Join Us at FoodBytes! NYC!
FoodBytes! is heading back to New York City in June! Certainly not your average food and agriculture conference, our pitch competition-meets-networking event brings together the game-changing startups, investors and industry leaders pioneering the future of food and ag. Since it launched in 2015, more than 900 companies have applied to pitch to over 1,400 attendees at FoodBytes! events around the world.
- DATE: Thursday, June 15 – 2:00 – 8:00 PM
- VENUE: SECOND floor – 849 6th Avenue, New York, NY 1000
- OFFICIAL HOTEL: The place to stay in NYC is the Kimpton Hotel Eventi (located in the same building as the FoodBytes! event space). For phone reservations call (1) 866-993-8396 and mention that you are part of the Rabobank group or book online here. Our room rate is $389 for a King Room plus applicable taxes. *** The deadline for the Rabobank rate is Tuesday, May 23. Please note Hotel Eventi has a 48 hour cancellation rule – please plan accordingly***
Wanderfuel is a B2B approach to health food and wellness content for travelers. They offer curated, seasonally rotating boxes of organic products alongside content and experiences that support well-being. Rooted in holistic health principles, Wanderfuel provides specific benefits designed to counteract the negative effects of travel.
Nom Noms World Food
Nom Noms World Food is a multi-award winning nutritious world food brand – created for tastebuds that love to travel. The premium collection of one & two course prepared meals are suitable for kids & grown-ups and made with no added sugar, preservatives or additives. The Nom Noms Hot World Wraps are packed with superfoods and offer high protein content, made with unique spice blends that represent flavours from 8 exotic destinations from around the world. Every meal purchased feeds a hungry child in India with our ‘one for you = one for them’ promise and our partnership with the Akshaya Patra Foundation.
Flashfood is a mobile platform connecting surplus food from grocers directly to its users at a massive discount.
Seal the Seasons
Seal the Seasons partners with local farms to source, freeze, brand and bring to market frozen locally grown fruits and vegetables.
We’re the first company in the world to empower Food & Ag professionals to sustainably grow food everywhere by capturing actionable insights on-the-go, hands-free.
Real Oyster Cult
Real Oyster Cult delivers a curated farm-to-table oyster experience. Handpick your favorites or try something new, all delivered right to your doorstep.
ImpactVision’s mission is to build a more transparent and secure global food system, using hyperspectral technology. Our software platform provides insights about the quality and characteristics of different foods non-invasively and rapidly, using image recognition and predictive learning.
Burlap & Barrel
Rethinking the global spice trade by circumventing outdated networks of middlemen and working directly with farmers who grow unique, beautiful spice varietals not available in the US.
Gebni is the world’s first online food ordering platform to offer real time demand-adjused pricing to boost restaurants’ online sales and save users money. Our software uses machine leaning and natural language processing to measure meal demand intensity in real time and update prices accordingly.
Verdical is an automated indoor gardening system for everyone to grow produce from seed to harvest with the touch of a button. Verdical garden towers hold 30 plants and comes with a subscription to our smart seed pods, optimized for faster and healthier growth. Each tower grows 150 lbs of food per year in 1sq foot of space. Users link towers together to grow the right amount of food on site for a household, a restaurant, or a community.
By combining the power of food-based technology with a novel delivery system, Javazen creates a daily ritual of sustainable, enjoyable energy without the jitters or crash. Javazen is the evolution of coffee.
Natural Cuts uses a novel, natural processing technology developed at Cornell University to produce shelf-stable fresh cut vegetables without the use of chemicals, preservatives, or GMOs. Our first product, the Natural Cuts Potato, is targeted for sale to foodservice customers and requires no refrigeration or freezing, has a shelf life of more than 60 days at room temperatures, and has 40% fewer calories compared to fresh and frozen alternatives when fried.
Mekhala creates sustainable Asian foods with organic, vegan ingredients sourced from local farms in Northern Thailand. Every Mekhala product is created mindfully, to help make home-cooked Asian meals easy, tasty and healthy.
Identifies operational logistics inefficiencies in real-time for growers to capture profits.
We make sustainably-grown and vegan wines and use the sales to fix environmental problems. Our Sauvignon Blanc saves the ocean by restoring 100 oysters per bottle and our Pinot Noir saves the bees by planting 875 wildflowers per bottle!
