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Building The Internet of The Sea To Reinvent Commercial Fishing
Seafood processors are building the internet of the sea with tech like autonomous underwater vehicles, drones and big data to reinvent commercial fishing.

Who are the Most Innovative Consumer Brands of 2016?
We're judging the 2016 #CircleUp25 awards for the most innovative consumer brands. Nominate a brand today!

Last Week's Top Food Tech & Innovation News
Empty restaurants test coworking, Blue Apron considers IPO, explore the future of protein and more.

Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships: March and April 2016
While companies like Dinner Lab and Kitchit have shuttered, $2.02B was invested in food tech startups in March & April. Read more about Brita's thoughts on the future of food tech. 

Internet Of Food Series Featuring Farmigo's Benzi Ronen, Joanne Wilson, Robyn O'Brien & 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 Dig CEO Adam Eskin, Edenworks' Jason Green and New Harvest's Isha Datar.


Kellogg’s Creates a New Fund, 1894, to Back Food and Related Startups - TechCrunch
The fund will invest up to $100 million in startups over the next four years. It will invest $1-3 million in Series A and Series B stage startups.

Chobani And General Mills Fight To Be The Most Important Meal Of The Day - Fast Company
Why greek yogurt category leader Chobani targeted General Mills and Dannon in a recent ad campaign, and how all three are working to innovate and meet consumer demand for cleaner, healthier yogurt options. 

When DIY Is Not Enough: Web-Snack Firm Graze Has an Offline Awakening - The Register
The UK-based healthy snack subscription startup is embracing offline distribution through a partnership with Sainsbury’s and launching its products in 850 stores. 

Kashi Acquires Vegan Snack Brand Pure Organic - FoodDive
Pure Organic's products are certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and kosher. Terms of the deal were not made public.


IKEA Wants to Help Restaurants to Build Indoor Farms to Source Their Own Food - Food & Wine
The hydroponic garden called "The Farm" will allow IKEA to grow the food served at their stores directly inside IKEA restaurants. It's launching in one store, but hopes to expand to more in the near future. 

The On-Demand Economy Hits The Reset Button - Fast Company
The "Uber for X" playbook is dead. Now companies are going beyond the hype to try to create real businesses.

Elon Musk’s Brother is Opening a Restaurant Where Everything Is Less Than $5 - Business Insider
Kimball Musk's The Kitchenette in Memphis, Tennessee will offer grab-and-go sandwiches, soups and salads.
Foodpanda Completes Order Work-flow Automation, Eyes Profitability in Next 3 Years - The Tech Portal
Amidst a faltering food-tech ecosystem, online food ordering platform Foodpanda has implemented complete automation for its order workflow and restructured to become more operationally efficient with less staff. 

How Robots in Restaurants Will Change the Way We Eat and Live - Thrillist 
An inside look at how restaurant automation will make food cheaper and safer while reducing waste.

Foodtech Start-up Eunoia Raises $800K In Seed Funding - The Tech Portal
The Singapore-based restaurant management platform helps operators automate key functions and centralize orders and menu updates. The funding was led by Golden Equator Capital. 


Why 'Grocerants' Are The Future Of Food Shopping - Forbes
Evidence in two new reports is suggesting that neither restaurants nor grocery stores are the future of food shopping. Instead, what could dominate is a hybrid of the two: “grocerants."

Whole Foods Is Getting Killed by Aldi. Is a Millennial Grocery Chain the Fix? -  Bloomberg
The 365 concept is Whole Foods’ response to three quarters of sales declines at stores last year. Are digital payments, TeaBots and joke Instagram accounts enough to keep millennials coming through the door? 

Instacart Tries Its Hand at BOPIS With Pickup-only Option - FoodDive
The grocery delivery startup launched a pickup-only service through a Whole Foods store in New Hampshire last week. The service relies on the store prepping orders themselves, without involvement from Instacart shoppers.


Rabobank and RocketSpace Launch Terra Agtech Accelerator - AgFunderNews
During the eight-week accelerator curriculum startups will focus on sharpening their product and pitch before the eight-week product validation phase. The team has not finalized the selection criteria for applicants yet. 

Only In Norway: Fish Food Company Wins Startup Pitch Competition - TechCrunch
MiniPro makes baby food for baby fish. It took home $120k for winning the Angel Challenge pitch competition in Norway last week. 

A Company Is Developing a New Way to Genetically Modify Crops — And It Could Be The Future of Food - Business Insider
Calyxt genetically edits plants rather than adding foreign DNA, the process of creating GMO's. Gene-edited crops require less regulation and have lower R&D costs. 

How an Agricultural Cooperative Partnered With Google To Build An Ag Big Data Storage Platform - AgFunderNews
Land O’Lakes and WinField launched a new partnership with Google to create the WinField Data Silo, a data storage platform for farmers. AgFunder chats with Teddy Bekele of Land O'Lakes to learn more about how the platform works. 


No One Cooks Anymore - Quartz
It's official, Americans now spend more at restaurants than Grocery Stores. 

Keep Your Eyes on These 30 Change Makers Under 30 - Civil Eats
The University of California's Global Food Initiative takes a look at young men and women food innovators to watch. 
Where Travel Is a Barrier, Food Trucks Roll in To Feed Kids - CityLab
A lack of transportation means many students eligible for free summer meals aren’t getting them. So as part of the federal Summer Food Service Program, food trucks are providing subsidized meals to children from low-income families. 


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