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It seems like every other day a new plant-based company is launched. Clearly, people are starting to see the benefits of plant-based eating, and also the opportunity to make money. From plant-based bacon to fish filets, to lamb, and even 3D-printed steak, this list has you covered when it comes to some of the most promising plant-based companies out there.

1. La Vie

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La Vie is a company from France specializing in plant-based bacon. Their bacon is so good that over 90 percent of people preferred it over animal bacon in a blind taste test. Some of their notable investors include Natalie Portman and Eric Melloul, the chairman of Oatly. So far, they have partnered with Burger King, a poke bowl chain, another fast-food establishment, and a supermarket chain in France called Carrefour. The company, originally called 77 Foods, was founded by Nicolas Schweitzer, Kelly Floch, and Vincent Poulichet in 2019.

2. Aqua Cultured Foods 

Aqua Cultured Foods launched its first commercial product last month: calamari fries. The product is made using fermentation technology and will be available for sale through select partners later in the year. Besides calamari, Aqua is also working on creating shrimp, fish fillets, and scallops. The company has been operating at an accelerated pace as it only just launched in September 2021. One of their notable investors includes Gonzalo Ramires Martiarena, the former CEO of the Louis Dreyfus Company. Aqua Cultured Foods was founded by Brittany Chibe and Anne Palermo.  

3. Finless Foods

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Finless Foods makes both plant-based and cell-cultured tuna. The company was founded in 2016 by Brian Wyrwas and Michael Selden. Just this month they closed their Series B funding, where Hanwha Solutions was their largest backer. They’ve raised nearly $50M in five years. Finless has plans to create other plant-based seafood, but it’s focused on tuna for now.

4. Meati

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Meati uses mycelium, the root of fungus that’s found in soil, to make chicken cutlets, crispy cutlets, and soon-to-be-released steak filets. This gives it a nutrient-rich profile and creates a taste and texture that closely mimics animal protein. The company has raised nearly $130 million since Justin Whiteley, and Tyler Huggins founded it in 2016. Bond and Acre Venture Partners have been some of the notable investors in Meati.  

5. Next Gen Foods

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Next Gen Foods has received a lot of publicity of late for their chicken alternative called TiNDLE. Last month, the company announced that it had received $100 million in series A funding, which according to PitchBook, is the most ever raised for a plant-based company in that particular funding round. Notable investors include writer Chris Yeh, Temasek International, and soccer stars Dele Alli and Kieran Gibbs. The company was created in 2020 and was founded by Andre Menezes and Timo Recker. 

6. Redefine Meat


Redefine Meat is an Israeli-based company that creates plant-based ground beef, sausages, and lamb, among other products. To make their products, they use 3D printing technology to closely mimic muscle structure. Their popularity has landed them in over 200 restaurants in Israel and is now even offered at famed-chef Marco Pierre’s Steakhouse in the UK. Eshchar Ben-Shitrit founded the company in 2018. Notable investment firms include Hanaco Ventures and Synthesis Capital.  

7. Black Sheep Foods

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Black Sheep Foods creates plant-based lamb, and it has plans to develop other heritage breed alternatives. Several restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area are serving their meat, and there are several more that plan to use. Notable investment firms include AgFunder and Bessemer Venture Partners. The company was founded in 2019 by Ismael Montanez and Sunny Kumar.  

8. Change Foods

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Cheese is often referred to as the hardest food to give up when making the switch to a plant-based diet. This is where Change Foods comes in, a company that creates cheese by growing microbes in fermentation tanks. Notable investors included Route 66 Ventures and JIA Ventures. The company was founded in 2019 by David Bucca and Junior Te’o.

9. Lypid

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Lypid is yet another plant-based startup to come out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Notable investors included Green Generation Fund and Big Idea Ventures. The company has created rich plant-based fat to help make vegan meats more realistic. They were founded in 2020 by Jen-Yu Huang and Michelle Lee.

10. Prime Roots

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Prime roots have created plant-based deli meats, charcuterie, and bacon made from koji. They released their vegan bacon in 2020, and it sold out in a matter of hours. The company, initially called Terramino Foods, was founded in 2017 by Joshua Nixon and Kimberlie Le. Notable investors include True Ventures and Collaborative Fund.

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