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Founded Year



Series C | Alive

Total Raised




Last Raised

$400M | 1 yr ago

About UPSIDE Foods

UPSIDE Foods aims to transform the way meat is made with a new kind of farming. The company's solution is to develop technology to produce real meat without animals by farming animal cells instead of animals. The result is real meat that is better for the body and the planet. The company was founded in 2015 and is based in Berkeley, California.

Headquarters Location

804 Heinz Ave Suite 200

Berkeley, California, 94710,

United States


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UPSIDE Foods Patents

UPSIDE Foods has filed 33 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Meat industry
  • Cell biology
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Fluid dynamics, Aerodynamics, Smoked meat, Dried meat, Meat industry


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Fluid dynamics, Aerodynamics, Smoked meat, Dried meat, Meat industry



Latest UPSIDE Foods News

Alternative Proteins are Reshaping Foundational Food Categories

Jun 1, 2023

Cultivated, plant-based, and fermentation-derived proteins, represent an opportunity to reduce risks and improve the efficiency of meat production June 1, 2023 Uncovering the Transformative Potential of Protein Diversification Good Food Institute report highlights the record number of new companies entering the category, unprecedented government support, and a continued expansion of alternative protein products in the market According the a new report from the Good Food Institute, investments in cultivated, fermentation-derived, and plant-based proteins approached $3 billion, $4 billion, and $8 billion, respectively, by the end of 2022. Alternative proteins, which include cultivated, plant-based, and fermentation-derived proteins, represent an opportunity to reduce risks and improve the efficiency of meat production, while offering consumers the meat-eating experience they crave. Rethinking how meat is made can decrease emissions, protect human health, ensure food security for all, and maintain and improve biodiversity. GFI is calling on governments around the world to invest $10 billion each year in R&D and commercialization to deliver the full benefits of protein diversification. In 2022, the alternative protein industry took steps toward maturation as a number of new companies and brands entered the marketplace, and companies formed new strategic partnerships and industry alliances. The cultivated meat industry made bold strides toward commercialization in the US. In November 2022, UPSIDE Foods became the first company to receive a greenlight from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), allowing their product to be sold in the US following regulatory approval from the USDA. Pending regulatory review, these cultivated ground meat products will broaden UPSIDE's commercial portfolio to include a range of options, such as chicken sausages, chicken sandwiches and dumplings. In addition, UPSIDE announced that it has developed a breakthrough chicken cell line for use in suspension cell culture that could substantially reduce the cost of production for these ground meat products. UPSIDE Foods has been committed to developing a diverse range of products since its founding in 2015, with the ultimate goal of providing consumers with the meat they love in a new and better way. This includes the development of both whole-textured products, such as chicken filets, and ground meat products with simpler textures that can be scaled up quickly and at a lower cost. The company will initially be launching at a small scale with its cultivated chicken filet, followed by this next generation of products. GOOD Meat followed with an FDA greenlight in March 2023, indicating that the US government is making impressive progress on enacting its regulatory framework for cultivated meat. According to Euromonitor data featured in these reports, from 2017 to 2022, the global plant-based meat and seafood market grew 118% from $2.8 billion to $6.1 billion. - 19 new cultivated meat companies launched, for a total of 156 companies – up 14% from 2021 – across 26 different countries. - 15 new companies dedicated to fermentation-enabled alternative proteins launched, for a total of 136 companies across 31 different countries—up 12% from 2021. Nearly 57% of companies focused on fermentation were founded in the past three years, demonstrating the industry’s nascency. The world’s largest food companies are leaning into alternative proteins. The majority of the world’s biggest food companies now have some involvement in the alternative protein sector–through either investment, acquisition, partnerships, or developing and manufacturing products themselves–highlighting the conventional food industry’s confidence in alternative proteins. The fermentation for alternative proteins industry showed signs of maturation, with the formation of new industry associations, increased involvement by large food companies, and an expansion of the number of fermentation-enabled products available to consumers. - GFI and ProVeg joined 12 food companies as founding members of a new Fungi Protein Association. In early 2023, nine precision fermentation companies joined forces to form the Precision Fermentation Alliance, the first trade body focused on precision fermentation for alternative proteins. Hybrid products–combinations of cultivated meat and fat, plant-based and/or fermentation-derived ingredients—can offer new technologies a quicker path to market. - Hybrid solutions permeated the alternative protein space in 2022, as food producers worked to blend plant-based, fermentation, and cultivated meat production in the pursuit of products that reach taste and price parity with conventional meat. For example, the world’s first innovation center dedicated exclusively to hybrid cultivated and plant-based meat products opened in Singapore. - Hybrid products can increase access to new ingredients while improving the taste and sensory experience for consumers. For example, adding plant-based protein to cultivated meat not only decreases costs compared to a fully cultivated product, but may also offer additional nutritional benefits, like fiber. While alternative protein investments decelerated to $2.9 billion in 2022 alongside the 35% drop in overall global funding, growth remains strong over the long term: $14.2 billion has been invested in alternative protein companies over the past decade, with investment nearly doubling on average each year. Read on for a deeper dive into 2022 investment numbers. Determining the Near Future of Protein Ingredients Prepared Foods discusses protein with Innova Market Insights’ co-founder and global insights director Lu Ann Williams. Innova research shows consumers expressing continued strong interest in boosting protein intake. New protein sources and formulations drive many new foods and beverages as well as on-pack product claims. Remilk Secures Regulatory Approval for Non-Animal Milk Protein Israeli Ministry of Health approval clears path for sale and marketing of real dairy products made with Remilk's animal-free protein to Israeli consumers Remilk, a global leader in the development and production of animal-free dairy protein has received a first-of-its-kind approval from the Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH). This historic regulatory event clears a path for the marketing and sale of non-animal dairy products made with Remilk for Israeli consumers. It also establishes the country as one of the first in the world to offer people access to sustainable, real dairy made without cows and free of lactose, cholesterol, antibiotics and growth hormones. Remilk has raised more than $130M to date and signed deals with leading players in the global food industry. Last year, Remilk, which is already producing its protein at industrial volumes in facilities around the world, announced a large-scale commercial agreement with the Central Bottling Company (CBC Group), the exclusive Israeli franchisee of Coca-Cola, and one of the largest food companies in Israel, to launch a line of dairy products made with Remilk's protein, for the Israeli market. The new drinks contain 6g of plant-based protein, adaptogens, maca, ashwagandha, and reishi REBBL®, an organic and plant-powered functional beverage brand, announced the expansion of their iconic Protein Beverage line to include five new flavored beverages made with 100% organic, plant-powered and functional ingredients. These five new products include Coconut Macaroon, Strawberries & Creme and Oatmeal Cookie as well as limited-edition seasonal flavors, Spiced Pumpkin Pie and Peppermint Dark Chocolate. Packed with 16g of plant-based protein, these 100% organic, ready-to-drink protein beverages are boosted with adaptogens and super herbs including Maca, Ashwagandha, and Reishi to help support the body's ability to cope with stress. Combined with immune support from Zinc and MCTs from coconut, these latest protein drinks are true functional fuel.

