5@5: A first look at Amazon's high-tech Go store | Startup snack brands merge

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January 23, 2018

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5@5: A first look at Amazon's high-tech Go store | Startup snack brands merge
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Inside Amazon Go, a store of the future

Amazon’s first checkout-free Go store opened today in Seattle after a 14-month test period with company employees. It’s an 1,800 square foot market with a mix of products that would typically be found in convenience stores, and others that would be found in Whole Foods. It’s designed with camera systems and AI-infused sensors that work with a smartphone app to track what customers are picking up off the shelf and charge it to their Amazon accounts. One big caveat, as noted by Slate, is that the store doesn’t accept food stamps. Read more at The New York Times…


Gorilly Goods to expand production with addition of Supernola

Evolve Brands LLC is a newly created holding firm for health-focused snack brands. Its first two companies are both grain-free snack companies—Gorilly Goods in Jackson, Wisconsin, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based Supernola. Evolve, which is owned by Supernola’s founder Cindy Poiesz and CPG entrepreneur Frank Jimenez, plans to consolidate both companies’ operations in Jackson. Read more at Milwaukee Business News…


Puris, Minneapolis-based maker of pea protein, and Cargill form joint venture

Cargill will expand into the pea protein space as part of a new deal with the U.S.’s largest producer of pea protein, Puris, which has plans to build a second plant as a result. Read more at StarTribune…


Second lawsuit against poultry giants alleges chicken price-fixing conspiracy

Winn-Dixie Stores and its sister company Bi-Lo Holdings allege that Tyson, Perdue Farms and Koch Foods—which together control about 90 percent of the broiler chicken market—have conspired to fix the price of chickens for nearly a decade. The stores say they’ve paid inflated prices for chickens as a result of coordinated production cuts by the companies. In 2016, a class-action lawsuit led by food distributor Maplevale Farms made similar accusations. Read more at Chicago Tribune…


a2 milk expands its product range into the US northeast

The Australian company’s products, which are made with milk that doesn’t include the A1 beta-casein protein, will be stocked in 1,400 stores on the East coast. “We started quietly in California in 2015, began the rollout across the west and in national natural food chains in 2016 and then in 2017 we developed a major presence in the Southeast,” said CEO Blake Waltrip. Read more at FoodBev Media…

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