FoodBytes! Pitch, Rabobank’s discovery and networking program that builds lasting connections between sustainable food and Ag startups, corporates and investors, is a multi-week virtual engagement spanning from mid-October through early December.

We believe a diversity of products, people and ideas will drive the future of food and ag innovation, and our virtual offering aims to champion global cross-collaboration. Welcoming 45 startups from around the world, FoodBytes! Pitch consists of private mentorship sessions, one-on-one connections and media opportunities for selected startups and partners, spanning four days. Selected by an industry-leading panel of judges, 15 of the 45 startups advance to the final stage of the program – a live-streamed public pitch competition.

Schedule

Pitch 2021 Program Schedule

Monday
Virtual Onboarding & Orientation Day
Tues-Thurs: 10:00am - 2pm EST
Mentor Sessions, Case Study Panels, Trend Talks
Friday
Pitches Submitted Virtually
October 20
Judges Deliberation
October 21
Startups Notified
12:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Livestreamed Pitch Competition (15 Finalists)

2021 Members

We are thrilled to welcome this year’s FoodBytes! Pitch Members, a mix of influential global food and agriculture companies, investors and service providers.

Albaugh

“Albaugh –Your Alternative” is the short way to describe what we are all about. We create and supply crop protection products used by farmers across the globe thereby making their farming operations more economical. We are ultimately helping produce and secure an affordable supply of food to help feed and support the population of the world. 

Aqua Capital

Aqua Capital is an independent private equity firm focusing on growth investments in mid-market companies throughout the Brazilian and South American agribusiness value chain.

We aim to be the preferred partner for mid-sized, high-potential companies. We support the transition of family-owned companies and management teams combining operational expertise with an entrepreneurial approach.

BFG Partners

BFG is a venture capital firm that seeks partnerships with early stage food and beverage consumer product companies. We look to invest alongside passionate founders with an exceptional product(s), a disruptive and distinguished brand, and a clearly defined strategy. BFG seeks partnerships with organizations that are making positive environmental and social contributions, both locally and globally. 

Bolthouse Farms
Cavallo Ventures

Founded 2017, Cavallo Ventures is the VC arm of Wilbur-Ellis, we enable innovative technology across all four divisions and markets of Wilbur-Ellis globally. As early investors and active board members, we employ a hands-on approach to building companies and are often directly involved in setting company strategy, recruiting key executives and raising additional capital. Much more than simply a financial resource, we aim to deliver value through active collaboration with our strategic partners and network.

CGC Ventures

CGC Ventures leverages Continental Grain’s 200+ years of global operating & investing expertise across food and agriculture. Our interests are agricultural efficiency via ag biotechnology and digital technology, animal health, evolving consumer diets, supply chain efficiency and traceability. 

DLL

DLL, a proud member of the Rabobank Group, is a leading provider of equipment and technology financing to the Agriculture and Food industries. Drawing on deep industry knowledge, DLL creates sustainable finance solutions for asset and input manufacturers, dealers and end users in over 30 countries.

ECOM
Endurance Investments
Fugini
General Mills

Germin8 Ventures
GrainCorp

Grupo Azucarero Mexico / SWT
Grupo Bimbo
Grupo Nutec
Herbalife Nutrition

Herbalife Nutrition (NYSE: HLF) is a global company that has been changing people’s lives with great nutrition products and a proven business opportunity for its independent distributors since 1980. The Company offers high-quality, science-backed products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial distributors who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through the Company’s global campaign to eradicate hunger, Herbalife Nutrition is also committed to bringing nutrition and education to communities around the world.

Holland & Hart
Hormel Foods
InvestEco

We believe that entrepreneurialism will be critical to solving the world’s most pressing ecological problems. That’s why we formed InvestEco – to partner with innovative companies that are working to build a healthier planet. Since our founding in 2002, InvestEco has invested in over fifteen private companies. These range from companies that are developing renewable energy, water technologies, resource productivity technologies and efficient transportation solutions, to companies that promote health and sustainability in the food and agriculture sector. Over time we have increasingly focused on sustainable food and agriculture, both because we believe activities in this sector will be particularly important to environmental and health outcomes, and because we have developed significant expertise in this area. Today, food and agriculture is our principle focus, and we’ve invested in many leading food and agriculture brands across North America.

iSelect Fund
JBT Corporation

JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT) is a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. JBT designs, produces and services sophisticated products and systems for multi-national and regional customers through its FoodTech segment. JBT also sells critical equipment and services to domestic and international air transportation customers.

LDC
Marfrig

Morrison Foerster
PepsiCo
Propeller Industries

Early stage, high-growth companies need expert financial guidance and cost-effective bookkeeping. Finding one person for both tasks is impossible, and managing an accounting team is the last thing you should be doing when your company’s future is on the line.

We’re purpose-built to solve that problem.

Rabo Agri Innovation Fund
R.D. Offutt Company
S2G Ventures
Schreiber Foods
Step Two Advisors
Supply Change Capital
Tate & Lyle

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