We at Food+Tech Connect stand in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism and police brutality.
We are committed to using our platform to create systemic change and to end racial injustices, especially in our food system. We know that educating ourselves about anti-racism and dismantling systemic racism will be hard, ongoing work. We also know that the only way forward is together. Over the coming weeks, we will begin collaborating with organizations across the food system to start hosting conversations and creating resources that amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous and POC communities.
If you want to collaborate, please email Danielle at danielle [at] foodtechconnect.com.
With Love & Gratitude,
Danielle, Mike & Phoebe
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put more than 10 million independent restaurant workers at risk of losing their jobs for good. Across sectors, businesses are being forced to pivot their business models as consumers go on lockdown and change their buying habits. This round-up features many of the ways the pandemic is impacting all parts of the food industry.
In an effort to do our part and support the community we love so dearly, we have compiled a list of resources and organizations that are providing support to those in need. We are also offering free job postings to anyone who is looking to employ people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here.
Food justice is racial justice. As the nation rises up to protest atrocities against Black people, here are some organizations working to advance Black food sovereignty.
It’s time for people of all backgrounds to not only denounce violence, but to actively use their voices, dollars and power to demand change.
In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, we have compiled a list of resources amplifying black chefs and food producers, black-owned businesses, and organizations helping the food insecure during protests and COVID-19.
The industry employed 15.6m people in America alone. Sales in 2020 were projected to be $899b, but no more. Estimates of how many restaurants will not be able to reopen range from 25% to 80%. The economic damage of a stunted hospitality industry ripples across the globe and across sectors.
Health workers in Florida, the nation’s tomato-growing capital, have detected an alarming spike in Covid-19 cases: an average of 24 new positives a day.
The plant, which has about 2.3k workers, is scheduled to reopen Wednesday. About 75% of the employees testing positive had no symptoms.
A system that relies on exploitation isn’t one that should survive the pandemic. There’s a better way to feed people and care for workers.
The concern is higher for small companies and restaurants that specialize in dine-in. Large chains are likely to get bigger amid dining industry M&A.
One farm in Tennessee distributed Covid-19 tests to all of its workers after an employee came down with the virus. It turned out that every single one of its roughly 200 employees had been infected.
The inaccessibility of limited hours means many people in the community can’t make it to the grocery store and don’t have another option close by, highlighting the deep inequality in levels of food access across the city.
As parts of the US economy reopen and food demand remains high, some companies are ending ‘hero’ and ‘hazard’ bonuses.
The lack of clarity and guidance from city officials has left workers and restaurant owners scrambling for answers.
The 15 Percent Pledge asks businesses and individuals to commit 15 percent of their buying to black-owned businesses, potentially generating billions for the black community.
Experts weigh in on how we can best support food and agriculture workers during the pandemic—and beyond.
The agency came under scrutiny after it canceled a $40m contract with California Avocados Direct and awarded an event planning company a $39m contract that had made dubious claims about their clients and credentials.
The bill would reduce the percentage of PPP funds restaurants are required to spend on payroll from 75% to 60%; extend the time period businesses have to use the funds from two months to six months; and more.
Tyson will return to its pre-Covid-19 absentee policy, which includes punishing workers for missing work due to illness.