Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines.
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A California jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a man dying of cancer, which he claims was caused by exposure to Roundup. This ruling may have opened the floodgates for thousands of plaintiffs with similar concerns. Farmer Business Network, the independent farmer-to-farmer network, is launching its own brand of seed and model for seed development and direct-to-farm distribution called F2F Genetics Network.
Constellation Brands announced a $4 billion investment in Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth. The biggest known deal in the marijuana industry shows just how far traditional alcoholic beverage companies are willing to go to find growth.
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A former school groundskeeper claims Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup gave him terminal cancer. The jury order could open the floodgates for thousands of other pending lawsuits.
Constellation’s investment in Canopy shows just how far traditional alcoholic beverage companies are willing to go to find growth.
Farmers Business Network is launching its own brand of seed and model for seed development and direct-to-farm distribution called F2F Genetics Network.
Finistere Ventures and Pitchbook teamed up to report 2018 Early-stage Agtech, a look into the earliest stages of an agtech portfolio company–the angel and seed stages. Seed-stage investing hit a record high in 2017, $89.5m divided among 86 deals.
Activist investor Third Point LLC is pushing for a sale of Campbell Soup Co with the help of an heir to the soup company’s founder. It spent more than $686m since mid-June, acquiring a 5.65% stake in Campbell.
Back to the Roots explains why it entered a licensing deal with Nature’s Path and how they plan to scale their organic cereal line to schools nationwide.
Chuck Eggert will soon open Basics Market, a natural store that seeks to take health, education and meal assembly to the next level.
The San Francisco startup has closed an $8.5m series A round led by Spark Capital, with Cultivian Sandbox Ventures joining the round.
Kroger will open an online storefront on Alibaba’s Tmall Global site with an initial product offering that includes dietary supplements and private-label products, much of it natural and organic goods.
New Crop Capital served as lead investor and was joined by a coalition of 25 venture organizations and individuals. Funding will allow the company to aggressively develop its technology platform and commercialization strategy.