If lab-grown food is ever to become a thing, the industry will need its own Elon Musk, who has revolutionized the electric car industry. That person just might be the actor Leonardo DiCaprio. | Reuters/Mario Anzuoni photo

Cultured meat needs an Elon Musk

Leonardo DiCaprio has just used his A-list magic powers by investing in two American cultured-meat startups, Aleph Farms and Mosa Meat. This is the same actor who invested in a vegetable protein company before the plant-based phenomenon was a thing. Beyond Meat is now worth more than US$8 billion. DiCaprio saw it coming before the […] Read more

A recent report from Protein Industries Canada highlights the country’s strengths in the plant-based food and ingredient sector, including a large land base, sustainable production practices and processing systems, and a reputation for providing safe, high-quality food. | File photo

Road map outlined for protein development

Protein Industries Canada wants the country to increase its sales of plant-based products to $25 billion a year by 2035

Protein Industries Canada has unveiled a new strategic plan aimed at increasing Canada’s global market share in the rapidly growing plant-based food and ingredient sector. PIC recently launched a sector road map that outlines key actions to help the industry reach its key growth objectives. Those objectives include increasing Canadian sales of plant-based foods, feeds […] Read more

New pea plant thrills growers

New pea plant thrills growers

Ground has been broken on Alberta’s first yellow pea wet fractionation plant. More Than Protein Ingredients Ltd. is building a $100 million facility in Bowden, Alta., that will produce protein, starch, fibre and feedstock molasses from the crop. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the summer or fall of 2023 and will […] Read more


An Israeli company hopes its new high-protein yellow pea variety can be registered next year and commercialized for 2023. | File photo

High-protein yellow pea almost ready

An Israeli crop-breeding firm is getting close to commercializing a high-protein yellow pea for the Canadian market. “We have lines that are around 30 percent more than you can find in the varieties that are grown now in North America,” said Avichai Amrad, project and partnership manager with Equinom. Those varieties just finished the first […] Read more

With a cell-cultured product, people can consume meat that is entirely lab grown. With a hybrid  product of cell-cultured and plant-based, consumers can get the taste and feel of real meat but with plant components added in. | Getty Images

Hybrid meat products on the rise

Food companies develop a new alternative to traditional meat that is a combination of cell cultured and plant based

Plant-based alternatives to meat have been increasing in popularity for years, but now a new product has hit markets — a hybrid of plant-based and cell-cultured meats. New Age Meats, based in California, recently announced $25 million for its first pork hybrid product, which it plans to start production on in 2022. Derin Alemi, director […] Read more


Belle Pulses, a family-owned pulse processing company based at Bellevue, Sask., has been sold to Eat Well Group Inc., a publicly traded investment company specializing in the acquisition of businesses involved in the agri-food, food technology and plant-based food sectors. | Screencap via bellepulses.ca

Ag investment company buys pulse processor

Belle Pulse founders Tony and Francis Gaudet of Saskatchewan will continue to manage the business for Eat Well Group

A well-known Saskatchewan pulse processing company has a new owner. Belle Pulses, a family-owned pulse processing company based at Bellevue, Sask., has been sold to Eat Well Group Inc., a publicly traded investment company specializing in the acquisition of businesses involved in the agri-food, food technology and plant-based food sectors. Eat Well acquired Belle Pulses […] Read more

An Israeli company hopes its new high-protein yellow pea variety can be registered next year and commercialized for 2023. | File photo

High-protein yellow pea almost ready

An Israeli crop-breeding firm is getting close to commercializing a high-protein yellow pea for the Canadian market. “We have lines that are around 30 percent more than you can find in the varieties that are grown now in North America,” said Avichai Amrad, project and partnership manager with Equinom. Those varieties just finished the first […] Read more

More Than Protein Ingredients Ltd. is building a $100 million facility in Bowden, Alta., that will produce protein, starch, fibre and feedstock molasses from yellow peas. | File photo

New pea plant thrills growers

Ground has been broken on Alberta’s first yellow pea wet fractionation plant. More Than Protein Ingredients Ltd. is building a $100 million facility in Bowden, Alta., that will produce protein, starch, fibre and feedstock molasses from the crop. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the summer or fall of 2023 and will […] Read more


The top priority for Pulse Canada is to develop a comprehensive strategy to “own the alternative protein space” and to be central to the United Nations’ push to transform food systems.  |  Robin Booker photo

What’s in a name? Success for pulses

Pulse Canada is attempting to knock down regulatory barriers that prevent the industry from realizing the full potential of the exploding demand for alternative proteins. Association president Greg Cherewyk told delegates attending the Global Pulse Confederation’s Ask the Experts North America webinar that 27 percent of all meat substitutes in the global packaged food market […] Read more

Pea protein is finding its way into milk alternatives, bread, snack bars, yoghurt, meat substitutes, ice cream, cheese, breakfast cereals and other products. | Reuters photo

Pulse producers see new opportunities for pea protein

Demand for pea protein is growing by leaps and bounds but the overall volume consumed is still pretty small. Pea protein is finding its way into milk alternatives, bread, snack bars, yoghurt, meat substitutes, ice cream, cheese, breakfast cereals and other products. “The forecasted volume use of pea protein across all these uses is only […] Read more