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The need for seasoned talent in a maturing alt-protein industry

By Robert Boer, Director at Blue Horizon It’s no secret that the alternative protein industry is predicted to take a serious cut out of big meat’s pie with the likes of KFC and Burger King already adding alternative meat options to their menus. One out of five meals we’ll eat in 2035 will be made […]

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Plant-based food is the best climate investment!

Yes, that’s right! Investing in alternative proteins has one of the biggest impacts on decarbonization, with the highest CO2e savings per dollar invested of any sector. Directly compared, that is 11 times more greenhouse gas reductions than investments in decarbonization of light road vehicles such as cars.

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How the newly launched U.S. Bioeconomy Initiative could accelerate the creation of a sustainable food system

At a glance: The U.S. National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative (NBBI)  Mid-September 2022, President Biden signed an executive order (EO) to launch a U.S. National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative (NBBI). The NBBI aims to ensure strengthened U.S. supply chains and to drive the U.S. bioeconomy, which is valued currently at nearly one trillion dollars, towards […]

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Meet QL AG – a ‘Blue Horizon inspired’ startup

Blue Horizon sat down with Esther Pfister, CEO of QL AG, based in Zurich Switzerland, to talk about the goals of the company, the challenges ahead and what we can do to address them. QL AG is a very young startup, only having been incorporated at the beginning of this year. The team around Esther […]

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The Untapped Climate Opportunity in Alternative Proteins

Our latest research shows that consumers are finding their favorites among alternative proteins already today, and that healthy, tasty products can unlock another wave of adoption. This protein transformation is one of the best tools available to combat the climate crisis.

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November 15, 2022

The need for seasoned talent in a maturing alt-protein industry

By Robert Boer, Director at Blue Horizon It’s no secret that the alternative protein industry is predicted to take a serious cut out of big meat’s pie with the likes of KFC and Burger King already adding alternative meat options to their menus. One out of five meals we’ll eat in 2035 will be made […]

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October 24, 2022

Plant-based food is the best climate investment!

Yes, that’s right! Investing in alternative proteins has one of the biggest impacts on decarbonization, with the highest CO2e savings per dollar invested of any sector. Directly compared, that is 11 times more greenhouse gas reductions than investments in decarbonization of light road vehicles such as cars.

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September 30, 2022

How the newly launched U.S. Bioeconomy Initiative could accelerate the creation of a sustainable food system

At a glance: The U.S. National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative (NBBI)  Mid-September 2022, President Biden signed an executive order (EO) to launch a U.S. National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative (NBBI). The NBBI aims to ensure strengthened U.S. supply chains and to drive the U.S. bioeconomy, which is valued currently at nearly one trillion dollars, towards […]

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July 12, 2022

Meet QL AG – a ‘Blue Horizon inspired’ startup

Blue Horizon sat down with Esther Pfister, CEO of QL AG, based in Zurich Switzerland, to talk about the goals of the company, the challenges ahead and what we can do to address them. QL AG is a very young startup, only having been incorporated at the beginning of this year. The team around Esther […]

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July 8, 2022

The Untapped Climate Opportunity in Alternative Proteins

Our latest research shows that consumers are finding their favorites among alternative proteins already today, and that healthy, tasty products can unlock another wave of adoption. This protein transformation is one of the best tools available to combat the climate crisis.

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May 23, 2022

ChangeNOW
Changing the Food System – Blue Horizon at changeNOW in Paris

ChangeNOW summit is a three-day event that gathers hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, experts and business leaders to discuss how to create positive change for the planet.  Blue Horizon’s Lea Bajc participated as a panelist together with Cédric Meston of HappyVore discussing where the bottlenecks are in the industry and why the perfect timing to invest […]

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May 18, 2022

Food companies risk USD 295 billion market cap loss due to climate transition
Food companies risk USD 295 billion market cap loss due to climate transition

A study conducted by Blue Horizon and MSCI, The Protein Transformation: A Critical Driver of the Net-Zero Economy, indicates that in a 1.5°C climate scenario, food companies not involved in plant-based and alternative proteins could be overvalued putting the industry at risk of a USD 295 billion market-cap loss.

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May 11, 2022

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Animal Health: Transition to a new Sustainable Food System

The ambition of Blue Horizon’s impact framework for planetary and human health also delivers positive impact for animal health - each of which are often interdependent and considered holistically in our investments to accelerate the transition to a new Sustainable Food System.

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May 6, 2022

Wunderkern
Creating something special from food waste

Blue Horizon portfolio company Kern Tec announces its Wunderkern brand of oils, confectionaries, and dairy products from upcycled stone fruit pits. Nearly one third of all food grown is wasted. Food waste is responsible for 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions plus wasted water, land, fertilizer, pesticide, refrigerants, and other valuable components of the food […]

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January 23, 2023

To make the bioeconomy real, develop for scalability and creditworthiness 

Biomanufacturing, the production of food ingredients and other materials via microorganisms, is emerging as a promising building block for a more sustainable, healthier, and resilient economy – the bioeconomy. The key next step in building the bioeconomy is to scale-up the biomanufacturing of food and materials to industrial volumes. Blue Horizon and Olon in their latest report outline an iterative strategic approach to unlocking a bright, bioeconomy-based future.

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January 23, 2023

Policy recommendations for an alternative protein transformation in Germany

The protein transformation offers potentially outstanding contributions to achieving the climate, health, and resilience goals of many governments around the world. In this piece, Blue Horizon outlines specific policy recommendations for the German government to help foster innovation, level the playing field for alternative proteins, act as a role model, and support the protein transformation on the EU level.

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July 22, 2022

The Untapped Climate Opportunity in Alternative Proteins”
The Untapped Climate Opportunity in Alternative Proteins

Our latest research shows that consumers are finding their favorites among alternative proteins already today, and that healthy, tasty products can unlock another wave of adoption. This protein transformation is one of the best tools available to combat the climate crisis.

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January 18, 2022

The Protein Transformation: A Critical Driver of the Net-Zero Economy

Listed companies risk $295 billion market cap loss by ignoring protein transformation - Study quantifies effects of sustainable proteins in climate transition

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March 24, 2021

Food for Thought Report

In this first-of-its-kind report, we crystallize the expertise of the alternative-protein field, on the basis of a recently conducted survey and more than 40 interviews with industry veterans, researchers, and startup entrepreneurs.

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October 22, 2020

Quantified Impact Model*

With this study, Blue Horizon extends its domain expertise and provides valuable and robust data on the cost of consuming animal proteins versus their plant-based alternatives, across different meat categories and geographies.

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* PwC has contributed to the contents of this document by analysing the environmental data and valued environmental impacts of GHG emissions, water use and land use for animal proteins and plant-based alternative proteins. PwC’s contribution has been prepared only for Blue Horizon and solely for the purpose and on the terms agreed with Blue Horizon. PwC accepts no liability (including for negligence) to anyone else in connection with the PwC contents of this document.

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