Plant-based foods and alternative protein products are often associated with a reduced carbon footprint. This week, the government of Denmark hopped on board with this ideology: the government will invest 1.25 billion kroner (~$194 million USD) into plant-based foods as part of a climate agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
For this week’s alternative protein round-up, we gathered up some of the top news of the week from around the alt-protein world, including Clara Foods’ rebrand and the launch of The EVERY Company, Kingdom Supercultures’ Series A round, Burger King’s new menu item, and Revo’s plan for a 3D printer factory.
Clara Foods Becomes The EVERY Company, Launches Animal-Free Egg Protein
Clara Foods, one of the early pioneers building nature-equivalent proteins using precision fermentation technology, announced this week it is rebranding to the EVERY Company and is launching its first animal-free egg product called ClearEgg, an egg protein product targeted at the protein beverage market. Read full article here.
Kingdom Supercultures raises $25 million
New York-based Kingdom Supercultures announced this week that it has raised $25 million in a Series A round to fund the development of microbial cultures. The company is developing what it calls “Supercultures”, which are microbial-based ingredients to improve the texture, flavor, and functionality of plant-based products and consumer packaged goods. The new capital will be used to expand its ingredient portfolio and R&D facilities in Brooklyn, New York.
Burger King will soon serve up Impossible nuggets
Burger King made headlines when it first began serving the Impossible Whopper two years ago. This week, the fast casual restaurant chain announced it will begin trialing Impossible nuggets in three U.S. cities on October 11: Des Moines, Boston, and Miami. The nuggets are made from a base of wheat flour and soy protein, and will be served in a pack of eight. Burger King is the first fast food chain to offer Impossible’s newest product, and the nuggets will be available for a limited amount of time.
Revo Foods shares plans for 3D-printed factory
Austrian startup Revo Foods produces plant-based fish products, and some of its prototypes are created with a 3D printer. The company is in the process of developing a plan to boost its production capacity and scale its 3D printing technology. The company’s idea is to have a production-scale facility wit interconnected 3D printers stacked on one another. This week, The Spoon spoke with te CSO of Revo Foods, Theresa Rothenbücher to hear more. Read the full article here.