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Jolie Weber, the CEO of snack brand Lenny & Larry’s, will delve into these questions, and more, during this episode of Market Share, with host Carol Ortenberg, the editor of NOSH.
Ultra-fresh meal, snack and beverage producer Urban Remedy is doubling down on a strategy to grow sales via its branded kiosks. It’s a move that CEO Paul Coletta says allows the company to achieve better margins, grow faster with less capital investment and puts the company on “path to profitability.” To support this strategy, the company last week announced it had raised an additional $18 million in funding.
As the final step to complete a merger with European fresh produce company Total Produce that began in February, this week Dole Packaged Foods intends to raise $559 million from an initial public offering. The merger forms the world’s largest fresh produce provider, joining Dole’s 109,000 acres of land, 162 distribution and manufacturing facilities, 75 picking houses and 12 cold storage facilities with Total Produce’s global import and distribution network.
Office Hours returns today with a look into the state of the food service channel as a revenue and visibility outlet for food and beverage entrepreneurs. BevNET Editor in Chief Jeff Klineman was joined by Rooted Food Sales’ Matt Cotton and Clay Lichterman of Kodiak Cakes to explore the ways the Covid-19 pandemic cut into food service opportunities and the slow road back for many institutional accounts.
Food tech company NotCo announced today that it has raised $235 million in a Series D funding round led by Tiger Global, bringing its total financing to over $350 million to date. The funding will help the plant-based milk and meat producer to launch its food products in the U.S. and scale its proprietary A.I. technology platform.
Plant-based cheese maker Nobell announced last week that it has secured $75 million in funding to scale the production of its plant-based cheese products made with casein — an essential protein found in milk that gives cheese its taste and texture — cultivated from genetically modified soybeans, rather than cows.
North Carolina-based grocer The Fresh Market filed for an initial public offering this month for the second time in the company’s almost 40-year history. This second IPO could bring significant changes to the grocer’s position in the retail landscape, forcing them to optimize operations at the expense of local and emerging brands.
In this week’s Checkout, Quinn Snacks raises $10 million; Stryve begins trading on the NASDAQ after closing SPAC deal; Foxtrot reveals expansion plans, including adding 50 locations in the next two years; and Target announces the first class of its food & beverage accelerator.
Looking ahead to the second half of this year and beyond, retention of new shoppers, increasing comfort buying CPG online and acceleration of investments by leading retailers in online capabilities is set to drive expansion of online grocery further, representing an estimated 12% of total edible sales.
Canadian holding company and investment firm Eat Beyond this week announced the appointment of Michael Aucoin as CEO. Aucoin replaces Patrick Morris, who had held the CEO role since the company’s launch in fall 2019, and joins Eat Beyond after previously serving as principal for MJA Consulting and president of the Canadian division of dairy cooperative Agropur.