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The latest food tech & innovation news. 

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FoodBytes Pitch Competition to Feature Several BoCo, NoCo Firms - Biz West
Meet the companies pitching at FoodBytes! Boulder, including The Food Corridor - Airbnb for commercial kitchen space - and Mad Agriculture - animal feed made from insects, powered by food waste. 

FoodBytes! Is Going Down Under!
Apply to demo at FoodBytes! Sydney today. Taking place on Thurs, Nov 3, the first international FoodBytes! is part of the Farm2Fork Summit. Applications are due by 11:59 PM AEST on October 10. Apply HERE!

Last Week's Top Food Tech and Innovation News
USDA pilots online food stamps, Farmigo sells Bay Area operations and more. 


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At this month's NYC Food+Tech Meetup, we're doing a deep dive into distribution logistics. Join us on Thurs, Oct 13 to get in inside look into how Blue Apron, Homer Logistics, OurHarvest and The Fresh Connection approach logistics. Plus, snacks, drinks and networking with the food innovation community.

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FoodTech Tel Aviv Happy Hour - 9.27
Join us Global Foodtech TLV, Alpha Strauss and The Kitchen for an informal food tech innovation Happy Hour TOMORROW in Tel Aviv, Israel. Register here

3 Days of Food Tech Innovation in Tel Aviv
Our founder Danielle Gould is in Tel Aviv now for events including the FoodTech Symposium, the AgriTech at AgriVest conference and FoodTech Forum and the FoodTech DLD Panel & Festival. Learn more about attending here.


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Get ready to mix and mingle with the most innovative people in food and ag at FoodBytes! Boulder on October 26. Meet the pitch companies here, and get your ticket for 20% off ($30 savings) with the code "ftc".

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BlueCart, a leading online and mobile ordering platform for the restaurant industry, recently launched a formal research project to uncover industry questions that have been, until now, unanswered. The start-up surveyed 13,000 restaurant owners to compare their real world experiences using the BlueCart platform to the traditional ordering methods they used before. Discover what the industry is buzzing about now.
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On October 6 in San Carlos, CA FERN Talks & Eats Silicon Valley will bring together leading entrepreneurs and investors to discuss how sustainability can become a critical mandate for food and agtech businesses.
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Investors Urge Food Companies to Shift from Meat to Plants - Reuters
A group of 40 investors managing $1.25T in assets have launched a campaign to encourage 16 big food companies to change the way they source protein to help reduce environmental and health risks.

Bringing Food Innovation To America’s Crowded Milk Market - PSFK
Australian company a2 Milk is bringing its milk for the dairy-sensitive to America. It uses only A2 casein protein, rather than using both A2 and A1, which is found in most cow's milk and can inflame the digestive system. 

Why Manufacturers Should Balance Quality and Speed When Marketing Innovations - FoodDive
The competitive landscape encourages manufacturers to be more nimble with new innovations. But if they don't commit the effort to quality control and meeting consumers' demands, speed could cost them market share.



RETAIL


FreshDirect Secures New Backing Despite Growing Competition in Online Groceries - New York Times
The NYC-based online grocery retailer raised $189M led by JPMorgan Asset Management. W Capital and the AARP Innovation Fund also joined the round, which will be used for expansion. Fresh Direct has been profitable since 2010, with revenue exceeding $600M a year. 

New Walmart Purchase Jet Raided Local Pet Stores When Distributors Wouldn’t Play Fetch - Fast Company
Sources claim that when distributors won't sell to Jet.com, it sometimes buys out brick & mortar stock instead, to the ire of manufacturers.

Grocery Deliveries Via Rolling Drone Will Kick off in Washington, D.C. This Fall - TechCrunch
Municipal regulators have approved use of Estonian-startup Starship Technologies’ delivery drones for urban delivery via sidewalk in Washington D.C, marking the first delivery drone test to happen in the U.S. 

RESTAURANTS 


India: Zomato Acquires Logistics Tech Startup Sparse Labs - Economic Times
The financial details were not disclosed. By acquiring Sparse Labs' app which transmits delivery peoples' locations to restaurants and customers in real time, Zomato hopes to improve its delivery experience.

Chipotle Explains Food-Safety Practices in New Ad Campaign - Wall Street Journal
 A year after two E. coli outbreaks sickened dozens of its customers in several states, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. still is trying to convince people that they can trust what’s in their burritos.

Food Delivery Startup Deliveroo Expands with Business Tier for Corporate Accounts - TechCrunch
The food delivery startup is launching a new corporate catering service called Deliveroo for Business across all its100 markets. Deliveroo hopes to become profitable as a result of the new service. 

Soon You’ll Be Able to Order Pizza by Chatbot - Quartz
Companies are increasingly deploying chatbots to interact with customers since Facebook began allowing anyone to customize bots in August. Now, TGI Fridays and Pizza Hut are getting in on the action.



AGRICULTURE


Buying the Farm - Civil Eats
Organic is big business, and with demand far outstripping supply, big food companies are buying up farmland to keep shelves stocked, a trend which raises questions about the benefits to farmers.

Indoor Farms: Where Venture Capital Doesn’t Always Make Sense - AgFunderNews
In 2015, indoor agriculture startups raised $77M, and during the first half of this year that figure was just $21M. That’s from a total $4.6B in agtech investment in 2015 and $1.8 billion in the first half of 2016.

Monsanto Licenses CRISPR, Ginkgo Bioworks Partners with Cargill, California Wants to Regulate Cow Farts - AgFunderNews
Last week's top agtech funding and innovation news, including FoodBytes! Boulder, the Thought for Food Global Challenge and more. 

EATERS


The UN Just Categorized Antibiotics in the Food System as a Crisis on Par with AIDS and Ebola - Quartz
For the fourth time in its history, the UN has elevated a health issue to crisis level. Commercial animal agriculture is at the core of the antibiotics in food crisis, which for years has fed animals antibiotics to prevent illnesses. 

In Los Angeles, a Band of Food Rescuers is Getting Produce to the People - Civil Eats
Food Forward, which began in 2009 with the gleaning of two tangerine trees, now recovers thousands of pounds of produce each week.

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