JuiceInnov8 develops a sugar reduction technology for juice producers to create a better & healthier 100% juice with less naturally occurring sugar & lower calories.
Edamam sells nutrition analysis and meal recommendation solutions to businesses in the food, health and wellness sectors. Notable clients include Nestle, Samsung, General Mills and Epicurious and we have over 8,000 subscribers to our APIs. Our goal is to become the leading provider of nutrition data to businesses worldwide.
Love Grain is a consumer food company with a mission of connecting farmers to families through a line of nutritious and delicious gluten-free foods based on the ancient Ethiopian grain, teff. Much like quinoa, teff is naturally gluten-free, low glycemic and is high in protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and the essential amino acids. Love Grain’s line of low-calorie, high-protein Teff Chips were recently featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Forbes and will debut in 28 Sprouts Markets in Northern California this summer.
Victory Hemp Foods
As the only U.S. hemp processor with a consumer brand we have high visibility for our growing brand and a model and margins that allows us to compete with incumbent competitors. Our hemp protein isolate product developed in conjunction with the University of Louisville gives us a product that is in very short supply and high demand. Kentucky being a leader in hemp research, our commercial project and 5-year renewable hemp processing permit allow us to develop the supply chain ahead of Big CPG companies, or Incumbent Agriculture. Our current position gives us room to building on what Canadian processing companies have been accomplishing for the past 20 years with hemp foods resulting in $129M in sales with 44%CAGR in 2016 in the U.S.
GoParrot is an Artificial Intelligence chat platform that enables customers to place orders with restaurants over chat channels (Facebook Messenger, Slack, iMessage, Siri, Alexa etc.) and then delivers those orders directly to their PoS. Our A.I. platform “talks” with the restaurant customers where they are (on their phones) without having to staff someone to manage that.
2 - 3 PM | Opening Reception
Mix and mingle with food and ag innovators and enjoy food and drinks while meeting the demo companies at their display tables.
3:00 - 3:15 PM | Opening Remarks
Manuel Gonzalez, North America Head of Start-up Innovation and FoodBytes! Founder and Rajiv Singh, Chief Executive Officer at Rabobank North America Wholesale Banking.
3:15 - 3:30 PM | 60-Second Pitches
Hear pitches from 10 game-changing food and ag startups from around the world.
3:30 - 5:00 PM | 3.5-Minute Pitches + Q&A
Our 10 pitch company finalists from around the world give 3.5-minute pitches, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with the audience of investors, media, thought leaders and entrepreneurs.
5:00 - 5:15 PM | Open Mic & Voting
10 attendees will get the chance to give a 60-second pitch on a first come first served basis. Attendees cast their votes via SMS for their favorite demo company, selecting the People’s Choice Award winner. Our judges deliberate to select the Judges’ Choice Award winner from the demo finalists and the Highly Commended Award winner from the 60-second pitches.
5:20 PM | Awards Ceremony
Our judges present the three awards.
5:30 - 7:30 PM | Closing Reception
Mix and mingle some more and enjoy food and drinks while meeting the demo companies at their display tables.
Specializing in food investment, product innovation, retail buying and more, and captained by Rabobank’s Global Head of F&A Innovation Manuel Gonzalez, our esteemed panel brings diverse expertise to the FoodBytes! table.
FoodBytes! Judges' Team Captain / Global Head of F&A Innovation, Rabobank
Manuel Gonzalez is the Global Head of F&A Innovation Rabobank North America Wholesale. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of the San Francisco office and Head of the Western Region Corporate Clients after moving from Mexico City, where he served as the country head for Rabobank Mexico for four years. In the spirit of Rabobank’s mission of Banking4Food, Manuel created FoodBytes! in 2015 in an effort to support the search for new ways to increase impact in the Food and Ag innovation space.
Manuel joined Rabobank in 1996 as a project manager in the Project Finance business in Mexico. In 2003, he was named Head of Credit and a year later became the Head of Credit and Legal. Prior to Rabobank, Manuel was the General Manager for six years at Gonzalez Guzman Alimentos, a diary and food distribution company.
