Oat milk and banana company All Good has hit its minimum fundraise target with 12 days to go.
The alt-protein player says it is outperforming the troubled plant-based sector with an increase in sales, despite a category-wide contraction.
Plant-based protein needs to move from novelty to mainstream, and ‘more of the same’ will not be enough to make a successful transition, according to Mintel.
The startup behind plant-based product Vince is raising funds so it can add to its manufacturing capacity ahead of a planned supermarket launch.
The results of the sixth New Zealand Vegan Pie Awards are in, with Piccolo Morso’s Vegan Korma pie crowned supreme winner.
The tech entrepreneur-led venture, which recently drafted in former Fix & Fogg export specialist Sarah Sherriff, is preparing for the butter big-time.
Raglan Food Co has achieved Toitū climate positive certification.
Time is running out to enter the Vegan Pie Awards 2023, with registrations closing on 15 October.
The startup co-owned by Australia’s largest dairy co-op revealed the investment as stakeholders such as NZ’s FoodHQ and Miruku presented at AltProtein23 in Melbourne.
The oat milk and banana business hits the fundraising trail for a one-off capital injection to support an export drive.
Peter Simmons joins the private equity-backed plant-based food manufacturer “to lead the team and business into the next chapter”.
The company says the numbers do not stack up to continue investment in the current environment.
Could edible packaging and potato milk soon be hitting the market in New Zealand?
Dr Debashree Roy from the Riddet Institute at Massey University has won the Falling Walls Lab Aotearoa New Zealand competition.
Eat Kinda has a new flavour going into Hell Pizza, Taranaki Bio Extracts launches a B2B ingredients range, and Garage Project adds a better-for-you beer.
A growing ideological divide over the environment means traditional ways of encouraging people to eat plant-based meat – promoting its green credentials – could be harming sales.
The food ingredients giant is teaming up with Australian oat specialist Unigrain to drive “an ambitious growth plan” in the plant-based category in Asia Pacific.
Vow Group chief executive and co-founder George Peppou and Food Standards Australia New Zealand principal toxicologist and risk assessor Dr Nick Fletcher are key speakers at the upcoming AltProteins 23 conference.
Sweet new releases from nut butter companies Forty Thieves and Fix & Fogg, which collabs with Cookie Time, while dairy-free darling Angel Food adds a feta to its line-up.
A new study from the Riddet Institute has provided the first real comparison of the bioavailability of naturally occurring vitamins between animal and plant-based foods.
The Supreme Winner of the third annual Vegan Society Vegan Cheese Awards was Sonntag’s Cumin Gouda Style.
The proposed $50m oat milk factory slated for Southland now looks likely to be built in Canterbury with broader plant-milk ambitions.
New Zealand’s plant-based cheese manufacturer Angel Foods has completed its latest fundraise.
Growing demand for alternative proteins in Asia presents an emerging export opportunity for New Zealand manufacturers, according to a new report.
Registrations are now open for the third annual Vegan Society Cheese Awards.
The plant-based venture is scouting for a foothold in what is perceived to be a less competitive NZ market, as grocery gets streamlined at home.
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The co-founder of the cell-based seafood startup says the venture has hit roadblocks, requiring more patience from consumers and a lot more money from investors.
One of the original players in New Zealand’s plant-based food scene is undertaking its third crowdfunding raise to support its expansion into export markets.
Christchurch plant-based manufacturer Grater Goods has raised $399,300 in a fundraising round that had a maximum target of $1.5m.
The hunt for the best vegan sausage in Aotearoa is underway, with entries opening for what is the fifth annual Vegan Sausage Awards.
A vegan meal topper and sauce company has its sights set on an expansion to NZ, and is gearing up to raise investment to support its growth plan.
The Australian plant-based manufacturer of Flora appoints a new sales and distribution partner in NZ as it embarks on the “next phase of its journey” in Aotearoa.
