Thursday Jun 01, 2023

MeliBio bee-free honey to launch in Europe with Narayan Foods

Founded in 2020 by scientist Aaaron Schaller and honey industry veteran Darko Mandich, MeliBio is tackling ‘critical issues’ facing the commercial honey industry with a plant-based alternative.

The commercial honey industry is plagued by the use of pesticides and adulterants, while bee populations are declining due to extreme weather events, according to the start-up, who hopes its bee-free alternative will provide a solution these crises.

MeliBio’s first product, a plant-based honey ingredient for B2B and foodservice, was unveiled in October 2021. Now, the start-up is preparing to launch a B2B2C plant-based bee-free honey via a partnership with Narayan Foods in

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Darren Yaw of GCG Asia Eats to Launch Asian Plant-based Foods in the U.S.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE / ACCESSWIRE / August 19, 2021 / GCG Asia Eats, a well-known South East Asian food brand founded by Darren Yaw, announced the official launch of its plant-based cuisines in the United States. GCG Asia Eats is best known for innovating vegan products with local cuisines such as nasi lemak, chicken rice, satay, banh xeo, and fish amok. GCG Asia Eats are bringing their own South East Asian culinary traditions into the North American vegan industry.

GCG Asia Eats Founder Darren Yaw

Darren Yaw’s wife, the head food scientist of GCG Asia Eats, has developed a solution to

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U.S. meat giant Tyson Foods to launch plant-based food in Asia-Pacific

U.S. meat processor Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) will launch its plant-based food in select Asia-Pacific markets starting this month, as it looks to cash in on the burgeoning demand for meat substitutes in the region its rivals have set out to capture.

Impossible Foods Inc, Nestle SA (NESN.S), Beyond Meat Inc (BYND.O) have already entered Asia with their plant-based meat products, expecting rising demand for the protein from consumers conscious about health, animal welfare and the environment.

Retail sales of meat substitutes in Asia-Pacific reached $16.3 billion in 2020 and are expected to exceed $20 billion by 2025, according to

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Biden administration to launch largest summer food program in U.S. history

The Biden administration on Monday will announce the launch of a summer food program to feed more than 30 million low-income children, the Agriculture Department told NBC News.

It is the latest push by the White House to address widespread hunger and food insecurity in the U.S., one the agency said it believes is the largest summer food program in the country’s history.

“Congress, through the American Rescue Plan, expanded this program to operate during the summer, which I think was just highly responsive to what we need right now,” said Stacy Dean, the deputy under secretary of agriculture for

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PeakBridge and EIT Food Launch FoodSparks, a New European Agri-Food Tech Investment Fund

Israeli venture fund PeakBridge and the European Institute of Technology (EIT) announced today the launch of PeakBridge FoodSparks, a new fund that focused on European seed and early-stage agricultural and food tech startups.

The new fund will invest up to €30 million Euros (~$35.7 million USD) over the next four years. FoodSparks will look to invest in roughly 10 European startups per year, with a check size of €500,000 (~$595,000 USD). According to the press announcement emailed to The Spoon, startups interested in receiving funding must be domiciled in Europe/EFTA and Israel, and have “protectable and scalable technology, and align

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