Hard seltzers are bigger than ever

Hard seltzer had a big 2019 and an even bigger 2020, outpacing even analysts' predictions to become a bubbly $4B industry.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 3, 2021

Is regenerative agriculture egg-zactly what the planet needs?

Eggs made by chickens grazing on organic soil are storming the $6B+ egg industry.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 2, 2021

Starbucks baristas vs. TikTok

TikTok influencers are spreading Starbucks drink recipes that are a pain to make.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 1, 2021

Will the baking industry still rake in the dough after the pandemic?

Baking goods -- cocoa, flour, yeast -- boomed during the pandemic. The boom may be here to stay.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 27, 2021

Candymakers want weed companies to stop mimicking them

Candymakers (Mars, Hershey, Mondelez) are filing complaints and lawsuits against cannabis makers. Why? Branding edibles as “candy” is a public hazard for children.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 26, 2021

IP-Oatly: The oat milk startup preps for a $10B public debut

With $420m of sales in 2020, Oatly is ready to go public, but there are questions about the health benefits.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 20, 2021

Goldbelly raises $100m to bring Momofuku and Guy Fieri classics from across America

Goldbelly delivers food from 850 leading restaurants to anywhere in America.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 19, 2021

A crazy update on the ‘inventor’ of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

An ex-janitor who claimed to ‘invent’ Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is now under scrutiny.

The Hustle • May 18, 2021

A wave of robots are hitting the kitchen

Restaurant robots can now flip burgers, make shakes, mix cocktails, and even tell jokes

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 17, 2021

Grocery impulse buying is having a COVID-fueled identity crisis

Mint gum sales are down 30% YoY...because people aren’t “waiting in line” as much.

Kolby Hatch • May 6, 2021

Food is having a moment right now

New food tech, VC funding, and product developments are coming hot off the (sandwich) press.

Jacob Cohen • April 27, 2021

Lakers star Kyle Kuzma and former NBA trainer Bar Malik launch Barcode, a ‘healthy Gatorade’ brand

The NBA player-trainer duo crafted a super-healthy drink that athletes love.

Jacob Cohen • April 23, 2021

Beyond Meat vs. Impossible Foods, explained

Beyond Meat is a leader in fake meat. But it's losing share to Impossible Food while other players (grocers, meat producers) are getting involved.

Trung T. Phan • April 19, 2021

The cold storage real estate market is booming, thanks to online grocery sales

Online grocery ordering exploded last year. Now, companies are building warehouses designed for home delivery.

Jacob Cohen • March 25, 2021

Vegan food unicorns are taking over the market

The plant-based meat and dairy industries are worth a combined $22B and are growing fast.

Ethan Brooks • March 24, 2021

Starbucks CEO’s $50m pay bump publicly rejected by shareholders

In a rare move, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson’s $50m pay raise just got vetoed by its shareholders.

Shelley Tang • March 23, 2021

Everyone thought Toast was toast. Now it’s planning an IPO.

When COVID hit the restaurant industry, Toast was in trouble. But things have turned around and now it’s prepping an IPO.

Jacob Cohen • February 23, 2021

Celebrities are taking shots at the liquor market

Actors, athletes, and celebrity chefs are eyeing massive payouts in the lucrative liquor space.

Jacob Cohen • February 10, 2021

Chipotle’s growth plan: Fill your face with burritos via online orders

Chipotle had a big year, with an assist from its cleverly-named drive-thrus (Chipotlanes)

Jacob Cohen • February 7, 2021

Wine recommendation app Vivino raises $155m, with hints of a marketplace to come

With 67m reviews and 13m wines in its recommendations database, Vivino wants to build out its wine marketplace.

Trung T. Phan • February 4, 2021

Instacart’s relationship with retailers may be fraying. What’s next?

Instacart has had a huge 2020 and is now valued at $17.7B. Some retailers are wondering if what Instacart offers is worth the price, though.

Trung T. Phan • December 30, 2020

Did Coca-Cola create Santa Claus?

Coca-Cola didn’t invent Santa, but the modern image we know today started from a 1931 ad.

Trung T. Phan • December 23, 2020

The pandemic is straining the franchisee-corporate relationship

With margins down during the pandemic, franchisees are fighting back against onerous corporate costs.

Trung T. Phan • December 3, 2020

Ryan Reynolds is rewriting the celebrity-investor playbook

Ryan Reynolds used his marketing magic to sell Aviation Gin for $610m. Now he’s trying to make it happen with Mint Mobile.

Trung T. Phan • December 1, 2020

PE firm sells hot sauce maker Cholula for $800m

The hot sauce market does $1B a year, and $24B condiments giant McCormick -- which owns Frank’s Red Hot Sauce -- is looking to spice up its portfolio in the space.

Trung T. Phan • November 25, 2020

How the pandemic shook up this year’s turkey market

This turkey market was shaken up this year with a pivot toward smaller birds.

Trung T. Phan • November 24, 2020

Why are VCs paying $300m+ for an insect farm?

Everything’s coming up beetles.

Michael Waters • October 7, 2020

In defense of Liquid Death, the VC-backed canned water company

Liquid Death just received $23M in funding to make more canned water. Some people are mocking this startup...here’s why we think it's kinda awesome.

Trung T. Phan • October 1, 2020

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