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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 last few months have experienced a shift in the market. Startups that were once overvalued by investors are now being pressured to meet their demands for profitability. This has proven difficult for many brands across all food sectors, and especially true in the realm of vertical farming, where companies are struggling to turn a profit on lettuce. In the CPG space, thousands of people will be descending upon Expo West this week and on the lookout for the brands that will make it or break it in the cutthroat industry.
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Climate change might make growing produce indoors a necessity. But despite taking in more than a billion dollars in venture capital investment, most companies in the industry seem to be withering, unable to turn a profit on lettuce.
Less saturated fat, less sodium, less added sugar; manufacturers say almost no packaged foods would qualify under the agency’s new rules.
The food industry is cutthroat, and Expo West is a proving ground. Chloe Sorvino will be on the lookout for entrepreneurs who are succeeding against the odds as well as the brands that had exhibited in the past and have since called it quits.
Plant-based beverage makers hailed the agency’s decision but objected to the recommendation for labels to specify the nutritional differences with cow’s milk.
Meati is seeking to differentiate itself from others with a fungi-based platform capable of producing whole cuts of alternative meat from mycelium.
The startup has acquired a facility in Israel and related assets from VBL Therapeutics, enabling it to produce larger quantities by late 2024. It should now be able to start production in Singapore in 2025.
Plant-based dairy company Miyoko’s Creamery has filed a case against founder Miyoko Schinner alleging breach of contract and company IP misappropriation.
For low-income households enrolled in the program, known as SNAP, the cuts could reduce their benefits by an average $182 per month.
Manufacturers’ and retailers’ efforts to improve store-branded offerings are paying off, as shoppers make price their most important consideration.
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