Raglan Food Co has named the winner of its first Vibe Lifter Award – a community programme the plant-based manufacturer introduced as part of its move to become a climate-positive business.
Christchurch plant-based manufacturer Grater Goods has opened its $1.5m capital raise.
Plant-based food manufacturer Raglan Food Co has secured a listing with nationwide retailer Bunnings to sell its upcycled braziers.
Impossible Foods has stopped using genetically modified soy as its main ingredient in its Impossible Burger product exported to New Zealand and Australia, says GE-Free NZ.
Mind Your Temper ‘Speculoos’ And Lucid ‘Chuncho’ have both won the supreme prize at the 2023 Vegan Chocolate Awards.
The Vegan Society Aotearoa will hold its second annual Vegan Chocolate Awards in Auckland today.
“We are ready for the next level up,” co-founder Tesh Randall says of the B-Corp, which is aiming to join an exclusive group of Kiwi businesses.
Alt-meat sales were flat but plant-based milk continued to grow and new categories like salmon and schnitzel emerged.
Entries are open for the second annual Vegan Chocolate Awards, run by The Vegan Society Aotearoa.
Auckland’s Free Flow Manufacturing has beaten Southland to the punch, with plans to open NZ’s first dedicated plant-based milk manufacturing facility in Q4.
The plant-based desserts venture will use some of the funding on export pilots for the US and Australia.
The precision fermentation start-up closes an oversubscribed funding round backed by fellow alt-diary specialist and Raglan Food co-founder Latesha Randall.
Christchurch plant-based manufacturer Grater Goods is looking to scale up manufacturing to expand in NZ and make a move into Australia.
The Sanitarium sister company is recalling 21 products containing imported tahini across three brands because of a risk of salmonella.
A US patent recently granted to plant-based startup Perfect Day has been challenged by an anonymous petitioner.
Global investors have lined up behind the Australian alt-meat startup’s $13m series A round, despite a cool-down rippling through the plant-based meat sector.
“The investment will help us grow our presence in the NZ market and hit some of the milestones we want to achieve this year,” says co-founder Mrinali Kumar.
Growing oats for milk in NZ uses less land and produces fewer greenhouse emissions than a traditional dairy system, but is also less profitable, according to a new study.
An oat breeding programme led by Plant Research is the inaugural recipient of research funds from Otis Oat Milk’s 1% Fund.
The company formerly known as Berkano Foods also picks up new national foodservice contracts for its alt-meat products.
The Auckland company is trialling production of its plant-based butter in South America.
A deal with Moore Wilson’s sees the Christchurch startup enter the North Island in its push to convert consumers to vegan desserts.
Fonterra’s global managing director of foodservice has left the dairy co-operative to take charge of setting up the proposed $60m Southland oat milk factory.
New Zealanders are ordering plant-based takeaways in growing numbers, according to aggregator and delivery service Menulog.
The fifth annual Vegan Pie Awards are taking place 31 October at plant-based restaurant The Butcher’s Son in Auckland.
The startup aims to challenge New Zealand’s food system through its plant-based products, developed with a ‘global-from-day-one’ mindset.
Sustainable Foods has been named the 2022 Electra Kāpiti & Horowhenua Business of the Year.
Massey University student Mrinali Kumar has been feted at the 2022 KiwiNet Awards for her proposed cauliflower-based ice-cream product project, Is it ice cream? Yeah, Kinda.
The Auckland beverage business has a new part-owner, expanded to Australia, and is growing its brand beyond plant milk.
Food waste impacts the whole of society, including the field of alternative protein. Nick Cooney, managing partner of Lever VC, explains how companies and investors in the space aim to tackle the global problem.
Plant-based food venture VV Mylk is part of the four-strong line-up participating at the Rotorua Pitch Night on 28 September.
The US investor wrote the first cheque into Impossible Foods and led a $22m Series A in a Kiwi venture – what is it looking for and why NZ?
