Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Food

We consider environmental impact of food production, rapidly consolidating food market, sustainable innovations that change how we eat, and technologies, companies, and processes reinventing global food supply chains. 

Meat, Dairy Producers Ignore Climate Change Despite Effects On Profits

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The $1.5 trillion global meat and dairy industries are taking little responsibility for their roles in climate change even as increased droughts, floods and storms cost them money. That’s the assessment of Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return, a London-based collaborative investor...

Maggots for Fido? “Ento” Pet Foods, Made From Bug Protein, Creating a Buzz

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Think outside the bowl. That's the message from the new breed of upscale bug-protein pet food brands. The trailblazers tapping the $50 billion canine nutrition market say that “ento” insect snacks have a smaller carbon footprint than old-school kibble...

Acai, Snake Venom, Cocoa: Amazon Survival, Post-Inferno, May Hinge on Sustainable Development

Amazon’s fires may be calming down, but the battle for the future of the world’s biggest tropical rainforest is far from over. The Amazon is one of the planet’s most important natural defenses against climate change, as investors, scientists...

Celebrity Chef Oliver Bounces Back with Campaign Against U.K. Child Obesity

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, long a proponent of healthier eating by children, has a new goal for his business empire following the collapse of his restaurant chain: cutting by half the number of obese children in the U.K.Oliver hopes to achieve the...

The Future of Farming: Regenerative Agriculture Gains Investors’ Attention

Regenerative farming –– using practices that refresh the soil in ways that fight the effects of climate change –– is gaining the attention of investors, who have poured about $47.5 billion in money and assets into the sector, according to Croatan Institute’s...

Macro Snacks Pitches New Line of Nosh As Nutritionists Urge Snacking Moderation

A snack by any other name -- healthy, macro, vegan -- is still a snack, isn’t it?  So-called healthy snacks are crowding store shelves and being pitched as an alternative to the greasy, salty chips loved by so many....

UN Climate Report’s Warnings and Opportunities, in 5 Takeaways

A grim U.N. report detailing the effects of climate change on food production warns that without large-scale change, food across the globe will become scarcer, more expensive, and contain less nutritional value. To break down the findings from the...

Food Wrapped in Food: Edible Seaweed Packaging is Here

Seaweed is being wrapped around more than sushi these days.  Seen as a potential alternative to plastics, seaweed-based packaging is being manufactured to wrap up instant coffee, seasonings and more. What’s more, it comes in a food-grade variety so...

Fish Oil From Canola Seeds Seen Easing Ocean Harvest Pressures

It’s not quite farm-raised fish sticks, but the big agricultural firm Cargill may have moved our food supply a step closer. The feed maker and commodities trader announced that the U.S. Agriculture Department deregulated its plant-based omega-3 fatty acid...

Vegan ETF Unveiled Amid Plant Boom, and it Looks Lot Like a Tech Fund

With the blossoming of interest in plant-based eating and soaring demand for meat alternatives like Beyond Meat and Impossible Meat, it was only a matter of time before vegans got their own ETF.  Taking a contrarian approach, the first...

Unilever May Sell Brands That Don’t Meet ‘Purpose Standards’

Unilever, whose 400 brands range from Popsicles ice pops to Dove soap, is reviewing its product line with an eye toward selling those that don’t meet social impact standards. CEO Alan Jope saie on the company’s last earnings call...

Food Scraps, Packing Protein and Profit, Get Second Life

As peas and soy, crickets and fungus are increasingly eyed as sustainable protein sources, a group of entrepreneurs is looking a little lower on the food chain -- at piles of waste. Sunflower tailings are among the scraps being “upcycled” into protein-rich...

Italy’s Banfi Among Winemakers Pursuing Sustainability Goals as Consumers Shop Green

Vintage and variety aren’t the only things consumers are searching a wine label for these days.  More than a third of drinkers consider a winemaker’s environmental impact before buying, according to a 2013 Wine Institute survey. Two-thirds of those...

Coca-Cola Invests in Health-Ade Kombucha as Pivot Away From Sugar Continues

Coca-Cola’s polar bears might be switching from Coke to . . . fermented tea that includes something called scoby? As it cultivates its next generation of consumers, many of whom shun sugary beverages like Coca-Cola’s flagship drink, the company...

Kellogg’s Stealth Brand in Plant-Protein May Boost Company Fortunes

Plant-based faux-meat startups are all the rage with Wall Street, but long-established vegetarian brand Kellogg’s MorningStar Farms may be in the best position to cash in on the craze. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have made investors happy with...

