Finances and Deals


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    Food and beverage M&A dips in Q2, study finds

    Despite 84 deals compared to 99 in the same period last year, large cash stockpiles will keep the space “an attractive and intrinsically defensive sector for investments,” according to research and data provider Kroll. 

    By Aug. 12, 2022
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    TreeHouse to sell large part of meal prep business for $950M

    The sale to Investindustrial, which comes amid strong demand for store-branded offerings, will simplify the private label maker’s business and allow it to focus on higher-growth and -margin foods.

    By Aug. 11, 2022
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    The secret behind Danone’s ‘very recession resilient’ portfolio

    North American CEO Shane Grant said the company will benefit as consumers prioritize essential foods like its creamers, yogurts and plant-based milks.

    By Aug. 10, 2022
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    Aperitif maker Haus to shutter as Constellation reportedly backs out on funding round

    In a tweet, the upstart’s CEO said the three-year-old company is in the process of closing, and without an investor, doesn’t have the cash to support its operations.

    By Aug. 10, 2022
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    Constellation Brands buys minority stake in canned wine Archer Roose

    The investment comes four months after the alcohol giant bought the remaining stake it didn’t already own in Austin Cocktails. 

    By Aug. 9, 2022
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    Beyond Meat cuts outlook and employees as sales and earnings disappoint

    As higher prices and inflation lead consumers to trade down at the grocery store, CEO Ethan Brown said the company is focusing on reducing its operational expenses.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
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    Del Monte buys broth and stocks brand Kitchen Basics from McCormick

    The purchase for an undisclosed amount will strengthen the company’s branded portfolio while complementing College Inn, its existing product in the category.

    By Updated Aug. 4, 2022
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    Cargill and Continental Grain close $4.5B purchase of Sanderson Farms

    The transaction, which was announced last August and creates the third-largest U.S. poultry processor, was delayed by a Justice Department review.

    By , Updated July 22, 2022
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    Boston Beer stung by declining hard seltzer demand

    The Truly maker is under pressure as the once popular alcohol category has fallen out of favor with more consumers turning to ready-to-drink cocktails and other offerings.

    By July 22, 2022
  • A person slices a Meati Crispy Cutlet on a white cutting board that sits on a coral-colored counter.
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    Meati nets $150M investment for expansion as products hit store shelves

    The funding will help the mycelium-based meat analog company complete its “Mega Ranch” facility, which will supply all Sprouts Farmers Market stores later this year. Chipotle’s venture fund was among the investors.

    By July 21, 2022
  • A palette of Phytolon's natural colors made through precision fermentation.
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    Phytolon raises $14.5M, led by Royal DSM's venture arm

    The fermented natural colors maker plans to expand its products globally, with the help of leaders in the biotech space.

    By July 14, 2022
  • A scientist stands to the right of Brevel's microalgae ingredient culturing equipment, made up of metal tanks and glass chambers with yellow substances..
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    Why Brevel says its microalgae will become the most popular alternative protein ingredient

    The inexpensive powder with a mild taste and high level of nutrition will eventually topple today’s standards of soy and pea in plant-based foods, the Israeli company’s CEO says.

    By July 14, 2022
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    Flowers Foods invests in keto bread maker Base Culture

    The bakery giant will help the gluten- and grain-free company increase distribution, scale and marketing, as well as bolster manufacturing capabilities.

    By July 14, 2022
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    Tyson uses automation and employee programs to meet chicken demand

    The poultry giant is working to improve efficiency as supply issues continue to mount.

    By July 12, 2022
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    Sustainable coffee maker Steeped raises $5M through crowdfunding

    The beverage upstart said the money will go toward bringing its compostable single-serve brewing process to more drinkers.

    By July 7, 2022
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    Diageo partners with Vita Coco on canned cocktail beverage

    The drink, which will include the popular coconut water and Captain Morgan rum, will be available in three flavors starting in early 2023.

    By July 6, 2022
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    Diageo buys flavor tech company to streamline drink exploration, path to purchase

    The world’s second largest distiller is hoping to match consumers — especially young ones — with a whiskey, eliminating the costly experimentation process.

    By Sara Karlovitch • July 5, 2022
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    Cost of Fourth of July cookouts to jump by double digits this year

    Price increases for food items like chicken, bread and soda have made this year’s holiday a more expensive celebration, according to two recent analyses.

    By July 1, 2022
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    Sanderson, Wayne Farms merger delayed

    In a new SEC filing, Sanderson Farms said it still expects the deal to close but not in its expected timeframe of mid-2022.

    By June 29, 2022
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    Eclipse Foods scoops up more than $40M to invest in plant-based dairy

    The ice cream maker’s signature ingredient blend can enable an entire non-milk platform, and additional products will launch next year.

    By June 28, 2022
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    Atomo raises $40M for molecular coffee and launches RTD products

    The beans-free startup will begin shipping cold brew and latte products that aim to deliver a similar taste as traditional options, but with improved sustainability.

    By June 28, 2022
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    Sapporo USA to acquire Stone Brewing in deal valued at $165M

    By acquiring the ninth largest craft brewer in the U.S., the Japanese beer giant is gaining production capacity and a launching ground for its own brand.

    By June 24, 2022
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    Chinova Bioworks raises $6M for clean-label preservative

    Investors in the company and its ingredient made from upcycled mushrooms include the venture arms of Royal DSM and Rich Products.

    By June 23, 2022
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    How CrushDynamics upcycles wine waste into a nutritious ingredient

    The Canadian company uses fermentation to make polyphenol-rich blends that can enhance flavor, reduce salt, block bitterness and extend shelf life, and plans to take its tech to winemaking regions worldwide.

    By June 23, 2022
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    How food tech companies can raise money in a slowing economy

    Investors still want to put funds toward well-established players in the sector, and M&A, partnerships and joint ventures will continue to proliferate, said panelists at the Future Food-Tech Alternative Proteins conference this week.

    By June 23, 2022