food tech

Soylent wants you to know it's not the same dystopian tech bro food liquid that it used to be. With a new strategy and an updated formula, the Downtown L.A.-based nutrition tech company is no longer billing itself as the only thing you'll ever need to eat again… although CEO Demir Vangelov says a 100% Soylent diet is still possible, just not recommended.

"We've shifted from being a meal replacement company to a complete nutrition company," says Vangelov.

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Appetize, a Playa Vista mobile ordering service that delivers food at Dodger games and other large venues , just got gobbled up for $415 million by payment and software service SpotOn.

The acquisition was part of the San Francisco-based SpotOn's $300 million Series E funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz that values the company at $3.15 billion.

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Apeel Sciences, a company whose edible coating helps extend the shelf life of produce, announced Wednesday it raised $250 million in a Series E round that brings the company's valuation to $2 billion.

The latest round attracted a large group of new investors for the company, including Mirae Asset Global Investments, GIC, Viking Global Investors, Disruptive, Andreessen Horowitz, Tenere Capital, Sweetwater Private Equity, Tao Capital Partners, K3 Ventures, David Barber of Almanac Insights, Michael Ovitz of Creative Artists Agency, Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe, Susan Wojcicki of YouTube and singer Katy Perry.

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