Alternative meat and dairy companies are raking in investment dollars

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While total VC funding is down because of the pandemic, money is pouring into plant-based and alternative meat and dairy startups. Last week, the Swedish oat milk brand Oatly announced that it had raised $200 million from investors like Blackstone Group and Oprah Winfrey. The prior week, Perfect Day, a company that makes lab-grown ingredients for dairy-free products, including a very realistic version of ice cream , raised $160 million . Earlier in the year, Impossible Foods raised half a billion dollars. A long list of other companies have also raised money during the pandemic, from MycoTechnology, a company that uses a mushroom platform to ferment protein, to Blue Nalu, which is making seafood in bioreactors. Read Full Story

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What is Equity Crowdfunding and How Can You Use it For Your Business?

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Creating a successful startup is hard; it’s even harder without access to startup funds. However, if you’ve got a great business plan and the ability to create a buzz around your brand, equity crowdfunding could be the perfect option for your business. New legislation is opening up this crowdfunding option and making it a more viable method of raising capital for thousands of businesses. An Overview of Equity Crowdfunding Equity crowdfunding enables members of the public to invest in a privately-owned company. An entrepreneur or a business, generally a startup, will use an equity crowdfunding platform to offer securities in return for an investment from members of the public. Most commonly, that security will be in the form of shares, and as the company grows and prospers, the value of those shares increases, offering the investor a return on their investment. Why is this important for businesses? If you’ve ever …

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This new plant-based shrimp expands the fake meat menu

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New Wave Foods thinks its seaweed and plant-protein creation can replace the nearly 5 pounds of shrimp Americans eat annually—and help clean up an industry rife with bad labor practices. After five years and $8 million dollars, sustainable seafood alternative company New Wave Foods is ready to launch its first product: plant-based shrimp. Read Full Story

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What’s the carbon footprint of lab-grown meat?

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Cultivated meat is supposed to help mitigate the emissions of our meat-filled diets. But how much better is it? The companies pioneering new ways to produce meat in bioreactors—growing animal cells without the animals themselves—often make claims about the climate benefits of their technology. They’re avoiding the emissions inherent in growing food and raising the animals. But the cultivated meat still requires electricity to grow, so how much lower are its emissions? Read Full Story

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Plant-based meat sales exploded during the pandemic. Here’s how to keep consumers coming back

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Four in five consumers say sustainability matters, but taste and health both rate higher. During the early stage of the pandemic, consumers had trouble buying meat as food processing facilities shut temporarily to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result, consumers turned to plant-based alternatives for protein in home-cooked meals. Many were first-time buyers. As a result, for a two-week period in March, plant-based meat sales grew 148% . Nielsen also reported that sales of all alternative meat products rose 264% in the nine weeks ending May 2. Read Full Story

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“We don’t have to spend it all at once!” CEO Tony Xu on DoorDash’s $3.4 billion IPO

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Tony Xu reflects on DoorDash’s red-hot IPO, raising money from Softbank, and why helping restaurateurs and drivers has personal meaning for him. Food delivery platform DoorDash soared in its blockbuster public offering this week, raising nearly $3.4 billion for a market capitalization of more than $70 billion. That’s an astounding windfall for a company that has yet to turn a profit. Read Full Story

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Best Small Business Loans

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Unless you’re independently wealthy, most small business owners need a loan at one point or another. From paying for startup costs to expansion projects, equipment, or unexpected incidents, quick access to funding will make it easier for your company to grow. Whether you’re launching a brand new venture or own an established business, there are so many different small business lending options out there to consider. Which small business loan is best for you? This guide contains everything you need to know on the subject. The Top 6 Options For Small Business Loans Fundbox Funding Circle Accion Lendio OnDeck Kiva How to Choose the Best Small Business Loans For You Small business loans come in all different shapes and sizes. So as you’re evaluating different options, there are specific …

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2021 Local SEO Success: Expert Tips & Predictions

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Posted by MiriamEllis “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh , Buddhist teacher Image credit: Maulvi My warm New Year’s greetings to all local business owners and local SEOs reading my column today. Add to this my sincere sentiments of solidarity for what we went through together in 2020 — we won’t soon forget it, and our stories from the journey contain important teachings for our market and industry. I often find that the best local SEO takeaways sprout from the real-world anecdotes of colleagues and friends, and you’ll find those here today along with my personal predictions for the year ahead. Let’s get learning! Teachings from the real lives of local SEOs In a year when we were physically distant from one another in unprecedented ways, I’ve found memorable lessons in how local business owners broke down barriers to keep communities connected. …

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This lab-grown chicken just got the world’s first regulatory approval

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In a few Singaporean restaurants, the chicken on the menu will come from a bioreactor, not a farm. Four years ago, the San Francisco-based alternative protein company Eat Just (formerly named simply Just, and Hampton Creek before that) was most well-known for the plant-based egg alternatives that served as the base for Just Mayo , its flagship eggless, vegan mayo substitute. But the company wanted to go further than just finding plants that could mimic the taste and feel of meat products: It pushed into lab-grown, or “cultivated meat,” and started working on growing real chicken from cells. Two years ago, Fast Company tried some of the chicken prototypes at Eat Just’s headquarters . Now, it’s become the first company to gain regulatory approval to begin selling meat grown in a bioreactor. Read Full Story

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