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Another big week for the plant-based meat industry, with news of Beyond Meat‘s aims to raise $183.8 million for its IPO. Amid rising tensions, Tyson Foods announced that it was selling its 6.5% stake in the company, with no word on the sale price or buyer. Clara Foods has closed its Series B led by Ingredion.
In other news, Unilever has acquired Olly for an undisclosed sum. Walmart plans to create a supply chain for its Angus beef, bypassing Tyson.
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The company is looking to raise roughly $200m in the stock sale for its portfolio of burger, chicken and sausage replacements. This would value Beyond Meat at more than $1b.
Tyson had a 6.5% ownership stake in Beyond Meat when the company filed for its IPO last November, having invested a total of $23m. The sale price and buyer is unknown.
Financial details were not disclosed. Olly’s combination of product offerings, from protein snack to beauty supplements, made it a good fit for Unilever.
This round of financing will fast-track commercialization of its animal-free egg protein, expand research and development capabilities and broaden the product road-map. Financial terms were undisclosed.
The nation’s biggest grocer has partnered with a Texas cattle rancher and other industry-related businesses to provide a steady supply of no-hormone-added Angus beef to 500 of its US stores beginning later this year.
Private label dollar volume in the mass retail channel surged 41% over the last five years, compared to a gain of only 7.4% for national brands. Store brands volume climbed by 33.2%.
Join us on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in New York City to hear from Founders and CEOs that are creating sustainable alternatives to protein at our April Food+Tech Meetup, Alternative Protein. We’ll be joined by Courtney Boyd Meyers of AKUA, Gavin McIntyre of Ecovative and Brian Rudolph of Banza.
Funding will help Ninjacart expand to 10 new cities, add 200 distribution centers across India, improve the supply chain infrastructure and strengthen its product and tech team.
Investors included CDC Group, FMO, Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets and more. Omnivore has made five investments ranging from $500k to $4m thus far.
Investors include Archer Daniels Midland, Corteva Agriscience, Ecolab, Elanco, Griffith Foods and more. Funding will be used to invest in Series A and B deals, covering technologies that advance crop production, animal health and protein production.
Financial terms were undisclosed. Hu just debuted a line of gluten-free crackers that will now be able to scale faster and reach a more accessible price with the investment.
Cava Group completed its $300m acquisition of Zoes Kitchen. The company is working on bringing Cava Grill to new markets and bring Zoes dips into Whole Foods nationwide.
The new capital will be used to fund research into the link between the human microbiome and chronic diseases including diabetes, autoimmune disorders and Parkinson’s, as well as cancers.
In 2011, reporters decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program. Eight years later, they are still fighting for that data.
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