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How Nuritas Uses Artificial Intelligence to Unlock The Full Potential of Food
Nuritas founder Nora Khaldi on using artificial intelligence and big data to find new uses and nutritional benefits from wasted food co-products.

Unmanned Grocery Stores Help Improve Access To Healthy Food 
Robert Ilijason, founder of Näraffär, the first unmanned Swedish convenience store, on how unmanned grocery stores can help increase access to healthy food.

Join Us at Seeds&Chips Food Innovation Summit May 11-14 [Partner Event]
Join thousands of startups, investors, executives and eaters to explore the innovations revolutionizing food at Seeds&Chips Food Innovation Summit in Milan.

How Unstaffed Grocery Stores Can Bring Healthy Food To Rural Communities
An inside look at how this unstaffed Minnesota grocery store is using technology to bring health, organic food to rural communities.

Internet Of Food' Series Featuring James Beard Foundation's Mitchell Davis, Arabella Advisors' Eric Kessler & More
Don't miss ideas for how might we use technology, new business models and design to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone from angel investor Joanne Wilson, Dig CEO Adam Eskin, Edenworks' Jason Green and more.

Next week, thousands of startups, investors, executives and eaters will come together in Milan to explore the innovations that are revolutionizing food at the 2nd annual Seeds&Chips Food Innovation Summit. With participants from Italy, Russia, Israel, Spain, Finland, Ireland, France, Portugal, Canada, the US and the UK, Seeds&Chips is the place to meet the most promising innovations from around the globe. 

There are cheap last minute fares to Milan, and we’re offering you an exclusive 35% discount on tickets (code “FOODTECH35”), so what are you waiting for?!


The Future Food-Tech Summit in New York brings together investors, startups, and the biggest food brands to showcase solutions, share ideas and forge new partnerships and alliances. Learn more about what to expect at the Summit here. Sign up today to get $250 off using code "FTC250".

Missed out on the early bird deal for FoodBytes! San Francisco? Not to worry, as a member of the FTC community, get 25% off using the code "FTC25". But hurry, this discount expires on Monday, May 16. So fire up your taste buds and get ready to mingle with the most innovative people and products in food and agriculture. Interested in pitching your startup at FoodBytes!? Learn more and apply to demo by 11:59 PM PT on Thursday, May 12.

Even the World’s Largest Food Company Knows the American Diet Is An Environmental Catastrophe - Grist
Nestle executives told U.S. officials the world is on a collision course with doom because Americans eat too much meat.

PicoBrew Raises $10.6M to Fuel Production of At-home Beer-Making Machines - GeekWire
The round was led by Spring Creek Investment Management and will be used to fuel product development.

Junk Food Companies Are Trying to Survive With An Unlikely Strategy - Business Insider
As Americans become increasingly invested in nutrition, some big food companies are trying to regain their trust by encouraging consumers to eat and buy less junk.

The Future of Food According to Silicon Valley Is Bleak - Vanity Fair
It’s hard to see how more than a dozen venture-backed services like Juicero can all possibly offer the average American something they need, but funding doesn’t seem to be slowing down much.

Culinary Incubator Helping Chinese Startups to Take Off - China Daily 
The Hatchery, Beijing's first foreign-run culinary incubator, will help entrepreneurs test and validate their dining concepts in the Chinese market without assuming prohibitive costs.


Zomato Is Proof That The Valuation Of Indian Startups May Be A Dangerous Bubble - Quartz
HSBC recently valued the restaurant delivery/discovery startup at $500M, about half of what it was valued in its latest funding round in Sept. 2015.

Inside the Idealistic Food Startup That Could Change the Way We Eat - Business Insider
At some restaurants, putting a new dish on the menu involves a level of research and analysis that make the process a logistical nightmare. At Sprig, it's just another day.

Upserve (Formerly Swipely) Just Bought Groupon's Point-of-Sale Business - BostInno
Groupon sold Breadcrumb in exchange for an undisclosed minority stake in Upserve.

India: Food delivery Start-up Swiggy Tries Out Surge Pricing Model - DealStreetAsia
The new model it's testing in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, charges an increased fee for orders placed on holidays, festivals and rainy days. 


Peapod's Quiet Quest For Delivery Dominance - PYMNTS
Peapod is doing what it has been doing very well for the last 20 years, quietly making big moves, fattening its margins and flying under the radar.

This Startup is Racing to Build the Amazon for Alcohol Before Amazon Does - re/code
Drizly is adding next-day delivery to its on-demand service.

Whole Foods Continues to Fight the Whole Paycheck Label - Eater
The retailer continues to face competition from rivals, like Trader Joe's, if it's latest earnings are any indication.

Why One 24-Year-Old Decided To Grow His Business Without Startup Capital - Forbes
The 24-year-old CEO and chef of Global Food Solutions makes over $15 million in revenue annually, and hasn’t given stake of his business to investors. 

Lead The Retail Change — Or Be The Next Blockbuster - PYMNTS
Why there won’t be a need for a supermarket on every corner, even in the suburbs, if the digital flight continues.

India: Grocery App MovinCart Shuts Down Operation - Knowsstartup
The startup decided to exit the space because hyperlocal delivery had become too crowded and it faced challenging unit economics.


Against The Grain: Japan Bets On Agribusiness Startups - Wall Street Journal
A new investment enterprise in Japan is backing startups to develop food products they hope will revive the country's agribusiness sector.  

Secretary of Ag Vilsack On Launch of First Agtech RBIC With Open Prairie Ventures - AgFunderNews 
This week, Secretary Vilsack announced the launch of Open Prairie's $100m Rural Opportunities Fund. He chats with AgFunderNews about the importance of agtech in rural economies.

Could Omega-3s from Algae Save the World’s Oceans? - TriplePudit
TerraVia is entering the aquaculture sector with an algae-based feed product it claims will help alleviate overfishing due to the annual demand for omega-3 fish oils. 

Agriculture 4.0 Resolves The Conflict Between Ecology And Security Of Supply - German Startups Association
Ten AgTech startups, The Association for Vertical Farming and an AgTech venture capital fund have founded the AgTech Specialist Group in Berlin. 


How One Visionary Changed School Food in Detroit - Civil Eats
With a focus on healthier foods and local farms, Betti Wiggins has led Detroit’s kids through a food revolution.

How The Internet of Things Is Changing What You Eat -
The agriculture industry has emerged as the proving ground for IoT integration into business models, solving various Big Data challenges in the process.
Spring Training For The Next Wave of Food Activists - Civil Eats
Eco Practicum NYC empowers young people to be the change they want to see in the food system.


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