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USDA to Invest $4B+ in Food Supply Chain, Cultured Meat to Reach $2.7B by 2030

Source: Food Business News Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so…



Source: Food Business News 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. The USDA plans to invest more than $4 billion through the Build Back Better Initiative to make critical supply chains stronger, an attempt to remedy challenges exposed during the pandemic. A new report has found that the cell-cultured meat market could reach $2.6 billion by 2030. Major investments and IPOs made headlines this week: Motif Foodworks raised $226 million for its alt protein R&D and production; Boxed plans to go public with a $900 million valuation; Faire raised $260 million; and Brigg has raised $100 million. Our newsletter takes a lot of time and resources to produce. Make a one time or monthly contribution to help us keep it going. Whether it’s $5 or $500, every bit helps and shows us that you value our work. 
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1. USDA to Invest Over $4B to Strengthen the Food Supply Chain – Supply Chain Dive

Part of the Build Back Better Initiative, the USDA will invest in making critical supply chains stronger, aiding food production and processing, improving food distribution and storage, and ensuring equitable market access for food producers.

2. $1.64M Cultured Meat 2021 Market is Expected to Reach $2.7B by 2030 at a CAGR of 95.8%Vegonomist

A new study provides an in-depth analysis of the global cultured meat market, with current and future trends to elucidate the imminent investment pockets in the market.

3. Food System Change: ‘Who’s Making Decisions, Who’s Benefiting, Who’s Gaining the Wealth?’ Errol Schweizer’s Got QuestionsGreen Queen

Errol Schweizer talks the rise of conscious consumerism, supply chain ethics, agroecological philosophy, gig work and more.

4. Chanel, Adidas Invest in Companies and Funds Related to Sustainable AgricultureFreshFruitPortal

Chanel is backing the Landcape Resilience Fund, which aims to raise $100m by 2025 to invest in projects to promote sustainable ag. Adidas is investing in Spinnova, a company that makes textile fibre out of wood or agricultural waste.

5. Motif FoodWorks Raises $226M to Tackle Plant-Based’s Challenges with Texture & TasteAFN

The alt protein company, which leans on precision fermentation and cutting-edge materials science, will use proceeds to increase its R&D capabilities, scale and commercialize its plant-based protein tech, and add to its employee roster.

6. Boxed to Go Public in SPAC Deal Valuing Online Grocer at $900M – Grocery Dive

Boxed will go public in the US under its current name and receive $334m in net cash. The company sees an opportunity to license its in-house technology to other companies in the future.

7. Specialty Food Sales Hit Record $170.4B in 2020Food Dive

A rise in home cooking and baking bolstered demand for pantry staples, while more online shopping pressured the segment.

8. The Food Industry Must Lead on Climate Before Activists Eat Their Lunch – Forbes

The Exxon and Shell debacles portend a climate reckoning for food companies. The message here is clear: it is “open season” on any company or industry that shows a direct link to impacting climate with greenhouse gases.

9. Sequoia-Backed Faire Raises $260M to Hit a $7B Valuation – CB Insights

Faire is an AI-based platform that allows retailers to purchase wholesale merchandise for their stores. Its operations are spread across 80 countries, providing more than 200k retailers with over 20k brands. Funding will be used to expand across Europe.

10. Delivery and Fulfillment Platform Bringg Hits Unicorn Status As It Raises $100MGrocery Dive

The company also recently teamed up with grocery e-commerce firm to let retailers choose between using their own fleet or third parties for delivery.

11. Cristiano Ronaldo Snub Sees Coca-Cola Market Value Fall by $4BESPN

Ronaldo’s removal of two Coca-Cola bottles at a Euro 2020 news conference coincided with a $4b drop in the market value of the American drink giant.

12. Vita Coco Owner Is Planning an IPO at Over $2B ValueBloomberg

The owner of coconut water company Vita Coco is planning to go public this year after investors rushed to back Oatly’s initial public offering.

13. McDonald’s Hit by Data Breach – Wall Street Journal

The chain said hackers stole some data from its systems in markets including the US, South Korea and Taiwan, in another example of cybercriminals infiltrating high-profile global companies.

14. Popmenu Raises $65M for Its Restaurant Digital Marketing and Ordering Platform – The Spoon

Popmenu’s online suite of tools allow restaurants to build their own branded websites, with interactive menus and ordering software. It serves as an alternative to delivery marketplaces.

15. Food Banks Welcome $1B Investment by USDA – The Counter

Shortly after shutting down the controversial Farmers to Families Food Box program for good, Biden’s USDA refocused its efforts to tackle hunger.

16. SBA Rescinds Approval of 3K Restaurant Revitalization Fund Applications After Discrimination ClaimsRestaurant Dive

The agency revoked approvals of women, veteran and other disadvantaged applicants after Texas and Tennessee judges issued injunctions on the disbursement of the funds, arguing the prioritization of certain operators was unconstitutional.

17. Yelp Records Its Highest Seated Diners Total Ever in MayRestaurant Dive

More than 3.7m diners used the Yelp app to dine out in May 2021— its highest totals ever — surpassing pre-pandemic highs.

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