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Launching from YC, Eclipse Foods casts a long shadow over the $336 billion dairy industry

Eclipse Foods may be the company that finally takes milk out of the dairy business.Ever since the acquisition of WhiteWave Foods by the French dairy giant Danone for over $10 billion investors have been thirsting for a technology that would give consumers a better tasting, more milky (for lack of a better word), milk substitute than the highly valuable (but not very tasty) almond, soy, and other plant based dairy alternatives.
There are at least $37.5 billion worth of other reasons for investors interest in the milk alternative category.Thats how much money will be spent on dairy alternatives by 2025, according to a newly released study by the market research firm Global Market Insights.Enter Eclipse Foods.Founded by two veterans of the alternative sugars and proteins business, the company is going after the whole dairy industry, starting with a line of spreads and select additives for restaurants around San Francisco.We had an oh shit moment when we got our plant based milk to act just like the real thing, says Thomas Beaumon, Eclipse Foods co-founder and the former director of product development at Hampton Creek (now known as Just Foods).
We’re not pureeing nuts or seeds or legumes. We asked, What are the properties of milk? and built this dairy base of the exact amino acids and fat profile.Thomas Beaumon in the kitchen (Courtesy Eclipse Foods)Joining Beaumon on the journey to create the perfect milk substitute is Aylon Steinhart, a former specialist working with the Y Combinator aligned food technology incubator and think tank, the Good Food Institute.The two men met at the launch event for Just Egg, the fourth product to debut from Just after the release of the companys mayonnaise alternative, cookie dough, and porridge.
We started talking about ideas and landed on this dairy platform, recalls Steinhart. It’s a place where we can make a big change very fast given the technological breakthroughs that we solved for early on.The demand is certainly coming on strong. According to Steinhart about 80% of millennials are consuming dairy replacements at least once a week.Aylon Steinhart (Courtesy Eclipse Foods)Humans didnt start out drinking milk. Over the 300,000 odd years that some form of homo sapien has been stalking the planet, it has only been in the past 10,000 odd years that people decided to squirt the liquid out of a cows udders to consume it.At first, humans couldnt even consume the stuff without getting at least a little nauseous. They needed to develop a genetic mutation to even process the lactose sugars properly.
“The first time that we see the lactase persistence allele in Europe arising is around 5,000 years BP [before present] in southern Europe, and then it starts to kick in in central Europe around 3,000 years ago,” assistant professor Laure Ségurel of the Museum of Humankind in Paris, told the BBC earlier this year.Segurel speculates that the health benefits of consuming milk might have been related to the exposure (and potential inoculation) to various diseases that may have otherwise spread from the animals to the humans that were raising them.
If that was the rationale, its increasingly unnecessary for modern living, and may indeed be more of a hazard to human health.Global meat and dairy producers could count among the largest contributors to climate change if their growth remains unchecked, according to a report from the non-profit Grain.They estimate that meat and dairy consumption should be reduced by 81 percent in order to meet global emissions reduction targets.With the production of Eclipses dairy alternative, theres no animal required.We have an off-the-shelf platform right now. The only additive will be water, says Beaumon.
And unlike other alternative dairy products, Beaumon and Steinhart claim that theirs actually tastes good. And, as a Michelin starred chef, Beaumon should know.
The companys first line of products will be a line of cream cheeses, including one for the bagel-and-schmear loving crowd. However, the majority will be more millennial focused, according to Steinhart.There will be various unique flavors that are culinarily focused, he said.Expect the first products to debut in an exclusive pilot with Wise Sons and through the ice cream maker Humphry Slochombe, a leader in high end ice cream in SF.However companies decide to label their Eclipse-based products, they certainly shouldnt call them vegan, according to Beaumon.Vegan cheese is gross, he says.

