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2015 Food Tech Holiday Gift Guide
Our annual Food Tech Holiday Gift Guide is here! These food gadgets, books, subscription boxes, great organizations to support and more are sure to satisfy everyone on your list.

Last Week's Top Food Tech & Innovation Stories
Meal kits have the Economics wrong, $373M+ invested in food tech, Is DoorDash the next unicorn?, and more. 

Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships: October 2015
$373M was invested across 18 food tech deals globally, plus First Data’s $2.56B IPO and the merger of China’s Meituan and Dianping, valued at $15B.


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This Entrepreneur Is Helping Artisan Food Makers Get Their Products In Your Kitchen - Forbes
With over 300 products for sale from 150 makers, Hatchery is now a full-blown e-commerce site selling artisanal food items.

From Cauliflower Rice to Cinnamon Water, Healthy Food Startups Dominate - The Daily Meal
Food Matters Live, the annual healthy food conference, took place in London this year and highlighted healthy startups.

Moderate Growth Predicted for Packaged Foods in 2016: Moody's - FoodDive
Operating profits for the U.S. packaged foods sector are expected to rise by 4% to 5% in 2016.

Investor Group to Buy Keurig for $13.9B - FoodDive
The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2016.

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Sourcing Food Ethically Is A Huge Challenge For My Startup - Fast Company
Purple Carrots meals are vegan, but the way they source their ingredients is a work in progress, says Mark Bittman.

RedMart Launches Online App to Deliver Within One Hour of Purchase - The Business Times
Its on-demand marketplace will allow customers to order products from participating food and retail partners.

Good Eggs Announces New CEO - Good Eggs
Bentley Hall, who was #3 at Plum Organics and helped scale the business from zero to $100M+ in sales, will join Good Eggs as CEO and partner. 

Kroger Will Save the Grocery Store, an Interesting Look at Its Strategy - BloombergGadfly
Thee grocery chain that has been quietly growing its empire to become the second-largest U.S. retailer by sales after almighty Walmart.

RESTAURANTS 

DinnerLab Scoops Up 'Food Crawl' Startup Dishcrawl In a Push to Get More Customers - Entrepreneur
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

EatStreet, An Online Food Ordering Platform For Smaller Cities And College Towns, Picks Up $15M - TechCrunch
The investment was co-led by local VC 4490 Ventures and Lumia Capital.

Amazon Expands Restaurant Delivery to Baltimore, Challenging Takeout Leader GrubHub - Investors Business Daily
The e-commerce leader is expanding its Amazon Restaurants delivery business to the East Coast, with Baltimore its first city. 

Zomato Launches Food Relief Meal Delivery Service; Contributes Meal for Each One You Buy - Business Insider
Free meals are delivered to those in the flood-affected areas in Chennai, India who need it the most.

Bengaluru-Based Online Food-ordering Startup Swiggy in Talks to Raise $40M - ETRetail
It is in advanced talks to raise $35-40 million from internal investors like Accel Partners and SAIF Partners.

Gurgaon-Based Online Chefs Marketplace Bite Club Gets Funding from GrowX Venture and Others - VCCircle
It will be used to expand in the national capital region and introduce more product categories.

Indian Food Delivery Startup EasyKhaana Raises $100K - Inc.42
It will use the funds to expand its delivery regions and further strengthen its logistics setup and tech platform.


AGRICULTURE

Advice For Higher-Yielding Agriculture Startups - TechCrunch
Investor Gabrielle Wilmoth share insights to help new ag innovators boost their chances of raising venture capital and successfully bring their innovations to market.

Harvest Power Adds $20m to Series D for Expansion of Food Waste Business - AgFunderNews
True North Venture Partners, Industry Ventures and Generational Investment Management led the round. The capital will be used to expand the company’s facilities and services

How Alabama is Farming its Way to an Oyster Revolution - Civil Eats
A group of farmers and scientists are stabilizing the Alabama oyster industry by creating their own aquaculture infrastructure.

Climate Change Could Make 175 Million More People Go Hungry, Report Says - The Guardian
US Department of Agriculture warns of danger of ‘business as usual’ approach

Training Farmers to Be Better Business People - Civil Eats
FamilyFarmed’s Wholesale Success training program is helping farmers thrive.

EATERS

MySpoilerAlert Launches Leftovers-as-a-Service to Fight Food Insecurity - BostInno
It recently launched its online marketplace after receiving $50,000 as a winner at this year's MassChallenge awards. 

“Refoodgee” App Connects Berlin Locals With Refugees Through Food - The World Post
The app helps refugees connect with Berliners who want to share food. 

Myoncampus Launches to Make it Easier for College Students to Host & Attend Dinners - BostInno
The platform will let college kids host and find authentic food dinners. 

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