FoodBytes! by Rabobank Returns to San Francisco

Rabobank Will Showcase Pioneering Startups in Food and Agribusiness to Investors in San Francisco – The Epicenter of Innovation

 

NEW YORK (April 21, 2016) — Rabobank, a premier bank to the global food and agribusiness industry, is proud to announce FoodBytes! is returning to San Francisco. To be held at Seven Stills Distillery and Laughing Monk Brewery on Thursday, June 16, the highly anticipated event will bring together innovations in food and technology, alongside agribusiness executives and industry influencers.

First launched in 2015, FoodBytes! was created with a simple mission in mind – to find the most innovative and ground-breaking concepts in food and agriculture, and pair that creativity with the capital needed to bring it to market. This June, FoodBytes will host the fourth event of its kind in the mecca of start-up success: San Francisco.

“San Francisco truly represents the melding of innovation, technology and food, which makes it the ideal location for our next FoodBytes! event. We’re eager to see what this year’s entrants bring to the table. We have no doubt that the creativity and ingenuity will be impressive, and that FoodBytes! will help foster opportunities for necessary start-ups in new markets,” said Manuel Gonzalez, Western Region head of Rabobank North America Wholesale and founder of FoodBytes!.

Rajiv Singh, CEO of Rabobank North America Wholesale added, “FoodBytes! allows our team to scour the country, uncovering the innovation and technology happening in cities across the United States, from local kitchens to university laboratories. These companies and individuals are responding to an industry that is constantly changing to adapt to consumer preferences and to be more sustainable, something that becomes more critical every day. Increasing access to food, improving nutrition and enhancing stability in the food value chain are all part of Rabobank’s global Banking for Food strategy, and it’s exciting to see what the future of the food and agribusiness landscape could look like.”

FoodBytes! San Francisco follows the March FoodBytes! event, which took place in Brooklyn, New York. Joining Rabobank as event partners for FoodBytes! San Francisco will be SF New Tech, the city’s largest and longest-running tech showcase company, along with Food + Tech Connect, the New York-based site of record for the food technology and innovation sector.

“SF New Tech is excited to partner with Rabobank and Food+Tech Connect to bring the FoodBytes! experience back to San Francisco. Our unique approach to uncovering innovation combines conversations and community, new ideas with capital, and inspiration alongside disruption. We have no doubt that this FoodBytes! will be where the best thinkers and doers in food and ag will gather to see what’s around the corner.” said Myles Weissleder, founder of SF New Tech.

“Building off the momentum of FoodBytes! Brooklyn, we are so thrilled to be working with Rabobank and SF New Tech to help the most promising innovations succeed through FoodBytes! San Francisco,” said Danielle Gould, founder & CEO of Food+Tech Connect.

Whole Foods Market, presenting sponsor of FoodBytes! San Francisco, brings an added element of ingenuity to the event. Guided by their mission to maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, paired with their unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture, Whole Foods Market truly embodies the future of food and agriculture innovation.

Investors looking to finance the next breakthrough idea in food or ag will meet new and innovative companies that are disrupting across the food chain, touching on everything from food-related software and applications to distribution to manufacturing, production and more. Ten entrepreneurs and startup companies will be chosen to present their ideas to the FoodBytes! San Francisco audience, including investors, technologists and media, and will have the opportunity to network with food and agribusiness executives and opinion leaders.

The FoodBytes! San Francisco audience will vote on the ten innovative presenting companies and a ‘People’s Choice Award’ winner will be announced on the day. The winning company will be invited to attend Rabobank’s premier invitation-only Client Appreciation Events in December 2016 in New York City, which attracts C-suite representation from over 300 of North America’s leading food, beverage and agribusiness companies.

Apply to pitch your business: FoodBytes! San Francisco invites startups in food, agribusiness and technology that are interested in presenting their ideas to apply on the FoodBytes! website by Thursday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets are now on sale: FoodBytes! San Francisco is expected to draw over 300 attendees. Tickets to attend the event can be purchased via the FoodBytes! website.

Follow Us: For coverage of FoodBytes! San Francisco, follow FoodBytes! and Rabobank on Twitter @FoodBytes and @RaboWholesale or view curated content via the hashtag #FoodBytes.

 

About Rabobank
Rabobank Group is a global financial services leader providing wholesale, rural and retail banking, leasing, and real estate services in more than 40 countries worldwide. Founded over a century ago, Rabobank today is one of the world’s largest banks with over $750 billion in assets. In North America, Rabobank is the premier bank to the food, agribusiness and beverage industries, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. We know that sustainability and innovation are critical in promoting a thriving food and ag industry that will feed growing global populations for years to come, which is a key focus our Banking for Food strategy. Additional information is available on our website.

About SF New Tech
SF New Tech (SFNT) is a world-renowned live platform for technology startups to showcase their latest innovations in front of 100s of tech-minded founders, engineers, investors, media, and more. Since 2006, over 700 companies have leveraged SFNT to launch and/or demo their new products, services, and features, including such internet luminaries Evernote, Waze, 23andMe, Flipboard, Twilio, Splunk and many other pre-fame startups. As a cornerstone of the San Francisco technology community and as SF’s largest, longest-running, and most-loved technology event, SFNT is laser-focused on putting innovators and their innovations in the spotlight in front of their peers — and beyond. SF New Tech is been supported by amazing companies including Fathom Law, Akamai, Microsoft, Twitter, DoubleDutch, Telerik, Macworld, The New York Times, and many others. For more information, visit http://www.sfnewtech.com @sfnewtech

About Food + Tech Connect
Food+Tech Connect is the site of record and world’s largest community for the food tech and innovation sector. Over the past five years, Food+Tech Connect has worked with game changing companies like Applegate, Google and Chipotle to build the world’s largest community of innovators working at the intersection of food, agriculture, foodservice, technology, design, investment, media, retail and policy. Food+Tech Connect gives innovators the tech and business insights, connections and skills they need to transform the food industry through its website, newsletters, events, consulting and business courses. Join the community at foodtechconnect.com and @foodtechconnect.

About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, team member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 91,000 team members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2015, the company had sales of more than $15.4 billion and currently has more than 435 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more company news and information, please visit media.wfm.com.

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