AeroFarms Raises $100 Million, Latest Deal in Booming Vertical Farms

From a former nightclub in Newark’s Ironbound to a basement in New York City’s tony Tribeca to shipping containers scattered out west, vertical farmers are seeding the future of agriculture and planting opportunities for investors, who see the farms meeting demand for...

Kencko’s Fruit-Vegetable Powder Drink Tries to Stand Out Amid a Crowded Plant-Based Field

Amid a growing wave of foodmakers touting plant-based products, Kencko is betting its fruit and vegetable powders will catch on with consumers looking for healthy, organic drink alternatives. First, it’ll have to overcome skepticism about the nutritional value of dried foods.

A Lucrative Bug-Based Proteins Market? Harder Than You Think

Plant-based meat has taken off as a lucrative market for companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Now there’s buzz about another protein source, perhaps more quease-inducing than peas and soy: bugs. Insect-based protein may become an $8 billion...

Beyond Meat CEO Welcomes Competition, Sees Pressure to Deliver As Biggest Challenge

Ethan Brown, the founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, does not seem fazed by intensifying competition in the plant-based industry, from either food tech startups or industry giants like Tyson Foods Inc. “Our biggest challenge is around pace. It’s...

Test-Tube Tuna: Fast-Growing Fake Fish Market Is Still ‘Very Open’ to Disruption

The next Beyond Meat success story could come from the fishing industry. As concerns grow about the cleanliness and sustainability of farm-grown fish, startups are employing stem cells and plants to create substitutes they claim are healthy, sustainable alternatives...

While Consumers Wretch, Entrepreneurs Go Full Steam on Bug Protein

The day is nearing when moms around the world may tell their kids to “sit down and eat your crickets!” Bug protein -- grasshoppers, crickets and the appropriately named mealworms -- is crawling to your grocer’s shelves. While a...

Investing in Sustainable Farms to Avoid Volatility from Climate Change and Tariffs

As President Trump tweets about unfair trade, and climate change reshapes the global weather map, the image of farmland as one of the quieter corners of the investing world is being turned on its head. Investors historically have mitigated...

Eat Meat Without Guilt: Innovations In Livestock Production

While Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger have reignited investor appetite for meat alternatives, not everyone is going to become vegetarian or readily switch to a plant-based diet.  Vital Farms, an Austin, Texas-based producer of pasture-raised eggs, received an investment...

Greenwashing Packaging: Starbucks, Pepsi Meet Cost and Tech Challenges

Starbucks test of reusable cups, the latest example of drink companies seeking to cut waste, is probably expensive and of limited help to the environment. In fact, the biggest benefit at this point may be to the company’s image, in part because...

DoorDash Knocks GrubHub From Top Delivery Spot Amid Controversy

DoorDash overtook GrubHub as the top online food delivery company in the U.S. amid accusations from restaurants that DoorDash didn’t get permission to post their menus or deliver their food to customers. DoorDash topped monthly meal-delivery sales in May,...

Home-Based Allergen-Free Libre Naturals Boosted by VC Investment

Among the many recent changes to consumer tastes that have been roiling the food and beverage industry lately, one trend is driven more by necessity than choice: the need for allergen-free foods amid an explosion of childhood food allergies.

Silo Shines a Light, Smooths Kinks in Agricultural Supply Chain

Ten years ago, Ashton Braun was pricing and shipping coffee for export as a commodities trader in Southeast Asia. His experience in a supply chains rife with labor abuses, shoddy environmental practices and inefficiencies got him thinking: how might technology bring transparency...

For America’s Plant-Based Revolution, This Is Just The Beginning

If Beyond Meat’s ebullient post-IPO performance is any indication, everyone wants to have a piece of the plant-based, fast-growing sustainable food market. Even Tyson Foods, America’s biggest meat producer. Behold: plant-based Tyson Foods nuggets are coming to frozen...

Zume Steps Up Plant-Based Packaging With Pivot Purchase

Zume, which  uses vans with hyper-efficient ovens to make pizzas while delivering them, bought Pivot, a California-based company that designs plant-based packaging. The deal continues a shift into packaging for Zume which introduced a compostable pizza box made from...

Blockchain for Agriculture: Regen Network Helps to Cut Waste in Food Supply

Regen Network, a Blockchain startup helping agriculture industry manage environmental impact, is pre-selling its token, Regen CEO Christian Shearer told Karma. Founded last year, the Massachusetts-based company records farming data on its Blockchain, offering food companies a trusted...
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