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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.
VC funding for the food and beverage industry is facing a steep decline. Over the past year, both the amount of money raised and the number of deals have significantly dropped compared to the previous year, the impact of which is being felt deeply by all startups. According to Fooddive and Pitchbook Data: “In the first quarter of 2023, there were 1,030 transactions that raised roughly $1 billion, compared to 1,349 deals totaling $1.3 billion in the first three months of 2022. The fourth quarter of 2022 saw an especially profound drop, with 785 deals raising $800 million. At the same time in 2021, 2,316 deals raised $2.3 billion.”
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During the last four quarters, the amount of money raised and the number of deals have fallen significantly compared to the same period the year before.
Known for its chic colors, the direct-to-consumer home goods company is getting acquired by the conglomerate Meyer. CEO Sierra Tishgart explains why.
HackCapital is positioning itself as a groundbreaking investment platform dedicated to revolutionizing financing for private companies focused on impact planetary solutions.
Big Idea Ventures claims to be the first global fund dedicated to the development and expansion of alt proteins, as well as the most active investor in the food tech category.
A new report regarding global plant-based food and beverages states its market value will hit $104.7b by 2032, citing vegan seafood as an area of increased relevance.
Vegetarianism is more popular than ever—but so is meat consumption. How can this be?
UAE-based G42 Global Expansion Fund (42xFund) led the round with participation from SoftBank Vision Fund II and private equity firm Northstar Group.
Selva Ventures invests in companies at the seed and Series A stages and assists with resources across finance, operations and retail partnerships.
The term doesn’t mean that much any more, and there are other, more important factors to consider when selecting food.
Incredo’s technology binds real cane or beet sugar with trace amounts of a natural carrier that is able to reduce the amount of sugar in foods by between 30% and 50%.
Starting Sept 1, companies making items that do not come from animals will be required to explicitly label them.