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Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships: September 2014
Over $800m was pumped into food tech in September, with $517m in fundings & $300m in acquisitions.

How to Use Tech to Improve Restaurant Operations & Enhance the Dining Experience
An inside look at how startups like Culinary Agents, Sourcery and FarmersWeb are helping restaurants run their businesses better. 

8 Tips for Working Smarter on Your Branding & Social Media
Food Startup Branding 101 instructor Marni Kleinfield-Hayes dishes out her best practices for working smarter to create a killer brand and social media presence.

Food+Tech Bytes: Weekly Top Stories Roundup
What the world Eats, 9 Food & Beverage Startup Accelerators and 6 more of last week's juiciest food tech news and innovation stories. 

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Uber and Foursquare Cofounders Help Launch a Dining Concierge App - VentureBeat
Reserve is kind of like a mashup of Urbanspoon, UrbanDaddy, OpenTable and Cover. 

Yelp Buys Cityvox To Build Out Restaurant And Nightlife Reviews In France - TechCrunch
The terms were not disclosed. It comes less than a week after Yelp announced the acquisition of Germany-based Restaurant Kritik. 

Strong Brew: Starbucks CEO Promises to Compete on Mobile Payments, Reveals On-demand Delivery Plans - PandoDaily
While plenty of companies have attempted to enter the market, none have managed to drive mainstream adoption of their technology, except for Starbucks.

Zero Foodprint: How Restaurants Can Help Lead the Fight Against Climate Change - MAD Feed
The not-for-profit co-founded by Chris Ying, Peter Freed and Anthony Myint helps restaurants eliminate their carbon footprint.

Wix Buys Its Way Into Online Ordering - Street Fight
The website builder has acquired OpenRest, an Israeli-American restaurant online ordering startup.

Google Glass Could Bring Millions in Savings to KFC and Other Fast Food Chains - QR Code Press
These augmented reality glasses have the potential to save companies millions through improved worker efficiency.


The Best (and Worst) Foods in Your Supermarket - Rodale News
EWG's cutting-edge Food Scores tool helps you ID safer choices with the click of a mouse or a smartphone scan of a barcode.

DNA 'Barcodes' Used to Track Food - Chemistry World
Codes that enable food to be tracked and authenticated as it moves from farm to fork has been developed by scientists in Switzerland.

Barnraiser Focuses Crowdfunding Efforts on Local Food Projects - Edible Manhattan
Barnraiser has a plan to close the potential gap between the funders and the funded.


Inside Whole Foods' Store of the Future - Adweek
The upscale grocer has loaded up its new flagship store with digital experiences that show shoppers where their food comes from.

Amazon Squeezes FreshDirect - Crain's New York
The tech giant's move into the grocery-delivery biz makes FreshDirect's market share look ripe for the picking.

Can Instacart Win The Battle For Your Grocery List? [Video]- Fast Company
The online grocery delivery service is now serving 15 cities and growing fast--but can they beat Amazon?


Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation Present the 2014 Good Food Org Guide - Food Tank
The first annual guide features Edible Communities, Fair Food Network, Modern Farmer and so many more!

Yummly Now Serves up Recipe Suggestions Based on Time, Location, Weather and More - The Next Web
For example, if you open the app at 9am on a winter Saturday, you may see recipes for a warm, hearty breakfast.

Bon Appetit Editor Explains Why Data Tastes So Good - Ad Age
Adam Rapoport and IBM Watson Group's Florian Pinel discuss Chef Watson, the cooking app collaboraiton between Bon Appetit and IMB's super computer, Watson.  

Smart Microwave Suggests Meals Based on Your Cooking Habits - Engadget
It suggests dinners that match your diet and prods you to go on a jog if you've been indulging a lot. 


Biowaste Fuel Company Harvest Power Raises $20M - AgFunder
The round was led by True North Venture Partners, Industry Ventures, and Al Gore’s private equity company. Funds will go towards development of new opportunities in the clean energy space. 

Turn Your Kitchen Into A Garden With This Mini-Fridge-Sized Electric Farm - FastCo.Exist
The Urban Cultivator lets you create an herb and greens garden in your kitchen, but it comes with a big price tag.

Bioinsecticide Maker, Vestatron Raises $14M in Oversubscribed Series C - AgFunder
Participating investors included Anterra Capital, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, Southwest Michigan First Life Science Venture Fund, Open Prairie Ventures, Pangaea Ventures and others.


BagIQ Tries Its Hand at Streamlining Food Tracking While Gathering Data - Xconomy
BagIQ is trying to tackle the billion dollar problem: how to seamlessly track what you're eating.


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