This is a sponsored post by FoodBytes! by Rabobank.
Next-generation food and ag pitch competition, FoodBytes! by Rabobank, is headed home to SF on Thursday, March 1. FTC is a long-time partner of FoodBytes! and a proud supporter of the work Rabobank is doing to cultivate and grow the food innovation ecosystem.
We are thrilled to share the 20 cutting-edge startups selected to pitch. From soil microbiome analysis and automated fridge “micro-restaurants” to plant-based functional beverages and sustainable chicken nuggets, these innovators are pioneering new solutions throughout the supply chain.
Boost Biomes (San Francisco, CA) – Addresses critical needs in food abundance and food security. The company is generating new, safe and effective biopreservatives to reduce waste and biopesticides to increase crop yield.
Biome Makers (San Francisco, CA) – Smart microbial discovery company specialized in DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, and machine learning tech targeting sustainable and more productive agriculture.
Remedy Organics (New York, NY) – Disrupting the beverage category with its delicious plant-based protein beverages that provide meaningful functional benefits and natural healing properties resulting from the use of superfoods, ayurvedics and botanicals, as well protein and probiotics.
Augean Robotics (Philadelphia, PA) – Launched Burro, a robotic work cart that follows employees and can transport picked produce or other material autonomously. With Burro, the hundreds of thousands of US workers hand-picking fruit can spend 20-30 percent more time picking and no longer need to run what they’ve picked up and down long rows.
EIO Diagnostics (British Columbia, Canada) – Deploys an entirely new class of non-contact early infection detection devices to reduce udder infections in dairy animals to animal health and profitability for dairy farms of any size.
Farmer’s Fridge (Chicago, IL) – Innovative “micro-restaurant” food concept consisting of 12-square-foot automated fridges serving meals the company designs and prepares. The fridge leverages proprietary IoT technology to communicate with customers, and to provide real-time demand visibility based on data collected daily.
Lecker Labs (Walnut, CA) – Founder of Yomee, the world’s first fully automatic yogurt maker, like a Keurig for yogurt. Yomee is a counter-top appliance that takes your choice of milk and in five hours creates fresh chilled craft-quality yogurt.
I Heart Foods (Chicago, IL) – Produces a number of quinoa products including quinoa snacks, toasted quinoa grain and hot cereal. The company maintains strong sourcing commitment to Bolivian heirloom quinoa, the highest quality and most sustainably farmed quinoa in the world.
Miraculex (Davis, CA) – Creates technology to mass produce the best tasting and healthiest plant protein sweeteners.
Chef Koochooloo (Mountain View, CA) – Creator of a cooking app that provides a novel approach to teaching kids STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) through healthy eating.
Yumami Food Company (New York, NY) – Provides delicious Asian flavors to savory snacks. Its award-winning dips and chips are fit for foodies who keep nutrition in mind.
NewLavie (San Jose, CA) – Creating a local, sustainable food supply across the world utilizing proprietary technology and strategic partnerships to deliver healthy and affordable produce to the masses.
Hip Chick Farms (Sebastopol, CA) – Makes delicious, organic and easy poultry products for the whole family.
Novolyze (Daix, France) – A food safety company offering solutions to help the food industry manufacture safer food, while ensuring strong compliance with international food safety & quality standards.
Kray Technologies (Novato, CA) – Advanced technology for crop protection to be used at the industrial scale for almost all crop production farms. Kray Protection drone demonstrates outstanding performance of crop dusting while lowering farmers’ expenses. It prevents yield losses that are inevitable when using other crop protection methods.
BioFiltro (Davis, CA) – International wastewater treatment company with a patented filtration system that harnesses the digestive power of worms and microbes to remove up to 99 percent of contaminants in a chemical free four-hour process.
Smallhold (New York, NY) – Enables retailers and restaurants to grow high quality, organic mushrooms and leafy greens on-site, without the effort.
Binkabi (London, Great Britain) – Reimagines global agrifood trade to create a more affluent and fair system for all in the Binkabi network. Binkabi’s core innovation, the Barter Block, enables direct, secure and cost-effective agriculture commodity trading in a decentralized manner through the use of blockchain technology. Barter Block incentivizes the automatic balancing of bilateral trade, empowering countries to trade internationally in their local currencies.
Simris Alg (Hammenhog, Sweden) – Pioneering agribusiness based in Sweden. Simris Alg’s mission as algae farmers is to empower healthy and planet-friendly lifestyles, by delivering superior products from algae.
Nell Natural Elements (London, Great Britain) – Creates fully personalized, natural food supplements using data about biology to help understand an individual’s body and its unique needs in order to optimize health.
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