Happy Saturday! This week I bring you news about a competition for female founders in the plant-based space, PBR’s boozy coffee, winners of Asia’s Plant Protein Award, and the installation of Freight Farms vertical farming container.
$50k prize for female plant-based innovation
Vegan Women Summit, a media and events organization, opened up applications for its first summit and pitch competition. The competition, called VWS Pathfinders, is open to all female-identifying founders in plant-based innovation and food tech. VWS Pathfinders aims to raise awareness of the inequalities that females innovators and entrepreneurs too often experience when fundraising. The competition will end in a virtual event on December 5th with the announcement of 5 winners and a grand prize of $50,000. Applications close for the competition October 23rd.
PBR releases hard cold brew coffee
Pabst Blue Ribbon launched a new cold brew coffee infused malt-beverage just in time for National Coffee Day on September 29th. The beverage is dairy-free, lightly sweetened, and is 4.2% alcohol by volume. PBR adds this new beverage to its “not-beer” category. The company already has a creamy hard coffee in its line-up, but now vegans can also enjoy a caffeinated buzz from the hard cold brew.
Swedish Supermarket installs in-store hydroponic, vertical container
Swedish supermarket, ICA Åre, installed the container farm from Boston-based Freight Farms. The installation will help reduce reliance on imported crops and provide fresh green year-round. The first harvest of lettuce, kale, and herbs is scheduled for October.
Asia’s Plant Protein Award
The 5-day Future Food Asia conference announced the two winners of the Asia Plant Protein Award: Let’s Plant Meat and Daiz. Let’s Plant Meat is a Thailand-based startup that makes soy and rice protein plant-based burger patties. Daiz is based in Japan and creates plant-based burger patties, nuggets, and bases for dumplings using different varieties of soybeans.