If Impossible Foods outsmarts the meat industry, its for this reason.

If Impossible Foods outsmarts the meat industry, its for this reason.

“We are going to replace animals in the food system by 2035,” said Pat Brown, founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, in late August 2019. According to a Harvard Business School case study on plant-based meat alternatives: “In 2016, after $80 million in research and development, Impossible Foods launched its first product: a plant-based imitation of [...]

Meat eaters don’t care about livestock genetics, could they?

Meat eaters don’t care about livestock genetics, could they?

In the 1950’s my grandparents began growing green chili peppers in the high desert of southeast Arizona with its warm summer days, cool evenings, and dirt ditch irrigation.  The limiting factor for pepper market growth was the inconsistency of the heat - a consumer would get a really hot chili one meal and a mild [...]

The Investor’s Guide to Animal Protein…I need your help!

The Investor’s Guide to Animal Protein…I need your help!

“We don’t see many options."  "It’s not relevant, it doesn’t move the right needle." These are 2 common themes about technology solutions that I hear when talking with big players in animal ag production that would be customers, the strategics that would be acquirers, and the angel & venture investors that would provide early capital [...]

The 20 year overnight success story of Newman Farm: business model innovation in pork

The 20 year overnight success story of Newman Farm: business model innovation in pork

Listen to this interview with David Newman on the Future of Agriculture podcast (link) Building a moat is the only way to escape the tyranny of commodity markets, and in this podcast interview David Newman explains why Newman Farm began building a moat, and what they learned along the way. This isn’t mom & pop stuff, [...]

Tyson’s Moonshot Part 2: Three ways the largest meat company could morph into a tech company.

Tyson’s Moonshot Part 2: Three ways the largest meat company could morph into a tech company.

Tyson recently announced their next CEO and there’s only one way that decision makes sense: Tyson intends to be a tech company. The natural next questions are, why & how would Tyson do this?   To answer the Why, follow the margin. Here’s a snapshot of Tyson’s FY Q3 margins across business lines for 2020 [...]

Tyson’s Moonshot: what the new CEO’s resume really tells us about the future of Tyson Foods

Tyson’s Moonshot: what the new CEO’s resume really tells us about the future of Tyson Foods

This week Tyson Foods named Dean Banks as its next Chief Executive Officer. Dean Banks was named president of Tyson Foods last December, but the media references his experience as a “ tech executive” and his time at Alphabet. Curious about this experience, I went to his LinkedIn profile.   Was he a C-level executive at Alphabet? Division [...]

5 Ways Land Grants can triumph in the post-COVID agriculture industry

5 Ways Land Grants can triumph in the post-COVID agriculture industry

The world is moving fast. Universities seem to move…less fast. With universities making plans for education delivery in the upcoming academic year, it raises some interesting questions about enrollment, revenue, and sustainability of the current model.  The question for universities is not how they will serve students this fall. It's how they will serve their [...]