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Winds up to 68 mph bring down trees, power lines; travel advisory in effect

Poloncarz issued a travel advisory – no unnecessary travel – in Erie County at about 2:15 p.m., with the National Weather Service declaring the storm.
“Reports of downed trees began coming in by early afternoon on Royal Oak Drive in Clarence, on Woodbridge Avenue in Buffalo, and on Seneca Street and on Grover in Aurora.In at least one case, emergency crews responding to a tree striking a building in Buffalo requested the city engineer or building inspector to evaluate the damage.Versailles Plank Road was closed in both directions in the Town of Evans between New Jerusalem Road and Pontiac Road because of a downed tree and utility lines, according to the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition.Seneca was also closed between Knox and Bowen, but later reopened.Poloncarz, citing the Buffalo Fire Department, earlier reported that a neighborhood near Hertel Avenue and Commonwealth Road in Buffalo has lost power, as has an area in the Town of Aurora near Route 20A and Buffalo Road.
There are also power losses along Elmwood Avenue in the city, and in other parts of Western New York.Emergency responders also reported a light pole had fallen at Garfield and Niagara streets, striking a woman, who was reported to be unconscious.No electric wires were exposed. Another woman was injured when a tree branch struck a house on East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo.And there was a report of people temporarily trapped in a Dollar General store on Twin Cities Memorial Highway in North Tonawanda because of downed wires.The Erie County Department of Public Works also tweeted that it has a crew clearing a flood area on Emerling, and “another crew out checking trouble spots.”Traffic lights on Transit Road are also out from Bullis to French roads, and the state Department of Transportation reminded motorists to come to a full stop at any intersection with a traffic light that is out before proceeding according to right-of-way rules.A wind storm update from the 16th floor of the Rath Building: short version is the building is shaking and its getting nasty out there.
Another 1,018 were without power in Genesee County and more in Orleans, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. The rest are elsewhere in the state.New York State Gas Electric, the region’s other major utility provider, said it has crews working to restore power in Niagara, Elma, Holland, Orchard Park, Hamburg, Aurora, Cheektowaga and Depew. About 1,839 people in all were without NYSEG power in Erie County.
crews responding to extensive outages in Erie and Niagara counties. If winds persist, there may be a period of time that we will have to wait to start restoration for safety reasons.Crews will focus on cutting and clearing wires and trees to make conditions safe.February 24, 2019National Grid spokesman David Bertola said the outages so far are not unusual even for a normal day, citing “a couple of outages” two weeks ago on a Monday.National Grid has 1.6 million customers, so fewer than 1 percent are currently without power.
The company positioned more than 3,250 line, service, tree, damage assessment and public safety workers in Buffalo, Batavia and Fredonia in preparation for the storm.”I don’t want to downplay the number, because when you’re without power, it stinks and nobody wants to be without power,” Bertola said.But “at this point in the storm, this is a number that we could experience on a blue-sky type of day.”However, he cautioned that the company expected the effects of the current storm to be similar to one from two years ago that left many without power, in some cases for several days.He noted that crews have to first remove fallen trees from the ground before they can make repairs, but “we can’t put people in bucket trucks in 50 mph winds.””It’s going to take time and it’s not going to be a fast process if we get multiple outages like we did two years ago,” Bertola said.

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Healthwashing is here to screw with our well-intentioned eating plans—here’s what you need to …

Wander the aisles of any health-food store and you’ll be bombarded with all sorts of buzzwords emblazoned upon food and drink packaging.
When you do eat something processed, they add, it should be something with a short ingredient list—Nestle recommends five ingredients or less—made up of real foods as opposed to unpronounceable chemicals.
For example, pasta sauce should be some combination of oil, tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, oregano, and basil—all items you would recognize if you were making your own sauce, says Hunnes. It may not have added vitamins and minerals, but that’s because it does not need to.It has a lot of nutrients already in-borne to the ingredients that are part of a healthy diet.
Finally, be sure to use common sense and think critically about any health or nutrition claim thats splashed across a package.As Nielsen points out, all food wants you to buy it. Were being marketed to all the time.Could the freezer section be—gasp!—the new healthiest part of the grocery store? No matter which aisle you’re shopping in, make sure you’re not making these common label-reading mistakes. food trends, Nutrition Tips Loading More Posts.Most Popular Night Food ice cream promises sweet dreams with the power of magnesium ethereal photos of the Southern Lights that bring heaven a little closer to Earth BRB, I need these chic French sneakers that are made from corn (yes, corn).This snoozy supplement you take before bed does totally awesome things for your skin We fully support your late-night cravings for fast food with 8 better-for-you knockoffs Featured Collection.How to make a chakra bracelet that will balance your look (and possibly, your energy)Get your woo-woo Martha Stewart on.This yoga-based abs workout can super-charge your core power, in just 10 minutes a day What to wear to hot yoga so you dont overheat (or recreate your slip n slide days)YOUR HEALTHIEST RELATIONSHIP Well+Good is obsessed with your health and wellness.

