Who

Rabobank Group is a global financial services leader providing wholesale and retail banking, leasing, and real estate services in more than 40 countries worldwide. Rabobank is one of the world’s largest banks with over $750 billion in assets. In the Americas, Rabobank is a premier bank to the food, agribusiness and beverage industry, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. We know that sustainability and innovation are critical in promoting a thriving food and ag industry that will feed growing global populations for years to come, which is a key focus of our Banking for Food strategy. 

What

FoodBytes! by Rabobank was created with a simple mission in mind – to find the most innovative concepts in food and agriculture, and pair them with the capital needed to bring them to market. Certainly not your average food and ag conference, our pitch competition-meets-networking event brings together the game-changing startups, investors and industry leaders pioneering a better future. 

Why

Rabobank believes that it is crucial to encourage, support, and promote an ecosystem full of different business models and viewpoints that will drive innovative solutions. We believe our key role in supporting this type of ecosystem is to promote and facilitate connections throughout the entire food and agriculture value chain.

A Taste of FoodBytes!

Check out the highlights from FoodBytes! SF 2017, our biggest event yet with 360+ attendees, 20 pitches and 35+ startups on display. 

Meet the FoodBytes! SF 2017 Winners

Vega Coffee, a direct-to-consumer coffee subscription empowering coffee farmers, Evaptainers, electricity-free refrigeration for developing markets, and Pure Cultures, probiotics for pet and livestock health, took home the top prizes at FoodBytes! SF. Read More!

Highly Commended Award Winner

Pure Cultures

Pure Cultures

A BioTech company developing microbiome solutions for animal health, specializing in the development and manufacture of prebiotics and probiotics used to support the growth and health of animals. Pure Cultures uses natural supplementation as an alternative to using antibiotics in animals.

People’s Choice Award Winner

Evaptainers

Evaptainers

A robust, efficient and low-cost refrigeration solution powered by only water and sunlight.

Judges’ Choice Award Winner

Vega Coffee

Vega Coffee

Completely reimagined the coffee supply chain to support the financial and educational wealth of women farmers in Latin America. Vega empowers small-holding farmers to roast their own coffee, sell that coffee to customers in the US through an online subscription platform and earn up to 4x more than through typical export channels.

Hear from our FoodBytes! Alumni

logo_harvestport_250xFoodBytes provided a high profile, high energy venue to put HarvestPort in front of industry professionals and investors. It is always great to be able to reach so many vested parties in one sitting. We generated several follow-up meetings with investors from the event, as well as a few very fruitful meetings with industry folks. Aside, from that, the general media buzz, particularly social media, has been great. We really loved getting to know the other teams and hope to interact more.

Tim Koide

CO-founder, HarvestPort

Attending FoodBytes! Boulder was such a great experience for our team and brand; we received valuable feedback from the judges, mentors and fellow demo companies that will help us better establish our brand and achieve our goals of bringing plant-based convenient comfort foods to folks across the country! As a result of the feedback and mentorship we received through FoodBytes! Boulder, we are planning to release a packaging pivot in March 2017 featuring additional flavors of dairy free Cheesy Dips and more user-friendly packaging. 

Alexandra Carone

Co-Founder, The Honest Stand

logo_imperfectproduce_250xParticipating in FoodBytes! gave our team the opportunity to connect with some of the leading innovators in the space. Connecting with that type of creativity allows us to review our own company under a new lens with different ideas for the future. We met with several people who are interested in helping us think through the next phases of our company. We’re meeting with a few of them now to see how their input as customers can help influence our product. We also connected with a couple potential investors who are now looking at investing in Imperfect.

Ben Simon

CEO, Imperfect Produce

lovethewild_250xThe field of startups presenting FoodBytes Brooklyn was so strong, it was an honor just to share the same stage. Besides being one of the best organized events we’ve ever attended,   FoodBytes curated a fantastic community whose connections just keep growing stronger… long after the event. Through FoodBytes, we met companies that we are partnering with to solve some challenges in our business and got media exposure that helped land us new retail accounts.  Now, we’re focused on building a great business and making the most of those opportunities.

