In April, Brazilian food technology startup Fazenda Futuro (“Future Farm” in English) will launch its newest product, Futuro Linguiça (Future Sausage) at retailers and restaurants across Brazil and Europe. The new vegan pork sausage is made from a blend of pea protein, soy, and chickpeas, with beets added for color, that is held together with a seaweed-based “skin” that mimics the crispiness of traditional sausage casing when cooked. “We came into the market with an obvious goal: to lead the transformation in a category that has never brought innovation to the consumer, and work with technology and purpose without causing any negative impact on the environment,” Fazenda Futuro Founder Marcos Leta said. “We’re here to change [refrigerated supermarket shelves] once and for all.” Fazenda Futuro—which launched its first product, the vegan Futuro Burger, last year at local retailers and restaurants—relies on artificial intelligence to help approximate the taste and texture of animal meat using plant-based ingredients. In December, Italian chain Spoleto added Fazenda Futuro’s vegan almôndegas (meatballs) to its 351 locations in Brazil.
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