Global Coordinator Local Brands, Product Innovation & Development, Whole Foods Market
As Global Coordinator of Local Brands, Product Innovation & Development, Elly Truesdell leads strategic partnerships for local purchasing programs across the company. Truesdell offers expertise in brand development, food trends and product innovation, grown from eight years of leadership in purchasing and marketing at Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. Truesdell made her mark by identifying and launching local products across categories, overseeing the Northeast’s grocery program and cultivating emerging suppliers for national distribution. Just after earning a degree in media studies from the University of Virginia, Truesdell worked and trained on an organic vegetable farm and with food justice organizations, which solidified her interest in the food industry. When she’s not discovering new brands, she spends her time cooking, traveling, hiking, and enjoying life with friends and family.
Michael Graver is a Principal on the Capital Markets team at CircleUp, the platform providing capital and resources to innovative, early-stage consumer brands, and opportunities for sophisticated investors to participate in their growth. Mike brings to CircleUp nearly a decade of experience in the Equities division at JPMorgan, most recently as an Executive Director of Institutional Sales. In this role, Mike delivered daily stock insights and market themes to a wide range of asset managers as well as coordinated interest and investor feedback in JPMorgan’s leading capital markets franchise. In the consumer space specifically, Mike has worked on some of the largest IPOs of recent years, such as GNC, Dunkin’ Brands, Michael Kors, The Fresh Market, Annie’s Foods and Blue Buffalo. Mike graduated magna cum laude from Saint Anselm College with a BA in International Business, and holds Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Founder, Do Good & AllergyKids Foundation
Robyn O’Brien has been called “Food’s Erin Brockovich” by Bloomberg and the New York Times. She received her MBA on a full scholarship from Rice University, graduating as the top woman in her class. She then went to work as an equity analyst on a team that managed $20 billion in assets. The team launched the company’s first hedge fund which won top performer at the company. As an analyst she covered the food and tech industries, but her life took an abrupt turn when her youngest child had a life threatening allergic reaction. She turned her analytical skills towards our food system, the health of our families, companies and economies and what we can do to invest in health. She has helped lead a food movement and regularly appears in the press. Robyn’s work has been recognized by political leaders around the country, by General Mills, Chipotle, Coca Cola, Target, Chili’s Restaurants, investors and others in the food industry. She is a recognized thought leader, an advisor to startups and multinationals, named by Forbes Women as a woman to follow on Twitter, named by SHAPE Magazine as a woman to shape the world, and the author of the bestseller The Unhealthy Truth and founder of Do Good and the AllergyKids Foundation. She lives in Boulder with her husband and four children, where she loves to run and garden.
Vice President Cultivate Ventures, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
Emma Frelinghuysen has over 15 years of experience in consumer-facing food and beverage. In her current role, Emma is leading the newest strategic platform at Hain Celestial –Cultivate Ventures. Cultivate is designed to invest behind smaller portfolio brands, lifestyle brands and concepts and incubator opportunities with a focused and disruptive approach. Prior to this role, Emma also led the marketing organization for the BluePrint® brand –the category leader in fresh, cold-pressed beverage and held a strategy position within the Hain Celestial organization, where she helped the company improve revenue coming from e-commerce channels.
Prior to joining Hain Celestial, Emma spent 7 years at FreshDirect, the leading on-line grocer in the New York metropolitan area, building the company’s product assortment and managing profitability. She initiated the concept and launched the company’s private label program, which now consists of over 150 products across several brands and categories. Emma also spent time on the Johnnie Walker and Guinness brand teams at Diageo North America, having started her career at Williams-Sonoma working in public relations and marketing communication.
She has a BA from Trinity College and an MBA from Stanford University. She also has completed the basic cooking and wine programs at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France and was a French-American Foundation Young Leader from 2014-2016. Emma is a City Chair for the Groton School Women’s Network, a member of the Board of Directors of the French-American Foundation, a Mentor for Accel Foods –a national food and beverage accelerator and Hain Celestial’s advisory partner with Village Capital‘s 2016 agriculture program for start-ups. She is a former member of the Advisory Board of The James Beard Foundation. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
On Wednesday June 14, our 20 pitch companies will take part in an invite-only mentor sessions with industry experts. Our mentor sessions originated at FoodBytes! SF 2016 and are part of our continual quest to provide increasing value to our pitch companies and stakeholders. The mentorship component in NYC will be our most robust yet with 8 industry leaders facilitating 5 sessions. Get to know our incredible lineup of mentors below.
