Finances and Deals

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    A taste of Food Dive’s best stories

    From the struggles of plant-based meat to Kellogg’s proposed split, Food Dive writes about the news that moves the CPG industry.

    By Food Dive Staff • Dec. 2, 2022
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    Huel closes $24M investment round

    Actor Idris Elba is among the backers for the British meal replacement company, which is now valued at $560 million.

    By Dec. 1, 2022
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    ICL Food Specialties and Protera Biosciences partner on AI-discovered plant-based ingredients

    The collaboration, with the goal of quickly scaling up clean-label options, follows a $1 million investment from the global minerals giant last year.

    By Dec. 1, 2022
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    Perfect Day expands its reach with gelatin company purchase

    With the acquisition of India’s Sterling Biotech Limited, the animal-free dairy company doubles its manufacturing capacity and has a path to widen its precision fermentation portfolio.

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    Dippin’ Dots could come to retail, new owner says

    The ice cream, which J&J Snack Foods recently purchased for $222 million, has a large presence in outlets including movie theaters, stadiums and amusement parks, but not grocery stores.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    Nestlé scales back meal delivery presence through Freshly deal

    The CPG giant and private equity firm L Catterton are creating an entity bringing together the business it bought two years ago and Kettle Cuisine. Nestlé will retain a 41% stake in the partnership.

    By Nov. 28, 2022
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    Once a ‘sleepy category,’ the pretzel grabs its fill of the $106B snacking space

    Long mocked as an unloved staple of bars and airplanes, brands such as Hershey’s Dot’s have turned to bold flavors to attract snack-obsessed consumers.

    By Nov. 28, 2022
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    Post is on lookout for M&A deals, CEO says

    Rob Vitale said the manufacturer of Peter Pan peanut butter and Pebbles cereal has a cash-rich balance sheet that could be beneficial as it considers whether to add to its portfolio.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    How can plant-based meat get back to growth?

    As business indicators have worsened, Beyond Meat and other companies in the space have tried new strategies — but analysts say they may have forgotten consumers along the way.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
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    Vow raises $49.2M to expand cultivated meat production

    The Australian company, which focuses on growing uncommon types of meat such as kangaroo, alpaca and quail from cells, plans to launch in its home country and the U.S. next year.

    By Nov. 14, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    From science to CPG: New ventures create opportunities for startups

    While many larger players in the food tech space had to build their own facilities and processes from scratch, entities are planning to give those starting out now a smoother beginning.

    By Nov. 11, 2022
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    B&G Foods ‘actively seeking’ to sell Back to Nature brand

    The owner of Ortega and Cream of Wheat said it is also looking at other divestitures that could help it pay down debt, reduce leverage and better position its portfolio for growth.

    By Nov. 11, 2022
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    As revenue slides, Beyond Meat CEO outlines strategy to improve business

    CEO Ethan Brown said today’s economy has not been kind to plant-based meat. He’s aiming to return the company to cash-flow-positive operations in the second half of 2023.

    By Nov. 10, 2022
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    From science to CPG series

    A five-part series examining the challenges food tech companies face when scaling up.

    By Nov. 9, 2022
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    Keurig Dr Pepper invests $50M in Athletic Brewing

    The minority stake deepens the soda and coffee giant’s presence in the nonalcoholic category following its acquisition of ready-to-drink cocktail brand Atypique in June.  

    By Nov. 9, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    From science to CPG: How money makes the food tech startup world go round

    Fundraising and understanding a realistic timeline are high barriers for these companies as they face R&D and regulatory challenges.

    By Nov. 8, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    From science to CPG: How food tech companies grow into tomorrow’s food manufacturers

    It’s difficult to take a scientific discovery that could change the way the world eats and get it to consumers’ plates. Startups need tenacity, money, R&D, patience and an understanding of reality.

    By Nov. 7, 2022
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    BioVeritas gets $65M for fermented upcycled ingredients

    The company, which turns broken pasta and other food waste into ingredients commonly sourced from petrochemicals, plans to open a commercial-scale plant in 2025.

    By Oct. 27, 2022
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    Constellation transitions to passive role at Canopy Growth

    As part of a deal, the alcohol giant would keep its existing 35.7% stake, but no longer be allowed to nominate representatives to the board or approve certain transactions.

    By Oct. 25, 2022
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    How one private equity firm is adapting its strategy in today’s volatile environment

    While Peter Burns, managing partner at Sunrise Strategic Partners, said there is plenty of money still looking for a home in food, investors are more cautious and prioritizing profitable, established brands.

    By Oct. 24, 2022
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    How food processors can tap into tied-up capital with sale leasebacks

    By selling property and immediately leasing it back, food processors can get a fresh layer of cash while maintaining long-term control of their facilities, writes Malik Franklin, a partner at SLB Capital Advisors.

    By Malik Franklin • Oct. 20, 2022
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    Nestlé buys Seattle’s Best Coffee from Starbucks

    The acquisition boosts the CPG giant’s U.S. presence in the category where it already owns brands like Nescafé and Nespresso.

    By Oct. 19, 2022
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    Beyond Meat lays off 200 employees and slashes its revenue outlook

    The plant-based meat company, which is eliminating about a fifth of its workforce after cutting staff in August, said the latest job reductions can drive more sustainable growth.

    By Oct. 14, 2022
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    Soli Organic raises $125M to further expansion plans

    The indoor agriculture company will use these funds — as well as the $170 million in financing it’s received in the last year — to build new farms to grow herbs and other organic crops in soil.

    By Oct. 12, 2022
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    Bang Energy’s parent company files for bankruptcy

    After court battles with PepsiCo and Monster, Vital Pharmaceuticals owes more than $400 million to the two beverage companies. It said its partnership with the soda giant caused its market share to decline.

    By Oct. 11, 2022