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Localizing Distribution to Make Better Food Accessible to All
Farmigo founder Benzi Ronen on how re-engineering the grocery distribution model will benefit eaters and producers and propel the good food revolution.

How Mini Farm Robots Can Revolutionize Small-Scale Farming
Brian Halweil of Edible Manhattan explores how the miniaturization of farm machinery is helping small, diverse farms run more efficiently.

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.

What’s Trending? Innovations Spotted at Seeds & Chips, Milan -FoodBevMedia
An inside look at some of the most game-changing food innovations at Seeds&Chips, Solari, Natural Machines and Viveat.

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.


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This Startup Modified Sugar to Make the Brain Happy With Less Calories - Epoch Times
DouxMatok has engineered a new form of the sugar that offers the same sugar experience in up to half the calories. 

Innovation Station: Food and Beverage Technologies That Disrupt the Status Quo - FoodDive
An inside look at three of FOOD-X's current cohort, FreshShurety, Plasma Nutrition and ProTings.

Meatless Protein-Packed Products Show No Signs of Slowing - FoodDive
In response to consumer’s quests for meatless alternatives, Hydrosol has developed an all-in compound from its HydroTOP VEG series.

How A Mexican Startup is Turning Mango Scraps Into Nutritional Gold - Forbes
EatLimmo is using food science to turn mango seeds, peels and leftover pulp into a fiber-packed powder that can serve as an emulsifier to replace fats in baked goods. 

Cramer: A Food Revolution Crushing the Averages - CNBC
Campbell Soup, General Mills and Hormel are all leaving the S&P 500 in the dust this year.

Seed Capital: Japan Looks to Grow Startups on the Farm - Wall Street Journal
Meet the Japanese startup that's making meat-mimicking products from rice.

RESTAURANTS


Momofuku’s David Chang Launches Ando, A Delivery-only Restaurant - TechCrunch
Users can order food, which includes a Chicken Philly Cheesesteak and three exclusive Christina Tossi cookies, on the app. 

Tech Startups Come Up With Some Creative Definitions for ‘Profitable’ - Bloomberg
Facing a tougher fundraising environment, on-demand companies are touting financial metrics to show the health of their businesses—using whichever definition looks rosiest.

Blue Apron, Sweetgreen and Maple Founders on How to Grow Your Food Startup - TechCrunch
The founders open up about the challenges of growing their food businesses at TechCrunch Disrupt. 

Food Startup Josephine Pauses East Bay Operations - Nosh
The decision was made after cooks working for the company were recently served with cease-and-desist orders for illegal food sales by environmental health regulators. 

Restaurant Food Pre-ordering App Zeppery Shuts Shop - TechCircle
The app was trying to copy, Tapingo, but realized that this model is too early for the Indian market and that customer retention costs were too high. 

Why India and China Are On Two Ends of Foodtech Funding Spectrum - ESM
In India, deals skewed heavily toward early-stage companies. While in China, deals heavily favor mature companies.

Metro Group Acquire Stake In Restaurant POS Startup - Deal Street Asia
Germany's Metro Group has acquired a stake in technology startup Orderbird, a provider of iPad-based POS systems for restaurants.



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Amazon Will Sell Its Own Food Brands to Prime Members - Engadget
Its Happy Belly label would offer everything from cooking oil to tea, while its Wickedly Prime badge would focus on snacks. 

Amazon Rival Jet.com Just Started Selling Fresh Groceries Like Milk and Eggs - re/code
No delivery or subscription fees could be a differentiator from competitors. 

Chat App Line Begins Offering Delivery On-demand Services - TechCrunch
The pilot move is initially in Thailand, where its 30M+ users can make use of courier, food and grocery delivery services via the new ‘Line Man’ app. 

H-E-B Dives Into Delivery With Shipt, Instacart - Supermarket News
Shipt and Instacart will also partner with Central Market to provide on‑demand grocery delivery.

Australian Online Grocery Delivery Start-ups Merge - Post&Parcel
Rocket Internet’s ShopWings has merged with fellow Australian online grocery shopping specialist Grocery Butler.

AskMe Grocery Targets Rs 1,800 Crore GMV by March - YourStory 
The growth is expected to come on the back of addition of new partners and expansion of its fresh food category. 

AGRICULTURE

 
How to Close the Agtech Adoption Gap - AgFunderNews
A new white paper, 'Beyond the Hype: How Agricultural Technology Wins Customers and Creates Value', offers six suggestions to agtech startups.

As Big Candy Ditches GMOs, Sugar Beet Farmers Hit A Sour Patch - NPR
Because most sugar beets in the U.S. are genetically modified, candy companies are using sugar derived from sugar cane instead. 

FDA To Require Data on Drugs Used in Food Animals - UPI
Manufacturers and distributors will now be required to file annual reports on who the drugs are sold to, how much is bought and what animals they will be used in.

EATERS

The Meaninglessness of 'Healthy' Food: Six Ways Labels Need to Change - Bloomberg
Many of the claims made on supermarket labels are under heightened scrutiny.

Whole Genome Sequencing Could Become a Food Safety Detection - FoodDive
Whole genome sequencing can detect the bacterial pathogen's DNA fingerprint, and it provides more detail and clarity to researchers when determining the source of foodborne disease outbreaks.

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