Finances and Deals

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    Food industry makes commitments at White House summit on hunger

    Several companies, from Chobani to Tyson, unveiled plans to improve health and nutrition, including reformulating products and revamping labels. 

    By Sept. 28, 2022
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    Ben & Jerry’s co-founders say Unilever violated merger agreement

    The ice cream brand's founders told MSNBC the sale of its Israel operations went against the section of the deal that gave an independent board control over social responsibility matters.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    Plenty to invest $300M in indoor vertical farm campus

    The 120-acre complex in Virginia will be capable of producing more than 20 million pounds of fruits and vegetables, with berry giant Driscoll’s among its first customers.

    By Sept. 14, 2022
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    Nestlé entering animal-free dairy with milk-like products

    The food and beverage giant is debuting chocolate and plain offerings made with protein from Perfect Day in the U.S. later this year as part of a test-and-learn.

    By Sept. 12, 2022
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    Gotham Greens raises $310M and makes first acquisition

    The new funding and purchase of Virginia-based FresH2O Growers brings the indoor farming company closer to delivering fresh produce to 90% of U.S. consumers within a day’s drive of its greenhouses.

    By Sept. 12, 2022
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    Blendtek partners with Bunge on plant protein ingredients

    The Canadian formulation company now offers the commodity giant’s soy, pea, faba, lentil and mung bean proteins — including concentrates, isolates, powders and textures.

    By Sept. 8, 2022
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    Good Catch acquired by Wicked Kitchen

    The all-stock deal brings the plant-based brands created by brothers Derek and Chad Sarno under one company, while the seafood alternative maker’s previous owner Gathered Foods will concentrate on the development space.

    By Sept. 8, 2022
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    Chobani pulls planned IPO

    A spokesperson with the Greek yogurt maker cited “current market conditions” as the reason for the delay and said the company remains focused on “execution and driving profitable growth.”

    By Sept. 2, 2022
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    Neutral Foods gets $12M for zero-carbon dairy expansion

    The sustainable milk brand backed by Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and LeBron James plans to double the number of stores in which it is sold by the end of the year.

    By Aug. 31, 2022
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    How CPGs are using M&A to boost manufacturing amid supply disruptions

    While dealmaking often focuses on food or beverage brands, more companies are buying plants to ramp up production, widen an offering’s reach and lessen dependence on outside manufacturers.

    By Aug. 31, 2022
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    Kraft Heinz to sell powdered cheese business to Kerry Group for $107.5M

    The deal includes a Minnesota manufacturing facility and its employees, and would bolster the Irish company’s ingredients portfolio.

    By Updated Aug. 30, 2022
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    Thai Union partners with plant-based Ish Food Company

    Through its Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods subsidiary, the seafood giant will work with the startup to increase manufacturing and distribution.

    By Aug. 26, 2022
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    What PepsiCo’s $550M Celsius deal means for the energy drink brand

    Celsius CEO John Fieldly detailed how the investment and distribution agreement could impact the energy drink’s growth potential.

    By Chris Kelly • Aug. 25, 2022
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    How SunOpta achieved record sales and growth amid inflation

    There are two keys to the success of the plant-based beverage and organic fruit company, CEO Joe Ennen said: execution and a carefully curated portfolio.

    By Aug. 23, 2022
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    Keurig Dr Pepper denies reported talks to buy Bang Energy drink owner

    In a statement, the beverage giant said it was “currently not pursuing an acquisition,” but added that M&A and brand/distribution partnerships will remain a key part of its growth strategy. 

    By Updated Aug. 19, 2022
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    Kalsec partners with Infinome on precision fermentation products

    The companies said they will target ingredients that serve nutritional, functional, taste or preservation functions, with the first potentially reaching the market as early as 2024.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    ADM partners with New Culture to manufacture and develop animal-free cheese

    The food industry giant participated in the California startup’s most recent funding round, and has a similar agreement with precision fermentation dairy ingredient maker Perfect Day.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    Plant-based food maker Laird Superfood gets $3 per share takeover offer

    The company said it will review the proposal from EF Hutton SPV I LLC and determine the course of action “that it believes is in the best interests” of its business and shareholders.

    By Aug. 17, 2022
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    As inflation rages, Sovos Brands thrives with a premium portfolio

    Despite the surge in demand for private label products, the company’s Michael Angelo’s frozen meals and Rao’s sauces are attracting consumers who want to indulge more at home, CEO Todd Lachman said.

    By Aug. 16, 2022
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    Seth Goldman’s Eat the Change raises $14.5M to help launch Just Ice Tea

    The funding will be used to set up and scale production, with a national brand rollout in some major retailers slated for October. 

    By Aug. 15, 2022
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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