Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Last week’s top news features challenges for big food brands looking to stay relevant to younger consumers and competition for restaurants from grocerants, a new trend of grocery stores with dine-in options. Also, Panera sold to JAB Holding Company for $7.5B and General Mills’ VC arm 301 Inc. invested $3M in granola startup Purely Elizabeth.
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Mealmade, a San Francisco-based Paleo meal delivery company, is launching an app, adding weekend delivery, opening a brick-and-mortar retail space and they’re hiring!
As Big Food brands work to appeal to younger consumers, they face competition from smaller, millennial-led companies that can better meet rapidly changing consumer preferences.
Through its EatREAL certification program, the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) partners with third-party registered dietitians to certify that operators’ menus, operations and supply chains are healthful and sustainable.
Myths get in the way of our ability to restore degraded soils that can feed the world using fewer chemicals.
German conglomerate JAB Holding Company has acquired Panera Bread for $7.5B including debt. The opportunity to return to the private sector attracted Panera founder Ron Schaich to the JAB deal.
Soon-to-launch baby food delivery startup Yumi has raised several millions of dollars, including from Ali Partovi, Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic, and Philip Krim, co-founder of mattress company Casper.
301 Inc is investing $3M in Purely Elizabeth to acquire a minority stake. The granola and cereal startup is currently sold in 10k retailers.
With sales growing at 25- 50% per month, the online grocery retailer is building out its distribution network, starting with a 361k-square-foot facility in Indiana that helps meet the demands of its 400k+ members.
Grocerants—grocery stores with dine-in options—generated $10B in sales in 2016. Convenience and affordability are attracting customers away from traditional restaurants.
European food delivery startup Deliveroo unveiled a new platform that enables restaurants of all sizes to open in new locations without committing to costly public premises.