Israel is known as Startup Nation. A major factor in Startup Nation are firms that develop alternates to meat and dairy that taste and smell just like the same thing. Here are the top 8 stories about such firms from the past year.
SavorEat Teams With Sodexo For Printed Meats
SavorEat, an Israeli food-tech firm which offers plant based alternatives to meat, has signed a collaboration with Sodexo, a French food services and facilities management company, to carry out a pilot of its Robot Chef food 3D printer at select universities in America beginning in 2022. They plan to offer gluten-free, kosher and vegan products.
SavorEat boasts that it is all about creating the perfect plant-based products. It states that its meatless product is “created and cooked by a robot chef according to your exact preference, all at the touch of a button. Sounds futuristic? It’s already here.”
Aleph farms Raises $105 Million
Israeli meat alternative company Aleph Farms has a new initiative to eventually produce its products on Mars. The program is called Aleph Zero and is intended to produce non-GMO cells anywhere and in any environment.
In this way the production of its meat alternative will not be affected by the environment nor in any way have an impact on Earth’s environment.
To achieve its goal, Aleph Farms has entered into a strategic partnerships with technology companies and space agencies for long term collaborative research and development contracts.
In July, Aleph Farms raised a whopping $105 million in a Series B funding round led by the Growth Fund of L Catterton and DisruptAD. DisruptAD is a venture capital firm based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. So this investment in Aleph Farms marked yet another business success to come out of the Abraham Accords, which were signed by Israel with the UAE and Bahrain a year ago.
Israel’s Yofix Probiotics Offers Plant Based Dairy Alternatives
Yofix is yet another Israeli startup that works on providing natural alternatives to animal-based food products. In this case, Yofix develops dairy alternatives from plants. Yofix Probiotics, Ltd., has concluded an extended series-A round of investment from new key investors Germany-based Müller Ventures, AG; the French Bel Group; and LionTree Partners LLC, based in the US. This brings Yofix’s total investment to date to $2.5 million.
Yofix Probiotics LTD. develops and manufactures dairy and soy-free fermented plant-based pre and pro-biotic foods. Their products, are clean label and have no artificial ingredients or preservatives added. The company only uses cereals, lentils, grains and seeds.
SuperMeat Opens The Chicken, a Restaurant To Showcase Its Chicken Alternative
Israeli startup SuperMeat, which offers a vegetarian chicken meat grown directly from chicken cells, has opened its own restaurant to showcase the company’s products. Called simply The Chicken, the new restaurant is located in Ness Ziona. Near Tel Aviv.
SuperMeat is one of many Startup Nation firms, like Zero Egg and Aleph Farms, which are innovating green tech to produce healthier and more eco-friendly foods.
Israeli startup Zero Egg produces an egg alternative made from plants for foodservice and food manufacturers. The company asserts that its product tastes, looks, and functions like a real egg.
The company just brought in $5 million in Series A funding ound led by Powerplant Ventures, and joined by existing investors Unovis Asset Management-New Crop Capital and Strauss Group-The Kitchen Hub.
So you may be thinking that this is only something for vegans. After all, who else never eats eggs? At most people avoid eating them for health reasons, but they do not go to the trouble of avoiding any product which includes some kind of egg extract.
And think about all of the products which include eggs. So many cake and cookie recipes require eggs. So it is not surprising that just about all packaged pastries have eggs in them.
And eggs are also a main ingredient in many fast foods.
Israel’s Redefine Meat Makes 3D Steaks
Redefine Meat is one of a number of Israeli startups moving forward in providing the technology necessary to give the world viable meat alternatives. It does so by way of 3D printing technology. The company raised $29 million in a Series A round of funding in February.
Established in 2018, Redefine Meat applies its proprietary 3D printing technology, meat digital modeling, and advanced food formulations to produce animal-free meat with the “appearance, texture and flavor of whole muscle meat.”