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Impossible Foods will debut in SoCal grocery stores on Friday as first step in phased national rollout

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Congratulations Southern California Gelsons store shoppers, you’re getting Impossible Foods on your grocery shelves. The meatless ground meat substitute will be appearing in stores across the Southern California as the first step in a phased nationwide rollout on Friday.

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PlayVS Raises $50 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Esports league organizer PlayVS announced Sept. 19 it raised a $50 million Series C to hire more staff and further its reach into amateur esports competitions

Rivian Gets Massive Order of EV Trucks From Amazon

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Rivian , the electric truck maker which has offices in Irvine, has received an order for 100,000 electric delivery trucks from Amazon , according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday. Rivian--which is based in Michigan, but has development offices in Irvine--develops electric powered pickups and other trucks. Rivian had raised $700M from Amazon earlier in the year.

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Hospitality Startup AvantStay Raises $20 Million

L.A. Business Journal

3L Capital led the Series A financing round, which AvantStay will use to advance its rental technologies and acquire more properties for clients to rent

Rocket Lab Near Completion Of First U.S. Launch Facility

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Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab , the developer of small satellite launch rockets, is nearing completion of its very first launch facility in the United States, the company said this week. According to Rocket Lab, its facility--at Wallops Island, Virginia--is expected to host its very first launched in early 2020. The launch pad, at Launch Complex 2 at the NASA facility in Virginia, will allow the company to launch U.S. government payloads.

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Kitchen United Raises $40 Million Series B

L.A. Business Journal

Pasadena-based Kitchen United, which operates remote kitchen facilities for restaurants, finalized a $40 million Series B raise Sept.

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Centerfield Launches New Product For Customer Acquisition

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Los Angeles-based Centerfield , a company which provides marketing and customer acquisition to the residential services, business services, and telecommunications markets, says it has launched a new product, called Insights by Scout. According to the company, the new product provides customer intelligence, and is part of its Dugout platform to automate customer acquisition for its customers.

Pelosi, Dems Unveil Price Plan: Are 25 Drugs Enough for Negotiation?

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With the 2020 election just over a year away, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has unveiled the Democratic Party’s answer to public discontent over high prescription drug prices. A preview of the plan was leaked last week. Today’s announcement doesn’t stray far.

Impossible Burgers Roll Out To Grocery Stores In Southern California

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Impossible Foods , one of the makers of plant-based burgers, will make its plant burgers available for the first time in grocery stores, in Southern California, the company said on Thursday morning. According to Impossible Foods, its plant-based burgers will be available at Gelsons markets on Friday, September 20th. The plant-based burger company says it eventually expects to roll out the burgers to other grocery store chains in California, and elsewhere in the nation.

8minute Solar Energy Names VP

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Los Angeles-based utility-scale solar power developer 8minute Solar Energy said this morning that it has named a new VP at the company. According to the company, it has named Sean Kiernan as Senior Vice President of Development. Kiernan previously served at such companies as ReNew Power, InterGen, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, SunEdison, and Engie Storage, and has more than 20 years of experience in the industry.