Forager Project, a San Francisco-based producer and marketer of organic, plant-based food and beverages, has received a minority investment from Danone Manifesto Ventures, to continue to build its portfolio of innovative products, enhance sustainable sourcing and production, increase brand awareness, and widen distribution. Danone Manifesto Ventures launched in 2016 with the mission to support innovative and healthy food and beverage companies, and partners with disruptive entrepreneurs that share its vision of a healthy and sustainable future.
Forager Project is a family-owned and operated organic food company that has been crafting plant-based foods in California since 2013. The company has developed a broad portfolio of organic plant-based products including yogurt, milk, sour cream, half & half, as well as a range of protein and probiotic shakes.
Danone Manifesto Ventures believes Forager Project is a unique brand with strong potential in the fast-growing plant-based space. “Forager Project and Danone have highly aligned values focused on improving human and planet health through food, and a shared commitment to sustainable, enduring business growth,” said Laurent Marcel, CEO of Danone Manifesto Ventures.
Customer transactions at major U.S. restaurant chains declined by 21% in the week ending May 17 compared with the same period last year, a slight gain from the previous week’s 23% decline and the fifth consecutive week of improvement, reports The NPD Group.
U.S. restaurant chain transaction declines continued to improve for the fourth consecutive week in the week ending May 10 as more states reopen. Total restaurant customer transactions were down 23% compared with a 26% decline the prior week, reported The NPD Group.
As restaurants and bars resume operations in some areas of the United States, the CDC has published a guidance document that offers considerations for ways in which operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two documents, a checklist and an infographic, designed to assist retail food establishments that might have been closed or partially closed during the COVID-19 pandemic in preparing to reopen.
The U.S. restaurant industry lost more than three decades of jobs in the last two months, according to a National Restaurant Association (NRA) analysis of preliminary data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).