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Learn How to Make Your Brand Stand Out
Guided by brand strategists who have worked with companies like Stacy’s Pita Chips, Seamless and Applegate, Food Startup Branding 101 will teach you how to position your brand and kick ass on social media. 

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Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships: January 2014
With 3 IPOs and $127M+ invested in food tech media startups in January, 2014 is off to a great start for the industry.

Just-Eat Acquires Meal2Go: Brings Electronic POS to 38,000 Restaurant Partners
While the acquisition only adds 1,100 Birmingham-based restaurants to Just-Eat’s existing partners, it allows Just-Eat to expand the reach of the EPOS technology throughout the 13 countries in which it operates.

Data Dive: An Interactive Visualization of Global Hunger Relief
Leveraging data from the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP), the globe-shaped visualization shows WFP’s efforts to feed the hungry from 2003-2013.

Last Week’s Top 6 Food Tech & Innovation Stories
From our ‘Food Startup Branding 101′ online course announcement and our top SXSW food panel picks to GrubHub’s $100M IPO announcement and a major recipe tech acquisition, these are our top 6 stories from last week in food tech. 

Startup Resources

This Simple Data-Scraping Tool Could Change How Apps Are Made - Wired
Kimono is a web app that lets you slurp data from any website and turn it instantly into an API. 

For New York City Food Start-Ups, Options Abound - Edible Manhattan
AccelFoods, an “accelerator” that invests in up-and-coming food and beverage brands and offers mentoring from experts, like Ed Levine and Tom Colicchio, is looking for its next class. 

E-Commerce & CPG

US food tech firm Aseptia raises $28M in Series C funding round- Venture Capital Post
Aseptia, which has developed a patented technology that maintains the freshness of food outside the refrigerator, secured $28 million in its third funding round from Lookout Capital, Prudential, FB Heron Foundation, and SJF Ventures.

Food Safety Robot Mekitec Picks up €2.2 million investment - ArcticStartup
Finland's Inventure Fund II invested in this x-ray scanning solution that detects and remove contamination. 

Amazon Set to Expand Fresh Online Sales - Food Manufacture
Amazon is expanding to the UK grocery market, with online sales of fresh, chilled, frozen and ambient food products.

Atlanta’s PeachDish Aims To Outflank Plated, Blue Apron With Smarter Logistics And Southern Hospitality - TechCrunch
The newbie on the grocery delivery scene uses Amazon for payments and offers second day delivery to Atlanta-area subscribers.

Volvo Wants Your Parked Car to Accept Deliveries - Bloomberg Business Week
Volvo recently tested Roam Delivery, which provides delivery companies with the location of your Volvo and a one-time digital key to open the car and leave packages inside.

What the FDA's Proposed Nutrition Label Changes Mean For Your Food Business - Recipal
The label will have a 90-day comment period, a final rule will be published in roughly a year and companies will have 2 years to comply once it is finalized. 

Grocery 3.0: Boulder County firms riding rising tide of online delivery - Daily Camera
How online outlets execute their initiatives this year not only could have ripple effects on the brick-and-mortar grocers, but also could set the stage for what the online model becomes in the future. 


Because Some Days You Just Want To Customize Your Pizza On A Giant Touchscreen Tabletop - TechCrunch
Chaotic Moon has teamed up with Pizza Hut to offer a touchscreen-enabled ordering table. 

Our Supercomputer Overlord Is Now Running A Food Truck - NPR
IBM has teamed up with the CIA and programmed supercomputer Watson to serve as a sort of a sous-chef.

Show Me the Menu: Google Now Displays Restaurant Menus in Search Results - Search Engine Watch
You can search [show me the menu for (insert restaurant name)] and Google will display their full menu in the search results.

Eateria’s deal with Chicago restaurant chain will help double staff - St. Louis Business Journal
Eateria, which offers digital marketing software for restaurants, landed a $276,000, two-year deal with Tap House Grill.

Hello Curry Gets Seed Funding From SRI Capital - Deal Curry
Hyderabad-based startup Hello Curry owned by Red Sprout Foods Private Limited has raised R3 Cr in seed funding from SRI Capital.


8 Hot Farm Tech Start-Ups - Modern Farmer
With the agriculture industry earning American farmers $120.6 billion in 2013, it's a wonder the sector hasn't been a target for Silicon Valley before. But in the last few years, entrepreneurs have caught on.

23 Women Changing Food - Food Tank
Food Tank has put together a fantastic list of 23 women righting the wrongs of hunger and poverty that Food Tank is celebrating this International Women’s Day.

How ‘Techies’ Are Helping Flood-Hit Farmers - Farmers Weekly
Technologists from Microsoft, Google and Facebook gathered to use government data to help those affected by the floods.


The Miracle Machine Turns Water Into Wine - Mashable
The device helps you create your own wine at home in only a couple of days. All you need is the gadget and a smartphone.

If This Toaster Doesn't Like You, It Will Leave You For Someone Else - Fast Co. Exist
A truly smart home would have appliances with a personality, and they might not be personalities we like.


Addicted To Caffeine? Jawbone’s Latest App Can Help - TechCrunch
UP Coffee lets people log caffeinated drinks and displays where their body registers from Wired to Sleep Ready at any time.


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