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Concours pour les jeunes entreprises du domaine alimentaire

Le premier volet canadien du concours FoodBytes! s’est tenu à Montréal le 16 mai dernier. Une vingtaine d’entreprises en démarrage novatrices du secteur alimentaire ont tenté, en moins de quatre minutes, de se faire valoir pour remporter l’un des prix décernés. Hélène Laurendeau a été surprise tant par le nombre d’innovations que par la technologie de pointe utilisée par les entreprises participantes.

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Pitch your idea at FoodBytes!

FoodBytes! – an event for start-up companies and their entrepreneurs to meet mentors, make connections and acquire the capital they need to grow – hits Montreal on May 16, 2018

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Unilever teams with big banks on blockchain for supply chain

Over the summer, more than a dozen food companies and retailers — including Walmart, Nestle and Tyson Foods, and motivated by tech giant IBM — formed a consortium dedicated to using blockchain technology to gather better information on the origin and state of food.

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RABOBANK HIGHLIGHTS KEY FOOD, AGRICULTURE TRENDS FOR 2017 & 2018 FORECASTS

Rabobank, a global food and agriculture bank dedicated to building a better food future, reports key trends from FoodBytes! 2017, including clean product makeovers, plant-based protein and food waste reduction. FoodBytes! by Rabobank is a next generation pitch competition-meets-networking event that brings together groundbreaking startups, investors and industry leaders, providing a safe haven for entrepreneurs to thrive. Part of Rabobank’s Banking for Food vision to feed the world sustainably by 2050, FoodBytes! offers a unique opportunity to track the new ideas and trends that are disrupting our food system.

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Sugarlogix is Manufacturing the Best Components of Human Breast Milk from Sugar

Sugarlogix is a biotech startup based in Berkeley, CA attempting to distill some of the most prized nutritional qualities of human breast milk from simple table sugar. The company is looking to improve infant formula with a particular milk sugar that has no flavor, but enhances the immune system, promotes gut health, and reduces inflammation. Sugarlogix co-founder and CEO Kulika Chomvong pitched the company at FoodBytes! Austin last month and won the People’s Choice award. Before pitching at FoodBytes!, Sugarlogix was part of biotech accelerator IndieBio’s Spring 2017 cohort.

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FoodBytes! Comes to Austin to Showcase Food Innovation

The mounting interest in all things related to the future of food and its associated technology has given rise to many Shark Tank-like pitchfests. These are events where innovators showcase their ideas in front of a panel of experts, with the hope of landing money, mentors or market acceptance.

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Energized by Entrepreneurialism

Last week I attended FoodBytes by Rabobank. The event was held in Austin Texas, a city known as the live music capital of the world. It also happens to be a great foodie town. I was energized by the entrepreneurial spirit that infused the entire event.

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Ask Addie: What is coffee flour and how do I use it?

This company dries out the fruit, or cherry, of the coffee plant and then they turn it into a powder that’s a mix between a flour and a spice. This fruit has nearly as much antioxidants as blueberries, and it also has some fiber and other good-for-you-nutrients.

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Exclusive: 20 Startups Make the Cut for FoodBytes! Austin

Twenty food and agriculture startups have been selected to pitch at FoodBytes! Austin, TX on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Brazos Hall. The pitch competition will feature solutions to food challenges including livestock management, food bi-product up-cycling, and novel plant-based proteins.

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What does it take to win a pitch slam?

For time-strapped entrepreneurs who are brave enough to take the stage, competing in pitch-slams is a good way to secure funding, meet potential business partners and weave a network of supporters who can help shine a spotlight on them without investing excessive time they don’t have to spare.

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Ag Industry Brief: Food & Agtech Business Competitions and Accelerators Gather Pace, more

Hey, farmers: make sure your voice is heard and your operation counted in the USDA’s 2017 Census of Agriculture. This includes unconventional and urban farmers. Why take the time to fill out the survey? The US Ag Census appears to be the only complete count of US farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.

