LA SERVICES

Beyond Meat Makes Distribution Deal for 280 Safeway Inc. Stores

Beyond Meat, an El Segundo maker of a meat alternative, is increasing its reach with a deal to be distributed in 280 Safeway Inc. stores in Northern California, northern Nevada, and Hawaii.

Dan Tana’s Aims to Bottle Exclusive Air

Dan Tana’s looks to serve up the restaurant’s air of exclusivity with branding and licensing deals.

Haddad, Witte Assume Leadership of USC Lusk Center Advisory Board

Emile Haddad, chief executive of developer FivePoint Holdings, has been named the new chairman of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate advisory board. Bill Witte, chief executive of developer Related California, was named vice-chairman.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Strand Equity Partners Invest in Hippeas Snack Maker

Hippeas’ chickpea puffs are getting a boost from actor Leonardo DiCaprio and private equity firm Strand Equity Partners.

Low-Calorie Halo Top Ice Cream Has Proved Hot Sales Item

Scooping Market

Eden Creamery seeks a bigger scoop of the ice-cream market with its low-calorie Halo Top brand.

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Bartending Machine Serves Up Spirited Presence

ALCOHOL: Somabar looks to button up drink orders at range of establishments.

Somabar believes its drink-making machines will mix well with eateries and other businesses.

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Metro Votes to End Funding for 710 Tunnel Extension

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Thursday to end its share of funding for a controversial proposed $3.2 billion, 4.9-mile tunnel to extend the 710 Freeway from its current terminus from Alhambra to Pasadena.

Avery Dennison Corp. Acquires Irish Medical Supplier

Avery Dennison Corp. of Glendale announced on Monday that it had acquired Finesse Medical, an Irish medical supply manufacturer, for an undisclosed amount.

Cava Group Inc. Expands Mediterranean Restaurants, Food Wholesaling, in Los Angeles

Cava Group Inc., a young Mediterranean food company, is in the midst of an aggressive expansion in Los Angeles after raising a $30 million C series round in March.

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Colleges Build Up Ranks of Manufacturing

EDUCATION: Workers with midlevel skills in demand.

Community college initiative helps students put together careers in advanced manufacturing.

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Clothing Firm Sees Budding Opportunity in Weed

APPAREL: New owner of Dope looks to leverage name as pot use becomes legalized.

Fashion label Dope’s new owner wants to inject some green into the business he bought last month.

Report: New York City Tops L.A. in Creative Jobs

While California leads the nation in creative jobs, according to a new report from Westchester’s Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles trails New York as the city with most jobs in the sector.

Restaurateurs Look to Get Cooking in Venice Deal

Many Angelenos see Lincoln Boulevard in Venice as a road to the airport – one lined with a hodgepodge of small businesses ranging from auto repair shops to liquor stores.

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Forever 21 Cuts Prices With F21 Red Chain

APPAREL: High on Low

Fast-fashion pioneer Forever 21 is speeding its efforts to expand its discount brand F21 Red.

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Seafood Supplier Rubicon Resources Acquired for $107 Million

Culver City seafood supplier Rubicon Resources has been acquired by High Liner Foods Inc. in a deal valued at $107 million, Rubicon announced Wednesday.