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There is a lot happening on the retail front. Autonomous delivery startup Nuro has closed a $940 million round led by Softbank to scale up its fleet of self-driving bots. Whole Foods has just raised its prices on hundreds of items due to inflation. Other retailers are beginning to follow suit.
Postmates has officially filed for IPO, following Uber’s footsteps. In response, DoorDash is arming itself with more funding, with aims to raise $500 million to reach $6 billion in valuation.
And finally, the long-awaited policy proposal for the Green New Deal from Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey has finally surfaced—and it aims to turn US agriculture into a positive force for climate change and social justice.
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The investment will be used to expand its delivery service, add new partners, hire employees and scale up its fleet of self-driving bots. The company partnered in 2018 with Kroger to pilot a delivery service in Arizona.
The company could be valued at more than $1.85b in its listing. It is working with JPMorgan and Bank of America on its IPO.
Whole Foods raised prices from 10 cents to several dollars as suppliers have boosted their prices in the face of growing costs. Retailers across the spectrum are starting to pass along similar price increases in response to the growing signs of inflation.
The long-awaited policy proposal from Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey has finally surfaced—and it aims to turn US agriculture into a positive force for climate change and social justice.
The New Food Economy, AgFunder and Karen Karp & Partners investigate the funding gaps for women founders across the food and agriculture sectors.
The company is arming itself with more private capital as rivals Uber and Postmates are planning IPOs.
Funding will be used to expand Phylagen’s microbial forensics service and to grow its microbiome database.
The round was led by Horizons Ventures, Temasek Holdings and ADM Capital. The company uses bioengineered yeast to produce real milk protein. It aims to go to market within a few years.
Lerer Hippeau led the $3.3m seed round, with participation from Greycroft and others. The company plans to sell cosmetic and edible products directly through its education-driven website. Ingestible products include soft gel and powder blends for immunity, sleep and energy.
More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. At this rate, insects could vanish within a century.
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