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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.
2018 was a record-breaking year for agrifood tech investment yet again. AgFunder’s latest report found that startups raised $16.9 billion, a 43% increase year-over-year growth.
WeWork Labs has officially launched its food innovation arm and will now begin investing $1 million in seed funding to a cohort of startups. The space will include areas for R&D, merchandising, a food pantry and a large event space.
A report by Euromonitor explored the effects that cannabis will have on FMCGs. It found that global sales of CBD-infused packaged foods are expected to double during the next two years.
Family farmers, rural communities and food insecure families now face a $2.2 billion cut to services in Trump’s proposed 2020 budget. And lastly, the first GMO Salmon, AquAdvantage, has hit the U.S. market after approval by the FDA.
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AgriFood Tech startups raised $16.9b in 2018, a 43% increase year-over-year growth. Deal activity increased by 11%, bucking the trend across venture capital industries.
WeWork Food Labs is a food-centric co-working space and innovation lab that will contribute $1m in equity investments to a cohort of startups. It will include areas for R&D and merchandising, a food pantry and a large event space.
Family farmers, rural communities, and food insecure families face a $2.2b cut to services.
As CBD becomes more popular in a variety of categories, Euromonitor predicts it will soon become just another functional ingredient. Global sales of CBD-infused packaged foods are expected to double over the next two years.
The FDA announced Friday that it would be allowing AquAdvantage salmon to be imported to the US, lifting a ban that has been in place since 2016. The fish are engineered to grow twice as fast as traditional Atlantic salmon.
The manufacturer of THC- and CBD-infused edibles and beverages is starting an incubator and accelerator program to fast track brands sold in California. CERIA Brewing Company is the first participant in the program.
The company has expanded its partnership with Kroger to launch in Houston, Texas.
Uber is testing a program in Paris, where it rents kitchen space to restaurants using its food delivery app.
The round was led by Bertelsmann India Investments. New capital will be used to take advantage of India’s increasing smartphone penetration in rural areas and hire more agriculture experts.
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