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FSA to launch lab-grown meat safety testing by autumn

The Grocer understands the agency plans to parachute scientists in to work alongside companies chosen to pilot a new ‘sandbox’ testing environment

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Heura turnover boosted by Waitrose listing in 2023

Plant-based brand Heura has boosted turnover by more than 20% to €38.3m (£32.8m) in 2023, helped by growth of 81% in the UK as its listing in Waitrose bolstered the Spanish-headquartered business

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New ‘dairy descriptor’ rules are anti-consumer and incoherent

Apparently, calling something ‘not milk’ or ‘an alternative to milk’ might mislead Brits into thinking it is in fact… milk, says Bryan Carroll, UK general manager of Oatly

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Beyond Meat shares rally as vegan brand plots higher prices and better margins

Shares in Beyond Meat have shot up by 45% as the plant-based foods group signalled a move to raise its prices and highlighted improving margins as a result of cost cutting

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Vegan Food Group acquires Germany’s TofuTown

TofuTown generates annual revenues of €60m (£51m) and makes all-natural, organic tofu, plant-based spreads and meat alternatives in one of Europe’s largest vegan factories

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Vegetarian Express to scale faster thanks to £15m NVM Private Equity investment

Plant-based ingredients supplier Vegetarian Express has secured a £15m investment in return for a controlling stake in the business from NVM Private Equity

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This preps crowdfunding campaign ahead of move to profitability

This is returning to the crowd for the final time ahead of a major funding round planned for later this year as it seeks to continuing supercharging growth and move into profitability

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Retailers shoot themselves in the foot supporting AHDB meat campaign

By signing up to Let’s Eat Balanced, retailers are flouting their own climate commitments and promises to their customers, says Liam Lysaght, campaigner for diets and climate change at Feedback Global

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Infinite Roots closes £46m round to build a ‘more sustainable and healthy food system’

Biotech firm Infinite Roots has closed a $58m (£45.5m) series B funding round as the business looks commercialise its technology and kickstart product launches worldwide

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Heather Mills strikes rescue deal for VBites

Heather Mills has bought the assets of her collapsed plant-based VBites empire from administrators in a rescue deal worth £1m, The Grocer can reveal

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Lab-grown meat set for green light under FSA plans

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will put forward options for a streamlined system of testing at its next meeting on 20 March

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VFC Foods eyes more acquisitions as it aims to become ‘vegan Unilever’

Veganuary founder Matthew Glover will be taking a more hands-on role at the group this year

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Myco appoints former VBites MD David Wood as new CEO

David Wood will take charge as the Darlington-based business ramps up production of its plant-based sustainable meat alternative at a purpose-built site in North Yorkshire

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My food & drink job: Dominic McCourt, Northfield Farm at Borough Market

‘I always wanted to be a rockstar, until I found out I have no rhythm and the sheep on the farm have a better singing voice than me’

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