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Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships: May 2015
With 2 monster acquisitions (totaling $1.3B) and 21 fundraises (totaling $549M), capital continues to flow into the global food tech and media sector.

Breaking the Distribution Juggernaut: Courts Block Sysco/US Foods Merger
The US District Court in D.C. approved the FTC's injunction against the merger, which is good news for distribution startups like FarmersWeb, Sourcery and TerreLocal. 

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Peapod Gets Into the CSA Game - Washington Business Journal
The grocery delivery service will soon add a local produce component to its offerings.

Online Marketplace for Grocery and Dairy Products AAGAAR Raises Angel Funding - VC Circle
The company is planning to raise another round of investment to expand in Delhi NCR. 

UK is Biggest Online Grocery Market After China - Food Manufacture
It's valued at £9.57B a year and is poised for further rapid growth, predicts the grocery think tank IGD.

FreshDirect CEO: Converting Consumers to Online Groceries - CNBC
Jason Ackerman on the incredible opportunity in online grocery, their market share growth and how they're innovating their model. 

Ocado Targets International Deals After Beating Profit Expectation - CityAM
Ocado delivered better-than-expected pre-tax profit of £7.2m in the first half of 2015, amid reports that it's closing in on a deal with an international retailer.

Artizone, the Online Artisan Grocery Shopping and Delivery Service Announces Official Denver Opening - Virtual Strategy
The e-tailer offers farm-raised meat, local produce and small batch artisan products in Denver, Chicago and Dallas. 

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Top Innovations at Summer Fancy Food 2015 - Food Business News
Pistachio spread, goat milk caramels and sheep milk yogurt top the list. 

Harrogate Investors Give Taste of Success to Gourmet Food Firm - The Business Desk
Subscription box startup Flavourly has seen a major crowdfunding campaign attract investors to support its growth. 

How Nestle Plans to Reconnect with Consumers: CEO - CNBC
CEO Paul Bulcke says the company plans to win them back with a simple plan: Make the food healthier.

On the Money: Can General Mills Improve US Sales Through Innovation? - Just-Food
Are General Mills' product innovation and renovation plans enough to get the top line moving in the US?

Does Your Dog Eat Organic? Meet The 'Human Grade' Pet Food Startup - Forbes
The Honest Kitchen proves there’s no limit to what Americans will spend on their pets.
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Sweetgreen Harvests $35 Million To Satisfy Millennial Salad Cravings - TechCrunch
The round was led by T. Rowe Price with participation from Revolution Growth. It brings the QSR's total venture funding to $95M. 

Online Restaurant Booking Service Chope Raises $8M, Revenue Doubled in Past Year - TechinAsia
The series C round co-led by F&H Fund Management and NSI Ventures will go entirely towards expansion.

Restaurant Payments App Raises £300k in 24 Hours - BDaily
Cake’s mobile payment app is used to share and pay bar and restaurant bills.

Mangoplate, Korea’s Answer To Yelp, Lands $6.1M And Eyes Expansions Across Asia - TechCrunch
The round was led by Qualcomm Ventures and included participation from SoftBank Ventures Korea and YJ Capital. 

This Techstars Startup Is Making Farm-to-Fork More Feasible for Boston Restaurants - BostInno
Provender's online marketplace reimagines the food supply chain, making products more easily accessible to chefs.

Zomato Announces Foodie Index, A New Open-Source API To Score Restaurants On Quality - The Tech Portal
The index will be available to developers as a free API so they can integrate the scores into their own apps.

AGRICULTURE 


Futuristic Jellyfish Barge Offers Floating Food Scarcity Solution to Farming-Challenged Regions - AgFunder News
It uses biomimicry to simulate the natural processes needed to produce food in a self sufficient way.

Inside the World’s Largest Food Company You’ve Probably Never Heard of - Civil Eats
JBS, the largest meat producer in the world, hasn't had to worry about its public image—until recently.

This Farm in a Box Generates $15,000 a Month - CNN Money
Shawn Cooney harvests 4-6k plants a week in his Freight Farms container farm -- roughly 80 times the number he'd get from a similar amount of space on a conventional farm.

Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year - NPR
There's a renaissance in local and regional food, and it's not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

Why the Future of Food and Farming Has Never Looked More Exciting - FG Insight
Defra Secretary Liz Truss outlines the Govt.'s ambitions for food and farming, starting with the release of 8k data sets that could benefit the industry.

Huge Potential, but Bigger Challenges for Agri Startups - The Financial Express
With increasing mobile penetration and Internet access in rural areas, startups are slowly emerging in the agriculture sector too, with a focus on solving issues concerning farmers.

EATERS


Follow Your Food: The Strange Journeys of the Things We Eat - TakePart
This new series tracks ingredients as they make their way from around the world to the grocery store.

Spoiler Alert App Connects Industry to Local Nonprofits for Food Donations - FoodDive
A three-month pilot program with eight organizations saw about 10,000 pounds of food donated through the iOS app, sometimes in just a few minutes.
 
This Food-tech Startup Uses IoT to Bring Your InnerChef Alive - e27
Users can order their favorite dishes and experience the thrill of adding, mixing, tossing and plating — all within 20 mins

This Tech Innovation Reduces Food Waste While Feeding People Need - Huffington Post
Feeding America's sophisticated logistics system enables us to rescue 2.5B pounds of food (2B meals) each year. 

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