SomaDetect, the 43North winner that makes sensor equipment for dairy farmers, is getting a financial boost from the diary industry’s biggest dairy processors.
If you’ve ever tried your hand at home juicing — or watched a local spot make you juice to order — you probably noticed that a lot of pulp gets left behind. Some larger juiceries have partners that can take the pulp to use for animal feed or compost, but many smaller juiceries end up just throwing it away since they don’t have the resources to get it to farmers.
Another FoodBytes! competition took place in NYC last week, giving 19 food and agriculture startups the opportunity to pitch their innovations to investors. AI dairy company SomaDetect took home the top prize: Judges’ Choice Award.
As strategic investors go, it doesn’t get much better than this. Buffalo-based SomaDetect has received an investment from the Dairy Farmers of America, a farmer-owned dairy cooperative based in Kansas City, Kanas, that serves more than 14,500 family farmers. Earlier this year, SomaDetect participated in the Kansas City, Missouri-based Sprint Accelerator, of which DFA is a sponsor.
Innovopro has developed a patented method to process chickpea protein that, chief executive Taly Nechushtan says, means the company can offer a highly functional alternative to the alt proteins currently dominating the market.
OddBox on delivering cheap, ethical produce and combatting food waste: ‘You don’t have to choose between your conscience and your wallet’
UK food tech start-up OddBox is on a mission to tackle food waste. Along the way, the company wants to build farmer incomes while providing consumers with cheap, fresh, healthy produce delivered to their doors. We caught up with founders Emilie Vanpoperinghe and Deepak Ravindran to find out more.