FoodBytes! is thrilled to announce the kickoff of our 2020 Pilot collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the research authority on the country’s red meat industry. We are on the hunt for global food tech startups pioneering clean label innovations, sustainable packaging alternatives and aging population-focused products and technologies. If you are a founder or know of a startup who fits the bill, we want to hear from you!
What Is FoodBytes! Pilot & What will MLA collaboration entail?
Complementing our FoodBytes! Pitch startup discovery program, FoodBytes! Pilot (formerly known as TERRA) pairs industry leaders with emerging companies through structured pilots, helping corporates embed innovation into their businesses while helping startups validate and scale their businesses. MLA’s virtual six-month startup pilot(s) will begin in October and conclude in March, including co-developing a scope, rapidly prototyping, analyzing results and exploring further collaboration.
- Clean Label: In its quest to become the industry leader in clean and green, MLA aims to collaborate with innovators pioneering in shelf-life extension, novel extraction and processing, preservative alternatives and meat byproduct upcycling to test consumer responses to labeling updates.
- Plastic Waste Reduction: In line with its goal to become carbon neutral by 2030, MLA is looking to actively prototype with supply chain startups, particularly in sustainable / compostable packaging, food waste processing, novel labeling technology and bio fabrication.
- Products for an Aging Population: As MLA looks to unlock new sources of revenue, it is focused on ‘active agers’, the 60 and older population. MLA aims to collaborate with functional and preventative wellness startups, meal replacement beverage concepts and e-commerce innovators to glean insights into consumption habits.
What startup attributes will propel mutually beneficial collaboration?
- Validation-growth stage food business that is eager to integrate into the Australian supply chain holistically
- An independent team that is ready to collaborate and open to rapid prototyping and failing fast or scaling quickly
- Technology drives value for livestock farmers upstream or has a downstream component that is relevant for consumers
- Technology solves or could solve meat industry challenges and create new sources of efficiency and revenue
- Team has access to a facility to produce commercial prototypes