Koupe, Neofarms and Cerescon awarded for innovation and acumen
Koupe, Neofarms and Cerescon are the winners of FoodBytes!, a pitch competition that connects food and agriculture influencers and investors with the most disruptive startups in the industry. The awards were handed over in Wageningen, the Netherlands during the F&A Next conference, an initiative of Rabobank, Wageningen University & Research and StartLife.
A panel of expert judges were responsible for selecting the companies they felt best addressed unique criteria, including scalability, product innovation, traction and social impact. Netherlands-based Koupe took home the award. Koupe has developed a healthy ice cream product, high in protein and fibre but much lower in sugar and fat than market leading products. Unlike rival healthy alternative products, Koupe uses no artificial flavours or preservatives. Koupe is carried by Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo and will begin selling in the UK through online supermarket Ocado this summer.
Neofarms has won a one week start-up accelerator course with StartLife at Wageningen University & Research.
Cerescon has won the opportunity to appear as a finalist at FoodBytes! in Austin, Texas, in September.
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