Every week we track all the business, tech and investment trends in agriculture, CPG, retail, restaurants, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. There were a couple of exciting funding announcements last week: Kellogg’s launched a $100 million fund and Rabobank is launching an accelerator in partnership with RocketSpace. Also making headlines is the public debut of the Impossible Burger, the $210 billion food delivery market, Kimbal Musk’s new fast casual restaurant serving healthy food for $5 or less and much more. Check out our weekly round-up of last weeks top food startup, tech and innovation news below.
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Kellog’s fund will invest up to $100 million in startups over the next four years. It will invest $1-3 million in Series A and Series B stage startups.
Impossible Foods’ long awaited plant-based burger hits select restaurants in SF and NYC this month. Production is limited, so the rollout is calibrated to target high-end diners first.
Seafood processors are building the internet of the sea with tech like autonomous underwater vehicles, drones and big data to reinvent commercial fishing.
During the eight-week accelerator curriculum startups will focus on sharpening their product and pitch before the eight-week product validation phase. The team has not finalized the selection criteria for applicants yet.
A new study of the food delivery market by Morgan Stanley analysts, finds that the food delivery market is worth $30 billion and has the potential to be worth some $210 billion.
Kimbal Musk is launching The Kitchenette in Memphis, Tennessee. The fast casual restaurant will serve healthy, affordable grab-and-go sandwiches, soups and salads.
Evidence in two new reports is suggesting that neither restaurants nor grocery stores are the future of food shopping. Instead, what could dominate is a hybrid of the two: “grocerants.”
Ava raised $3 million in funding from DCM Ventures, Khosla Ventures and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors to bring people intelligent eating.
Pop-up dining startup Dinner Lab filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week. Initial filings with the Eastern District of Louisiana listed Dinner Lab’s assets as between $100,001 and $500,000. The company estimates its debts as between $500,001 and $1 million.
Panera is cutting artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and colors from all packaged foods by the end of the year.
In the future, food expiration date labels could be far less confusing, thanks to a new bill introduced to the U.S. Senate and House. The proposed legislation also aims to reduce food waste