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.
On Saturday, Pilotworks abruptly announced it was shutting down, leaving nearly 200 food businesses in NYC scrambling to find a commercial kitchen to resume operations. The food community has rallied around those impacted, offering lists of alternative kitchen spaces across the US.
Postmates and Beyond Meat are both shopping for investment banks, as they prepare to IPO.
In retail news, Albertsons has launched its online marketplace featuring over 40,000 specialty products. Instacart has raised a secondary round of funds with an additional $600 million to boost its expansion efforts. Grocery omnichannel sales hit $1 trillion in the US, with online sales totaling $21.6 billion over the past three years.
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The need for experienced leadership, accountability and diversity are just a few of the lessons former employee Andrea Carbine says we can learn from Pilotworks’ abrupt shutdown.
A growing list of commercial production spaces across the US.
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Online grocers saw more than $21.6b in sales over the past three years. While that number represents 26% of online sales, brick-and-mortar continues to lead grocery.
D1 Capital Partners led the round. The company plans to use the capital to double its engineering team by 2019. In total, Instacart has $1.2b at its fingertips.
The retailer has launched its digital marketplace that offers over 40k specialty products to consumers across the country. Suppliers ship their products directly to consumers, while Albertsons oversees the operation and customer service.
The Spotted Pig chef finally speaks about her role in the abuse scandal that has enveloped her and her partner, Ken Friedman.
The food delivery service is likely to go public in the first half of 2019.
The round was led by CAVU Venture Partners with Rocanà Ventures and strategic individual investors also taking part. This secondary investment will provide some liquidity to early investors and employees.
FoodShot Global has launched a $30 million investment platform to transform the food system, starting with sustainable soil.
Victor Friedberg joined us at our Rethinking CPG Meetup to speak about plant-based yogurt Lavva’s business strategies and supply chain.
This is the second fundraise by Zomato this year. In February, it raised $200m from Alipay in a round that valued Zomato at over $1b.
Beyond Meat has hired JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse for an initial public offering. It will be the first for one of the slew of plant-based meat companies.
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