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Blue Apron co-founder and former COO Matthew Wadiak has launched Cooks Venture , which will sell pasture-raised, heirloom, slow growth chickens, offering distribution both direct-to-consumer and in-store starting July 2019. The company is focused on regenerative agriculture and transparency in food production.
Starbucks is investing $100 million in a new $400 million food-focused fund in partnership with private equity firm Valor Equity Partners.
Finally, Sweetgreen has partnered with FoodCorps to launch Reimagining School Cafeterias, which will allow kids in 50 schools to design their own fresh, locally sourced lunches.
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Starbucks will provide a $100m cash commitment to anchor the new fund, which will focus on companies developing new technologies and products for the food and retail industry.
Blue Apron co-founder and former COO Matthew Wadiak has launched Cooks Venture, which will sell pasture-raised, heirloom, slow growth chickens, offering distribution both direct-to-consumer and in-store starting July 2019. The company is focused on regenerative agriculture and transparency in food production.
Sweetgreen and FoodCorps have partnered to launch Reimagining School Cafeterias. By next year, kids in 50 schools will get to design their own fresh, locally sourced lunches, Sweetgreen-style.
Online grocery shopping in the US will more than double from $14.2b in 2017 to $29.7b in 2021 led by retail giants Amazon and Walmart.
The retailer is doing more than just stepping into a growing category. It’s seizing an opportunity to strengthen its in-store visibility and build its brand affiliation as a grocery provider.
The new feature lets customers within the same neighborhood pool their orders. In return, these customers get the food delivered for free.
It has long been an open secret that some farms survive by relying on an undocumented labor force. Now, tough immigration enforcement has caused a crisis.
New Age Meats and Memphis Meats are both experimenting with this technique to culture animal tissue using Crispr.
The company has raised pre-seed financing from investors like AIIM Partners, Boom Capital and Ryan Bethencourt and is now part of the Y Combinator cohort presenting next week. Financial terms were undisclosed. The company estimates it can make a kilogram of shrimp meat for $5k.
The round was co-led by DCM and Mars backed venture capital Digitalis. The company now has a total of 30k customers who are receiving its products.
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