Jan 7, 2020

Dairy producer Borden files for bankruptcy

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Almond milk maker raises $225 million

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Califia Farms, a Los Angeles-based almond and oat milk producer, raised $225 million in new funding. Qatar Investment Authority led, and was joined by Temasek, Calridge, and Green Monday Ventures.

Why it matters: Milk was the original alt-protein battlefield, well before Beyond Meat bought its first petri dish, contributing to the recent bankruptcies of traditional, century-old dairies like Dean Foods and Borden.

Keep ReadingArrowJan 15, 2020

Kitchen matches: Plant-based meats fire up fast-food traffic and sales

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The fast-food industry has fallen in love with plant-based "meats" and the boost in foot traffic and sales they provide from more health- and climate-conscious consumers.

Why it matters: The public’s growing interest in plant-based "meat" has start-ups trying to scale up and expand their market share, and food giants, such as Tyson Foods, are trying to muscle—and cash—in. The plant-based meat industry has seen $12.6 billion in sales and $4.5 billion in revenue as of July 2019, according to the Plant Based Food Association, and such non-meat burgers were estimated to be in 7,200 Burger Kings, 1,000 Carl's Jrs., and hundreds of other fast-food joints at the close of 2019.

Go deeperArrowJan 25, 2020

Private equity should breathe a sigh of relief as Sanders surges

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders has opened up leads in both Iowa and New Hampshire, according to most recent polls.

The big picture: Private equity might be hyperventilating into a paper bag, but it should be breathing a sigh of relief. At least temporarily.

Go deeperArrowJan 28, 2020