Was it better before?
The wonderland of FoodTech startups is getting under some pressure. Entrepreneurs are used to be considered as world saviours battling against the forces of evil (understand the big bad food corporates). Media are often helping his battle, being wowed by startups full of promises. But (it’s a good “but”), some FoodTech startups have now reached a size were they become scrutinised by the same media. Let’s see a few examples:
– Beyond Meat’s plant-based meat alternatives have been generally considered as “good” but as it is now valued $10B, questions arise on the exact list of ingredients
– Impossible Foods is also questioned because of the use of “leghemoglobin” (heme) which is responsible for the “bleeding” effect of its burgers. However, this heme, produced by the way with genetically-modified yeast, is also identified by the World Health Organisation as a potential source of gut cancer. As said here, plant-based startups have to address these concerns.
– the naming battle (can I call a burger, an alternative protein burger) is still on inEurope
– Cooking Robots are even criticised for their lack of humanity and repetitiveness.
We can, however, be surprised by this recent intensity of criticism of these new products and services. It seems a bit too coincidental that this starts just at the same moment, traditional CPG companies discover that they have new, innovative competitors ;).
That being said, it’s still great news when FoodTech startups get attention. It’s a new step toward respectability and acceptance of new food products and services.
Have a great week!
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