Plant-Based Meat’s Branding Catastrophe, Thoughts on the Kroger-Albertsons Merger + More
Image Credit: Carlos Bernate for The New York Times Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture,…
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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.
The plant-based market has become crowded and noisy; the novelty has vaporized; and growth has slowed so much that Beyond Meat’s share price has cratered beyond belief, from a high of $109 to around $16. Brand strategist Adam Hanft discusses why plant-based meat is a branding catastrophe.
Two of the country’s largest supermarket chains, Kroger and Albertsons, announced plans on Friday to merge in a deal that could alter the food retail landscape but will also face intense scrutiny by regulators. Kroger said it would acquire Albertsons for $24.6 billion, creating a retail monolith with 5,000 stores across the country and $209 billion in combined revenue.
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1. After Billions in Investment, Plant-Based Meat Is a Branding Catastrophe – AFN
There is zero differentiation or branding in the space; all the players are stuck in Motorola Land, going no further than saying “We are plant-based.”
2. Kroger and Albertsons Plan $25B Supermarket Merger That May Face Hurdles – New York Times
The deal, an effort to bulk up against deep-pocketed rivals Walmart and Amazon, is likely to invite serious antitrust scrutiny from regulators. Read why it might be a bad idea.
3. Beyond Meat to Cut 19% of Its Workforce As Sales, Stock Struggle – CNBC
Shares of the company fell nearly 10% Friday, dragging the company’s market value below $900m.
4. Line Man Wongnai Is Thailand’s Latest Unicorn After Series B Funding – Deal Street Asia
The startup, which has raised $265m, offers food delivery, grocery delivery, taxi, messenger, restaurant reviews and restaurant solutions.
5. Soli Organic Secures $125M to Expand Soil-Based Vertical Farming Across the US – AFN
The company says it can grow leafy greens and herbs indoors via its soil-based vertical farming system for 30% less than it costs to grow outdoors.
6. The Climate Economy Is About to Explode – The Atlantic
A new report suggests that the Inflation Reduction Act could be even bigger than Congress thinks.
7. Reggaeton Star Maluma Bets on Colombian Cloud Kitchen Startup – Bloomberg
Foodology raised $50m with a roster of new investors. Money will help fund new locations and expansion in Brazil.
8. Spotted Lanternflies Are Feasting on US Grapevines and Putting Vineyards at Risk – CNBC
Fiore Winery in Maryland is among those experiencing the insect’s destructive effects, having already lost about 50% of its production this year because of the lanternflies.
9. Netherlands: Meatable Moves Closer to Becoming the World’s First Cultivated Pork Producer to Earn Regulatory Approval – Green Queen
Meatable says it’s poised to bring cultivated pork to Singapore through an exclusive partnership with the only approved contract cultivated meat manufacturer, ESCO Aster.
10. Inside the Global Effort to Keep Perfectly Good Food Out of the Dump – New York Times
Around the world, lawmakers and entrepreneurs are taking steps to tackle two of humanity’s most pressing problems: hunger and climate change.
11. Turkey: Delivery Startup Getir in Advanced Talks to Buy Gorillas – Bloomberg
The purchase will give Getir scale in key markets like the UK and Germany.
12. The Era of the Paywalled Restaurants Is Upon Us – New York Times
From private “clubstaurants” to NFT reservation tokens to concierge services, getting a table is a lot easier if you’ve got the money.
13. Carbon-Credit Surplus Could Soon Turn to Shortage – Wall Street Journal
Soon there might not be enough carbon credits to go around as hundreds of companies act to offset emissions they can’t eliminate on their own.
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