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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.
Aleph Farms has recently received approval to sell its lab-grown steaks in Israel, marking a significant milestone. The company aims to introduce its cultivated steaks to restaurants within the next few months, with plans to expand into food service and retail in the future. In a parallel development, the USDA emphasizes the crucial role of cellular agriculture in achieving climate and food innovation goals. It expressed the need for sustained government support and transparent scientific research, highlighting their landmark grant to Tufts University’s National Institute for Cellular Ag program as a catalyst for advancing research and garnering attention from the private sector.
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Within a few months it hopes to start selling to restaurants, and eventually for food service and retail.
Sustained government support and transparent scientific research, such as USDA’s landmark grant to Tufts University’s National Institute for Cellular Ag program, can energize cellular agriculture R&D and renew attention from the private sector.
Fifteen states skipped the deadline to apply for a new federally funded program that will provide $120 per child for groceries during the summer months to families of children who already qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school.
The food industry has long touted its products as impossible to resist. But with a spotlight on the perils of compulsive eating, that tactic is getting another look.
The 65k workers who make deliveries for Uber Eats, Grubhub and DoorDash now earn nearly $18 an hour. But some drivers say companies have made getting tips and scheduling shifts more challenging.
Salad and Go wants to provide a healthier, cheap fast-food option with its $7 salads and wraps. The chain has expansion plans that could mean thousands of locations eventually.
Including the new Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act in the upcoming farm bill would go a long way toward fixing the USDA’s commodity checkoff programs.
V2foood is diversifying into whole-food plant-based options with the acquisition of Soulara, which offers an extensive range of nearly 40 ready meals.
As war grinds on, the already desperate humanitarian situation in Gaza is deteriorating into chaos.