Source: The Spoon
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 plant-based news, Simulate, the maker of plant-based Nuggs, has raised $50 million to speed the development of new products and expand internationally. Finless Foods has launched its first product, a plant-based raw tuna, as its cell-cultured sashimi is still in development. Geltor has debut its animal-free gelatin made from precision fermentation technology.
Last but not least, JBS was reported to dole out $11 million in bitcoin to a Russian hacking organization to resolve its ransomware attack and prevent a disruption in the meat supply chain.
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The company uses the mindset of software engineering to continually update its product, releasing new versions of its nuggets every time it makes improvements to their taste, texture, and other features.
The ransom payment, in bitcoin, was made to shield JBS meat plants from further disruption and to limit the potential impact on restaurants, grocery stores and farmers that rely on JBS.
Chinese grocery delivery startups MissFresh and Dingdong Maicai have filed to go public in the US as people continue shopping online for the delivery of everyday essentials.
The plant-based substitute for raw tuna will be sold in foodservice channels in early 2022.
PrimaColl is a nature-identical replica of poultry collagen derived using precision fermentation technology.
A report on the shifts in the global food industry forecasts that global sales will climb from $14b to $1.4t within 30 years for plant-based food producers.
The company, which uses artificial intelligence to build shopping carts for customers, plans to expand its offerings, boost marketing and invest in automation.
The startup’s systems allow for existing stores to be retrofitted for cashierless checkout and has signed on five corporate chains.
The company has a number of plans for this new funding, including international expansion, more software development and some brand acquisition.
Tenacious Ventures has invested $11.5m in six startups so far, with a further 10 deals expected out of its newly closed fund.
Moonlynn Tsai and Yin Chang brought NYC’s restaurant community together to let Asian senior citizens know they’re not alone.
Virtually no mandatory cybersecurity rules govern the millions of food and agriculture businesses that account for about a fifth of the U.S. economy. And now, the risk has become real.
Los Deliveristas Unidos at Workers Justice Project have partnered with several City Council members to introduce 6 bills aimed at regulating delivery apps and improving the working conditions and quality of life for delivery workers.