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After recent E.coli outbreaks found in lettuce, Walmart has announced the launch of a program that requires its suppliers of leafy greens to trace its products using blockchain. It was successfully piloted with IBM Food Trust Network.
JUST has partnered with Brinc to launch a food tech accelerator in Hong Kong. Participants will get access to JUST’s discovery pipeline, data, tools and raw materials to develop products.
In restaurant news, Uber is in early talks to buy the Deliveroo for more than its valuation of $2 billion.
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Participation in the program will be mandatory for all suppliers of lettuce and leafy greens in 2019. The retailer has been developing and piloting the system for 18 months with the IBM Food Trust network.
Brinc will invest more than HK$500k per team. The teams will have access to JUST’s discovery pipeline, data, tools and raw materials to develop products.
The Tavern takes over the salad chain’s original storefront in Georgetown.
The squash variety, called Robin’s Koginut, was created by Row 7, the new seed company founded by Dan Barber. Sweetgreen bought 100K+ seeds and worked with its farmer network to plant them on six farms across the country, offering Row 7 the first large-scale test of how the squash performs in different climates and soils.
The plant-based meat startup will launch two branded tacos: the Beyond Avocado Taco and the Beyond Taco. This marks the company’s first partnership with a fast food chain.
Operating in over 150 campuses, Tapingo processes tens of thousands of sales per day from more than 500k customers for on-campus cafes, cashierless stores and chain restaurants.
DFA has partnered with ripe.io to leverage data from member farms and its manufacturing plants to support more consumer engagement.
The new digital tool helps its farmers implement sustainable management practices and increase profitability. The data will be available to food companies to measure and monitor the sustainability credentials of their supply chains.
The round was led by Sonoma Brounds. It will use funds to invest in marketing, hiring and national expansion.
Cargill is recalling more than 132k pounds of ground beef after a suspected E. coli outbreak killed one person and sickened 17.