New Wellington restaurant Chaat Street has taken out the Garage Project presents Burger Wellington competition with its vegetarian Dabeli offering.
Are plant-based beverages and bovine milk nutritionally similar?
The dairy industry is on the cusp of change with global giants like Fonterra looking to develop fermentation-derived proteins and synthetic milk starting to arrive.
The plant-based food manufacturer is looking for investors to back both its short and long-term growth ambitions.
Many consumers believe fake meats are better for health and the environment, but is that true? The view from across the ditch.
The supreme gong at this year’s Vegan Cheese Awards went to Casheta by Savour, a cashew-based feta-style vegan cheese.
The race is on for NZ Functional Foods to sign up high net worth, institutional, and ESG investors to fund the balance of its $60m oat milk factory.
“Nobody else knows the biochemistry of milk as well as our ecosystem does,” says precision fermentation startup co-founder Irina Miller.
Booster has added a stake in CellCo to its Booster Innovation Fund portfolio.
Investing into the alternative protein sector could save more carbon emissions than decarbonising 95% of the aviation sector, says BCG.
Will the $6m Regional Strategic Partnership Fund investment be the catalyst for the $50m NZ Functional Food project to move forward?
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to allow phytosterols, phytostanols or their esters – plant sterols – to be added as a novel food to plant-based milk alternatives.
Registrations are now open for the annual Vegan Society Cheese Awards.
Startup SuperPro has already engaged with plant-based food firms including Off Piste Provisions and Boring Oat milk about potential NPD.
Sustainable Foods’ plant-based brand Plan*t has taken out the supreme award at this year’s Vegan Sausage Awards for its sage and onion sausage.
The fourth annual New Zealand Vegan Sausage Awards take place tomorrow Friday 17 June with vegan news anchor, Mike McRoberts, lined up as the celebrity judge.
Fermented drinks and canned flavoured oat milk have come out of an NPD drive at the firm, which looks likely to exit the functional beverage space.
ComCom finds the acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any New Zealand market.
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Entries are now open for the 2022 Vegan Sausage Awards, which take place on 17th June, at the plant-based restaurant The Butcher’s Son.
Australia and New Zealand’s first alternative proteins conference, AltProteins, takes place in Melbourne today.
Ten start-up and early stage ventures are in the running to bag national distribution with Foodstuffs – with a strong showing from plant-based products.
Impossible Foods says a complaint made to the Commerce Commission over the labelling of its plant-based burger product is wrong.
The watchdog fears Life Health Foods’ proposed takeover of plant-based rival Chalmers Organics will substantially lessen competition.
Boring Oat Milk’s Morgan Maw is casting her eye around international markets to assess the next move for what is New Zealand’s first fully domestically manufactured oat milk.
Chocolate makers from all over the world entered the Vegan Society Aotearoa’s first Vegan Chocolate Awards with the hope of becoming a winner in one of seven categories.
“We’re not going to disrupt the market or build market share by offering a ‘me-too’ product at the same price,” says Berkano co-founder Nicholas Harlow.
Alternative protein trends could promote a global transformation in the seafood industry, according to GFI.
“What’s really needed is to transform our whole food systems, not the product,” according to IPES-Food.
Investors include Rocket Lab-backer Khosla Ventures, a new Ngāi Tahu vehicle, and Kiwi-born US-based NBA star Steven Adams.
One of the biggest individual contributions people can make is eating a diet rich in plant-based food, with moderate intake of meat and dairy.
Registration has opened for the Vegan Society Aotearoa’s inaugural Chocolate Awards.
Investments in ventures like Raglan Food Co and Sustainable Foods are a vote of confidence in New Zealand’s burgeoning plant-based sector.
Pioneer brings capital and connections to support Raglan Food’s vision to be leader in plant-based products.
Alternative protein player Sustainable Foods has closed its capital raise reaching a total of $2.15m.
