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.
WeWork has launched its in-house convenient store, dubbed WeMRKT, in partnership with SnackNation which will exclusively house its member’s products.
Rabbi Gavriel Price, head of the largest kosher certifying organization in the world, is in charge of deciding how it should deal with cultured meat. This brings him in touch with a possibility for Jewish cuisine that had previously seemed impossible: kosher bacon.
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A rabbi at the world’s largest kosher certification agency is leading an effort to determine if and how meat grown from animal cells can satisfy Jewish law.
The company’s new in-house convenience stores, called WeMRKTs, aspire to carry products made by members. It hosts a pitch night to stock its stores.
Chinese AgriFood Startups raised $1.8b in funding in 2017 with participation from 198 investors over 177 deals.
Jeff Dunn, who helped a private equity firm sell Bolthouse to Campbell in 2012 for $1.6b, subsequently co-founded and remains an investor in Campbell’s VC fund, Acre Venture Partners.
Breakthrough Energy Ventures has invested in the startup, which produces microbes applied to crops to make nitrogen available. Funding will support the launch of its debut product PROVEN in 2019 as well as support expanded R&D for its second-gen product.
FoodShot Global has launched a $30 million investment platform to transform the food system, starting with sustainable soil.
Oikocredit Triodos Investment Management and Caspian SME Impact Fund IV led the round. Origo Commodities, post-harvest management services for agricultural commodities, plans to utilize the funds to strengthen its product offerings.
BlueYard Capital led the $3.5m funding round, with support from Atlantic Food Labs, Future Positive Capital, Backed VC and angel investors. The new capital will help the company scale its cultured meat platform.
Co-founder and CEO Zak Normandin joined us at our Rethinking CPG meetup in August to share insight about Dirty Lemon’s technology and business strategies.
The premium bottled water trend has presented manufacturers with further growth opportunities.
The company’s incoming executive team led the round, joined by Green Acre Capital, CannaIncome Fund and executives from Canada’s largest licensed producers. The funding will be used to enhance the scientific team and to establish a research facility.
VentureBeat led the round, which will go towards fueling expansion both domestically and internationally.
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