food and drink

Odyssey’s products tap into the health benefits of Lions Mane and Cordyceps mushrooms to produce an energy drink that provides cognitive clarity and focus. 

Functional beverage startup Odyssey grabs $6M to accelerate energy drink growth

The functional beverage market is indeed “exploding:” Cure continues to have about 60% penetration in e-commerce, and outpaced first-quarter 2022 growth by 121%.

Hydration brand Cure mixes new funding into its growth plans

Its technology is a way to grow and control cells without the need for any of those expensive recombinant proteins for cell production.

Cultured meat startup Prolific Machines unveils its ‘Henry Ford approach’ to cell growth

Starbucks is today officially introducing Starbucks Odyssey, launching later this year — the coffee chain’s first foray into building with web3 technology. The new experience combines the company’s successful Starbucks…

Starbucks details its blockchain-based loyalty platform and NFT community, Starbucks Odyssey

The company, using precision fermentation to create “nature-identical” chicken, beef, fish and other meat proteins, intends to be commercially ready in two years.

Bond Pet Foods enters meat proteins phase with $17.5M Series A

Fermentation has a long, rich history in food production, from beer and wine to yogurt and cheese, leavened bread and coffee, miso and tempeh, sauerkraut and kimchi, to name just…

Solar Foods wants to replace industrial animal farming with a high-tech protein harvest

Alternative protein startup SIMULATE, known for its NUGGS and TENDERS, is introducing two new versions of its plant-based, simulated chicken product aimed at restaurants.

SIMULATE targets restaurants with new simulated chicken products

Planted, a Swiss startup that’s cooking up alternative proteins using biostructuring and fermentation to serve “clean” cuts of vegan meat — such as the plant-based chicken breast plated up above…

Planted gets $72M to put whole cuts of vegan chicken on Europe’s menu

Mermade Seafoods’ circular approach uses biowaste to feed algae, which is then used as the growth media to feed the cells. The company calls this interpretation of aquaponics “cytoponics.”

Mermade Seafoods swims in cell agriculture waters to make cultivated scallops

Lumachain’s goal is to solve some of the global meat industry’s key challenges, including employee shortages and supply chain disruptions.

Lumachain, using computer vision to transform meat production, bites into new capital

A problem has always existed in drive-thrus, but the technology has “never existed to solve the problem and is still not there 100%,” according to ConverseNow CEO Vinay Shukla.

ConverseNow expands its drive-thru ordering tech as it bags another $10M

Aero Technologies, which describes itself as a “next-generation air travel company” which currently operates on a limited number of routes in the U.S. and Europe, today announced that it has…

Aero raises $65M for its semi-private airline

China is a notoriously difficult market for international startups to crack, but one company seems to have found the recipe for wooing the country’s picky consumers. Three years after Eat…

Eat Just bags $25M, gets Alibaba’s help to sell alternative protein in China

The company’s three-pronged technology includes creating ideal environment for the shrimp, remote operations management and AI-powered automation to monitor and feed them.

Your future shrimp meal could come from Atarraya’s farming technology

Starbucks will unveil its web3 initiative, which includes coffee-themed NFTs, at next month’s Investor Day event. The company earlier this year announced its plans to enter the web3 space, noting…

Starbucks to unveil its web3-based rewards program next month

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Pink Sauce went viral on TikTok. But then it exploded (literally).

Over the last month, a chef in Miami has been taking over TikTok with her signature product: Pink Sauce. Carly Pii, who uses the handle @chef.pii, posted a series of videos promoting her homemade condiment, drizzling egregious pools of deep magenta dressing atop gyros, fried chicken, french fries and tacos. Notoriously close-lipped about what her…

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Pink Sauce went viral on TikTok. But then it exploded (literally).

After five years of research, Meati Foods is poised to begin shipping its plant-based meat product later this year.

Meati Foods sinks teeth into $150M to expand its mushroom-root meat operations

The company’s pilot program showed that farms are able to generate 10 to 20 times more protein per acre and use five to 10 times less water than other crops,…

Fyto combines automation, robotics so aquatic ‘superplants’ can grow almost anywhere

The company’s ice cream mix is the base for Smashburger’s new non-dairy milkshakes, representing “the first nationally available non-dairy milkshakes at a fast-casual restaurant chain.”

Eclipse Foods isn’t out to substitute dairy — it’s on a mission to replace it

Saltalk, a virtual kitchen and e-commerce platform, closed on $8 million of Series A financing to continue developing its one-two punch of authentic cuisine, made by both restaurant chefs and…

Saltalk turns up the heat on its virtual kitchen following new $8M cash infusion

The salad days are over for many startups in the online food delivery sector. Following a long period of cash injections, splashy and high-profile promotions, and interesting experiments toying with…

Rohlik bags $231M despite the market cooling on food delivery startups

The technology is not “new,” but what has industry followers so excited is the potential for better-quality, more-cost-effective proteins compared to animal-based counterparts.

Investors salivate over food tech companies perfecting precision fermentation

Gaining a place on retail shelves is just the start to Magic Spoon’s plan to evolve into an omnichannel brand that eventually goes beyond the cereal box.

Cereal maker Magic Spoon scoops up $85M as it lands spot on Target shelves

The company’s first product, UnReal Milk, is “real” whole milk created using mammalian cell culture technology.

Brown Foods ushers in new age of dairy, raises a ‘latte’ money for cowless cow’s milk

The company is using both plant-based and real cultivated beef cells in its approach to grow meat from animal cells at large-scale and more affordably.

Andreessen Horowitz backs SCiFi Foods as it develops cell-cultivated, plant-based burger

Joywell uses a proprietary microbial fermentation process to produce sweet proteins that are nearly identical to those found in exotic fruits and berries.

Joywell Foods raises $25M to bring sweet proteins to market

She will also be featured in a new campaign touting her recipes for using Beyond Meat and other creative content.

Kim Kardashian lends her taste buds to Beyond Meat as first chief taste consultant

The company’s technology is a kitchen productivity tool that focuses on core recipe data, and the purchasing and inventory aspects stem from that.

Galley Solutions turns kitchen chaos into recipe for streamlined operations

Would you like an NFT with your Starbucks latte? The coffee giant this week announced its plans to enter the web3 space with the launch of its own NFT collection…

Starbucks to launch NFTs this year, offering access to ‘unique experiences and benefits’

The company is squeezing new potential from a growing, but crowded enhanced water category.

Two years after Lemon Perfect was spotted in Beyoncé’s limo, the superstar is now a backer