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Why $53M Wasn’t Enough to Scale Good Eggs
Three lessons learned from Good Eggs sudden shuttering of its Brooklyn, Los Angeles and New Orleans operations.

70 Organizations Growing the Good Food Innovation Movement
These kick-ass organizations are building and nurturing good food innovation by supporting entrepreneurs and creating platforms for collaboration.

EVENT TOMORROW (8.11): Dining on Data Meetup
TOMORROW NIGHT, hear from IBM's Chef Watson, Dinner Lab, USHG, Foodpairing and Handpick at our Dining On Data Meetup. We'll also be serving up data-driven snacks and drinks.

EVENT: Announcing 4th Fail Friday: Leading Startups Share Failures & Lessons Learned
Join us 8.20 (Thursday) to hear failure stories from WTRMLN WTR, Super Sprowtz, The 86 Company and more. 

Last Week's Top Food Tech & Innovation News
From $460M being pumped into the food tech ecosystem in June to Handpick diving into grocery delivery and Improvonia raising a $4M seed round.

3 Ways Millennials are Changing the Food System--For Good - How Good Ratings
From tech startups to a taste for veggies, millennials have become a key force in the drive to improve the food system. 

 


CPG


Soylent 2.0: Why Soylent Is Hitting The Bottle - Forbes
Soylent has spent more than a year working to take its original powder product and bottle it.

Hamptoncreek Ex-employees Claim Bad Science and Ethics - Business Insider
Former employees claim the startup used shoddy science and created an uncomfortable and unsafe work environment. 

Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick Responds to Allegations of Bad Science and Ethics - Inc.
Tetrick admits to messing up along the way but stands by the science behind Hampton Creek's products and defends the work environment at the company.

CircleUp Teams up with Amazon Launchpad to Boost Exposure for Food Entrepreneurs - Food Navigator
The partnership promises to give entrepreneurs significant support and advice from the online retailing giant.

KIND Founder Promotes a Culture of Inclusive Innovation - psfk
Daniel Lubetzky will provide three female-led food startups with personal investment and advice. 

Why Mergers and Acquisitions are Increasing - Food Dive
The food subsector reported $80.2 billion in deal value for mergers and acquisitions for the first half of 2015, an increase of 129.9% over H1 2014.

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Eat Your (VC-Backed) Veggies: The Food Startup Pyramid - CB Insights
An inside look at how startups are attacking all the tiers of the traditional food pyramid.

A New MIT App Aims to Make Grocery Delivery a No-Brainer - BostInno
Just Baguette helps you curate your shopping list and get items shipped to your door.

China's Jiuxian Nabs $80M Funding to Get Everyone More Drunk - TechInAsia
The investors included state-owned banks. The funds will be used to grow a spin-off on-demand wine and beer delivery service. 

Peapod Introduces Easier Way to Enjoy Fresh and Local Seasonal Produce By Offering Pea Pod Local Farm Box - EPR Retail News
Teaming with FarmLogix, Peapod adds even more selection to make savoring local summer produce easier than ever.

Bengaluru-based Tandurust Brings Nutrition Measured and Calorie Counted Meals to Your Doorstep - Your Story
The subscription service as delivered10,000+ orders in the first seven months.



RESTAURANTS

On-Demand Food Startup Sprig To Start Classifying Its Contractors As Employees - TechCrunch
Over the past few months, startups like Instacart and Luxe have all switched their workers to W-2 employees rather than independent contractors, and Sprig has followed suit. 

DinnerLab Raises A $7M Series A To Expand Its Social Dining Club - TechCrunch
The Series A led by James River Capital, and the startup will use the funds to continue expansion across the U.S. 

SideCar Will Now Deliver Your Food, Weed and Just About Anything Else - Pando
SideCar has quietly shifted its core business away from ride-sharing and repositioned itself as a B2B delivery company. 

Food On The Move: Delivery Services Get a Tech-Powered Upgrade. Are They the Next Unicorns? - BloombergBusiness
A wave of European food startups using technology to solve supply chain and logistics headaches could become the next unicorns.

With $3.6 Million In Funding, Meal Box Is Building A Turkish Food Delivery Empire - TechCrunch
Aslanoba Capital led the round, and it will help the startup expand to Ankara and other major cities in Turkey before the end of the year.


AGRICULTURE


How Will Technology Change Farming? - Grist
Ag 3.0 is coming, but will it arrive incrementally, in bits and pieces?

Green Pie In The Sky? Vertical Farming Is On The Rise In Newark - NPR
AeroFarm's products come in dozens of shades of green and purple. 

USDA-backed Advantage Capital Agri Fund Invests $7m in Crop Residue Company -  AgFunderNews
The $154.5 million focuses on businesses involved in the production, processing, and supply of agricultural products. Pacific Ag is its fourth investment. 

Is Precision Agriculture Finally Taking Root? - Forbes
A new $50M VC fund focused on food and agtech companies, AgTech Innovation, is being formed in Davis, CA. 

How Technology is Changing Georgia's $70B Farming Industry - AJC
Experts believe Georgia could be on the cusp of even greater growth, fueled by sweat and dirt and a willingness to experiment and change.


EATERS


American Courage: 9 Things We Can Do to Fix Food Robyn O'Brien
From starting a food book club to inviting a local chef to teach your community to cook, here are 9 simples ways eaters can help improve our food system. 

The Internet of Food: Why Your Steak Might Have Come
From a Connected Cow
- Guardian
Smart sensors are being used to improve agriculture from farming lettuce to producing beef – and even protecting bees.

Culinary Technology vs. Simple Cooking: The Contradictions of Food Culture Today - Forbes
The tension between romancing pre-modern techniques to achieve the best food experiences and utilizing technology to do so is unresolved in our food culture. 

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