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Solving the world’s food crisis one pitch at a time [podcast]

Rabobank is leading the charge in trying to solve four dimensions of global food security (avalbilty, access, nutrition and stability) by leading the search for the most innovative food and ag tech start-ups. The FoodBytes! pitch competition puts game-changing startups together with investors and industry leaders to pioneering a better future. In-studio guests: Paula Savanti of Rabobank, Mike Annunziata CEO/Co-Founder of Natural Cuts, and Bruce Rasa CEO of AgVoice, the Judges’ Choice Winner.

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FoodBytes! Announces 20 Startups to Pitch in New York

Rabobank, the global food and agribusiness bank, has unveiled the 20 startups selected to pitch at the upcoming FoodBytes! event in NYC on June 15. The two-day event will bring innovative companies together with investors, and industry leaders in the hope of connecting them with the capital, mentorship, and resources they need to grow their businesses.

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PSFK: Used Beer Grains Remade Into Tasty Granola Bars

The San Francisco-based startup ReGrained wants you to have your beer and eat it too. Motivated by tackling inefficiencies in the food system, and especially in the beer making process, the company is set to reuse the “spent” grains leftover from the brewing process...

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BevNet: GIVN Debuts New Labels, Sparkling Water This Spring

GIVN Water is looking to make a splash this spring. The bottled spring water brand launched in 2015 with the mission of providing providing one day of clean water to people in need for every bottle sold. After seeing triple-digit growth in revenue and velocity in...

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New Hope Network: Supporter Spotlight: FoodBytes!

In this new series, we highlight accelerators and incubators that are offering assistance to food startups across the country. Here, we feature FoodBytes! by Rabobank, which pairs innovative food and agriculture concepts with the capital needed to bring them to...

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Food Logistics: Plugging in to Future Food Connections

In the United States, food waste is estimated at 30 to 40 percent of the total food supply, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Economic Research Service. The USDA has responded to this by calling for a 50 percent reduction in food waste by...

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World Positive: Your Relationship with Fish is About to Change

It’s 2027, and we’re no longer gorging ourselves on shrimp. Or tuna. Or salmon. Not because they’ve disappeared from the oceans or we’re appalled by how they’re produced, but because we’re eating so many other delicious fish from land and sea — like porgy, dogfish,...

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Forbes: How Back to the Roots Is Disrupting Your Cereal Aisle

Today, Back to the Roots, pioneered by Millennial co-founders Nikhil Arora and Alejandro—Alex—Velez are spearheading that pursuit by bringing whole-grain,biodynamic, single-sourced cereals into the New York City public school system, replacing options once offered by...

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Forbes: Meet The Women Leading The Future Of Food

The food sustainability movement is arguably the most exciting trend in the world today. It's addressing many of the world’s most pressing problems, such as climate change, chronic disease, water scarcity, and antibiotic resistance. Without it, we are much more likely...

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Food Tank: Garden Spaces Join the Sharing Economy

Alfrea, a company based in Linwood, New Jersey, is trying to extend the sharing economy to garden spaces. The company was founded in 2016 as an online marketplace for renting land and finding farm hands for hire. Alfrea has since expanded to Philadelphia,...

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Tech Zone: ITEXPO 2017: An Amazing Week in Review

The 2017 edition of ITEXPO has come and gone and, from my perspective, it was easily one of the best I’ve seen since our first Ft. Lauderdale show back in 2006. It’s clear the business communications and tech space is anything but stagnant.  Rather, innovation and...

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KCPW: How to Get People to Eat Bugs, and Like It

The Bottom Line (Air Date: February 14, 2017) – How do you launch a sustainable food revolution? Perhaps it requires a good story, and lots and lot of crickets. When Pat Crowley realized he could make a better energy bar using “cricket flour” for protein, he knew he’d...

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Fortune: The Hunt for the Perfect Sugar

When the history of sugar is written, 2016 may go down as the year its image turned. Sure, we always knew those sweet white crystals could rot teeth and cause people to pack on the pounds. Obesity and diabetes were already national emergencies, with the latter...

