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One of the world’s largest producers of alcoholic beverages has led a $20 million funding round for Flying Embers, a Ventura-based brewery that is capitalizing on the growing popularity of hard kombucha and hard seltzer.

Chicago-based Beam Suntory, a division of Japanese brewing giant Suntory, spearheaded the Series C raise and was joined by Hermosa Beach-based PowerPlant Partners and Beverly Hills-based Monogram Capital Partners, as well as East Coast venture firms Beechwood Capital and Quadrant Capital.

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Food brand KPOP Foods, which was founded by two UCLA business school friends looking to spread their love of Korean food and culture, has been acquired by Korean foods retailer Wooltari USA.
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Fast food chain KFC has unveiled its plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken in partnership with Beyond Meat—a sign of the fast food industry’s growing investment in vegetarian and vegan options.

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