Instacart and Amazon-owned Whole Foods are parting ways

Instacart and Amazon-owned Whole Foods are parting ways

Instacart has announced this morning it will no longer be doing business with Whole Foods, a U.S. organic grocery chain the company launched a partnership with in 2014. This comes roughly one year after Amazon closed its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods; Amazon, of course, has its own grocery delivery service, AmazonFresh. Currently, Instacart has 1,415 in-store shoppers, or paid Instacart couriers, at 76 Whole Foods locations. 243 of those couriers, who exclusively deliver groceries from Whole Foods, will no longer be able to make Instacart deliveries beginning February…

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An unwelcome reminder that eating raw cookie dough is dangerous even when it’s egg-free

An unwelcome reminder that eating raw cookie dough is dangerous even when it’s egg-free

The CDC is reminding people not to consume raw cookie dough, even if it is egg-free. Egg-free dough isn’t safe if it includes raw flour Products with cookie dough, such as ice cream, have killed the germs by heating up the dough.  Read more… More about Food, Health, Mashable Video, Food Drink, and Cookie DoughRead full story

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Bowery, an indoor farming startup, raises $90 million more, including to counter a SoftBank-funded rival

Bowery, an indoor farming startup, raises $90 million more, including to counter a SoftBank-funded rival

When in July of last year, Softbank’s Vision Fund led a whopping $200 million round in the Silicon Valley startup Plenty, investors behind a competing indoor farming startup across the country, New York-based Bowery, were left reeling. Just one month earlier, they’d closed on a round that brought Bowery’s total funding to $31 million. As one of Bowery’s backers told us in the immediate aftermath of Plenty’s enormous round, SoftBank’s involvement “definitely gives you pause.” Its involvement has not, however, prompted investors to give up. On the contrary, Bowery just…

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Let’s talk hardware in Vegas

Let’s talk hardware in Vegas

Hello, Las Vegas! We are all heading to LV for CES next month and instead of spending all our cash on a booth we’ll be wandering the halls and want to meet you as far away from the Convention Center as possible without ending up in the Grand Canyon. And we need your help. While I have some ideas, I’d love it if someone could recommend a nice place to host about 150 people with drinks, food, and other goodies. We’ll have beer, exhibitors, and some good times. If you…

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Starbucks challenger Luckin snags $200M investment on $2.2B valuation

Starbucks challenger Luckin snags $200M investment on $2.2B valuation

Luckin, a startup that vows to topple Starbucks’ dominance in China, announced on Wednesday that it’s lifted its valuation to $2.2 billion after raising $200 million in a series B funding round. That came only five months after the coffee upstart, which soft-launched in January, picked up $200 million in investment. Luckin has been on a spending spree to open shop and burnt through $150 million within the first six months in operation, its founder said in July when the company had a cash reserve of 2 billion yuan, or roughly $290 million. Luckin…

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Lyft is making it easier for people in food deserts to access groceries

Lyft is making it easier for people in food deserts to access groceries

Access to healthy food is particularly difficult in food deserts — areas where more than 40 percent of households don’t have access to a car, are located more than half a mile away from a grocery store and have a median income of less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four, according to the D.C. Policy Center. In Washington, D.C. access to food is directly related to poverty and transportation. Lyft, which is gearing up for its initial public offering in Q1 of next…

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