Will Startup Hungry Planet™ Gain Momentum After Recent Success in a California School District?

Will Startup Hungry Planet™ Gain Momentum After Recent Success in a California School District?

A California school district began to offer plant-based meals across all their cafeterias this past academic year and had students choose whether or not they wanted to eat them based on taste. “The initiative was so successful, the meals will likely be offered again next year,” reports KEYT.

We’ve heard about companies like Impossible Food and Beyond Meat making their way in restaurants, but the Santa Barbara Unified School District actually sourced her plant-based protein from a startup based out of Missouri. It’s called Hungry Planet™.

According to the company’s website, it focuses on creating an alternative protein to ground beef, chicken, pork, Italian sausage, chorizo sausage, and crab for culinary professionals to use as a 1:1 substitution in innovative entrees. The company says it develops its faux meats to delight the demanding tastes of meat lovers in the heart of the Midwest.

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Jeff Bezos-Backed Farm Aims to Revolutionize Conventional Agriculture

Jeff Bezos-Backed Farm Aims to Revolutionize Conventional Agriculture

Foodable has reported on indoor vertical farming in the past, but this startup is getting a major boost early on as it expands to compete in new markets.

Plenty, a Bay Area-based, vertical farming startup, will be expanding into Washington state with the help of a $200 million investment from this summer.

The company is backed by Jeff Bezos among other investors, and it has set plans to open a 100,000-square-foot warehouse in greater Seattle area— in Kent, Washington, to be exact— to become Plenty’s second vertical farm location. The new facility will be twice the size of the original one.

Out of all the vertical farming startups, this company has been able to raise the most money. However, what is most significant about Plenty is not its ability to appeal to investors, but the fact that it will be able to grow 4.5 million pounds of greens annually.

As reported by “Business Insider,” the amount of produce that will be grown in this new facility will be “enough to feed around 183,600 Americans, according to the USDA.”

Founded in 2014, Plenty “claims to grow up to 350 times more greens than conventional farms of similar size, while using much less water and land,” according to “Business Insider.”

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By the Dozen: 12 Awesome Chicago Food Startups


Sometimes a meal is so good you feel like you've died and gone to heaven -- but really, if you wanted to go to a food heaven, just head over to Chicago. Chicago may be celebrated for its hot dogs and deep-dish pizzas, but there's more than meets the eye (or taste buds?) to the Windy City. Neighborhoods upon neighborhoods are blowing over with diverse culinary traditions.

As a result, it's no surprise that Chicago houses a strong startup culture that caters to foodie locals. Check out these 12 Chicago Food Startups that keep both company and consumers on their toes.

Food Genius: This start up helps businesses enhance their pricing strategies by helping them stay current on competitors that drive industry trends. Some of Food Genius' clients include Kraft, IHOP and Arby's.

Aritzone: Artizone gives users a curated collection of the very best artisan food in the Chicago area. Get ready to get your hands on aggregated access to authentic, handcrafted goods!

gDine: Feel like booking and pre-paying for dinner? Take a look a gDine, an online platform that allows guests to browse through restaurant options and their pre-fixe menus. Read More