Twenty food and agriculture startups have been selected from a total of over 150 applications to pitch at the first ever FoodBytes! London. FoodBytes! is the global pitch competition organized by food and agriculture bank Rabobank with the aim of harnessing new innovation to create a better world through food. The competition has now taken place in seven cities globally with more than 40 countries taking part.
Nearly one-quarter of applications came from startups focused on the farm, a larger portion than in previous editions of FoodBytes! where CPG startups have tended to apply in greater numbers.
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.