UPSIDE Foods Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was UPSIDE Foods founded?

    UPSIDE Foods was founded in 2015.

  • Where is UPSIDE Foods's headquarters?

    UPSIDE Foods's headquarters is located at 804 Heinz Ave, Berkeley.

  • What is UPSIDE Foods's latest funding round?

    UPSIDE Foods's latest funding round is Series C.

  • How much did UPSIDE Foods raise?

    UPSIDE Foods raised a total of $610.85M.

  • Who are the investors of UPSIDE Foods?

    Investors of UPSIDE Foods include SOSV, SoftBank , Bill Gates, IndieBio, Kimbal Musk and 31 more.

  • Who are UPSIDE Foods's competitors?

    Competitors of UPSIDE Foods include Planetarians, Rebellyous Foods, DAIZ, Prime Roots, Wildtype, SCiFi Foods, Aleph Farms, SuperMeat, Finless Foods, Future Meat Technologies and 14 more.

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Aleph Farms

Aleph Farms operates as a food technology company specializing in cell-grown meat. It grows beef steaks, from non-genetically engineered and non-immortalized cells isolated from a living cow, without slaughtering the animal and with a significantly reduced impact on the environment. It was founded in 2017 and is based in Rehovot, Israel.

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Mosa Meat

Mosa Meat is the developer of a tissue cultured hamburger. The company aims to develop tissue engineering into a technology that can mass-produce affordable meat.

Future Meat Technologies

Future Meat Technologies advances a distributive manufacturing platform for the cost-efficient, non-GMO production of meat directly from animal cells, without the need to raise or harvest animals. The company was founded in 2018 and is based in Rehovot, Israel.

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Spero Foods

Spero Foods operates as a data-driven food company. It is a plant-based dairy tech company on a mission to outcompete dairy in price and taste. It offers plant-based, dairy-alternative products specializing in creating tasty eggs and cheeses. It was founded in 2016 and is based in Silicon Valley, California.

Rebellyous Foods

Rebellyous Foods is a food manufacturing technology and production company that makes ready-to-heat plant-based chicken nuggets, patties, and chicken strips. The company was founded in 2017 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

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