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Chickpea Startup Gets $8 Million Capital Boost

Plant-protein company Nutriati received a sizable investment from firms in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Virginia to help bring its in-demand products to market.

Canadian food ingredient firm Nutriati Food Solutions, Inc. closed an $8 million capital funding round last week. The round was led by London-based investment firm Tate & Lyle and included capital input from several US-based firms such as Powerplant Ventures, NRV, and Blueberry Ventures. Nutriati specializes in high-protein chickpea-based food ingredients (including flour and concentrates) that can be used in formulations for baked goods, pasta, snacks, and drinks. “The plant-based protein market has been expanding rapidly in recent years, and demand for non-soy, non-dairy, and gluten-free proteins has been particularly strong,” Tate & Lyle Ventures’ Managing Partner David Atkinson said. “We are pleased to work with Nutriati to introduce the next generation of [the] novel plant ingredient.” Israel-based company CHiCK.P is also looking to tap into the lucrative plant-based protein market with its chickpea ingredients that founder Ram Reifen, MD estimates will amount to $300 million in revenue in the next five years.

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NYC All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Fest Offers Vegan Scoops

Three-day festival Scooper Bowl in Bryant Park will treat guests to ice cream of every variety, including dairy-free scoops from Van Leeuwen, Ben & Jerry's, and Häagen-Dazs.
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Animal Ag Companies Fined $29M for Destroying Amazon

The government of Brazil slapped a hefty fine on feed suppliers to meat and dairy companies that sell to McDonald's, Burger King, and Walmart for destroying the country's biodiverse Cerrado region for profit.
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Moby Retires from Touring to Focus on Activism

…and to make vegan smoothies every morning after waking up in his own bed.
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UK Version of Beyond Burger Expands Across London

British vegan brand Moving Mountains expands its B12 burger to five locations of meat-centric chain Dirty Bones—where it will be served topped with vegan mac and cheese.
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Legendary Canadian Rugby Player Starts Vegan Cheese Brand

Nick Blevins' vegan lifestyle improved his performance on the field so much that he established a plant-based cheese and yogurt company to educate others on the benefits of plants.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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