Memphis Meats raises US $161 million - 10 times more than before!
The value of plant based meat companies like Impossible Foods or Beyond Meat has reached the billion US$ range
quite a long time ago. With cultured meat (cell based meat, clean meat), which is not yet on the market, investments
have been some orders of magnitude lower up to now. But the tendency is soaring rapidly. In 2013, the first cultured
meat burger was funded with €250.000 - now, less than 7 years later, Memphis Meats raises approx. 600 times more with
US $161 million. This investment was led by Softbank, Temasek, and Norwest Venture Partners.
It is historic! In 2017, Memphis Meats had raised US$ 17 million, which held the record up to now.
Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are booming!
The Californian Start-up Impossible Foods, that produces plant based meat alternatives like the bleeding plant burger, has recently gathered
another 300 Mio US$ of investment money, mainly from US-stars like music producer Jay-Z, singer Katy Perry und tennis legend Serena Williams.
Summed up, Impossible Foods has already gathered 750 Mio. US$.
Beyond Meat, the other top prominent producer of meat alternatives (among them the "Beyond Burger") in the US, had its IPO
on 1st of May 2019. The share soared from 25 US$ to 71 US$ within one day, and the company's value rose up to over 4 billion US$! Among Beyond Meat's supporters are Bill Gates and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Clean meat (cultured meat) news from the Netherlands
In summer, Dutch Mosa Meat (Mark Post's startup, you know, the ones who produced the first clean meat burger in 2013) have raised another 7.5 million € for
their research, see
And with roots from "New Harvest" and support from the University of Cambridge, and a kickoff support of 3.5 million US$, the new Dutch/British clean meat startup Meatable has
emerged on the market this year, check out their website.
Impossible Foods raises further $114 million
Impossible Foods, famous for its bleeding plant burger, raises another $114 million and is now considered the best funded company globally that produces alternatives to animal
products. Read more about the new investors and Impossible Foods on the GFI website.
US$ 3 million for SuperMeat in Israel
Next big investment into clean meat (cultured meat)! US-based VC firms New Crop Capital and Stray Dog Capital were among the investors into the clean meat startup "SuperMeat", PHW (Wiesenhof), the main
poultry producer in Germany, is also participating. Read more here.
US$ 17 million for Memphis Meats from Gates, Branson, Cargill
Bill Gates, Richard Branson and several others as well as food giant Cargill are among the high-profile backers of San Francisco based Memphis Meats,
a company that has been very active in the recent years in developing cultured meat balls, cultured chicken and more!
Read more here.
Impossible Foods start in NY and SF
Impossible Foods has been breaking new grounds with their mission to create the perfect plant based "beef burger"
with heme (haem) from plants as "bloody juice". Now Impossible Food burgers enter the market and start in New York and San Francisco,
check out their further steps on their website.
Schwarzenegger and Cameron for massive meat reduction in China and generally
The Chinese government plans to reduce meat consumption in this country by 50% to help stabilizing the world climate and to fight the abounding civilization diseases in China.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron are two celebrities within
NotCompany - using artificial intelligence for new foods
The "Not Company" in Chile goes totally new ways by using
Guiseppe, which they call the smartest food scientist on earth. Giuseppe is not a person, but an artificial intelligence model that studies
the perception of foods by humans. He replicates the taste, texture and even smell of animal-based products by copying their molecular
structure. Guiseppe uses plant based ingredients for his foods and also improves their nutritional values and decreases their ecological
Future Food in Docus on Austrian TV
In the last weeks, Future Food and project leader Kurt Schmidinger has been part of several Austrian docus - e.g. ORF-Konkret about Seitan or ORF-Konkret about egg-alternatives.
Presentation of the first cultured meat burger today in London
Followed by the media all over the globe, the first cultured meat burger was prepared and tasted today!! For more information check out the Cultured Beef website.
5th August 2013: First cultured meat burger worldwide!
The worldwide first cultured meat burger has been announced for 2012 already, but now on the 5th of August it will be really presented to the public. Mark Post and his team
from the Maastrict University in the Netherlands will serve the first burger, assumably to some celebrity still kept confidential. The event will take place in London. The global media and we will keep you updated.
Upward Trend In Meat Substitute Sales
Lily Naylor shows new figures that suggest a continued upward trend
in meat substitute sales for fhe coming years -> full article.
First vegan fried egg presented by The Vegg
US company The Vegg claims to have produced the first vegan fried egg. More info
on The Vegg's homepage.
First in-vitro-meat burger for £200,000 in 2012?
Mark Post from Maastricht University and his team plan to present the first in vitro meat-burger of the world. If successful,
this can be seen as a proof of concept, although at tremendous costs. Also check
the Guardian article.
