Alternative protein startup Aleph expands presence in Asia through new partnerships with Thai Union, CJ CheilJedang

 ASIA – Israeli-based cultured meat startup Aleph Farms is set to expand its presence in the Asia-Pacific region through a new partnership with global protein leader Thai Union and global food and lifestyle company CJ CheilJedang.  “As part of these agreements, Thai Union and CJ CheilJedang will help us accelerate our scale-up, go-to-market activities, and elevate distribution of cultivated meat in existing marketing channels across the APAC region,” Aleph Farms said in a statement.  Asia is leading the global food industry in supporting and adopting cell-cultured meats with Singapore becoming the first…

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Africa’s first lab grown meat developer Mzansi beefs up leadership team as it readies growth

SOUTH AFRICA – Mzansi Meat, Africa’s first cultivated meat start-up based in South Africa has appointed Dr Wade Edwards (PhD) to be its new Research and Development (R&D) Director. Dr Wade brings with him over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and the commercialisation of research and innovation in the Life Sciences, Biotechnology and Engineering sectors. In addition to his PhD in Biotechnology and majors in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Rhodes University, he participated in the Executive Education Programme hosted by the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Founded last…

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Enough starts project to build the world’s largest fermentation-based mycoprotein facility

NETHERLANDS – Alternative protein company Enough has broken new ground on the construction of its “first of its kind” protein factory, touted as the world’s largest non-animal protein farm.  The factory to be built in 2022 will have an initial capacity to produce 10,000 metric tons of mycoprotein per annum, the equivalent of more than five cow’s worth of protein every hour.  The 15,000 square meter facility is co-located alongside the Cargill facility in Sas van Gent in the Netherlands and is expected to initially create 25 new jobs.  The company expects…

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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…

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Alternative protein company Nature’s Fynd raises US$350m to accelerate go-to-market strategy

US – Alternative protein company Nature’s Fynd has raised US$350 million in a Series C round funding led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2, more than tripling the funding it’s raised to date, according to a report by Crunchbase.   Nature’s Fynd said it will use the money to accelerate growth by expanding production capacity, developing partnerships, laying the foundation for global expansion, and adding new products to its portfolio.  The company, specializing in the production of fermented protein, is yet to have products in the market but plans a limited rollout later this year and a nationwide launch and international expansion in 2022.  Nature’s Fynd, previously known…

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