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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.
In a contrasting turn of events in the agricultural industry, Aerofarms has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, reflecting the sector’s struggle with dwindling funding and waning venture capital enthusiasm. Meanwhile, Brazil’s JBS is taking a progressive step by initiating the construction of a cultivated meat factory in Spain through its subsidiary, BioTech Foods, where it aims to produce over 1,000 metric tons of cultivated beef annually.
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The investor group’s main objective is to ensure AeroFarms maintains regular operations throughout the Chapter 11 filing, serving its growing customer base and strategic selling partners, including planned retailer expansions for the rest of 2023.
The factory should produce more than 1k metric tons of cultivated beef per year under its subsidiary, BioTech Foods.
Indoor farms raised $75.8m globally across 14 deals in the first three months of 2023, down 70% in deal value from the previous quarter and 91% year-over-year.
Plant-based meat startup Meatless Farm has laid off most of its employees after failing to secure funds to help it stay afloat.
TU Delft and the Swiss technical university EPFL published their findings on the process of designing a tomato-harvesting robot to address food supply challenges.
The biotech startup uses patent-pending RNA technologies to produce bacon and pork belly from a single animal cell sample.
To ensure a steady supply of the customer favorites, the retailer built a slaughterhouse — a feat poultry leader Tyson couldn’t pull off. Forbes got a rare look.
Zume sold its robot pizza business in 2020 to pivot toward sustainable packaging and Picnic laid off employees earlier this year; what’s happening to pizza robots?
Sweetgreen plans for all of its new restaurants within the next five years to be automated through its Infinite Kitchen system.
Infarm previously had operations in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. It has decided to shift its focus to regions such as the Middle East.