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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 major milestone for the food industry, the USDA has granted inspection approvals to Upside Foods, Good Meat, and Joinn Biologics, signaling the imminent arrival of cell-cultured chicken in the American market. Meanwhile, Daily Harvest, a prominent $1b food startup, grapples with the aftermath of a tumultuous year. CEO Rachel Drori breaks her silence on the inclusion of tara flour in its products and what came of the lawsuits and illnesses that followed.
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The USDA announced it has issued grants of inspection to Upside Foods, Good Meat and Good Meat’s manufacturing partner, Joinn Biologics, the first companies aiming to bring the much-awaited product to the American market.
The CEO speaks for the first time about the tara flour that sickened hundreds, led to lawsuits and revealed big problems in US food safety.
Companies are focusing on more incremental innovation as investment capital tightens up and consumer appetite for new things has been lacking.
The company, which has already raised $40m from key investors, says it can make products at the same cost as traditional meat.
Moolec genetically engineered soybeans to make pig protein—and they want to use the ingredient to scale up realistic meat alternatives.
Ocado shares jumped as much as 47%, the most in five years, on speculation of bid interest from Amazon.
Andrew Simmons plans to expand his formula for restaurants into a chain, and believes he would need just 4% of the capital Zume raised over its lifetime ($423m) to create a 100-restaurant chain and get to $100m in revenue.
Overhauls at Olo, Grubhub and Nextbite signal the end of the pandemic tech boom, and the need for more responsible growth.
The Audacious Project has given $60m in funding to Global Fishing Watch, as it strives to create a map of all the fishing vessels operating on the ocean.
Hunger advocates and researchers believe the end to emergency allotments—coupled with revised work requirements for SNAP—will pressure food banks, hurt public health, impact kids and revive old prejudices.