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RIP Dorothy Cann Hamilton
The culinary world lost an incredible visionary last weekend. Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Founder and President of the The International Culinary Center, was taken from us too soon in a car accident in Nova Scotia. We are grateful to Dorothy for all she did to nourish and elevate culinary culture in the U.S. We are honored to have worked with her as a judge for Hack//Dining. The Food+Tech Connect team sends our prayers and best wishes to her family and friends. Rest in peace, dear Dorothy. 

Meet FoodBytes! Boulder Judges: Robyn O’Brien, Tom Spier, Danielle Gould & Manuel Gonzalez
Get to know our standout lineup of FoodBytes! Boulder judges. Meet them and hundreds of other food innovators on Oct 26. Get your ticket for 20% off with the code "ftc" here.


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The Change Food Fest is coming to NYC November 12-13! Join us for live talks, panel discussions, side stage experiences, food tastings - and much, much more! Tickets are almost sold out.

Join us TOMORROW night at Slow Food NYC's annual (s)low down party at Three’s Brewing in Gowanus, Brooklyn! Beer and wine will be flowing, and The Meat Hook will be curating the small bites. Party and silent auction proceeds benefit the Slow Food NYC Urban Harvest program.

Kendall College Launches a Business Incubator for Food Entrepreneurs - ChicagoInno
The culinary school program will offer workshops, connections to mentors and access to capital and is supported by Family Farmed's Good Food Business Accelerator and local incubator The Hatchery Chicago. 

Nielsen Launches Tool to Quickly Test New Innovations - FoodDive
The data company says its new predictive testing tool Concept Quick Predict can give food manufacturers high-quality data and answers about innovations in a matter of days. 

FSMA Compliance: What It Means and How It Will Impact Recalls - FoodDive
Though the Food Safety Modernization Act deadline is upon food manufacturers, what compliance looks like for these initial rules still challenges many of them.

Cottage Cheese Innovator Good Culture Lands $3M Investment - Food Navigator
Good Culture grew its sales by 10x after receiving initial investment from CAVU Venture Partners and 301 INC. It will use the new cash infusion to bring cottage cheese to the masses. 

Is Your Firm Ready for 3 Waves of Disruptive Food Innovation? - Food Navigator
In the next 10 years, the food industry will be profoundly changed by the ‘Uberisation’ of food, smart kitchens and smart food. 



USDA Takes a Step Toward Letting People Use Food Stamps Online - CNN Money
Following Thrive Market's petition to bring food stamps online, which received 300k+ signatures, the USDA put out a call for companies to apply for an upcoming online grocery food stamp pilot.

Farmigo Sells Its Bay Area Operation After July’s Surprise Shutdown - New Food Economy
Following the shuttering of Farmigo's online farmers market, it is selling its Bay Area operations to Eating With the Seasons and is shopping its NYC and Seattle operations to other potential buyers. 

For Companies with a Food Focus, Boston Is Fertile - Boston Globe
A look inside the growing food and ag funding ecosystem in Boston, including major players like, Anterra, The Food Loft and Edible Ventures.

Want to Become a Weed Sommelier? There’s a School for That - Quartz
Organizations such as the Trichome Institute are now offering courses to "interpening" to teach people how to become weed-to-food paring experts. 

Amazon Is Joining a Vicious Grocery Price War in U.K. - Wall Street Journal
The poor market hasn’t deterred Amazon from jumping head first into the U.K online grocery market. Last week, it doubled the number of London ZIP Codes covered by AmazonFresh.

Cooking With A Meal Kit May Waste 62% Less Food Than Grocery Store Ingredients - FastCo.Exist
A new study by meal kit giant Blue Apron finds that delivering portioned ingredients to customers wastes significantly less food throughout the supply chain. 

China: Lalamove Is Expanding Into Food Delivery, Ties Up with Restaurants in Bangkok - e27
The on-demand logistics delivery company recently raised $10M in funding led by MindWorks Ventures and is now partnering with restaurants in Bangkok for food delivery.

Singapore: Why Laundry Service Makes Sense for Grocery Concierge Honestbee - e27 
Adding laundry service to the grocery delivery platform could increase the value of the network as the platform becomes more useful number of return customers.


How Tech Companies Disrupted Silicon Valley’s Restaurant Scene - New York Times
Tech behemoths like Apple, Facebook and Google are hiring away Silicon Valley restaurants' best employees with wages, benefits and perks that operators simply cannot match.

Dutch Food Delivery Company is Going Public at a €1B Valuation - Business Insider
The food delivery giant gave its price range per share between €20.5 to €26.5, with a post-IPO market cap of up to $1.2B. The listing is expected to take place on September 30. 

Native American Restaurant Startup Smashes Kickstarter Record - Eater
Chef Sean Sherman (a.k.a The Sioux Chef) brought in nearly $150,000 from 2,358 backers in 30 days. His Minneapolis restaurant, like his food truck and pop-ups, will serve “pre-contact Native American fare”.

India: Online Food Delivery Startup Swiggy Raises Rs 100 Crore Round Led by Bessemer - Economic Times
Accel India, SAIF Partners and Norwest also participated  in the food delivery startup's round, bringing its total funding to $76M. Swiggy will use the funding to improve customer experience. 

How Halal Food Became a $20 Billion Hit in America - Bloomberg
Halal food is increasingly popular with millennials, and sales are up a whopping 33% since 2010, according to the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America. 

Announcing Skift’s Expansion Into Food and Beverage: Introducing Chefs+Tech - Skift
In the media company's first step in expanding beyond travel, it has welcomed restaurant tech newsletter Chefs+Tech into its umbrella. 

Singapore: SaladStop! Grabs $3.66 million in First Round of Funding to Expand Further in the Island Nation - TheTechPortal
Singapore's leading chain of salad bars secured the funding from Hera Capital and DSG Consumer Partners. It will use the funds to expand, invest in new ventures and improve its tech. 


Australia: SproutX Launches $10M Agriculture Tech Fund and Start-up Accelerator - Australia Financial Review
A collaboration between The National Farmers' Federation and Findex, SproutX'd pre-accelerator will accept 100 Australia-based ag tech applicants for an eight-week mentorship program.

How Bayer Stands to Reinvent GMO with CRISPR and Monsanto Acquisition - AgFunderNews
The gene-editing powerhouse the merger between Bayer and Monsanto could produce has been less discussed in media and investment circles, but is a major part of the transaction. 


We’re All Guinea Pigs in a Failed Decades-Long Diet Experiment - Vice
How U.S. government dietary guidelines could have shaped the current state of diet related disease globally. 

France Becomes the First Country to Ban Plastic Plates and Cutlery - The Washington Post
The most extensive plastic ban globally, the law will go into effect in 2020. Exceptions will be made for compostable, biosourced materials. 

Why Trump Changed His Mind About Getting Rid of the 'Food Police' - FoodDive
The Trump campaign released a fact sheet last week that suggested eliminating food safety regulations because they are "overkill" and burden farmers. It later removed the proposal from its website without an explanation. 

Recipe App SideChef Now Delivers The Ingredients To You - Crave
Recipe app SideChef is partnering with meal kit startup Chef'd to deliver ingredients without a subscription. 200 recipes are currently available for delivery in major metropolitan areas. 


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