Can protein startups and their investors take on Big Cow?

 For many of us, our first experience with fake meat involves rubbery tofu that tastes more like sneaker sole than seared filet. As we forage on, next come the veggie burgers, the soy dogs, the meatless meatballs. Eventually, we grow accustomed to these protein-dense foodstuffs. And yet, what if fake meat tasted and satiated like the real deal? Read More

Impossible Foods just raised $75 million for its plant-based burgers

 Impossible Foods, the six-year-old, Redwood City, Ca.-based company known for its “juicy” meatless burgers, quietly announced $75 million in funding late last week, led by Temasek, with participation from Open Philanthropy, as well as earlier investors Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures and Horizon Ventures. Read More

‘Sustainable seafood’ grows in a lab instead of the ocean

Taking a whiff of a tray of multiplied cells, made from the stem cells scraped off a dead fish, all I could detect was a faint aroma of something smelling 'off.' Fishy, even. The co-founders of Finless Foods are working every holiday and weekend to '…

BuzzFeed is getting into the smart appliance business with the Tasty One Top

BuzzFeed One Top Here’s a sentence I never expected to write: BuzzFeed is making its first smart appliance, the Tasty One Top, available for pre-order. It sounds a little weird for a digital media company to try to sell you a fancy hot plate, but this is part of BuzzFeed Product Labs, which was created last year following the acquisition of e-commerce startup Scroll. The team’s goal is to… Read More

Blue Apron faces lawsuit from former employee who alleges violation of Family and Medical Leave Act

 On the heels of Blue Apron’s lackluster debut on the public market, a former employee is suing the company for allegedly violating the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires that companies provide employees with job-protected, unpaid leave for certain medical and family reasons. Blue Apron employed Tapshea Bowman, the plaintiff, as a kitchen associate in November 2015, the… Read More

Recommended Reading: Instagram’s influence on restaurants


Instagram Is Pushing
Restaurants to Be
Kitschy, Colorful and
Irresistible to Photographers
Casey Newton,
The Verge

It's no secret that Instagram is full of brunch pics and food porn, but restaurants have noticed the trend. The Verge details how fo…

MIT is building a system that can identify a recipe using pictures of food

 Having mastered the ability to distinguish hot dogs from not hot dogs is truly one of mankind’s greatest achievements. Attempting to one-up that sort of masterstroke would surely be flying too close to the sun — but researchers at MIT are trying nonetheless.
The team’s pic2recipe system uses neural networks to determine the recipe of a given food, in an attempt to gain… Read More

Billionaires make it rain on Plenty, the indoor farming startup

 SoftBank Vision Fund, the huge tech-investment vehicle helmed by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, has led a $200 million investment into indoor farming startup Plenty. Joining Son are notable tech billionaires Eric Schmidt and Jeff Bezos. Plenty farms can grow anything except tree fruit and root vegetables, and produce crops at yields 530x greater than a typical field. Read More