, with direct access to Hamad Port, Qatar’s main seaport.  The new facility  is expected…

Read More

KFC Russia opens its milestone1000th store as plans to roll out lab-grown meat in stores takes shape

RUSSIA – KFC Russia has recently opened its milestone 1000th restaurant in the city of Vladivostok, also known as “the capital of the Far East.”   Located on the east coast, Vladivostok is a major Russian Pacific port city overlooking Golden Horn Bay, near the borders with China and North Korea  According to the fast-food chain’s LinkedIn post, the restaurant is a spacious two-story in-liner with a drive-thru making it the first among QSR chains in the city.  The new restaurant will be the 19th in the Primorsky Territory and represents the…

Read More

Bühler, DIL inaugurate new technology center to support development of extruded meat substitutes

GERMANY – Bühler AG and DIL (Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e. V.) have inaugurated a new technology center in Germany to support further development of extruded meat substitutes.   Dubbed the Technology Center Proteins of the Future, the new facility in Quakenbrück, Germany, provides state-of-the-art research, test, and production infrastructure for the development of healthy, sustainable-protein food products.    A statement from both companies revealed that the center is now fully operational and ready to receive requests from customers.    “The center with its advanced technological setup and expert teams assists our customers in the food industry as well as start-ups to fully realize…

Read More

Brazilian plant-based meat brand Future Farm launches in South Africa, adding variety to consumer’s food plate

SOUTH AFRICA – Brazilian meat alternative brand, Future Farm, has brought its cutting-edge plant-based meat products to South Africa, launching a wide array of offerings in Checkers stores across the country. Introducing the brand’s Future Burger, Future Sausage, Future Meatballs and Future Mince, are designed to tempt meat-lovers into eating plant-based meals occasionally, and to satisfy vegetarians and vegans with the eco-friendly, GMO-free, gluten-free and Halaal range made using all-natural ingredients. “By replicating the same satisfaction, we get from eating meat by using plants, we have revolutionised food in a…

Read More

Nestlé expands Singaporean R&D facilities as Planterra opens new innovation center

SINGAPORE – Nestlé is upgrading its R&D center in Singapore inline with its mission of ensuring products in the Asian region are tailored to local consumer preferences, taste and nutritional requirements.  According to a statement from Nestlé, the expansion features state-of-the-art labs, experimental kitchens, consumer testing, sensory evaluations rooms, open working spaces, in addition to Nestlé’s fundamental research hub.  The upgraded facilities also include a new regional R&D Accelerator, part of Nestlé’s global R&D Accelerator network.  The accelerator will provide a platform for start-ups, students, and Nestlé employees in the region to…

Read More

Tolaram enters alternative protein category with investment in faux chicken producer Shandi

SINGAPORE – Singapore-based food processing giant Tolaram has made its first foray into the lucrative alternative protein market by leading a US$700,000 second-seed funding round for food-tech startup Shandi.   According to a report by Business Times, Shandi will use the new investment to set up a manufacturing facility in Singapore to commercialise and scale the start-up’s proprietary plant-based chicken products  The investment will also help the Singapore-based startup to further product innovation and development on new textures, formats, and other meat analogues.  Founded in 2019, Shandi aims to launch its range of…

Read More

Oat milk giant Oatly to open third US production facility in Texas to meet surging demand

US – Oatly, the world’s largest producer of oat milk, has announced plans to open a new facility in Fort Worth, Texas in an effort to meet surging demand for oat milk.  The 280,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing center is expected to produce more than 150 million liters of milk annually once completed in 2023.  Oatly’s new factory is the third production facility for the company in North America, joining its facilities in Millville, NJ and Ogden, UT.  The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce notes that the new facility will create more than 100 jobs once completed and will have the largest…

Read More