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Dairy butter carbon footprint is 3.5 times larger than plant-based spreads, says Upfield

Dairy butter carbon footprint is 3.5 times larger than plant-based spreads, says Upfield

25 Apr 2022

Plant-based margarine manufacturer Upfield says its spreads have a 70% smaller carbon footprint, require half the amount of water and use two-thirds less land across the product cycle when compared to conventional butter, according to a life cycle...

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Despite pushes for alternatives, plastic packaging to remain a future solution

Despite pushes for alternatives, plastic packaging to remain a future solution

21 Mar 2022

As governments move to reduce the use of plastic (both single-use and packaging) through legislation and consumers push for fewer options that harm the environment, companies have progressively moved away from this versatile, flexible packaging op...

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The race for a true, non-artificial blue continues with spirulina

The race for a true, non-artificial blue continues with spirulina

18 Mar 2022

The colour blue has proven difficult to recreate using natural sources. However, manufacturers have continued to innovate around the challenge of producing a natural, vibrant blue, and the latest addition to the space is a spirulina-based shade from th...

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Plant proteins' next evolution: Lupin beans

Plant proteins' next evolution: Lupin beans

7 Mar 2022

Delivering on taste, texture and health benefits, lupin beans are emerging as a viable contender in the race to dominate the plant-based protein industry. We look at some innovative startups using this ingredient.

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Vertical farming reaches new heights amid climate pressures

Vertical farming reaches new heights amid climate pressures

25 Feb 2022

Traditional agricultural practices have come into question as consumers become increasingly aware of the link between their carbon footprint and their eating habits. The global farming system is responsible for between 25% and 39% of total greenhouse g...

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Microdrink startup Waterdrop expands in US, looks to move global

Microdrink startup Waterdrop expands in US, looks to move global

24 Feb 2022

Australian beverage startup Waterdrop has raised €60 million ($70 million) in a Series B funding round led by Singapore-based investment firm Temasek. The startup, which makes microdrinks — water-soluble, sugar-free cubes packed with plant-b...

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Global pressures on chocolate industry prompt alternative formulations

Global pressures on chocolate industry prompt alternative formulations

23 Feb 2022

Even as coca prices have increased, consumer chocolate consumption has increased. Now, one-third of people say they are eating more chocolate as a result of the pandemic, according to Cargill’s 2021 ChocoLogic study. Only 3% said they avoid ...

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Pet food generates buzz for using insect protein

Pet food generates buzz for using insect protein

22 Feb 2022

Pets consume a significant amount of protein, but as concerns about human protein consumption continue to rise, pet owners are beginning to scrutinize their pets’ diets in addition to their own. As a result, alternative proteins for pet...

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Synthesising volatile aroma compounds to make alcohol-free beer taste better

Synthesising volatile aroma compounds to make alcohol-free beer taste better

18 Feb 2022

A Danish startup is using synthetic biology to produce the volatile aroma compounds that are lost when brewers make low- and no-alcohol beer.

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Support for gene-editing technology growing in the EU

Support for gene-editing technology growing in the EU

18 Feb 2022

Gene-editing technology and the genetically-modified organisms that result therefrom have long been controversial in Europe. However, recently there has been a growing number of voices supporting the targeted modification of organisms' genomes in an ef...

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Plant-based and lactose-free drive liquid milk segment growth

Plant-based and lactose-free drive liquid milk segment growth

16 Feb 2022

Liquid milk sales have been on a decade-long decline trajectory, but according to a new report from market research firm IRI, there may be a bright spot for the segment: lactose-reduced milk. Plant-based milk is another segment of the category that is ...

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China announces an agricultural plan that includes cultivated meat

China announces an agricultural plan that includes cultivated meat

15 Feb 2022

China has officially taken a stake in the alternative protein sector, announcing that cultivated meat and ‘future foods’ are sectors in which it will actively participate, according to the country’s recently-released five-year agricultural plan that wa...

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