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Food Tech Funding, M&A & Partnerships

Must-Attend Food Tech Events: Spring/Summer Edition

Tech to Table: Innovations in Sustainable Food Value Chain
May 20 - New York, NY

Moderated by our own Nina Meijers, this discussion will reveal new business opportunities and challenges in food tech.

 Edible Business at Stony Brook Southampton
June 5-7 - Southampton, NY

Happening in the heart of the East End of Long Island, the event will bring together today’s leading thinkers in food business, media and policy to discuss the path towards healthy regional food systems.

FEATURED
 

Announcing The Business of On-demand Food Startups Meetup
Join us on May 27th for an inside look Munchery, Instacart, DoorDash and GoodMeal work, plus snacks, drinks and networking. 

Foodscovery Aims to be The Golbely of Europe
Foodscovery is a food e-commerce platform that allows Europeans to order iconic foods from top local Italian food makers.

Announcing The #InternetOfFood Tweetup
Join us, Seeds&Chips, The USA Pavilion and the James Beard Foundation for our future of food tech Twitter party on May 21 at 11 AM EST. Share your ideas using #InternetOfFood.

Internet of Food Editorial Series Recap
Dig Inn on democratizing farm-to-table, Food Tank on how tech helps farmers prosper, Yummly on using data to incentivize healthy eating and much more.

Seeds&Chips Propels International Food Tech Ecosystem
A recap of our magical experience at the 1st food tech conference & exhibition.

STARTUP RESOURCES


We Launched a New Food Startups Newsletter
Want the best case studies, funding opportunities, how to’s and events delivered to your inbox? Check out the first issue of our new newsletter and then Sign up for Food Startup Bytes today. 

FOOD BIZ CLASSES


Announcing Food Crowdfunding Webinar with Nomiku - May 23
Learn everything everything you need to know to launch a kick-ass crowdfunding campaign in 4 hours. Snag your spot to our webinar with Lisa Q. Fetterman now.

RETAIL


Recipe and Food Delivery Company Blue Apron Could Soon Be Valued At $2B - The Street
It's on the brink of raising over $100M in capital from mutual fund giant Fidelity. 

Peapod to Deliver Groceries Across NYC, a Delivery Wars Hot Spot - New York Business Journal
The expansion puts it in head-to-head competition with the No. 2 player in NYC FreshDirect.  

Amazon Fresh Adds Another Grocery Delivery Market - PYMNTS
Its NY expansion may show signs that Amazon Fresh may rapidly expand into other markets.

Hungryroot cooks up $2 Million - PE Hub
Investors include Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures and KarpReilly.

This Startup Will Sell You Weird-Looking Fruit And Bulbous Veggies For Cheap - Fast Company
Down with vanity produce aisles—and a whole lot of food waste.

Why Instacart Doesn’t Want to Kill Brick-and-Mortar - Street Fight
An inside look at why the grocery delivery startup wants to collaborate with traditional retailers, rather than replace them. 

CPG


ConAgra buys Blake's All Natural Foods - Food Dive
Blake’s is one of the fastest-rising health-based frozen foods producers in the country. The financial terms were not disclosed. 

At Chobani, Rocky Road From Startup Status - Wall Street Journal
Chobani, which helped spawn the craze for Greek yogurt, is naming a new CEO in coming months.

Wonolo, a Startup Backed by Coca-Cola Founders, Raises Seed Funding - Wall Street Journal
It raised $2.2M at a valuation of $7.5 million for software that matches short-term corporate jobs with people who have the flexibility to do those jobs on short notice.

Bill Gates Bets on Growing Demand for Sustainable Foods - NBC
Why socially-minded investors are betting big on startups like Hampton Creek, Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat. 

Sage Is On A Mission To Make Food Labels Smarter - TechCrunch
The app analyzes nutrition and ingredient data from thousands of products to give consumers a better picture of what's in their food. 

RESTAURANTS


Zomato Separates Its Order Service From Main App, Launches As Zomato Order - Inc42
The hyper growth of the company made it inevitable for it to enter into food delivery.

San Francisco Startup Cooks Up Service That Brings Healthy Food To Your Door - San Francisco Business Times 
Sun Basket delivers pre-measured, organic ingredients and recipes to your door. 

Ritual Delivers Meals Designed Around Custom Dietary Profiles and Organic, Seasonal Ingredients - Edible Brooklyn
It's grown from preparing one-off meals to renting food production space for a small team of chefs, delivery workers and food scientists.

Domino’s Pushing The Boundaries Of Technology: Tweet-A-Pizza Delivery Rolling Out Soon - Inquisitr
It's rolling out the service where customers don’t even need to use words or pick up their phone to order a pizza. 

From Scornin' It To Lovin' It: McDonald's Tests Out Kale On Its Menu - NPR
After mocking kale a few months back, the chain is now testing out at kale breakfast bowl at some CA locations. 

How Four Leading Restaurant Brands Sre Tackling Tech - NRN
How Chili's, Domino's, Starbucks and Taco Bell leverage cutting-edge tools for business growth. 
 
Winnow Scores Seed Funding For Its Food Waste Smart Meter - TechCrunch
Its set of smart scales and accompanying tablet app lets kitchen staff easily log what food is thrown away. 

AGRICULTURE


“Global Sustainable Food and Agriculture: A Landscape Assessment” Report Launched at Milan Expo - Food Tank
The report profiles 24 diverse donors and foundations working locally and globally on sustainable food and agriculture systems. 

Dairy Changing the Equation for Sustainable Business Practices - Dairy Heard
An inside look at the winner of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. 

One of the Best Fields for New College Graduates? Agriculture - USDA 
Nearly 60,000 high-skilled agriculture job openings expected annually in U.S., yet only 35,000 graduates available to fill them.

Bayer CropScience and Flagship Ventures form Partnership to Fund Leading-edge Agriculture - Corn+Soybean Digest
The partnership includes an investment in Flagship's Fund V, a $537 million VC fund that closed in March 2015.

XpertSea Reports $1.3 Million Seed Round - AgFunder
Funding for the acquaculture inventory management startup came from Real Ventures.
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