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Fortune: Muscle Milk Maker Sees Green in Plant-Based Protein

You may have overlooked this tiny organism until now, but 2017 might very well be the year of algae. Don't believe it? It’s already in baking mixes, cookies, milk, nondairy creamers, vegan eggs, salad dressing, ice-cream, smoothies, and protein powders, to name a few....

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Food Mic: By 2050, we’ll all be eating bugs — on purpose

Dried crickets are the new sprinkles.  Well, that's if you consider the activities of actor Nicolas Cage an indicator of what's trending. On Sunday, Cage celebrated his 53rd birthday (albeit, a little belatedly) with a cake topped with the crunchy bugs.  Farming and...

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9News: A new software option for landlords

KUSA - Gary Shapiro sat down with 9NEWS technology expert Scott Yates to talk about a new software company that has tools for landlords built by a landlord. The company is TurboTenant. Based in Fort Collins, it is building the tools to help landlords around the world...

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The Star: Growing interest in “ugly produce”

Cosmetically imperfect but otherwise perfectly edible produce offers big financial savings and helps reduce food waste Eggplants don't have feelings. Neither, as it turns out, do squash, tomatoes, peppers or any other number of popular fruits and vegetables. And...

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CBS: 10 San Francisco Businesses Making Headlines

San Francisco may be known for huge Silicon Valley tech companies, but there are several unique startups that are definitely worth checking out. From an indoor golf course to a 2.5-ton mobile pizzeria, San Francisco is home to some of the newest and coolest businesses...

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Business Insider: Debate over soft drink tax bubbles up

SANTA FE, N.M. — The politics surrounding Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales’ proposal for an ambitious pre-kindergarten education program financed with a soda tax exploded this week and even took on personal overtones. Two city councilors – Joe Maestas and Ron Trujillo –...

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AgFunder News: Innovation Awards 2016 Winners Announced

AgFunder News: Innovation Awards 2016 Winners Announced Featuring FoodBytes! 2015 alumni Produce Pay and FoodBytes! Sydney alumni AgriWebb Startup activity in food and agriculture technology is growing dramatically; at AgFunder we’ve come across over 5k companies...

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Farm Weekly, AU: Farm organizer the People’s Choice winner

      Farm Weekly, AU: Far organizer the People's Choice winner Agriwebb is a farm management software company helping farmers to simplify their record keeping and make data-driven decisions with their tool, the AgriWebb NoteBook. AgriWebb was recently selected as one...

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Specialty Food Association: Producer Profile: True Made Foods

          Robyn O'Brien: The Future of Food: What’s On Trend and What’s Out at the Industry’s Biggest Show This past week, the food industry gathered at Expo West 2017. Denise Morrison of Campbell’s and Kathleen Merrigan, former USDA leader, keynoted Expo West, the...

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5280: Q&A: Alexandra Carone of the Honest Stand

  5280 - Q&A: Alexandra Carone of the Honest Stand Cheese is often the most difficult ingredient to give up when saying goodbye to dairy but the transition is a lot easier once you try the Honest Stand's wares. These vegan and Paleo "cheese" sauces come in four...

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foodtank: 117 Organizations to Watch in 2017

  foodtank: 117 Organizations to Watch in 2017 Includes 6 FoodBytes! Alumni Companies and our Partner Food + Tech Connect! Chapul, Cowlar, FarmRaiser, HarvestPort, Mag Agriculture & ReGrained! 2016 has been an exciting year for us, and based on the number of amazing...

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Hain Celestial is Rewritng the ‘Rules’ of Corporate Venture Capital

Large food corporates know that they can’t get left out of the innovation going on in the world of venture-backed food startups. There are at least 13 food companies with venture capital funds including General Mills’ 301 Inc, Kellogg’s eighteen94 capital, Campbell Soup’s Acre Venture Partners, Tyson’s Tyson New Ventures and Chobani’s incubator.

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