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.
In retail news, Nestle has acquired New York-based meal delivery startup Freshly for $1.5 billion. Muji has launched a line of faux meat products in its home country, Japan.
In other news, tech delivery companies infused $218 million into Proposition 22, a measure that would exempt app-based transportation and delivery companies from classifying their workers as employees. California voters approved of the bill this week.
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The NY-based startup sells ready made meals across 48 states with a forecasted sales of $430m for 2020. The acquisition will help it expand in the US market.
The Japanese housewares chain has introduced four RTE faux meat products in its home country.
This acquisition will give Aphria already established manufacturing, marketing and distribution assets in the US as cannabis gains momentum in the country.
Doordash, Uber, Postmates and others poured over $218m into the race.
Funds will be used to scale to 10k new locations around the country and transform parking lots into “neighborhood hubs.” The company has a cloud kitchen business and plans to launch an open-air entertainment venue in Austin.
The company is buyings Kindred Systems, which designs picking and packing robots for online fulfillment centers, for $262m. It also purchased robot arm company Haddington Dynamics for $25m.
No matter who wins the White House on Tuesday, policy changes over the last four years will have long-term impacts on the food system—from the farm economy to food access.
The first portfolio investment for the new fund is China-based essential nutrients startup Mojia Bio. The group intends to close the rest of the funding in the coming months.
Check out our list of resources to learn about systemic racism in the food and agriculture industries. We also highlight Black food and farm businesses and organizations to support.