Jacqueline Claudia

Co-Founder & CEO, LoveTheWild

arable_250xIt’s possible to be so focused on your target customer that you lose sight of the larger web of connections that connects us all through food. FoodBytes! was great to bring together entrepreneurs working directly with producers and people taking food products to stores.  I especially appreciated understanding the connection Rabobank has in linking the different components of the food system and being able to rely on them in the future.

Adam Wolf

Co-Founder, Arable

logo_newwavefoods_250xWe found our experience at FoodBytes! SF to be a valuable one. The event connected us with other exciting food companies and introduced us to potential investors, mentors, and fans of what we’re doing. The highlight outcome of our time at FoodBytes! SF was the great press mentions that followed the event.  Erin B, author of DishInterrupted blog called our product, “The Future Superbowl Snack” and The San Francisco Business Times featured us in their “From the Lab to the Plate” story.

Dominique Barnes

Co-Founder & CEO, New Wave Foods

one-hop-kitchenFoodBytes was an incredible opportunity to gain valuable exposure and connections while working alongside inspiring startups and receiving feedback from experts at Rabobank. From FoodBytes! we have secured a few new retail accounts in the USA and received valuable advice on to how tackle the U.K. market

Eli Cadesky

Co-Founder & CEO, One Hop Kitchen

thechaatco_250xUnlike the technology world, where avenues to access both capital and human expertise to nurture innovative start-ups are abundant, in food, we have a lot of catching up to do. Events such as FoodBytes! are key in uniting the passionate individuals and organizations that will play a critical role in building the next generation of food. We jumped at the opportunity to participate and present The Chaat Co at FoodBytes! not just to seek out opportunities that will propel our start-up forward but also to do our part in building momentum towards the better food movement.

Anshu Dua

Co-Founder, The Chaat Company

regrainedFoodBytes! provided an incredible platform to test the resonance of what we are building with ReGrained. This “platform” went beyond the literal one upon which our pitch was delivered–it also included a supportive community of founder-peers, experts, and mentors. Ironically, the best connections at FoodBytes! went beyond potential investors. Several of the other founders and I communicate regularly, providing feedback and support. One of the mentors, Nucleus Maximus, is now working with us closely on our packaging redesign. We’re ready to take things to the next level, and it blows me away that such a short event is having such an impact on helping us do that. Dan Kurzrock

Co-Founder, ReGrained

FoodBytes! Twitter

28/06/2017 at 4:05am
Did you know FB! NYC finalist @EdamamCo was one of the 1st projects crowdfunded by FB! alum @PieShell? @TheSpoonTech https://t.co/1dRrqz1TKp https://t.co/VLUv5PCYFO FoodBytes photo
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28/06/2017 at 12:20am
Kudos to FB! alum FreshSurety for launching a trial of its low-cost sensor that reliably reports produce shelf life https://t.co/Zki9JoDV4K https://t.co/xmDTLYVJ7C FoodBytes photo
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27/06/2017 at 6:00am
RT @FoodBytes: Calling all food & ag innovators! Apply to pitch investors & industry leaders at #FoodBytes Austin on 9/27 https://t.co/gn1F… FoodBytes photo
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Innovation

Rabobank maintains at the forefront of emerging technologies that will shape the future of our clients’ businesses and our competitive service delivery in the long-term.

Sustainability

 

Rabobank was founded by farmers who believed that the cooperative concept of working together would be of benefit to all. Food and agriculture is and always will be at the heart of our strategy. We define our contribution to sustainable development as a collective effort to use natural resources as efficiently as possible, reducing our impact on the environment.

Food

Rabobank is committed to the enablement of a food-secure future for our world’s population with respect to improving both availability and access to food, stimulating balanced nutrition, and enhancing stability of food and agriculture supply chains.

Startup

 

FoodBytes! by Rabobank was created with a simple mission in mind – to find the most innovative and ground-breaking concepts in food and agriculture, and pair that creativity with the capital needed to bring it to market.

Innovation

 

Rabobank maintains at the forefront of emerging technologies that will shape the future of our clients’ businesses and our competitive service delivery in the long-term.

Sustainability

 

Rabobank was founded by farmers who believed that the cooperative concept of working together would be of benefit to all. Food and agriculture is and always will be at the heart of our strategy. We define our contribution to sustainable development as a collective effort to use natural resources as efficiently as possible, reducing our impact on the environment.

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