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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 recent developments, the UK has granted approval for its inaugural CRISPR gene-editing drug, marking a groundbreaking step in the treatment of blood disorders. Anticipation is high as the US is expected to follow suit, potentially approving the innovative therapy later this year. Meanwhile, in the European Union, antitrust regulators have expanded their investigation into potential cartel activities within the food delivery sector. Recent raids have targeted two online food delivery companies headquartered in the EU, signaling a widening scope of concerns and a concerted effort to ensure fair competition in this rapidly evolving industry.
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The treatment for blood disorders is widely anticipated to be approved in the US this year—and that’s just the beginning for gene editing in medicine.
European Union antitrust regulators have carried out another series of raids on two online food delivery companies headquartered inside the bloc.
The Chicago-based upscale convenience store brand plans to combine with the local grocer that has a similar reputation for innovative foodservice and store designs.
Matsmart tackles the issue of waste in the food supply chain by procuring and reselling overstock goods that traditional retailers can’t buy.
Under its most ambitious scenario, reuse schemes could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% to 69%, water usage by 45% to 70%, and material usage by 45% to 76%.
Heat waves and drought are threatening pasture on farms worldwide, prompting experiments to develop hardier crops.
The group plans to award up to $10m in equity capital to companies along with a ‘GroundBreaker Prize’ of around $500k in philanthropic capital to researchers, early-stage entrepreneurs or policy advocates.
The company says it is the first precision fermentation company globally to obtain self-affirmed GRAS status for this ingredient.
Product intelligence firm Spins found in July that “super mushroom” food and beverage products saw $642m in sales, a 19.5% year-over-year growth.