Sesame milk gains traction in evolving plant-based milk market

The company – which fortifies its sesame milk with calcium and vitamin D and adds some pea protein concentrate to get up to 8g protein per serving – is starting to see some real traction, four years after launch, said CEO Julia Stamberger. “Success has been evident in both broad acceptance of sesame milk by … Read more

Bel Brands, Perfect Day launch animal-free cream cheese, expand mainstream exposure of dairy alternatives

The partnership brings together Bel Brands’ more than 100 years of cheese-making experience and Perfect Day’s animal-free casein and whey made with microbial fermentation rather than cows to launch, this week, Nurishh Incredible Dairy Animal Free Cream Cheese Spread Alternative. “We are leveraging our unique history and expertise in cheese and partnering with Perfect Day … Read more

Lab-grown cocoa? Celleste Bio backs plant cell culture to solve ‘chocolate supply crisis’

Formed in July, the firm has already attracted the interest of Big Chocolate with Mondelēz International onboard with undisclosed seed funding. Other backers include food-focused venture capitalist, Barrel Ventures, Israeli agricultural co-op Regba Group and agri-food and medical tech VC, Trendlines. Celleste Bio’s USP utilizes cell culture to grow high quality cocoa without the plant … Read more

Plant-based dairy and meat by numbers; Declining trends continue, but pockets of growth remain

For dairy alternatives, SPINS US retail data shared with FoodNavigator-USA shows: Plant-based milk ($2.73bn category): Oat milk and shelf-stable coconut milk driving volume ​ 12 weeks to October 30: $sales +10.5%, unit sales -3% 52 weeks to October 30: $sales +7.6%, unit sales -1.4% Over the latest 12-week period, all of the volume growth came … Read more

Joywell Foods rebrands as Oobli, unveils first food product featuring oubli fruit sweet protein (brazzein)

Oobli – which was originally planning to debut with beverages​​-told us it had switched to confectionery as chocolate bars.”were a better fit for a Q4/holiday launch, so it is more of a market/seasonality adjustment to the sequence.”​ The chocolate bars – available for pre-sale on Oobli’s website– contain unsweetened chocolate, chicory root fiber, organic coconut … Read more

Precision fermentation-fueled startup Helaina to expand protein offerings beyond babies

Helena is the company behind the advanced infant formula with proteins identical to those found in breast milk. The New York City-based company was founded in 2019 by food scientist Laura Katz​, who wanted to advance infant nutrition by recreating the functional components of breast milk. Now Katz is ready to expand the use case … Read more

Impossible Foods EU patent revoked; US IP dispute with Motif FoodWorks ramps up

At issue is the use of heme proteins in plant-based meat alternatives, an area in which Impossible and Motif – who have each laid off staff in recent months as market conditions have deteriorated – both play. Impossible Foods’ heme protein is identical to soy leghemoglobin, a protein found in nodules attached to the roots … Read more

Plant-based yogurt sales are dropping – can they be revived?

According to data from the Brightfield Group’s evergi platform, sales of plant-based yogurt fell 9% in the second quarter of this year compared to Q2 2021 – mirroring a similar drop across other plant-based categories, including creamers, which fell 25%, cheese, which dropped 8%, and ice cream, which dropped 3%. The decline can be attributed … Read more

Perfect Day doubles production capacity via SBL acquisition, gets green light for animal-free dairy in India

SBL– which makes gelatin, dicalcium phosphate, and pharmaceutical ingredients including cholesterol-lowering drugs – hasprecision fermentation capabilities with existing fermenters that will allow the company to expand its precision fermentation capabilities in the months ahead while continuing to service existing SBL customers in both the pharma and protein sectors.”According to Perfect Day co-founder Ryan Pandya, who … Read more

Thanksgiving shoppers hunting for savings create opportunity for plant-based protein, discount retailers to capture market share now and long-term

With inflation driving the price of food consumed at home up double-digits over the past year, Americans can expect a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to set them back between 13.5% to 17.8%, according to IRI and Datasembly, respectively. Most of this increase will from pies and sides, the prices for which IRI notes are up 20.3% … Read more