Plant-Based, Technologically Driven, Vastly Different Startups Receive $3 Billion in Investments

Plant-Based, Technologically Driven, Vastly Different Startups Receive $3 Billion in Investments
  • The future of food looks technologically driven with meatless meat and low sugar sweets.

  • New meal choices are under development with recently funded startups.

These startups have gained about three billion dollars globally of disclosed investment over the past 12 months. Here are some highlights of food and beverage trends you can expect to see coming soon.

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Alternative Foods Hit the Mainstream, Providing Better-for-You Options

Alternative Foods Hit the Mainstream, Providing Better-for-You Options

Consumers today are making a notable shift towards eating cleaner. It’s led to the success of a number of small, artisanal companies with lofty values, and now, a wave of large brand names are also getting into the game, often by acquiring these smaller, innovative companies.

Carmel Hagan, Founder of Supernatural New York City explains how once trendy lifestyle changes like organic, plant-based, and vegan are now being adopted by larger shares of the market.

“The idea that we need to be taking care of ourselves through food is becoming more and more mainstream and that’s something that I think, at a baseline, is probably the number one thing that most people can do in their lives to have autonomy over their health,” she says.

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Vegan Steak Increases Production After Selling Out 40,000 Units in 1 Week

Vegan Steak Increases Production After Selling Out 40,000 Units in 1 Week

With the recent incredible response to UK launch of the world’s first vegan steak, an increase in production has been ordered before rolling out across Europe.

The Netherlands based vegan company, Vivera, debuted their latest product in over 400 Tesco locations and sold about 40,000 units within the first week.

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Plant-Based Seafood Company Ocean Hugger Unveils Aggressive Expansion Plan

Plant-Based Seafood Company Ocean Hugger Unveils Aggressive Expansion Plan

Chef James Corwell walked into the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo one day to find over 100,000 square feet of endangered yellowfin and bluefin tuna. All was sold in one morning.

According to a study published in the journal Nature, 90% of all large predatory fish (like tuna) are already gone, and the rate of fishing isn't slowing down.

One of only 60 Certified Master Chefs in the U.S., Corwell realized at this moment that “the oceans cofoodble puld never keep up” and thus, Ocean Hugger Foods was born.

Ocean Hugger Foods is, at its base, a plant-based meat and seafood alternatives company. But according to FoodNavigator-USA, what sets this company apart is that rather than using textured soy, pea or wheat protein with oils, gums, starches, and flavors, Ocean Hugger Foods begins with vegetables and keeps their ingredient lists short and simple.

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Foodable's 2018 Protein Sourcing Guide & Report— Most Loved Protein, Top Companies to Source From & more...

Foodable's 2018 Protein Sourcing Guide & Report— Most Loved Protein, Top Companies to Source From & more...

The way consumers look at protein has changed over the past decade. Gone are the days when every meal had to have a traditional protein represented as the star of the dish. But does that mean protein is in trouble? Sure, restaurant guests are looking for healthier choices and are a little more open to trying meat alternatives, but that does not mean the protein segment is dead.

So, how does each type of protein stack up in the ranking by consumers? Are you having trouble figuring out what is the hottest protein trend for 2018? Do you want the scoop to determine which top protein sourcing company is the best fit for your business?

Don’t worry, Foodable Labs has you covered. That’s right! Look no further than the 2018 Protein Sourcing Guide and Report powered by our sister company, Foodable Labs.

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