In Vitro Meat Workshop 31 August-2 September 2011, Göteborg, Sweden
After the In Vitro Meat Conference in Aas (Norway) 2008 this workshop has been the second big attempt to establish collaboration on
in vitro meat research. For more details check the
Scientist work on new soy formula to achieve texture and "mouth feel" of chicken
Fu-Hung Hsieh, a University of Missouri professor, is finishing a project to create a soy product that looks, feels, pulls apart and, most
importantly, chews like real chicken. For more details, see
Less meat could save US$ 20 trillion (!!) of climate costs
Cutting back on meat could save US$ 20000 billion of climate stabilisation costs. This is the dramatic result of a multidisciplinary
study from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Enough money, to build 200 million family houses at the price of US$ 150000
each, enough for all Europeans including whole Russia. For more details, see
Future Food presents unique overview of vegetarian meat
Future Food presents a unique overview of vegetarian meat products:
a.) "Highly remarkable vegetarian meat products": Some top brands worldwide - an inspiration for the food-industry to join the development or an input for supermarkets to include these brands in their sales program.
b.) " Remarkable intermediate products for the production of vegetarian meats": Interesting information for the food-industry where to get starting material, that can be used to produce vegetarian meats, but also to strongly reduce the meat fraction in hamburgers or sausages.
A similar overview is presented at the Future Food page for non dairy milk drinks!
Meatless, an innovative ingredient for burgers and co
The seeds of sweet lupines can be used for vegetarian meat production, too.
(a product by Meatless BV) is
made of 100% vegetable fibres, made from lupine or wheat. The fibres are produced in
different shapes, flavours and colours. Meatless is used for meat-substitute products
as well as for developing “hybrid products”, which are meat-products in which a huge
portion of the meat is replaced by Meatless. According to the company, Meatless
offers benefits concerning health, taste, sustainability and price!
Several new egg replacements for industrial
In the recent years and months, various egg replacement products for industrial applications
have been introduced, that wait to be used by the industry. Compared to egg products these products offer many benefits like longer shelf-life, cost-savings (!), health-benefits and better food-safety, as well as similar properties in the end product. And of course they offer advantages for the environment, the animals and world nutrition. Check out the interesting
links to these companies.
3 new egg-replacers for industrial applications introduced
by Gum Technology
Arizona based “Gum Technology” is introducing
a new line of hydrocolloid and stabilizer blends to replace eggs
in custards, doughs and baked goods, in an effort to help manufacturers
reduce the impact of high egg prices.
Gum Technologies is stepping up to the plate with the introduction
of its Cayote Brand line of egg replacers.
The company has developed three blends which it says can mean
a reduction or elimination of eggs without compromising the sensory
properties of the finished product.
1. The blend intended for use in custards consists of carageenan
and locust bean gum. It can be used to replace up to 100 per cent
of custard in instant custards for use in crème caramels and flans.
The company says it can avoid the problem of syneresis, or coagulation.
2. The Dough Egg Replacer, meanwhile, for use in breads and sweet
doughs, is a blend of konjac and soy lecithin, and can replace
up to 100 percent of egg.
3. The Baker's Egg Replacer mixes xanthan, guar and soy lecithin,
and is said to "improve texture, cell structure and increase
uniformity" in cakes and muffins and in cookies.
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In Vitro Meat Consortium Symposium in Norway - a brief
Borislav Dopudja and Kurt Schmidinger from
FutureFood attended the first In Vitro Meat Consortium Symposium
in Ås, Norway, from 9-11 April 2008, together with more
than fifty other research scientists and representatives from
NGOs and the industry. Scientists presented the status quo of
research and pointed out that funding of their research is the
main open issue. Their talks mainly focussed on the starter cells,
on ideas for a bioreactor design and mainly on the ingredients
that are required in the medium used to grow the cells. Sterility
of the production process was emphasized to be the key issue for
a potential success of a future plant for in vitro meat (cultured
meat). The scientists agreed that they should focus on the development
of processed meat like sausages, nuggets and burgers.
FutureFood will attend In Vitro Meat Consortium Symposium in
Norway in April
FutureFood's project leader Kurt Schmidinger
will attend the first In Vitro Meat Consortium Symposium, which
will be held at Ås, Norway, from 9-11 April 2008, to get
in contact with leading researchers on cultured meat. For more
information about this consortium and the meeting in Norway click
FutureFood presents billboard in Linz/Austria at the "Congress
on Alternatives to Animal Testing"
Themed "Cultured meat; advantages of
manufacturing meat products through tissue-engineering technology",
Harald Balluch and Kurt Schmidinger presented the FutureFood-project
with a billboard at the "Congress on Alternatives to Animal
Testing" in Linz/Austria. It is the second biggest congress
on alternatives to animal-testing worldwide. Although www.futurefood.org
does not directly cover animal testing issues, it aims to replace
animal-usage on an evenmuch larger scale, the usage of animals
for food-production. The FutureFood-team took this good opportunity
to meet scientists, who are not yet working on the goals of www.futurefood.org,
but in similar fields.
The billboard, which focussed on cultured meat only and not on
vegetarian meat, non dairy milk products or alternatives to egg-products,
can be found here.