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Some Foods Really Are Linked With a Higher Rate of Death, Study Finds

Food is full of chemicals and always has been. After all, everything is chemicals. But modern 'ultraprocessed' food is something else again – and new …
After all, everything is chemicals.
But modern ‘ultraprocessed’ food is something else again – and new research suggests it could be more harmful than we suspect.A massive new study by scientists in France examining the dietary intake of over 44,000 French adults found that consumption of ultraprocessed foods – including mass-produced snacks, sugary drinks, and ready-made meals – was associated with a higher risk of mortality.
“Ultraprocessed foods are food products that contain multiple ingredients and are manufactured through a multitude of industrial processes,” researchers, led by nutritional epidemiologist Laure Schnabel from Sorbonne University, explain in their paper.”These food products are usually ready to heat and eat, affordable, and hyperpalatable.
“Convenient and tasty they may well be, but consumption of ultraprocessed foods – which also include highly processed breads, plus confectioneries and processed meats – is known to be problematic, having already been tied to higher risk of things like obesity, hypertension, and cancer.Up until now, though, nobody had separately assessed whether eating ultraprocessed foods also made you more likely to die.
In the studied cohort, however, it did.Over a period of over seven years, a 10 percent increase in the proportion of ultraprocessed food consumption was linked with a 14 percent higher risk of all-cause mortality.
The research team is eager to emphasise that the study was only observational, so a causative effect cannot be shown. But the fact that a statistically significant association was found is something to think about.
“We shouldn’t be alarmist, or say that eating a packaged meal gives you a 15-percent higher chance of dying,” Mathilde Touvier, the co-investigator of the NutriNet-Santé cohort they studied, told AFP.”It’s another step in our understanding of the link between ultraprocessed food and health.
“What is certain is that ultraprocessed foods contain lots of things you don’t find in whole foods: all kinds of additives, including preservatives, sweeteners, enhancers, colours, flavours, and so on.They also contain a lot of energy – in the study, accounting for 14.
4 percent of the total weight of food and drink consumed, but 29.1 percent of total energy intake.
Ultraprocessed foods are also consumed disproportionately more by individuals with lower incomes or education levels, or those who live alone, according to epidemiologist Nita Forouhi from the University of Cambridge, who wasn’t part of the study.”A vital take-away message is that consumption of highly processed foods reflects social inequalities,” Forouhi says.
“Such foods are attractive because they tend to be cheaper, are highly palatable due to high sugar, salt and saturated fat content, are widely available, highly marketed, ready-to-eat, and their use-by-dates are lengthy, so they last longer.”As it stands, despite the robust size and duration of this particular research, there’s a lot more work to be done to definitively unravel why and how ultraprocessed foods could be bad for us.
It’s a job that’s made significantly harder due to the multitude of food products we’re talking about – not to mention the multitude of ingredients (artificial or otherwise) ultraprocessed foods contain.”Some factors may be more harmful or less harmful than others.
It’s really too complex,” nutritional scientist Nurgul Fitzgerald from Rutgers University, who wasn’t involved with the research, told CNN.But if you’re particularly concerned about ultraprocessed foods, what’s in them, and what they could be doing to you, the best approach may be going back to basics next time you’re in the supermarket.
“Look at the ingredients list. Do you understand all those ingredients that go into your foods?” Fitzgerald said.
“[Buy those] with the least number of ingredients and with ingredients you understand.”The findings are reported in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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