On the 13th of July, Vevolution’s Plant-Based Business Bootcamp is returning for the second year. We welcome entrepreneurs that run plant-based, ethical businesses to the event, whether it be in the food sector, beauty, fashion, or beyond.
On the run up to the 13th, we want to celebrate as many plant-powered companies as possible. And a space in the vegan world that we think is doing extra amazing at the moment, is alternatives to animal products, e.g. dairy-free cheese, fishless fish, cell-based meat etc.!
Here’s a list of a few innovative businesses, on the scene right now, that are bringing out some incredible vegan replacements.
Overfishing is one of the biggest threats to our seas and their inhabitants. Over just 40 years there has been a decrease recorded in marine species of 39%… Figures like this are part of the reason why brilliant entrepreneurs are coming up with businesses like F-ish. Moko Sellars is the founder of this plant-based business, and she sells alternatives to fish and seafood. She first tested out the creations at her vegan supper club events, and realised that they were a hit! Plant-based fish and seafood alternatives are really becoming popular, and there’s certainly a market for it.
You have likely heard a lot about Beyond Meat lately, and if you haven’t… Where have you been?! Beyond Meat are on a mission to create ‘The Future of Protein’, by making meat alternatives made from simple plant-based ingredients. They aim to create a solution to the many issues that are created by animal agriculture, and they’re on the right track to be doing that! “Removing the animal from the protein production chain simultaneously and powerfully addresses four major problems attributable to livestock.” Beyond Meat shares soared on their first day of trading, and proved that plant-based is the future!
Kinda Co. was started up by self-confessed cheese addict, Ellie Brown. Ellie has spoken at a couple of Vevolution events in the past (click here for her talk at Topics: Food Innovation, and here for her talk at Topic Talks For Veganuary: Food Innovation), and inspired our audiences with the story of how she came to creating this award-winning dairy-free cheese business. Ellie started out her company in a tiny flat in Angel, and has now grown to a full commercial kitchen in East London with a small team.
If you’ve heard a lot about Beyond Meat, chances are, you’ve heard a lot about Impossible Foods too! These two businesses are doing similar things in the plant-based meat world, and although they’re competitors it’s still great to see vegan businesses showing up so much in mainstream media. “Using animals to make meat is a prehistoric and destructive technology”. One Impossible Burger (instead of one made from cows) will save the equivalent of: 96% less land, 87% less water and 89% fewer emissions. Impossible have been partnering up with huge food companies, such as Little Caesars and Burger King - more proof that vegan food is undeniably in demand.
Good Catch Foods
Good Catch are self-confessed ‘culinary rebels with a cause’. The business was founded by Chris Kerr and Eric Schnell, and the founding chefs are Chad and Derek Sarno (the masterminds behind Wicked Healthy). The aim of Good Catch is to help preserve the ocean’s natural resources, whilst providing the population with plant-based protein options that are good enough to replace seafood. Fish is one of the most widely consumed animal protein on the planet, and it’s not easy to replicate; so innovative businesses like this are absolutely championing the ethical and sustainable movements.
Have you heard of cell-based meat yet? It’s a new food technology that can create any meat with animal cells and petri dishes. As you can probably guess yourself, it’s a controversial topic, and not widely accepted just yet. However, cell-based meat could really be the future of food. In 2016, Memphis Meats revealed that they created a meatball grown entirely in a lab - no livestock involved whatsoever. How incredible is that?
DO YOU OWN A PLANT-BASED BUSINESS?
The Plant-Based Business Bootcamp is back for its second year happening on Saturday 13th July at LUSH Studio in Soho, London. This event has been developed to give entrepreneurs new skills and insights needed to create a stand out plant-based business. It has been designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.