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This week, Chicago-based startup Nature’s Fynd launched a breakfast bundle that includes vegan sausage and dairy-free cream cheese. The Fy Breakfast Bundle is the startup’s first consumer product and is now available for pre-order on the company’s website for $14.99 with shipping to the contiguous 48 states with a broader launch planned for later this year. Nature’s Fynd creates its vegan meat and dairy products using “Fy,” a nutrient-dense fungi protein with origins in Yellowstone National Park. 

Finding Fy 

In 2008, Nature’s Fynd co-founder Mark Kozubal, PhD, stumbled upon the microbe while researching fungal life forms that can survive extreme conditions for NASA. Since then, Kozubal has been isolating the microorganisms, feeding them glycerin and starches, and fermenting them in a laboratory setting to create Fy—an animal-free complete protein that contains all nine amino acids and is high in fiber and vitamins. In addition to the vegan breakfast sausage patties and dairy-free…

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