Meat the alternative: the future of food

20th May 2020 | Eativity editors

What do you get when you pair up the nation’s best scientists and one of Australia’s most prolific food industry pioneers? You get v2food.

Australia’s newest plant-based meat start-up, v2food is an innovative partnership between CSIRO, Main Sequence Ventures and Jack Cowin’s Competitive Foods Australia. v2food is a sustainable, plant-based alternative to meat that looks like, cooks like and tastes like meat.

With the backing of both government and industry, v2food had all the right ingredients for success from day one. The company’s rapid growth has also been a result of the team’s access to CSIRO’s expansive network of expertise.

“Making meat alternatives from plants is not a new idea, but at v2food, we’ve taken it a step further,” says Nick Hazell, v2food Founder and CEO.“We’re on a journey to make plant-based food both taste better and be more sustainable.

“We’ve drawn upon the best food, nutrition and sustainability science from CSIRO to develop a sustainable and nutritious product, with an unmatched texture and flavour. The goal is for our product to be a delicious alternative to meat, accessible to every Australian.”

Recognising that there’s a need for a “version 2” of the food system, v2food’s range of plant-based meat products is suited for all consumers. Made from legumes, the company’s “mince” looks and tastes like quality meat and contains added fibre and nutrients.

“We seem to have the right resources for success,” says Jack Cowin, Chairman and CEO of Competitive Foods Australia, the company behind Hungry Jack’s. “With CSIRO’s outstanding research and technology capabilities, the passion of the v2food team led by Nick Hazell and Competitive Foods Australia’s ability to help build and commercialise businesses, we believe that we have the ingredients for a successful venture.

“We’ve seen a huge opportunity for plant-based proteins and the category is set to explode. I’ve eaten beef all my life but I’ve tasted the v2food and it tastes as good as beef. We can’t wait to take v2food to consumers with some fantastic new products.”

v2food has been collaborating with the grain and meat industries to add plant-based meat to the Australian agricultural story. CSIRO projects this new industry to be worth $6 billion+ by 2030 in Australia. This provides a big opportunity for existing meat and grain producers.

Jack Cowin, Nick Hazell and the Hon. Karen Andrews.

Australia doesn’t currently have the capability to process legumes for plant-based meat alternatives. However, v2food, with the help of CSIRO, is working on developing this capability to create an all-Australian value chain.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Australian grain farmers to be at the forefront of this growing market, which will help them grow and create new jobs,” says the Hon. Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. “This isn’t about taking a share of the existing meat market; this is an additional opportunity to create a new market that could add $6 billion to our economy by 2030.”

You can now have v2food’s plant-based meat delivered straight to your door via meal-kit delivery service Marley Spoon. Marley Spoon customers will be able to order new plant-based dishes every week, offering them an exclusive chance to experience how plant-based v2mince cooks and tastes just like meat. The partnership marks the first time that v2food products will be available to Aussies to cook for themselves, at home.