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Plant-based milk substitute market gets frothy with $225 million for Califia Farms

Plant-based milk substitute market gets frothy with 5 million for Califia Farms The market for companies developing dairy substitutes is really getting frothy. In December, the startup Perfect Day Foods announced it had raised $110 million in financing for its dairy replacement and now Califia Farms, the producer of a range of […]

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Is Instacart’s wider rollout of Pickup an attempt to sidestep labor laws?

Is Instacart’s wider rollout of Pickup an attempt to sidestep labor laws? Earlier today, Instacart more widely rolled out its Pickup product, which enables customers to retrieve groceries directly from stores. The move comes just a day after Instacart shoppers unveiled their latest action to #DeleteInstacart, another step in the ongoing series […]

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Codagenix raises $20 million for a new flu vaccine and other therapies

Codagenix raises million for a new flu vaccine and other therapies Coadagenix, a company developing vaccines and viral therapies for illnesses ranging from the flu and respiratory viruses to dengue fever has raised $20 million in a new round of financing. The company’s new investment round was led by Adjuvant Capital with […]

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Lucky coffee, unicorn stumbles, and Sam Altman’s YC wager

Lucky coffee, unicorn stumbles, and Sam Altman’s YC wager Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm and Danny Crichton on hand to dig into the news, with Chris Gates on the dials and more […]

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Impossible adds ‘ground pork’ and ‘sausages’ to its lineup of plant-based foods

Impossible adds ‘ground pork’ and ‘sausages’ to its lineup of plant-based foods Impossible Foods made huge waves in the food industry when it came up with a way of isolating and using “heme” molecules from plants to mimic the blood found in animal meat (also comprised of heme), bringing a new depth […]

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Oceans of opportunity: surveying 2020’s seafaring startup potential

Oceans of opportunity: surveying 2020’s seafaring startup potential Space attracts a lot of attention as an area of frontier tech investment and entrepreneurship, but there’s another vast expanse that could actually be more addressable by the innovation economy — Earth’s oceans. Seafaring startups aren’t attracting quite as much attention as their spacefaring […]

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Drone delivery startup Manna boosts seed funding ahead of launch in Ireland

Drone delivery startup Manna boosts seed funding ahead of launch in Ireland Listening yo the radio (yes it still exists) the other day I realized that the ‘futurist’ that was being interviewed was speculating that drones would “one day be delivering food, but not any time soon”. Well, so much for that […]

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Daring Foods will offer healthy, tasty plant-based chicken

Daring Foods will offer healthy, tasty plant-based chicken Anyone who wants to eat a meatless burger has plenty of options — but what if you want to be a little healthier? Daring Foods will soon be offering an alternative, in the form of plant-based chicken made from five non-genetically modified ingredients — […]

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Indian B2B food tech startup HungerBox raises $12M from Paytm and others

Indian B2B food tech startup HungerBox raises M from Paytm and others HungerBox, an Indian food tech startup that has courted 10 of the 11 largest companies in the country to use its services, today announced it has raised $12 million from Paytm and others as it looks to sign clients in […]

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Uber all set to sell UberEats’ India business to Zomato

Uber all set to sell UberEats’ India business to Zomato Uber is in advanced stages of talks to sell its food delivery service UberEats’ India business to local rival Zomato, as the American ride-hailing giant looks to cut its spending globally, three people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The deal values […]

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