An investor takes a multimillion-dollar majority stake in Sebastian Walter and Latesha Randall’s plant-based venture.
Hawke’s Bay-based plant milk producer Kabocha Milk Co has won two awards at the the 2022 World Food Innovations in London.
Pizza chain Hell has launched an Impossible Burger Pizza 2.0 using plant-based food company Impossible Food’s beef product.
Clement is taking his dairy experience to a plant-based challenger entering the export market.
The competition watchdog flags concerns over Life Health Foods’ proposed takeover of plant-based rival Chalmers Organics.
The venture uses molecular farming technology to cut the cows out of protein production.
Impossible Burger Patties go on sale at supermarkets across ANZ, while My Food Bag takes alt-protein offering Plan*t national.
Halfback TJ Perenara makes a “significant and material” investment in the plant-based business.
Is plant-based meat cooling off? The Financial Times takes a look.
Fonterra-owned Anchor has launched its plant-based milk bottles in supermarkets in the South Island.
The Commerce Commission is considering an application by Life Health Foods NZ to purchase 100% of meat alternative manufacturer Chalmers Organics.
Are NFTs an opportunity for food and beverage firms? Kristina Ivanova’s plant-based snack maker jumps in.
The Northland business is on track to complete a pre-seed fundraising round that will help it ramp up production and increase direct sales.
The global retail giant moved to a more locally-sourced and plant-based menu across the ditch.
The supreme winner of the NZ Food Awards wants to keep pushing product boundaries and bringing people into the fermentation fold.
The purpose-led company commits to being a customer of New Zealand’s first purpose-built oat milk processing factory.
The plant-based giant arrives in NZ and tells the Ticker how it plans to make an impact on the market.
The funds will be ploughed into scale-up for a US foodservice launch of animal-free mozzarella next year.
The pilot project aims to enable locally grown hemp food products to compete with imported goods.
Irina Miller’s foodtech startup is seeking to develop alternative dairy proteins for a new generation of vegan foods.
The fermented foods firm is looking to strengthen its domestic position with a drive into a nascent plant-based healthy food chiller category.
Milk 2.0 has overhauled Natural Abundance’s portfolio and built up distribution after buying the snack company.
The company is exploring a licensing deal as it looks to leverage New Zealand’s global reputation for dairy products.
The hemp meat trailblazer is looking to drive growth both here and overseas.
The pandemic has delivered the supplement and health food firm new consumers who have pushed up global revenue by 50%.
Investor and customer interest is being lined up for the $50m Southland oat milk factory, keeping it on track for a 2022 opening.
KitKat V will be on New Zealand shop shelves from October 11 for a limited time.
Pavé clinches the contract to manage New Zealand sales for the plant-milk giant in the fast-growing category.
Shrimps, eggs, and Cadbury Dairy Milk are the latest products to get a plant-based overhaul by the FMCG behemoths.
Raglan Food Co has launched into the Pacific Islands and is eyeing entry into the Middle East with grocery heavyweight Spinneys following expansion in Asia.
The business will mainly become a supplier of the superfood crop after finding it “really tough” getting traction with supermarkets.
The plant-based milk business will ring-fence 1% of sales revenue to invest into making oats a “viable and exciting” alternative for farmers to grow.
The Wellington food firm establishes the hub to foster NZ’s plant-based sector after taking over a former Fonterra factory.
Icehouse Ventures, Hillfarrance Scout Fund and ArcAngels back Christchurch plant-based startup.
Australian alt-meat success story Fable Food is partnering with local specialist Sustainable Foods to enter NZ.
A New Zealand chef who pioneered the development of avocado milk has teamed up with a buttercup squash grower to develop a new plant-milk destined for export markets in Asia.
The Raglan Food Co is one of three New Zealand companies who made the inaugural Forbes Asia 100 to Watch.
Miranda Burdon’s Food Nation is one of fifty small- and medium-sized food enterprises from around the world named Best Small Businesses by the United Nations.
