This week, US-based GrainChain announced a $29 million raise for its ag supply chain platform, and hospitality tech startup Brigad landed $30 million. More vertical farming startups are headed to the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, and Funga is “rewilding” forest microbiome to grow more trees.
🇲🇦 B2B food logistics platform Terraa raises $1.5 million to connect farmers with urban markets. The company hopes to improve the food supply chain in Africa for “hundreds of millions” of people. (Food Navigator)
🇳🇱 Schouten Europe and Grassa partner to make vegan meat from grass proteins. Their efforts are also exploring how grass-fed protein could potentially outperform plant-based meats. (VegNews)
🇨🇳 CellX announces China’s first cultivated meat factory. The startup has signed a strategic agreement with manufacturing specialist Tofflon. (Protein Report)
🇰🇷 🇸🇬 Biotech company Seawith & biomanufacturing Esco Aster form partnership. The deal will use Seawith’s microalgae technologies in cultivated meat projects. (Vegconomist)
🇸🇬 Food & bev operations platform OrderEZ buys invoicing platform FoodRazor for undisclosed sum. OrderEZ will integrate FoodRazor’s tech into its own offerings. (Deal Street Asia)
🇺🇸 CEA solutions manufacturer HYVE Indoor Farming Systems partners with AI monitoring platform AGEYE. The two aim to bring a “comprehensive” plant-monitoring system to vertical farming. (HYVE)
🇨🇭 Mirai Foods debuts “world’s first” cultivated tenderloin steak. The company’s technology addresses the complex process of cultivating different cell types to get slaughter-free fillet. (Green Queen)