With more and more people going vegetarian and vegan, more and more food companies are looking for products that taste like meat but aren’t.
Berlin start-us Meati and Mushlabs use dietary fibers made from the roots of mushrooms to simulate the experience of meat. Producing a faux-schnitzel takes as little as a day, and the fibers grow in the dark, saving energy costs and yielding an enviable CO2 balance. In 2020, Meati succeeded in raising USD 28 million from a VC investor from Colorado.
What mushrooms are for Meati, insects and leftovers are to the Bremen start-up CheWOW. Among its first products were patties made of high-protein buffalo worms and gyros made from pumpkin seed husks left over in the production of pumpkin seed oil.
CheWow’s meatless groceries are available online and in select supermarkets.