California's Upside Foods said on Wednesday it received regulatory approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the label on its cell-cultivated chicken, making it the second company in the United States to secure that approval.
San Francisco-headquartered startup, Michroma, which uses fungal biofactories to produce natural food coloring and flavors, has amassed $6.4 million in a recent venture-backed seed round, and is currently in talks with consumer heavyweights, including Danone, Grupo Bimbo, and NotCo, to bring their sustainable products to the market over the next two years upon the FDA approval.
Santiago-based NotCo – a food tech company deploying a proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) platform called ‘Giuseppe’ to bring a new level of sophistication to the formulation of meat and dairy alternatives – has raised $70m in a series D1 round* led by Princeville Capital to build out a b2b platform enabling third parties to use its technology.
Microbial protein start-up Superbrewed Foods is joining San Francisco-based innovation platform Mista in a collaboration designed to increase exposure and develop Superbrewed’s fermented ingredient portfolio.
Brightseed itself is launching a pipeline of chemicals focused on three areas: metabolic health, cognitive function and gut health. Next up is a compound found in a plant—the founders won’t say which plant—that could help the body manage blood glucose levels, which might be used in conjunction with diabetes medication.
At a special dinner earlier this month, acclaimed chef Srijith Gopinathan served gnocchi with pine nuts, smoked kebabs and a Thai stir-fry with fragrant basil. There was one common ingredient tying all these dishes together: Mamu, a new alternative protein based on the roots of fungi.