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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.
Investors in the foodtech industry may be making a grave mistake by prioritizing flashy technology over solutions that can truly improve how we eat. While the media went crazy over Vow’s mammoth meatball, the Fast Company warns that this approach does a disservice to everyone, as consumers are left with products that fail to meet their needs and startups struggle to find viable business models. Meanwhile, insect farming startup Ynsect has raised $175 million to expand its food production and shift towards high-margin pet food and food ingredients, highlighting the need for sustainable and profitable solutions in the food industry.
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Backing whiz-bang tech versus things that might actually improve how we eat does us all a disservice.
Ynsect is shifting away from animal feed to high-margin pet food and food ingredients to boost profit amid soaring energy and raw material costs.
Companies like Bel Group and Kraft are aiming to meet corporate sustainability goals and address the limitations of traditional food production with artificial intelligence.
Plant-based alternatives may have exploded onto the food scene in recent years but the hype is catching up, consumer sales have been lackluster and investors are turning away. Are they even taking the right approach by aiming for replicas, or do we need new protein formats altogether?
Bel Group has teamed up with startup Climax Foods to develop plant-based versions of iconic brands including Laughing Cow and Boursin for launch in 2024.
Poor exit environment, macroeconomic downturn and the unexpected collapse of Silicon Valley Bank are driving US venture capitalists to increasingly withdraw from investing in late-stage deals.
How recycling innovations and consumer attitudes towards product packaging are putting sustainability front and center.
Consumers purchased 10.3% fewer items each time they visited a convenience store in 2022.
It’s a blow to the restaurant industry, which has already seen lagging traffic numbers as budget-conscious consumers cut back.
Compostable packaging is popular for environmental reasons, but it can be treated with ‘forever chemicals’ linked to health problems.