Partner, Holland & Hart
Chuck Cotter advises companies at all stages of growth, from startups to ready-to-exit, helping them successfully raise capital, complete acquisitions and divestitures, and comply with regulatory requirements. In both domestic and cross-border transactions Chuck represents clients in financings, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. His deal experience ranges from sales of small private companies to mergers of large publicly-listed companies across borders, including going-private transactions. Chuck helps growth-oriented clients determine the best way to reach their personal and corporate objectives – from initial formation and financing, through growth stages, culminating in an IPO, sale, or other exit strategy. Chuck has sophisticated experience working with entrepreneurs and nascent companies in the food, beverage, and natural products space and he leads the firm’s Food and Beverage industry group. Before joining Holland & Hart, Chuck practiced at two leading Wall Street law firms and in-house at a major hedge fund.
Founder, Nucleus Maximus
Adam founded Nucleus Maximus, a boutique branding and design agency that works exclusively with grocery brands, in 2015. Nucleus Maximus is an instinct-driven agency whose perspectives are continuously sharpened by observance of best practices from the food industry’s emerging brands, as well as ground-level exposure to cultural, design, consumer and culinary shifts that shape consumer interests around food and expectations of brands. Nucleus Maximus’ core expertise and specialties include brand strategy, product positioning and package design. Adam’s work and perspectives have been covered by notable trade groups including Packaging World, BevNet, Project Nosh, Naturally Boulder and New Hope.
Founder and Managing Partner of Boulder Food Group
Founder and Managing Partner of Boulder Food Group, Tom previously co-founded EVOL Foods and was the COO of Bear Naked Granola. Under Tom’s management, both businesses were successfully sold to public companies. Tom proudly serves on two food focused non-profit boards, the Growe Foundation and Organic Voices (Just Label It).
Founder, Fresh Ideas Group
FIG founder Sylvia R. Tawse has conducted national campaigns for dozens of brands. Her “healthier-living-for-all” commitment is evident in her nonprofit work, from Chef Ann Cooper’s LunchBox.org and Salad Bar Project, to years of work for the Boulder County Farmers Market. Sylvia was an instrumental force in the “Keep Organic Organic” public awareness campaign for the Organic Trade Association, which resulted in the highest number of letters received by the USDA, all 280,000+ of them. Sylvia has firsthand knowledge of the food industry, from the ground up. She and her husband own Pastures of Plenty Farm, a 32-acre organic farm in Longmont, Colorado.
Executive Director, Senior Analyst – Food & Consumer Trends, Rabobank
Prior to joining Rabobank, he was a Senior Economist and Vice President of Sales, Research & Marketing, at LMC International, an independent economic and business consultancy for the agribusiness sector. Prior to LMC, Nick worked as a Senior Research Economist for The Natural Resources Institute in the U.K. Additionally he has worked as a freelance economic journalist, a Senior Economist with the Government of Papua New Guinea, as well as a lecturer/tutor in Applied Economics. Nick holds a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Reading University in the U.K.
Rabobank Food & Agriculture Innovation Fund
Richard leads the recently launched Rabobank Food & Agriculture Innovation Fund, a captive VC activity investing venture and early stage capital into innovative food and agri companies in Europe and USA. He has worked with Rabobank Private Equity since 2010 focusing on Rabobank’s international food and agriculture VC and private equity activities. He sits on several Investment Committees and Advisory Boards of Rabobank’s portfolio food and ag funds and works closely with the different food and ag innovation activities under way across the group.
Previously Richard was self-employed in retail and manufacturing businesses. Prior to that he worked for the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) in structuring and trading interest rate derivatives. Richard is ACCA qualified and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the National University of Ireland and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Bristol.
Having served in a comprehensive advisory role to food and beverage startups for nearly 20 years and helping one of those startups achieve global brand status with annual revenue in excess of $1 billion, Bob knows what it takes to help startups scale and succeed in the market. He’s deeply passionate about helping entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life from inception to globalization through the development and implementation of a comprehensive and rational go-to-market strategy that aligns with the brand and available resources.
