FoodBytes! by Rabobank Reveals 20 Cutting-Edge Sustainable Food & Agriculture Startups Selected to Take Part in First London Programme
PRESS RELEASE – LONDON, 30 JULY 2018 – FoodBytes!, the global pitch competition meets networking event by Rabobank, a premier global food and agribusiness bank, has announced the 20 food and agriculture startups that will take the stage for FoodBytes! London.
The startups demonstrate product innovation, commercial viability and all have one common denominator – a focus on sustainability throughout the supply chain through pioneering new products and technologies. FoodBytes! will make its London debut at One Marylebone on Thursday, 13 September.
Precision agriculture is the dominant theme amongst the startups, including AI-powered dairy farming and data-driven beekeeping. Packaging innovation and novel food waste applications will also take the stage, with a flat wine bottle made from recycled PET and crisps made from upcycled salmon skin. Supply chain transparency is another central trend, including light-emitting hardware that reduces seafood bycatch and the first portable food safety DNA detection kit.
Through FoodBytes!, Rabobank scours the globe looking for the world’s most disruptive food and agriculture innovators. The platform offers an opportunity for selected entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations in front of investors, corporates and media, as well as receive mentorship from industry leaders.
Nick Fereday, Executive Director – Food & Consumer Trends at Rabobank and FoodBytes! London judge commented: “This is Rabobank’s first FoodBytes! event in London and we are blown away by the calibre of the presenting companies that are developing technologies and products to disrupt the food system, whether it is to improve the transparency of the supply chain or bring alternative proteins to the market.”
The highest ranked startups based on specific criteria will have 3.5 minutes to pitch and the second highest ranked startups will have 1.5 minutes to pitch.
The 10 3.5-minute pitch companies are:
- Connnectera (Agtech) – Building an artificial intelligence platform that will help grow food sustainably. Ida, its intelligent dairy farming assistant, helps dairy farmers run the worlds’ most efficient dairy farms.
- Trapview (Agtech) – An automated pest monitoring and forecasting platform, which enables daily and reliable collection of pest monitoring data. Trapview’s AI-based pest insect dynamics forecast optimises crop protection activities and makes farming operations 10 percent more profitable.
- ViroVet (Agtech) – Dedicated to the development of disruptive and innovative technologies for the control of viral diseases in livestock.
- Ubiqutek / Rootwave (Agtech) – Pioneering the use of electricity to kill weeds and offer a scalable and sustainable alternative to herbicides.
- Mimica Lab. (Food Tech)– Creating accessible, affordable freshness indicators for all types of perishable products, from food to pharmaceuticals, Mimica aims to become the globally recognised mark of freshness for industry, consumers and communities.
- Easilys (Food Tech) – An SaaS software editor for back office and waste management solution for restaurant and foodservice activities.
- SwissDeCode (Food Tech) – Its DNAFoil line is the world’s first portable, completely self-administered, on-site DNA detection kit, allowing staff to confirm product integrity in 30 minutes without lab delays.
- TIPA (Food Tech) – Fully compostable flexible packaging solutions that will fully return back to nature in compost conditions within 180 days.
- Yooji (CPG) – Frozen organic baby food in small portions. Low-temp steam-cooking and quick freezing help preserve organoleptic qualities, vitamins and nutrients. Finely minced and steamed-cooked portions offer a melting texture which is adapted to the baby’s age.
- Creative Nature (CPG) – The creator of a wide range of invigorating raw superfoods and ‘free-from’ snacks, based on healthy ingredients with functional benefits.
The 10 companies giving 1.5 minute pitches are:
- BeeHero (Agtech) – On a mission to improve crop pollination by saving and empowering bees. Its technology allows commercial beekeepers to keep their colonies stronger and farmers to increase their yields dramatically.
- Earth Rover (Agtech) – The first operating system that will make robotics work for farmers by leveraging best-in-class technologies to deliver working applications that cut farmers’ production costs.
- EggXYt (Agtech) – Makes it possible for farmers to count their chickens before they hatch by using a biomarker on the male chromosome of a chicken embryo, making its sex detectable once an egg is laid. EggXYt is saving billions of dollars and unnecessary chick-death.
- InnovoPro (Food Tech) – Maker of a unique, clean label, non-allergenic Chickpea protein, CP Pro70, for use in bakery, dairy and savoury products.
- Provenance (Food Tech) – Empowers brands to increase trust, using revolutionary technology for greater supply chain transparency.
- OddBox (Food Tech) – London’s first and only ‘wonky veg’ box scheme that fights food waste on farms by sourcing slightly imperfect produce, for a fair price directly from farms, delivering them straight to customers for 30 percent cheaper than similar box services.
- SafetyNet Technologies (Food Tech) – Works with fishing industry stakeholders to design and build light-emitting devices that increase the selectivity of commercial fishing practices, reducing over-fishing and bycatch and making the industry more sustainable.
- Biokind (CPG) – Producer of sustainable protein feed for aquaculture, livestock and pets.
- Garcon Wines (CPG) – Flat wine bottles made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET and modelled on the traditional shapes, but the improved design makes them remarkably more efficient & eco-friendly for delivery, logistics, storage and retailing.
- Sea Chips (CPG) – Upcycles often-wasted nutrient packed salmon skin into handcrafted crisps and donates 10 percent of profits to ocean charities to help keep the sea clean.
The pitch companies are in the running to win one of three awards – Judge’s Choice, People’s Choice and Highly Commended.
FoodBytes! London is supported by presenting sponsor ADM, a specialty ingredients provider to food and beverage companies looking to get to market quickly with products consumers love. Supporting sponsors are British dairy company, Dairy Crest who manufactures market-leading food brands including Cathedral City cheddar, as well as specialised ingredients for use in the infant formula, human nutrition and animal feed markets. New to the FoodBytes! London sponsor family is premier international law firm, Watson Farley & Williams LLP and Bühler Group, a technology company for plant and equipment services for processing foods and manufacturing materials.
Community partner organisations include Food + Tech Connect, HAX, The Kitchen, Dishy Media, Shake Up Factory, YFood, Food Evolutions, Future Food Institute, RebelBio, Food-X, Seed & Chips, and Thought for Food.
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FoodBytes! By Rabobank
FoodBytes! is a next-generation pitch competition that aims to discover the most ground-breaking food and agriculture startups and provide them the mentorship and connections they need to grow. Since launching in 2015, 210 startups have pitched on the FoodBytes! stage, 1,700+ startups have applied from 40 countries and more than 3,800 people have attended events in North America, Europe and Australia. FoodBytes! is part of Rabobank’s Startup Innovation initiative and is led by a global team based in New York City and Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rabobank is a leading global food and agriculture bank, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. Rabobank believes that sustainability and innovation are critical in promoting a thriving food and agricultural industry that will feed the increasing global population, a key focus of its Banking for Food vision to grow a better world together by 2050.