Lab-fermented chocolate, coffee cookie cups, Apeel Sciences raises $250M, LG Chem to build $2.2 bio-buildings and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of August 27th

August 26, 2021 |

Chocolate without the cocoa bean? We’ve covered beef without the cow, dairy without the cow, pork without the pig, lab-grown lamb and fish, bioprinted meat, even food made out of thin air. But now we’ve got a no-cocoa chocolate in an effort to address the climate, child labor and human rights concerns surrounding the cocoa industry. It’s made using precision fermentation to produce ingredients that together resemble the flavor of cocoa.

In today’s Digest, the sweet story of no-cocoa chocolate, edible coffee cookie cups now available in the UK’s Mancester City’s stadium, Oprah Winfrey and Katy Perry backing Apeel Sciences valued at over $2 billion, LG Chem’s $2.2 billion green materials complex, and more.

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