Now it’s Charlie Airlines

The interestingly named Charlie Airlines is the latest addition to the seven airlines operating between Tel Aviv and Larnaca, Cyprus. The company's air fleet consists of one Airbus 319-100 with a capacity of 144 passengers.

Collect your donuts on the way

Israeli-founded Waze now allows drivers to “order ahead” and purchase coffee and other items from Dunkin’ Donuts. If all goes well, Waze plans to team up with other merchants to order pizza, reserve parking spaces, fill prescriptions and even buy groceries from the same phone app.

Frutarom’s second takeover of 2017

Israel’s flavors and natural specialty fine ingredients company Frutarom has signed an agreement for the purchase of René Laurent of France with activity also in Morocco for approximately $ 21.3 million (Euro 20 million). It gives Frutarom its first local French production site.

Moving into Italian plastics

Israel’s Ginegar Plastic Products produces and markets polyethylene sheets and nets for use in agriculture and industry. Ginegar has just completed a 7 million Euro takeover of Italy’s Flextech, which manufactures and sells plastic products to customers, mainly in the industrial market.

Microsoft buys Israeli cybersecurity firm

Microsoft has acquired Israeli cyber security company Hexadite for $100 million. Hexadite's solution rates the urgency of alerts identified by the anti-virus and firewall system, helping staff to investigate the most serious cyberattacks first.

Syneron exits for $397 million

Israeli esthetic medical products company Syneron Medical is being acquired by private equity advisory firm Apax Partners for $397 million. Syneron has been featured previously in this newsletter.  Its products are popular globally – even in Lebanon

An accelerator for the mature entrepreneur

Facebook Israel and a group of private investors have setup a new accelerator and investment program called “Future”. It targets those aged 45+ with a track record and an idea to develop.  Just what I’ve been waiting for - all I need now is an idea!

New York to Tel Aviv for less

I reported previously that low cost airline WOW is to launch its service in September between Tel Aviv and New York via Iceland for around $550 return.  Now it appears that prices will be even lower – with many return fares under $460 and some one-way fares from $149.

Awards for grasshopper protein company

I reported previously about Israel’s Steak Tzar Tzar, which aims to solve the world’s protein shortage with its farmed grasshoppers.  The company, renamed Hargol, won the Agro Innovation Lab startup competition in Vienna, Austria and the TLV Startup Challenge in the ag-tech/food-tech category.

Mobileye’s future offices

Timed for Jerusalem Day, Mobileye - Israel’s Jerusalem-based developer of advanced vision and driver assistance systems revealed the plans of its new campus, housing 4,000 employees. Eight buildings plus a 25-floor tower spread over 50,000 square meters in the Har Hotzvim High-Tech Park.