Happy Saturday morning, all! I hope you have a day filled with pancakes and sunshine and minimal laundry ahead of you.
But as always, it’s good to start your day off with a quick catch-up on our favorite food tech news stories from around the web. Coincidentally, a lot of them concern a topic near and dear to our (or at least my) heart: plant-based meat. Dive in, then get out there and get after it!
Frozen foods company Birds Eye launches plant-based product line
Another major food company is diving into the lucrative plant-based meat space. This week frozen food company Birds Eye launched Green Cuisine, a new line of meat-free products. Green Cuisine has plant-based burgers, sausages, and Swedish meatballs and are made with pea protein. The products are currently available at U.K. supermarkets Tesco’s and Asda.
Kale United backs plant-based tuna company Ocean Hugger Foods
Ocean Hugger Foods, maker of a vegan raw tuna product called “ahimi”, just got an investment from Swedish plant-based company Kale United. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In addition to the financial investment, Kale United will also partner with Ocean Hugger Foods to help them explore new distribution channels in Europe (ahimi currently only available in the U.S.).
Impossible Foods gets recalled over piece of plastic
In not-so-good plant-based meat news, this week a California resident bit into an Impossible burger and found… a piece of plastic. Eater reports that the company consequently issued a voluntary recall of an entire lot of “bleeding” plant-based meat. This marks the first recall for the Redwood City-based startup since they first started serving their “meat” in 2016.
Ripe.io + National Pork Board to pilot blockchain technology
This week Ripe.io, the company working to forge “The Blockchain of Food,” announced that it had teamed up with the National Pork Board to pilot a blockchain program in the U.S. pork industry. Pork producers can use ripe.io’s technology to monitor and record data about their pigs, like food safety checks and animal welfare standards. Honestly the partnership is so full of vague buzzwords it sounds mostly like a marketing ploy, but with all the recent food safety scares, it’s good to get more data points on how blockchain could help improve future disease outbreaks.
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