Posts tagged "Whole Foods"

Meatless Farm breaks into booming US market with Whole Foods deal

[24 June/CNN Business] Meatless Farm, which is based in Leeds, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Whole Foods to sell its products at US stores for six months starting this summer. The start-up already sells its fake ground meat, burgers and sausages in grocery stores across Britain. Meatless Farm is also in Canada, the...

Whole Foods will ban plastic straws and offer smaller produce bags

[20 May/CNN Business] Whole Foods has announced that it will stop offering plastic straws across all of its 500 stores in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. They currently use straws at its juice and coffee bars as well as at its cafes. Paper straws will be offered in July and plastic straws will...

FoodMaven Raises USD10m with Tao Capital and Walton Family for Food Waste Tech

[24 January/AgFunder] Food Maven, a Colorado based food waste recapturing start-up, has completed a USD10 million bridge financing round with Tao Capital Partners and members of the Walton Family. Earlier investors include former Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb, who joined FoodMaven the day after Amazon dismantled Whole Foods’ board. FoodMaven sells high-quality local, oversupplied and...

Trick or Treat: Whole Foods campaigns for 6 better-for-you versions of childhood goodies

[12 October/Food Dive] Whole Foods decided to launch a nationwide campaign to publicise six of its in-store candy and snack brands instead of promoting seasonal treats. The snack brands are healthy alternatives to childhood favourites. The brands are all emerging companies in the snacking sector. They included Project 7 and SmartSweets who are low-sugar producers...

Milk & Eggs Raises USD6m Seed Funding for ‘Made-To-Order’ Online Farmers Market

[19 September/AgFunder News] Los Angeles based Milk & Eggs raised USD6 million in a seed round. The company operates an online perishable food market and delivery service that connects farmers and artisanal food makers with consumers. The funding was led by Morningside Venture Capital. Milk & Eggs CEO, Kent Wu, said it would allow them...

Amazon targets French grocery market with Monoprix deal

[28 March/Reuters] Amazon had made further inroads into food retail in France as Casino’s upmarket Monoprix Chain became the first local retailed to sell groceries via Amazon. According to one source, Amazon and Casino were negotiating a deal in Brazil. The deal was to either partner or sell Casino’s appliance and electronics chain Via Varejo....

Edible insects: Beyond the novelty factor

 [28 September/ Food Navigator] Whole Foods has dropped all insect based products from its shelves and has not responded to calls and emails to explain why. Some sources claimed that Whole Foods Global developed a structure for how to approve bug based products, leading the company to pull the products from shelves until it developed...

US launch of Icelandic Provisions skyr to capture those with ‘high food IQ,’ says chairman

 [27 June/ Dairy Reporter] Icelandic Provisions has launched its line of Icelandic skyr in the United States, bringing a new high protein diary product to the market. Icelandic Provisions is the largest farmer owner co-operative in Iceland, representing over 650 Icelandic family farms and milk producers. The skyr line was sold in major United States...

F.D.A. Cites Whole Foods for Failure to Address Food Safety Problems

[15 June/ The New York Times] The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a letter to Whole Foods Market, telling the company that it had failed to address a long list of food safety issues at its food processing plant near Boston. Problems included condensation dripping from the ceiling near food and failure to...

Whole Foods forecasts key sales figure could slip for year

[11 February/ NZ Herald] Whole Foods said it forecasted sales to remain flat or decrease by up to 2 percent for the year. The company which specialises in organic food said sales at established stores fell 1.8 percent on average for the quarter ended 17 January. Whole Foods has been under pressure due to an...