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    Snippets

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    Startup of the day

    Next Gen Foods, Singapore

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    Source: NextGen

    What’s the deal: Launched in 2020, Next Gen Foods has developed a unique, natural plant-based food called TiNDLE™, which replicates the versatility and taste of real chicken.

    Initially, with $10M, it raised the largest seed funding ever in the plant-based food industry, and now the round totals $30M.

    Underlying trends: Plant-based Meat, FoodTech

    Why it matters: According to statistics, the global plant-based protein market is expected to reach $23B by 2027, as people increasingly adopt veganism.

    The startup claims to offer high-fiber, high-protein, low-carb, and naturally cholesterol-free products. With a lower saturated fat and sodium content than market alternatives, TiNDLE™ meets all the relevant nutritional guidelines.

    Next Gen Foods already supplies more than 70 locations in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau. It is now beginning to penetrate the US market, collaborating with food services in different cities.

    Our take: Large numbers of startups are developing innovative plant-based alternatives as the industry becomes a popular target for venture capitalists.

    Next Gen Foods has marked its territory in Asia, but in the US it faces rivalry from companies like Panda Express, Beyond Meat, and Daring. It will have to find a meaningful way to not only expand its retail footprint but improve taste and texture as well.

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