US food-tech company Ripple Foods collected $549,450 from New Zealand wholesale investors in its oversubscribed $55m fundraising round.
New Zealand’s newest oat milk venture heads offshore to meet local demand as it waits for the proposed $50m Southland production facility.
Plant Research would this summer enter the final stages of development and multiplication of chickpea and soy varieties developed specifically for New Zealand’s maritime environment.
New Zealand medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp start-up Greenfern Industries has appointed Brent King as its independent non-executive chair.
The Vegan Society’s inaugural vegan cheeses awards attracted more than 30 entries from New Zealand plant-based cheese makers.
The ultra-processed nature and long ingredient list of some plant-based burgers means they may not be as healthy as some expect, writes a nutritional biochemist.
Who ate all the pies? Non-meat eaters are changing the market and helping to drive innovation and new products, says Goodtime Pie Co.
The seven-year old company formerly known as Raglan Coconut Yoghurt is on a mission to change the world one plant-based product at a time.
From established names like chocolatier Whittaker’s and honey specialist Comvita through to hemp meat trailblazer, Plan*t, NZ food producers have been recognised in a raft of awards this week – but not always for their food.
The plant-based startup is seeking investment as it targets annual sales of $1.2m after fielding enquiries from overseas.
A not-too-distant future where food manufacturers sell products straight to doctors or producers are paid based on nutrition has been mooted in new research that peers into the future of the sector to 2040.
UK plant-based meat maker Meatless Farm has launched a £5m ($9.9m) crowdfunding campaign with retail investors able to buy in for just £10.
Global confectionery giant Nestlé is launching a plant-based alternative to its iconic KitKat chocolate bar into the international market.
Miranda Burdon’s Food Nation is continuing to pump out new products and secure new sales partnership, most latterly securing a deal with Air New Zealand.
The plant-based brand has snapped up shelf space and is preparing to expand further with new products and partnerships.
Fermented foods company Living Goodness is looking to expand its current range of sauerkraut, slaw and kimchi by moving into the sauce and dip categories.
After a spike in demand during lockdown, the trend to add plant-based product to shopping carts is continuing into 2021.
Sustainable Foods is planning to have Plan*t products in Australia and Asia by the end of the year.
After dipping its toe into the meatless market, Burger King is going full veg with the opening – albeit temporarily – of an all-plant-based restaurant in Germany.
The Swedish oat milk company has become the latest plant-based IPO sensation in the US.
Greenfern Industries has been named New Zealand’s first Toitū carbonzero certified medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp company.
But we do need to think about food quite differently, says Food Nation’s co-founder.
MPI is seeking more applicants from the food sector for SFF Futures funding.
Nestlé’s Launch of Wunda pea milk in Europe follows Coca-Cola expanding into oat milk in the US.
Aotearoa risks being left behind by its international peers in the increasingly competitive emerging protein sector.
Southlander Justin Riley returns home to bring forward Great South’s oat initiative.
Transformational changes to the global food system often come with strings attached, according to Riddet Institute researchers.
Higher margin evidence-based health and wellness products present a huge opportunity to change the value of New Zealand’s agriculture and food sectors.
An investment bank has been appointed to marshal growing investor interest in the $50m Southland venture.
The phenomenal rise of the Swedish oatmilk juggernaut is detailed ahead of a potential $10bn listing on the NYSE.
Hot on the heels of Asia, Impossible Foods is now preparing to enter Australia and NZ with its plant-based meat products.
A new plant-based ice cream is one of five business start-ups moving through to the final stage of Venture Taranaki’s business accelerator, the PowerUp Ideas Competition.
For the third consecutive year, the growth in sales of plant-based meat, dairy and eggs in the US outpaced conventional animal product sales.
New Zealand food tech company Ārepa has clinched a deal to supply its smart drinks to BP petrol stations.