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July 24, 2017

Welcome to Viet’s Eats, your weekly source of news and information on the food space. We’ll keep you up to date on major news in the industry, acquisition / fundraising activity, new product launches, and events happening this week. 

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Hot Topic: What can current and aspiring restaurateurs learn from Chipotle's ongoing food safety incidents? 

Last week was a tough one for Chipotle.

Back in late 2015, the company dealt with an E. Coli outbreak at several of its stores, in addition to cases of norovirus originating at a store in Boston. This led to a -40% crash in its stock price in a matter of months, from $750 to $450, as customers abandoned the company en masse and same...

July 17, 2017

Welcome to Viet’s Eats, your weekly source of news and information on the food space. We’ll keep you up to date on major news in the industry, acquisition / fundraising activity, new product launches, and events happening this week. 

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Hot Topic: In light of recent events in the industry, what is the optimal strategy for entrepreneurs in the food delivery space? 

Following our note from last week on Blue Apron, we have had several conversations with readers about the current state of the food delivery business. With high profile food delivery startup failures in the news over the last year, there are clearly certain strategies that businesses and investors should avoid....

July 10, 2017

Welcome to Viet’s Eats, your weekly source of news and information on the food space. We’ll keep you up to date on major news in the industry, acquisition / fundraising activity, new product launches, and events happening this week. 

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Hot Topic: Blue Apron’s inventory management solution that once attracted VC investors is now becoming its Achilles’ Heel as a public company, following the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition

Blue Apron is in crisis. After pricing its IPO at a -20% “down-round” valuation (after factoring in dilution) of $1.9B, or $10 / share, the stock is down another ~25% after a week of trading, closing at $7.73 on Friday. Everyone seems to know why this has...

July 3, 2017

Welcome to Viet’s Eats, your weekly source of news and information on the food space. We’ll keep you up to date on major news in the industry, acquisition / fundraising activity, new product launches, and events happening this week. 

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Hot Topic: The impacts of healthcare policy on restaurant operators

In light of the upcoming vote on the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we decided to take a deeper look at the ongoing healthcare debate and its impact on the restaurant industry. After reading dozens of articles, blog posts, and studies, we have pulled out what we see as the key takeaways for restaurant operators. While this is cert...

June 26, 2017

Welcome to Viet’s Eats, your weekly source of news and information on the food space. We’ll keep you up to date on major news in the industry, acquisition / fundraising activity, new product launches, and events happening this week.

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Hot Topic: The Future Of Our Food System Following Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition

Following the bombshell announcement on Friday 6/16 that Amazon made an offer to acquire Whole Foods for $13.7B, everyone was left to wonder: what does this mean for our food system? The ripples from this transaction were felt almost immediately, with retailers like Walmart, Kroger, Target, Sprouts, and many others trading down 5-10% that day. In case anyone...

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