Fall/Winter 2018: New & Notable Ventures from Wharton Alumni
"We love our fur babies: Nearly half of U.S. households include a dog in the family, and in 2017 alone, Americans spent more than $29 billion on pet food. And there’s an increasing demand from pet parents for sustainably sourced, healthy snacks for their beloved pups. Food and beverage executive Haley Russell WG18—whose résumé includes running a vertical cricket farm—tapped into the insect protein 'superfood' trend for a solution...."
Pet food is an environmental disaster – are vegan dogs the answer?
"A quarter of the impact of meat production comes from the pet-food industry. Has the time come to change what we feed our dogs and cats?"
Chippin (formerly Chipper Pet) featured by Amy Fleming as an appealing alternative to both traditional meat and meatless options.
F&B HOTLIST: THE CLEAN PROTEIN REVOLUTION
"Meat production is one of the world’s largest causes of climate pollution, and global demand for meat is rising. With the planet at stake, start-ups are leading the way with beetroot burgers that bleed, lab-grown hamburger patties and protein-rich bug based delights..."
Sustainable Pet Food Wins $50,000
"Pet [parents] are increasingly choosing foods that are human grade, high in protein, and free of byproducts. And yet, there are few good options for products that do less harm to the environment, the students said. Chippin aims to address that gap..."