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The food industry is in constant financial motion; there’s always some company snapping up the assets of another, or reporting on a radical new strategy aimed at protecting its profits. The latest money moves can have a big impact on ingredient supply, so it pays to keep up to date.

$2.5M from Aqua-Spark will help Love The Wild transition to 100% aquaculture farmed fish

With an investment of $2.5 million from Aqua-Spark, startup seafood meal kit maker Love The Wild hopes to change the way Americans eat fish and perceive aquaculture farming, which has...

Kellogg's eighteen94 leads $4.25m funding round in moringa superfood start-up Kuli Kuli

Kellogg Company’s venture capital fund eighteen94’s inaugural investment and lead position in a $4.25 million raise for the fast-growing startup Kuli Kuli will help the moringa superfood supplier and manufacturer...

USDA pilot to allow Americans to buy groceries online with food stamps

The US Department of Agriculture’s recent selection of a diverse group of national and independent retailers to sell online groceries to Americans using food stamps not only potentially expands the...

Food Future Co: 'Once you launch, you will nearly always encounter problems that you just didn’t anticipate'

Food Future Co - a food business accelerator program targeting ‘purpose-driven’ companies in scale-up mode (on track to grossing more than $1 million annually) – will unveil its new cohort...

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Tyson Foods launches $150m venture fund focused on 'companies developing breakthrough technologies and business models'

Meat & poultry giant Tyson Foods - which recently took a 5% stake in plant-based 'meat' firm Beyond Meat - has launched a $150m venture capital fund focused on investing...

Incubation and investment at FOOD VISION USA: Sniffing out marketing bulls**t, are meal kits a good investment, and how to pick winners

The food industry’s biggest guns have recently been engaged in some serious retail therapy, investing in a flurry of smaller, sexier brands and setting up venture arms to nurture them....

Tips for courting private equity investors and ensuring the best match for long term success

The era when investors in the food and beverage industry had all the leverage and could strategically pick the “perfect cut” by meticulously searching for “matching” opportunities in the perfect...

Upcoming vote on organic certification of hydroponics stokes emotions, has far-reaching impact

Mere weeks before the National Organic Standards Board is expected to vote on a recommendation to allow hydroponically grown food to qualify as organic, the Cornucopia Institute filed a formal...

Getting right financial advice critical for startups trying to clear distribution hump

Going from $2 million in sales to $10 million is a huge jump that requires a radical change in company culture. Getting expert advice in how to negotiate that change...

TSG Consumer Partners: Many of the big CPG companies are effectively outsourcing innovation

While buying or investing in a flurry of smaller, sexier brands may not have a meaningful impact on their P&L for 5-10 years, it's the only way many big food...

Tech solutions to show health effects in real time seen as new hope in supplement investment picture

Having the right team to execute on an idea is the key to attracting investment capital, experts say. But finding the right idea, that’s a bit more of a stretch...

Vegan meal delivery service Veestro will expand with $1.5 million fundraise

An infusion of $1.5 million will help vegan meal delivery startup Veestro fully take advantage of growing consumer demand for organic, plant-based food and ready-to-eat meals delivered to their doors. 

5 tips for growing a CPG company fast from rapidly expanding Hella Bitters

Hella Bitters' explosive growth in the last three years has been a dream come true for the founders, but it easily could have been a nightmare if the young company...

Campbell's 2015 sales, earnings fall as company bites down on restructuring bullet

Campbell Soup Company continues to be impacted by restructuring costs and falling sales. But an uptick in organic sales buoyed the company as it embarks on a previously announced plan...

Alternative proteins, delivery tech dominate M&A activity; supplements trail off

The Nutrition Capital Network reports that mergers and acquisitions activity in branded natural and organic food & beverage companies is on a record-setting pace for 2015. In addition, NCN reports...

Stagnant wage growth continues to restrict grocery purchases, IRI says

Consumers likely will not loosen their purse strings to fill their grocery carts with premium or unnecessary foods any time soon, even though gas prices, unemployment and inflation are down,...

Falling gas prices offer growth opportunity for private label

Tumbling gas prices that are lining consumers’ pockets with savings may provide an unexpected opportunity for private label to steal market share from national brands, rather than the other way...

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ABA chief: Farming infrastructure critically important for wheat

Farming infrastructure in the wheat sector is critically important for bakers but there are a number issues threatening it, says the president and CEO of the American Bakers Association.

Three-quarters of CPG promotions don’t break even, says Nielsen

It’s well-known that many CPG firms feel that they are not getting enough bang for their trade spending bucks. But a recent analysis by Nielsen reveals that most of them...

Annie’s/So Delicious deals just the beginning says corporate finance expert: CPG giants now eyeing up natural firms with revenues of $10-25m

While the jaw-dropping amount that General Mills paid for Annie’s ($820m) raised some eyebrows, it was “worth it”, says one corporate finance expert who says big CPG firms are increasingly...

Analyst: Top CPG firms not delivering on innovation, falling back into promotional trap

Pinnacle Foods boss: ‘We’re looking at this industry right now as very much a zero sum game. We're not seeing growth in total’

As several CEOs have recently observed, big brands are not getting so much bang for their promotional buck these days. But in the current climate, targeted trade spending is a...

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Tate & Lyle profits fall on lower US beverage demand

Tate & Lyle has reported lower profits in the first half of the year, citing poor demand for soft drinks in the United States.

Ingredion rolls out cost saving gelatin replacer for yogurt

Ingredion Inc. has rolled out a gelatin replacement ingredient, Etenia 457 potato starch, to help the dairy industry avoid the rising cost of gelatin in yogurt production. 

M&A activity on pace to match 2012 totals, investment group says

Investment and acquisition trends in the health & wellness industry in 2013 are on a pace to match 2012, according to a report by Nutrition Capital Network (NCN).

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TreeHouse Foods continues private label buying spree with $180m deal to buy Associated Brands

The deal - expected to close in Q3, 2013 - will complement TreeHouse’s single serve coffee business by giving it a foothold in the specialty...

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