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5 start-ups that caught our eye in 2023

By Flora Southey

From upcycling ‘spent hens’ into flavour enhancers to recreating breast milk in a lab, we round-up five of the most innovate start-ups we interviewed in 2023.

Italy's government aims to protect its food quality, as well as the interests of key stakeholders such as farmers, with the bill. Image Source: benedek/Getty Images

What’s the Italian Government’s beef with cultivated meat?

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

The Italian Government recently announced that it would ban cultivated meat production, at the same time restricting meat-related labels on plant-based meat alternatives. The decision has drawn significant criticism from some quarters, but from Italy's...

Researchers in Denmark and New Zealand have teamed up to determine whether consumers actually do prefer the taste of organic greens grown in an open field over those vertically farmed. GettyImages/LouisHiemstra

Do vertically farmed vegetables taste good?

By Flora Southey

Vegetables grown indoors, without any soil, may not sound as appealing to consumers as their sun-blushed counterparts cultivated in open fields. But according to fresh research, they taste just as good.

The hub will be based in  Campinas, São Paulo. Image Source: Ranimiro Lotufo Neto/Getty Images

EIT Food expands to Latin America for burgeoning food tech start-ups

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), partnering with Foodtech HUB Latam, is expanding its Food Accelerator Network (FAN) to Brazil, where it will open a hub that will help develop burgeoning agrifood-tech start-ups in the Latin America...

Beyond Meat is facing a challenging market in the US, but is expanding its presence in Europe. Image credit: Beyond Burger / Nordic Food

Beyond Meat struggles continue in US, doubles down on EU expansion

By Flora Southey

According to analysts, Beyond Meat is in ‘survival mode’, as the plant-based meat maker continues to lose share in US retail. At the same time, the company is increasing distribution across the pond, where it has observed a faster-growing market.

The tool helps hospitality sector retain staff and customers and reduce food waste. Image Source: Hispanolistic/Getty Images

ePOS tool aims to reduce food waste and retain staff in hospitality

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Hospitality accounts for 10% of UK administrations, the fourth highest out of the country’s different sectors. However, a new ePOS tool aims to help the hospitality sector by increasing staff retention, reducing food waste and retaining customer loyalty....

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Coffee biorefinery opened in Denmark to upcycle coffee grounds

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

While more than two billion coffee cups are consumed each day, according to some estimates, the oil from coffee grounds, despite being rich in nutrients, is rarely utilised. Kaffe Bueno, a new startup, has opened a coffee biorefinery in Rødovre, Denmark...

Many big players in the food industry have found regenerative AI helps them in NPD. Image Source: Hiroshi Watanabe/Getty Images

Mars, PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz, and Givaudan on how AI can improve NPD

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

NPD takes time. Long hours of R&D lie between an idea and a product launch. AI, however, is helping a range of major companies generate product ideas, as well as do market research and gain insights into the minds of consumers.

With sites in Lincoln, Scotland and the South West, Branston is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of potatoes. It has launched trials into net zero production through sustainable fertilisers.

Branston’s race to net zero in the potato supply chain

By Oliver Morrison

Branston, one of the UK’s largest suppliers, has begun trials to assess the viability of creating net zero potatoes. Field Technical Manager Andrew Blair shares his insights into the methods the company is following and how it hopes to establish a process...

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How to revive flagging demand for plant-based meat

By Katy Askew, managing director, IFIS Publishing

The food industry has responded to bullish predictions of a boom in plant-based meat alternatives with a gold rush mentality. But as sales slow and interest dips, can advances in food science come to the rescue of a category that is struggling to live...

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