PepsiCo Partners With The Hatchery to Support Food Startups

PepsiCo Partners With The Hatchery to Support Food Startups

The food and beverage startup Hatchery Chicago is partnering with the food, snack, and beverage giant PepsiCo. 

PepsiCo's North America Nutrition division will be working with The Hatchery to help entrepreneurs grow their food startups. 

The goal of the partnership is to "foster collaboration with the long-term goal of making high-quality, delicious products available to more people in more places," according to a recent press release from PepsiCo. 

The Hatchery Chicago is an incubator that assists small businesses in the nutrition space by providing them with the resources they need to start and expand their business. The incubator works with entrepreneurs from the start to finish and helps them with access to production space, funding, and resources. 

The non-profit is building its new location in a food desert in the west side of Chicago by the East Garfield Park.

Now, with PepsiCo's help, the incubator will also be able to offer additional resources and expertise. 

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Albertsons Will Launch a Digital Marketplace To Better Compete with Amazon

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Shoppers are oftentimes choosing to buy local or start-up brands as opposed to household or national names. Amazon, for example, was able to get ahead at identifying well-performing smaller brands through the Whole Foods acquisition. Some grocers are taking notice.

This is part of the reason why Albertsons decided to launch a digital marketplace for smaller brands.

“The effort comes as retailers more and more are looking to data to help guide their buying decisions,” as reported by “CNBC.”

By having a centralized point where products are easy to find, track and hard data can be collected to determine which brands are performing best it will not only benefit consumers but grocers and smaller brands alike.

“Armed with data from the marketplace, brands can make their case for shelf space in Albertsons' stores, according to “CNBC.” “On the flip side, the data Albertsons has access to through its efforts will help it better understand its customers.”

Vendors who can handle their own shipments will be the first ones able to participate in the marketplace. There’s a possibility that in the future Albertsons may jump in and aid vendors with shipment responsibilities.

This initiative comes after the grocer launched Albertsons Performance Media, “a digital media capability that provides brands the opportunity to use proprietary shopper data to drive sales across Albertsons Companies’ network of more than 2,300 stores in 35 states,” as described in a company press release.

Will Albertson be able to compete with Amazon through their efforts? Looks like they are on the right path to be a strong contender.

To learn more, read “CNBC.”



Why Did Target Drop Hampton Creek Products?

Why Did Target Drop Hampton Creek Products?

The food startup Hampton Creek has been plagued with scandal recently. In mid-August, Target Corp. offered some insight to why it no longer sells the company’s products.

The company pulled Hampton Creek’s products in June after receiving “specific and serious food safety allegations about Hampton Creek products.”

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had said that it has “no safety concerns with Hampton Creek at this time,” Target decided to reassess carrying the company’s products. 

“Although the FDA is not pursuing this further, we used the opportunity to review our portfolio, as we regularly do, and decided to reconsider our relationship with Hampton Creek,” wrote Jenna Reck, a spokeswoman for Target in an email in August. “We are not planning to bring Hampton Creek products back to Target and have openly communicated our decision with the Hampton Creek team.” 

Target did not explicitly point out which of the past scandals may have influenced the retail chain to drop Hampton Creek’s products, but said there were multiple reasons to “Bloomberg.”

“There were multiple reasons we terminated our relationship with Hampton Creek and all of the reasons were clearly communicated to Hampton Creek,” said Reck on the phone with “Bloomberg.” 

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Inspired by Travel, Wanderlust Creamery Brings Unique Ingredients to Artisanal Ice Cream

Inspired by Travel, Wanderlust Creamery Brings Unique Ingredients to Artisanal Ice Cream

By Allison Levine, Foodable Contributor

Flavors can carry you to another place. They can help conjure memories of somewhere you have been or inspire you to travel somewhere. For example, the taste of vanilla can transport you to Tahiti or Mexico, lavender may take you to the south of France and sticky rice with mango is equated with Southeast Asia. At Wanderlust Creamery in Tarzana, California, memories or dreams come to life through ice cream. Every flavor tells a story of where the owners have been or where they want to go, and they aim to take customers on that journey.

Wanderlust Creamery is the creation of Adrienne Nicole Borlongan and her partner, JP Lopez. After studying food science at Cal State University Northridge, Adrienne, 30, aspired to work in Research and Development in food manufacturing. After an internship with The Cheesecake Factory, she realized she wanted more creative freedom. She went to work at restaurants and has been bartending for SBE Hospitality for the past few years. While Adrienne played with ingredients as a bartender, she also liked to play with flavors in her home kitchen on her free time. She began making macarons as gifts for her friends, playing with unique flavors.

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Rising Star: Detroit Baker Builds Successful Business

Rising Star: Detroit Baker Builds Successful Business

By Dorothy Hernandez, Foodable Contributor

Black pepper grapefruit meringue. Rhubarb rosemary streusel. Salted maple. These aren’t your typical pie flavors, but then again Sister Pie in Detroit is no ordinary bakery.

Owner Lisa Ludwinski was living in Brooklyn and working at Momofuku Milk Bar when she decided to go for David Chang’s scholarship program, which offered funding for externships around the country. But instead of jetting off for glamorous parts unknown, Ludwinski, a theater major in college, knew she wanted to return home to Michigan to learn the art of bread making. 

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