Bob’s helped entrepreneurs: evaluate and implement their go-to-market strategy; develop and test great-tasting and consumer-preferred products; facilitate angel, venture and private equity financing; connect with contract manufacturers and distribution partners; and win with consumers.
Prior to joining WILD Flavors (acquired by ADM in 2014), Bob served as co-founder, officer and board member for F&C International (acquired by WILD Flavors in 1994). He’s also served as an economist, sales leader, president and CEO in a variety of industries.
Managing Director Head of Capital Structuring N.A. Rabobank International
Cindy Sieden joined Rabobank in January 2011 as a Managing Director in Global Client Solutions and is based in New York. She was responsible for the capital structure advisory mandate for our F&A clients. In March of 2014, Cindy was named Regional Head of Debt Structuring for North America, now called Capital Structuring, where she continues to provide capital structure advisory work for our clients as well as product neutral assessments of financing alternatives in support of our origination effort.
Prior to joining Rabobank, Cindy worked at ABN Amro/Royal Bank of Scotland where she was a senior member of their Corporate Finance & Risk Solutions team.
Cindy started her career at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup where she was a senior member of the Financial Strategy Group, the primary corporate finance advisory group for the Bank.
Cindy has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and International Business from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BA in Mathematics and Spanish from the City University of New York.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc
In first-of-its-kind session at FoodBytes!, official sponsor Hain Celestial’s founder and CEO Irwin Simon will host a fireside chat with our pitch companies to kick off the FoodBytes! NYC Rehearsal & Mentor Day on Wednesday, June 14.
Irwin D. Simon is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading organic and natural products company based in New York with nearly 8,000 employees and 36 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and India, whose mission is to be the leading marketer, manufacturer and seller of organic and natural better-for-you products. Hain Celestial is committed to growing sustainably while continuing to implement environmentally sound business practices and manufacturing processes.
Irwin initially honed his management skills at prominent food companies including The Häagen-Dazs Company, a division of Grand Metropolitan, plc and Slim-Fast Foods Company. A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, who has lived in the United States for over 25 years, Irwin Simon is a graduate of St. Mary’s University. A former Chairman of the New York City Gotham Chapter of the Young President’s Organization, Mr. Simon serves as a director of MDC Partners Inc., as well as Tulane University, in addition to his participation in many industry and charitable organizations.
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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.
Food+Tech Connect gives innovators the tech and business insights, connections and skills they need to transform the food industry through its website, newsletters, events, consulting and business courses. Join the community @foodtechconnect.
FIG in 1995 with a vision: build a marketing firm that fills the communications gap between the organic industry, retailers and consumers with effective and powerful storytelling that needs no spin — ever. We excel in the areas of public relations, branding, marketing communications and social media. Our clients’ missions drive us and we accelerate their stories, traditionally and digitally, in a refreshingly unconventional way. We have the track record to prove it. We’ve clocked two decades of purpose-driven marketing before it was hip to be conscious. Why? So you can also sleep better at night. How refreshing is that? For more information please visit our website or on our social channels, Facebook and Instagram.
Whole Foods Market is the Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 FoodBytes! events San Francisco, NYC and Austin.
“Supporting FoodBytes! gives Whole Foods Market the chance to help budding brands make connections and grow their businesses, which is what we strive to do within our stores and communities every day,” said Betsy Foster, Global Vice President of Growth and Business Development. “We are also thrilled to see the groundbreaking ideas at FoodBytes!, and look forward to sharing ideas with fellow disruptors of the food industry.”
Holland & Hart is a national law firm headquartered in Denver, CO. The firm has a strong food and beverage practice and has been part of the industry for decades. They help clients through the entire lifecycle of a company’s growth and pride themselves on working with natural and organic products. For more company news and information, please visit hollandhart.com and @HollandHart.
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 32,300 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. As a leading food ingredient provider, ADM offers the broadest range of on-trend ingredients and flavors that are formulated to meet consumer demand across virtually every market segment.
