Tag: San Francisco

Meek Mill, Emily Ratajkowski among investors in cultivated meat platform

Meek Mill, Emily Ratajkowski among investors in cultivated meat platform

September 19, 2022 |

In San Francisco, Prolific Machines has emerged from stealth mode and announced $42 million in funding for its scalable cultivated meat platform. Backers in the “massively oversubscribed” seed and Series A financings include a long list of major foodtech investors and celebrities.  The seed round was led by Arvind Gupta at Mayfield, the first investor […]

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Allbirds introduces sneaker using Natural Fiber Welding material

Allbirds introduces sneaker using Natural Fiber Welding material

September 19, 2022 |

In San Francisco, renewable footwear pioneer Allbirds has expanded its material slate into rice hulls and citrus peels with a new sneaker called Plant Pacer.  Available for $135, the vegan leather shoe is made with Mirum, an agricultural waste-based material produced by Natural Fiber Welding, an Illinois-based startup Allbirds invested $2 million in last year.  […]

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Coldplay-backed cultivated meat startup rebrands and raises $22 million

Coldplay-backed cultivated meat startup rebrands and raises $22 million

June 13, 2022 |

In San Francisco, a cultivated meat startup that counts rock group Coldplay among its investors has changed its name from Artemys Foods to SCiFi Foods and raised $22 million in a Series A funding round.  The company hopes to launch beef burgers made of both lab-grown cells and plant protein.  According to Green Queen, Andreessen […]

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Let them eat macarons: Animal-free egg whites to debut in demanding baking application

Let them eat macarons: Animal-free egg whites to debut in demanding baking application

March 28, 2022 |

In San Francisco, precision fermentation firm The EVERY Co. has unveiled animal-free egg whites and will soon prove their alternative’s “whipping and gelling” properties versus regular eggs via a partnership with a noted macaron maker.  According to The EVERY Co., EVERY EggWhite has the same height, foam stability, aeration and texture. Chantal Guillon, a San […]

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Bee-free honey maker generates buzz with $7.5 million fundraise

Bee-free honey maker generates buzz with $7.5 million fundraise

March 21, 2022 |

In San Francisco, bee-free honey startup MeliBio has raised $7.5 million to scale and commercialize its technology.  The company uses precision fermentation and plant science to manufacture honey. “We know that science can produce delicious and nutritious honey, which is molecularly identical to traditional honey, at no cost to our precious bees,” says honey industry […]

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DiCaprio, Downey Jr., and NBA Allstar invest in cultivated salmon producer

DiCaprio, Downey Jr., and NBA Allstar invest in cultivated salmon producer

February 28, 2022 |

In San Francisco, cultivated salmon producer Wildtype has raised $100 million in a series B funding as it works to build capacity and prepare for commercial launch in the US.  The round was led by L Catterton, and includes investments from Leonardo DiCaprio, Bezos Expeditions, Robert Downey Jr.’s FootPrint Coalition, NBA All-Star Blake Griffin, Temasek, […]

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Fungi leather brand raises $125 million, plans first production plant

Fungi leather brand raises $125 million, plans first production plant

January 17, 2022 |

In San Francisco, mycelium materials firm MycoWorks has raised $125 million in a series C financing, which it will use to expand production of leather alternatives for the fashion industry.  The company says it will build a plant in Union County, South Carolina, having validated the scalability of its Fine Mycelium process at a pilot […]

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Bee-lieve it: MeliBio set to launch fermentation-based honey

Bee-lieve it: MeliBio set to launch fermentation-based honey

October 4, 2021 |

In San Francisco, synthetic biology company MeliBio has held a private tasting event for what it claims to be the world’s first bee-free honey.  The Berkeley-based company produces honey molecularly identical to the yummy vomit generated by bees. Green Queen’s Alessandra Franco, who was among the lucky few to score a sample, said MeliBio’s product […]

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Biobased sneaker pioneer Allbirds files for IPO

Biobased sneaker pioneer Allbirds files for IPO

September 6, 2021 |

In San Francisco, sustainability-focused shoe brand Allbirds has filed for an initial public offering ahead of a large retail expansion.  The company, which is known for its trendy sneakers made of wool and other natural and recycled materials, has applied to list Class A common stock under the ticker BIRD on the Nasdaq.   The […]

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Old Navy introduces flip-flops produced from sugarcane

Old Navy introduces flip-flops produced from sugarcane

August 30, 2021 |

In San Francisco, the ubiquitous, no-frills Old Navy summer flip-flop is getting a renewable makeover thanks to EVA foam made from sugarcane.  On sale now for $4.99-$8.99, the flops are available in four styles—classic, T-strap, Jelly Criss-Cross and Jelly Slide. All feature an EVA outsole that is 51% sugarcane-based.   “These flip-flops are partially made from […]

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