New vegan startup Seattle Food Tech (SFT) recently announced plans to boost the capability of vegan meat companies to scale production to outpace that of animal agriculture. In a recent interview with media outlet Foodnavigator, SFT CEO Christine Lagally—the former senior scientist at food advocacy firm Good Food Institute—explained the startup’s plan to “catapult” the production of plant-based foods to reach price parity with animal products. “We’ve been commercially manufacturing plant-based meat replacements for more than a hundred years, but the industry as a whole still lacks scale and efficiency,” Lagally said. “The meat industry has really innovated around production technology, but plant-based brands have focused more on making their products palatable and functional, and some of them have done a really great job in recent years. We want to design the machinery and associated facilities to produce these products at scale.” SFT raised $1 million in funding in April and is developing its own plant-based meats such as chicken nuggets with the aim of distributing its products to schools and hospitals by the end of 2018.
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