The Hain Celestial Group , Inc. is a leading organic, natural and better-for-you products company. As a company, Hain Celestial is focused on growing their business by delivering new and sustainable concepts to consumers and are supporting innovation and entrepreneurs in food and agriculture. Cultivate Ventures, was formed to strategically invest and incubate lifestyle brands, concepts, products and technology, which focus on health and wellness. As an official FoodBytes! sponsor, Hain Celestial and Cultivate Ventures directly align to create and inspire A Healthier Way of Life™.
Boulder Food Group seeks partnerships with early stage food and beverage consumer product companies. BFG works alongside exceptional entrepreneurs to ensure the business is able to deliver sustainable growth and outperform its competitors.
Nucleus Maximus is a leading branding and package design agency for food brands. Through their dedicated study of the grocery industry, consumer culture, brand-building and design – Nucleus Maximus offers food entrepreneurs an invaluable and evolving perspective to help them earn the attention of the marketplace.
PieShell, a reward-based crowdfunding site for only food and beverage entrepreneurs, is a game changer! We’ve built a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, committed foodies, and trendsetters. All food, beverage and hospitality projects are invited: packaged products, beverages, food trucks, cookbooks, restaurants, distilleries, or coffee shops.
Unlike other platforms, PieShell’s project pre-launch process is designed to help projects succeed. Secondly, our unique stepping-stone approach gives projects a better chance to be fully funded. Finally, we’ll be bringing a food-centric audience to support the projects hosted on PieShell.
CircleUp is a technology-driven marketplace that provides capital to innovative, early-stage consumer brands to accelerate their growth. Founded in 2012, CircleUp has helped over 200 companies raise over $300 million in capital.
We’ve worked with more than a thousand high-growth tech startups and 150 corporate brands from around the globe. We do far more than just accelerate businesses. The RocketSpace ecosystem, fueled by our deep understanding of what innovation actually requires, provides the world’s top innovators with velocity—speed and direction.
The BiTHOUSE is a virtual and popup business development cultivator for intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, creatives, developers, corporates and startups to connect, align, innovate, fund, launch, promote and scale their ideas and disruptive technology solutions. We “bridge the gap” by connecting global dots.
The AgTech + FoodTech Summit, taking place for the first time in Berlin this year, explores the entire value chain of food production, consumption, and the role that technology will play in its future. The summit will address critical topics such as food waste and food production as attendees contemplate the question, “How do we feed close to 10 billion people by 2050?”
AgFunderNews is an industry news site and hub of information for the growing community at the intersection of agriculture, technology, and investment. The site publishes daily, original news on the agriculture technology (“agtech”) industry, including the latest funding news and analysis of trends in the sector. AgFunderNews is affiliated with AgFunder, the online investment platform helping to fund the next agriculture revolution.
Edible Manhattan tells the story of how the city eats. Along with other Edible New York titles, it belongs to a network of Edible magazines and websites across North America. We hunger for bits of forgotten food history; a bialy in Chelsea or mangu in Washington Heights; an artisan, cook or chef who makes their own aquavit or cured meats; a factory or store with a culinary specialty, be it big or small; a trend that is really making a difference in how the city thinks about food; and community gardens and rooftop farms that feed Gotham.
Powered by Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn, Food Loves Tech (FLT) is an education-by-entertainment innovation expo. From rooftop farming and the food app boom to virtual reality menus and insect proteins, FLT unites food and drink innovators, thought-leaders and enthusiasts to experience the future of food and drink. Join us in Brooklyn at our venue partner Industry City on November 3–4, 2017.
The city’s newest event space in heart of Chelsea located on the second floor of the Hotel Eventi. This 9000 square foot event space boasts a glass-enclosed terrace with floor to ceiling open air accessible windows – the length of a full city block and overlooking a private park space.
Kimpton Hotel Eventi affords a lively and unique personality to the New York hotel scene and the Chelsea neighborhood. Each of Hotel Eventi’s 292 guestrooms and suites is a haven of classic lines, calming neutrals, splashes of color, irresistible bedscapes with a bathroom deserving of its own NYC postcard. Choose floor plans ranging from 300 to 1,685 square feet of space. If you can take your eyes off the interior design, cast them toward the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the iconic New York City landscape.
Wild Poppy produces organic fruit beverages. Wild Poppy Juice combines organic fruit juice with spices from around the world and just a touch of sweetness. Wild Poppy Soda is made from organic fruit juice and sweetened with organic cane sugar for a delicious, authentic soda experience.
