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Where Amazon, Uber, and Instacart Are Going to Crash Together - Inc.
With news that it's developing a crowd-sourced delivery service, Amazon is sure to find itself competing with some well-funded startups.

Kroger's Online Grocery Rollout Shows Why Choppers Will Get Hooked - Brick Meets Click
Kroger is expanding its online grocery service.

Men's Health Enters Meal-Delivery Kit Business With Chef'd Partnership - AdAge
Consumers select from five meals on Chef'd's website, then they receive the ingredients in an ice-packed box within two days. 

To Tackle Food Waste, Big Grocery Chain Will Sell Produce Rejects - NPR
Raley's announced last week that it will begin selling less-than-perfect fruits and vegetables in July.

AmazonFresh Becomes A Prime Benefit In Select California Markets, At $7.99 Per Delivery - TechCrunch
Previously, the cost for an AmazonFresh Prime membership was a much steeper $299 per year.

Farmhouse Delivery Buys Austin Meal Kit company, Plans Expansion - Austin Business Journal
 The deal comes three months after Farmhouse Delivery raised capital from Lion Venture Partners. 

‘La Ruche Qui Dit Oui’ Scores $9 Million From USV And Felix Capital For Its Local Food Marketplace - TechCrunch
The startup has found a great way to create a scalable food marketplace.

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Pea Protein Picks Up as Healthy Alternative Food Ingredient - FoodDive
Legumes made up 34% of non-soy plant protein products globally in 2014, according to Frost & Sullivan.

General Mills Executive: Producing Food While Preserving Planet is the Issue of Our Time - Sun Tribune
GM's director of sourcing and sustainability, says the impact of sustainable farming goes beyond immediate economic interests.   

Hershey to Slash 300 Jobs; Revenue Outlook Dips - FoodDive
It also is dropping its full-year revenue outlook down to a 2.5% to 3.5% uptick. 
 
Four Metro Detroit Sisters Taste Success in Raw Juice Line - Detroit Free Press
Through a Kickstarter campaign, these sisters raised enough to buy a cold-press juice extractor and launched Drought.
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Survey: Consumers Expect More Tech From all Restaurants - NRN
Amenities from Domino’s, The Habit Burger Grill, Ben & Jerry’s rank highly, Technomic finds. 

Albuquerque-Based Lavu Raises $15M For Its Restaurant POS Software - TechCrunch
The funding was led by Aldrich Capital Partners. Previously bootstrapped, 

On Demand Homemade Meals Gaining Ground with Companies Like Foodcloud, Holachef, Biteclub - Economic Times
These marketplaces have arisen to bring on the traditionally disorganized home chef industry on to unified platforms and provide them with delivery services. 

Tiffin Startup FoodAbhi Raises Seed Round Funding, Eyes Pan-India Expansion - First Post
The startup will use the funds to build tech that will help customers track deliveries, as well as enable the startup to track vendor activities.

Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering to More States - NRN
Units in 21 additional states to offer ordering, payment via app. 

Food Delivery Startup Roadrunnr To Raise Funds - DealCurry
The startup is in late stages of talks with Sequoia Capital and Nexus Venture Partners for raise.

AGRICULTURE 


Organic Farmers: Whole Foods Is Sn Unfair Grader - Grist
In a letter to Whole Foods, they said that it costs farmers too much to get graded and that the system has major flaws.

PowWow, A Startup That Tracks Water Pump Health, Raises $3M - TechCrunch
The funding came from a grant and angel investors, and the startup plans to raise VC money once it proves that its tech is scalable. 

Private Equity Investors Set Their Sights on Food & Agriculture - AgFunder
AgFunderNews speaks with Mitchell Presser, a GAI Innovation Advisory Board Member and Head of U.S. Mergers and Acquisitions for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. 

How Personal Food Computers Could Revolutionize Farming - CS Monitor
Caleb Harper's personal food computer has the potential to give everyone the ability to plant perfect crops all year round.

App To Connect Kenyan Farmers With Climate-smart Seeds - The Star Online
It will offer information on the best seeds for changing growing conditions, agriculture experts said.

Is Urban Farming A Sustainable Way To Feed City Dwellers? - Produce Business UK
A new startup aims to show the potential for such schemes to compete with traditional growers. 
 

EATERS


Food Tank’s 2015 Summer Reading List - Food Tank
This killer list features 20 inspiring and informative books on food and agriculture.

Is Food The Next Frontier For Image Recognition? - Forbes
Maybe we will turn from using tech to measure how our bodies are burning calories to better understand the fuel we’re putting in them. 

How Foodpreneurs Are Reinventing Your Kid’s School Lunch - Fortune
The future of food is not engineered to guarantee a quick meal. Rather, its authentic, natural and sustainably grown.

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