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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 groundbreaking move, the UK government has unveiled a landmark £2 billion plan to support the advancement of its biotech ecosystem, with a particular focus on the cultivated meat and fermentation industry. Meanwhile, the New York Times sheds light on the challenging circumstances faced by America’s aging farmworkers, predominantly immigrants, who find themselves on the brink of retirement without the safety net of Medicare or Social Security, despite decades of dedicated service to the country’s agricultural sector.
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Over the next ten years, the government will fund the necessary activities and reforms to propel the country’s biotech ecosystem, which includes the cultivated meat and fermentation industry.
Immigrants who worked decades on US farms are reaching retirement age in a country that offers them neither Medicare nor Social Security.
The zesty tale of Zume Pizza, one of the biggest flops in Silicon Valley history.
The ghost kitchen pioneer, which raised $100m last year to fund the expansion of its food halls, said it began to offload its locations months ago. It has already shuttered its Kroger units.
The mushroom moment of the past few years shows no sign of ending. What’s feeding its enduring popularity?
From solar-powered farm equipment to the world’s first vaccine designed for bees, these technologies are bringing much-needed change to our food systems.
From child labor to modern slavery, global food supply chains are worse off than you think.
Ripple Foods claims to stand out from other firms making milk from yellow peas by utilizing novel technology that strips out unwanted components from plant protein to yield ‘Ripptein.’
Matsmart tackles the issue of waste in the food supply chain by procuring and reselling overstock goods that traditional retailers can’t buy.