The first US food company to produce an all-natural, raw honey-based superfood. Apiterra donates 1% of profits to organizations that are fighting Colony Collapse Disorder.
Selfee is the the edible photo booth, creating edible selfies live on-demand at events, using our exclusive technology.
Chapul introduces edible insects into Western Cuisine as a healthy and sustainable protein. We launched the first insect-protein product in the US with our award winning Chapul Cricket Bars, fortified with our signature cricket flour. We represent a growing food revolution intent on increasing the health of our food resources for our children and for the planet.
Bottled water that is sourced and packaged responsibly. For every bottle sold, GIVN funds a day of clean drinking water for a person in need.
True Made Foods is making American food healthy again. We use fresh vegetables to naturally sweeten our products and drastically cut back on added sugar, providing you with a tasty healthy alternative.
Wandering Bear makes cold brew for coffee lovers. The NYC-based beverage brand packs their organic, ready-to-drink cold brew coffee in eco-friendly boxes that keep the coffee fresh and put great cold brew “on tap” in any fridge.
Seed + Mill is all about sesame! Seed + Mill takes these delicious and nutritious “super seeds” and makes a range of sesame-based products, including 30+ flavors of halva, 3 types of tahini and goat-milk tahini ice-cream served with crumbled halva and freshly milled tahini that earned us the 2017 Artisan of the Year award from Star Chefs.
Smallhold provides customers with contained-environment vertical farm units that produce meaningful amounts of mushrooms, herbs, and leafy greens with minimal labor. Smallhold customers receive deliveries of pre-grown produce consistently throughout the month, ensuring quality and quantity throughout the year. In addition, Smallhold operates the only mushroom farm in NYC and works with some of the best restaurants in the region.
We’re a wine company that respects the past – the players, the style, the grapes! But the past has passed and life got fast. (The answer was never at the bottom of a bottle anyway.) So we twisted tradition, bent wine to our will, and put it in a can. Let’s forget the corkscrew without being screwed. Finally, a wine packed to keep up with us.
For nearly 50 years, Celestial Seasonings has created delicious specialty teas that add magic to every moment. The brand currently offers more than 90 flavorful varieties of herbal, green, black, wellness, rooibos and chai teas. Each blend is expertly crafted by our Blendmaster from the finest herbs, teas, spices and botanicals, and is presented in packaging adorned with beautiful artwork and inspiring quotes.
It’s simple: We make delicious foods with cricket flour. Cricket flour is a tasty source of sustainable nutrition, packed with protein, healthy fats and micronutrients. We start with sustainably raised crickets, which are slow roasted to bring out their nutty, toasted flavor. Then we mill them into a fine flour that becomes the basis of our delicious, high-protein baked goods and baking mixes.
Since their Canadian inception in 2007, Live Clean® launched a mission to provide a line of personal care and baby care products that contribute to a greener planet and perform at the highest level. Live Clean® is a unique eco-friendly beauty care line that delivers exceptional results using plant based ingredients, while NOT using any harsh chemicals, and being cruelty-free.
Avalon Organics® is grounded in the knowledge that all beauty begins within the Earth. Guided by the wisdom of nature, each product is thoughtfully crafted for optimal effectiveness while meeting a strict organic standard. Formulas contain carefully selected botanicals that are nurtured by the elements then tenderly harvested to nourish the body from the outside in.
Alba Botanica® products contain 100% vegetarian ingredients and are made with vitamins, plant emollients and therapeutic botanicals for optimum beauty benefits. The Alba Botanica® brand range includes: Hawaiian skin care, hair care and spa treatments; Even Advanced™ skin care; ACNEdote™ acne skin care treatments; Very Emollient™ body lotions, bath and shower gels, sunscreens, deodorant sticks, cream shaves and foam shaves; Good & Clean™ facial cleansers
Since 1959, JĀSÖN® has led the category with our wholesome, nature-sourced blends. We’ve always believed in the power of earth’s ingredients to nourish and revitalize the body—and we continue to harness beneficial botanicals and essentials for our formulas. Our line of gentle, body-loving products completely clean and refresh from head to toe to improve everyday wellness for everyone in the family.