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 race to bring cell-cultured meat to market has advanced this week with news of the first lab-grown pork belly and bacon strips, developed by UK startup Higher Steaks. KFC has also entered the race in partnership with 3D Bioprinting Solutions to create a lab-grown chicken nugget replacement in Russia.
A slew of fundraising rounds have made it into the headlines this week across all sectors. Chinese e-grocer MissFresh represented the largest raise, with $495 million to enhance the company’s “smart chain” technology and broader supply chain capabilities.
Last but not least, Yelp data has revealed that 60 percent of restaurants have permanently closed. The report was unveiled as Oakland and Berkeley abruptly shut down all outdoor dining earlier in July and New York’s Governor Cuomo threatened to roll back bar and restaurant openings.
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KFC has partnered with 3D Bioprinting Solutions to make chicken meat replacement using plant material and lab-cultured chicken cells. It has also expanded its Beyond Fried Chicken pilot to Southern California.
The products are made with a combination of cell-cultured meat, plant base, proteins, fats and starches.
A unit of investment bank CICC led the round. The new funds will be deployed to enhance the company’s “smart chain” technology and broader supply chain capabilities. The startup has built a network of 1.5k small-scale distribution centers across China.
A new report shows that 60% of restaurants have closed, a 23% increase since June 15.
The DOH announced that 221 employees at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant had tested positive for Covid-19. Days earlier, Tyson told Iowa workplace safety regulators that 552 plant employees had been infected.
Funding was led by Valor Equity Partners. The company is also announcing a new warehouse in New Jersey that will allow it to double its capacity across the East Coast, the South and into the Midwest. It plans to continue to build out its team.
Brik Astoria in Queens became the city’s first bar or restaurant to have its outdoor-seating permit stripped, after crowds failed to follow social-distancing rules.
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Funding came from Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Obvious Ventures, Pacific West Bank, B37 Ventures and others. It announced its full-stack solution aimed at creating collaborative robotics systems.
Altos Ventures and Left Lane Capital led the round. Funding will be used to expand to more cities across the US and add new product features.
Vertex Growth and Orion Fund led the round. Funding will go towards identifying new pests or weed varieties for a widening range of crops, while increasing its percentage accuracy. Taranis also plans to expand across the Americas.
The round was led by De Hoge Dennen Capital. Funding will go towards opening more locations and improving its technology.
Acre Venture Partners led the round. Funding will be used to scale production of its protective silk coating product as well as develop commercial partnerships in multiple food categories.
Cooks Venture raised its Series A to further develop its new breed of chicken. SJF Ventures and Larry Schwartz led the round.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The partnership is intended to grow the Oregon-based ice cream producer into a global brand through furthering product innovation, increasing marketing efforts and expanding distribution.
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