Eat Just (the alt-protein company formerly known as Hampton Creek) has raised another $200 million

Eat Just, the purveyor of eggless eggs and mayonnaise and the first government-approved vendor of lab-grown chicken, has raised $200 million in a new round of funding, the company said.

The funding was led by the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the state of Qatar, with additional participation from Charlesbank Capital Partners and Vulcan Capital, the investment arm of the estate of Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen.

Since its launch in 2011 as Hampton Creek, the company has raised more than $650 million all to build out capacity for its egg replacement products and its new line of lab-grown meat.

“We are very excited to work with our investors to build a healthier, safer and more sustainable food system. Their knowledge and experience partnering with companies that are transforming numerous industries were fundamental in our decision to partner with them,” said Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Eat Just, in a statement.

Eat Just’s evolution hasn’t been without controversy. In 2017, the company and its chief executive withstood a failed coup, which forced the firing of several executives. The company also saw its entire board resign in the aftermath of those firings, only to replace them with a new slate of directors months later.

In the aftermath, Hampton Creek rebranded and refocused. These days the company’s products fall into two somewhat related categories. There’re the plant-based egg replacement products and eggless mayonnaise and the lab grown chicken products that are meant to replace poultry farmed chicken meat.

Since the egg side of Eat Just’s chicken and egg business definitely came first, it’s worth noting that the company’s products are sold in more than 20,000 retail outlets and 1,000 foodservice locations. since it began selling the product, the company has moved more than 100 million eggs to roughly one million U.S. households.

The company’s eggs are also on offer in Dicos, a fast food chain in China, and it’s got a deal to put out a sous vide egg replacement product with Cuisine Solutions. The eggs are also available in Peet’s Coffee locations around the country and Eat Just has expanded its eggless distribution platform into Canada.

Then there’s the company’s GOOD Meat product. That was available for a short time in Singapore. The company expects to slash production costs and expand its commercial operations while working on other kinds of meats as well, according to a statement.

It’s a long way from where the Eat Just started, when it raised its first millions from Khosla Ventures and Founders Fund.

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How the US Lost to Hackers

America’s biggest vulnerability in cyberwarfare is hubris.

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Roger Mandle, a Prolific Museum Director, Dies at 79

From the Rhode Island School of Design to Doha, Mr. Mandle was a force in art and design for decades.

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #mandle-roger, #museums, #qatar, #qatar-museums-authority, #rhode-island-school-of-design

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Gulf States Agree to Ease Relations With Qatar

The small Arab nation has been under a blockade by air, land and sea since 2017, when neighboring nations accused it of supporting terrorism and aligning too closely with Iran.

#boycotts, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #middle-east, #qatar

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Kuwait Says Saudi Arabia Will Reopen Borders With Qatar

The announcement by Kuwait was not confirmed by Saudi Arabia, which has led a Gulf boycott of Qatar for more than three years.

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Google expands its cloud with new regions in Chile, Germany and Saudi Arabia

It’s been a busy year of expansion for the large cloud providers, with AWS, Azure and Google aggressively expanding their data center presence around the world. To cap off the year, Google Cloud today announced a new set of cloud regions, which will go live in the coming months and years. These new regions, which will all have three availability zones, will be in Chile, Germany and Saudi Arabia. That’s on top of the regions in Indonesia, South Korea, the U.S. (Last Vegas and Salt Lake City) that went live this year — and the upcoming regions in France, Italy, Qatar and Spain the company also announced over the course of the last twelve months.

Image Credits: Google

In total, Google currently operates 24 regions with 73 availability zones, not counting those it has announced but that aren’t live yet. While Microsoft Azure is well ahead of the competition in terms of the total number of regions (though some still lack availability zones), Google is now starting to pull even with AWS, which currently offers 24 regions with a total of 77 availability zones. Indeed, with its 12 announced regions, Google Cloud may actually soon pull ahead of AWS, which is currently working on six new regions.

The battleground may soon shift away from these large data centers, though, with a new focus on edge zones close to urban centers that are smaller than the full-blown data centers the large clouds currently operate but that allow businesses to host their services even closer to their customers.

All of this is a clear sign of how much Google has invested in its cloud strategy in recent years. For the longest time, after all, Google Cloud Platform lagged well behind its competitors. Only three years ago, Google Cloud offered only 13 regions, for example. And that’s on top of the company’s heavy investment in submarine cables and edge locations.

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U.S. Hopes a Small Step in Easing a Mideast Rivalry Could Further Rattle Iran’s Economy

The Trump administration wants Saudi Arabia to open its airspace to Qatari flights that are currently paying millions of dollars to route over Iran.

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Deadly Bombing Shatters an Afghan Haven From War

While international donors gather in Geneva to discuss a reduced aid package to Afghanistan, intense violence has Afghan officials pleading for continued assistance.

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Qatar Charges Doha Airport Police Over Strip-Search of Female Passengers

Officials said they had identified the mother of a baby abandoned at the airport, and were seeking to extradite the women in order to charge her with attempted murder.

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He Sidestepped Pompeo and Got Slapped Down. Now He’s the New Pentagon Chief.

President Trump’s new acting secretary of defense began a since-aborted diplomatic gambit last month to negotiate with a Somali terrorist group — drawing the ire of the secretary of state.

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Qatar ‘Regrets’ Airport Strip-Searches Over Abandoned Baby

Women were pulled from a Qatar Airways flight bound for Sydney, Australia, and subjected to strip-searches after a baby was found in an airport toilet.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #australia, #doha-qatar, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #qatar, #qatar-airways, #women-and-girls

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Taliban Test Afghan and U.S. Resolve in Talks by Attacking a City

The insurgents have opened an offensive against the capital of Helmand Province even as their negotiators remain at the table in Qatar.

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U.S. Orders Al Jazeera Affiliate to Register as Foreign Agent

The Justice Department says AJ+, a media outlet backed by the royal family of Qatar, engages in “political activities.”

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Virus-Tracing Apps Are Rife With Problems. Governments Are Rushing to Fix Them.

As countries race to deploy coronavirus-tracking software, researchers are reporting privacy and security risks that could affect millions of people and undermine trust in public health efforts.

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U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Reduced to 8,600, General Says

The phased troop withdrawal has continued on schedule, even as other parts of a peace deal with the Taliban have faced setbacks and delays.

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Did the Coronavirus Kill Ideology in Australia?

How a government both sectarian and divisive learned (briefly) to become inclusive.

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Concerns of a Coup Stir in Sudan as Capital Braces for a Virus Lockdown

Civilian and military leaders are jostling for power as the capital, Khartoum, begins a three-week lockdown on Saturday.

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Coronavirus Fears Terrify and Impoverish Migrants in the Persian Gulf

Millions of migrant workers in Gulf countries have found themselves locked down, laid off and stranded, with no place to turn for help.

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