In the midst of the pandemic and financial uncertainty, global industry leaders like Oatly, Perfect Day, and Beyond Meat are going from strength to strength. Meanwhile, 2020 may well be the staging ground for plant-based meat in the Indian market as this month saw exciting forays from all corners (including Bollywood!) If we’re going to build a thriving sector from the ground up, though, we’ll need the kind of visionary stewardship that countries like the Netherlands and Israel are providing. This month’s Smart Protein Insights covers all this and more - read on to find out about how the India Smart Protein Innovation Challenge is going, about an excellent (and punny) new seafood research resource from GFI, and KFC’s plant-based and possibly cultivated future?
At GFI India we are laser focused on building an ecosystem. If we do this successfully in India it will be a model for other low and middle income countries to follow, to build a resilient protein supply. This month, we launched our Smart Protein Challenge to inspire a generation of scientific and entrepreneurial talent. News from around the world in this sector includes the work done by our colleagues in APAC to launch a list of innovators in (ex-India) Asia, while the Canadian federal government and the EU made promising strides. Read all this and much more in our June newsletter.
In the midst of a pandemic, signs of hope for a more resilient food system emerge. GFI’s State of the Industry Reports on plant-based and cultivated foods show record investment in these categories, with the U.S. leading the way. GFI India announced its partnership with AAK to build a launchpad for smart protein. Indian startups, Evo Foods and Mister Veg were accepted into incubators and garnered investments. All this and much more in our May newsletter.
This month's Smart Protein Insights newsletter contains the usual letter from the Managing Director's desk as well as a slew of our GFIdeas India Webinars which are now weekly! This edition includes some exciting opportunities for innovators and researchers from the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) as well as from FoodShot Global. You can read all this and more in our monthly missive.
This month's Smart Protein Insights newsletter features a letter from the Managing Director's desk about why it is clearer than ever that we need to fundamentally rethink global protein supply chains as the world grapples with COVID-19 pandemic. It also features a blog post from our GFI founder Bruce Friedrich about his India trip, the GFI U.S. Plant-based Market Overview which pegs the grocery sales of plant-based foods in the last two years to $5 billion and our First GFIdeas India Webinar, along with What we are reading and In case you missed Us.
Our very first newsletter. This month's Smart Protein Insights contains a letter from the Managing Director's desk, with Varun Deshpande writing about the year that was and what we hope to achieve this year, the Future of Protein Summit highlights, our article for IPGA on the occasion of World Pulses Day focusing the attention on pulse protein's tremendous promise to power the global plant-protein revolution and our What We Are Reading recommendation list as well as the list of events GFI was at.