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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 Wall Street Journal took an inside look into the struggle to scale cultivated meat following the FDA’s approval of Upside Meat’s cultivated chicken. The Economist has introduced a new way to measure the climate impact of food using its ‘banana index,’ which compares popular foodstuffs on weight, calories, and protein to the banana, a fruit of middling climate impact and nutritional value.
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Companies in the emerging field have long been able to grow small amounts of meat from cells, but producing greater volumes at low cost is proving much more difficult.
To make the relative carbon impact of foods easier to digest, The Economist proposes a banana index, which compares popular foodstuffs on weight, calories and protein to the banana, a fruit of middling climate impact and nutritional value.
Decarbonized food, futuristic materials and next-generation fuels are now portfolio targets for venture capitalists.
The grocer is planning to cut several hundred corporate jobs, as it reorganizes its structure to simplify operations.
The US is generating more surplus food than it was five years ago, both in total and per capita.
The startup has announced a new range of cultivated ground meat products and a breakthrough in chicken cell lines.
The Petit Steak, grown from non-modified cells of a premium Angus cow, is expected to launch in Singapore and Israel later this year pending regulatory approval.
In its 2022 annual shareholder letter, Amazon hinted at its plans to invest in a mass grocery store model – but, suggested that its Whole Foods chain does not serve that need.
A new study suggests that we don’t need to wait for techno-based solutions to make our food systems more sustainable.
Some establishments in the city would be required to offer reusable, returnable food packaging and utensils under proposed legislation. They would also have to figure out how to get them back.