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Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships: March 2015
March activity in the food tech sector rounded out to almost $2 billion in investments through fundraising and acquisitions.

Why Food Startups Should Care About the Sysco-US Foods Merger
This week the FTC will try to block the merger of Sysco and US Foods. Here's why the government is concerned and you should be, too.

Q&A with Hampton Creek on Future of Food Tech, David Chang Launches Food Delivery Startup + More
Last week's top food tech news and innovation stories neatly curated for your viewing pleasure.

Why Heritage Radio Launched a Kickstarter to Rebuild Its Website
With 5 days left in their Kickstarter campaign, we chat with Heritage Radio Network about the new site features, lessons learned in crowdfunding and more.

8 Game-Changing — and Sorta Creepy — Innovations That I Discovered Through Food+Tech Connect - Edible Manhattan
Featuring FreshRealm, Ingredient1, Rowbot and more.

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Food Tech Startups Increase Funding by 272 Percent - St. Louis Business Journal
According to a new report from CB insights, food startups raised more than $1 billion in 2014. Our data shows it's closer to $2.4B. 

17 Fresh Foodtech Startups You May Have Missed this April - Your Story
Here’s a look at the food startups that presented during Your Story's Food Tech Crowd Pitch Challenge last month in Bangalore, India. 

Agtech Will be the Focus of the Second Westpac Innovation Challenge - Startup Smart
It will award $40k to the entrepreneur who develops the most innovative digital solution for the bank’s agribusiness customers.

What life on the Farm can Teach you About Building Your own Startup, from a Founder who Raised $68 million - Business Insider
Here are some valuable lessons tech entrepreneurs can learn from farmers from Smartsheet founder/former farmer Brent Frei. 


Whole Foods Launching Lower-Cost Stores Geared Toward Millennials - NPR
The yet-to-be-named stores will feature modern design, innovative technology and a curated selection of food and will open next year. 

Will Click for Food: 55% of Consumers Favor Buying Groceries Online - Internet Retailer
A global Nielsen study shows the greatest potential for online grocers is in developing countries.

How Mobile Gives Grocery’s Bricks More Clicks - PYMNTS
The future of retail is a combination of online, mobile and mobile in-store experiences that create a blended experience. 

Meijer Tests Curbside Grocery Pickup - Retail Solutions
Customers can pull up to the store and have their order placed directly in their car.

USDA Announces $30 Million Available for Food Entrepreneurs - Newton County Times
It will go to farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs to help them develop new product lines. Funding comes from the Value-Added Producer Grant program.


NatureBox Raises $30 Million to Sell Snack Subscriptions Internationally - Wall Street Journal
Global Founders Capital led the round and the startup will use the funds to expand, develop new products, raise brand awareness, and strike new partnerships. 

Whole Foods Calls the Shots for Startups - Wall Street Journal
Small companies are willing to do a lot to get into Whole Foods—from changing recipes and tweaking packaging to selling certain products exclusively through the chain.


Yelp Said to Be Working With Goldman Sachs to Find a Buyer - AdAge
The startup went public in 2012 at a valuation of $900 Million.

The Untapped Potential of Wasted Food - The New Yorker
With a new chain called Loco’l, the chef Roy Choi is hoping to create competitively priced, sustainable fast food, primarily by minimizing waste.

McDonald's is Testing Kale Months After Mocking It in an Ad - Fortune
It's testing a breakfast bowl with kale in Southern California, its latest effort to reinvent itself.

Foodpanda Raises $100 Million in Round led by Goldman Sachs - Live Mint
The company will use the recent investment to further expand its delivery activities and improve overall customer experience across its 40 markets

Internet First Restaurant SpoonJoy Raises $1M series A Funding from SAIF Partners - Your Story
It will use the funding to upgrade its technological capabilities and to expand to more cities.

Just Eat Snaps Up Menulog For $687M To Enter Australia And New Zealand - TechCrunch
Menulog, which has 1.4 million active users, claims to be the largest food delivery business in New Zealand and Australia. 

From Food Truck to Restaurant: 6 Who Made the Leap - Nerd Wallet
NerdWallet talks to successful entrepreneurs from around the U.S. about making the transition from food truck to restaurant.

Norwest Venture Partners to Invest Rs 96 Crore in Food Delivery startup - The Economic Times
The new financing comes just two months after Swiggy raised its first VC round from Accel Partners and SAIF Partners. 

Box8 Food Delivery Start-up Raises Series A funding from Mayfield - BusinessLine
The funds raised will be used to build a seamless customer experience across the on-demand food delivery startup's mobile and Web platforms. 

Google Integrates Food Ordering Into Search Results For Restaurants - TechCrunch
Google now lets users in the U.S. order food from Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu, and MyPizza.com. 


Drone Developer DJI Raises $75M from Accel - AgFunder
The investment will goes towards promoting the company’s products and services and expanding into new industrial applications.

These 3 Industries Are on the Verge of Disruption: Here's Why - Inc.
Commercial real estate, agriculture and higher education top the list.

Denmark to Invest Billions to Save Ailing Agriculture Sector - Online Post
The Danish government will collect up to 10B kroner to help save the severely indebted agriculture sector. 1 in 7 farmers are in debt.  

Startup Turns old Shipping Containers into Farms - PHYS
An inside look at how Freight Farms is re-inventing urban agriculture. 

Urban Farms Now Produce 1/5 of the World's Food - GreenBiz
The FDA and the UN report that 800 million people worldwide grow vegetables or fruits or raise animals in cities. 


Embrace the Food Tech That Makes Us Healthier - Wall Street Journal
‘Locavores’ and other sustainability advocates oppose the innovations that extend and improve life.

USA Pavilion: How the U.S. Represents at This Year’s Food-Themed World’s Fair - Edible Manhattan
“American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet” explores the innovation happening within the American food system.

This App Lets You Reserve a Seat at a Coffee Shop - The Daily Meal
Croissant allows customers to reserve a spot at their local coffee shop, and then get charged automatically for time spent there

WWJD About GMOs? - Civil Eats
For a growing number of people of faith, GMO stands for "God Move Over."

Could an Israeli Invention End Cooking as We Know It? - Jewish Exponent
The Genie device and its companion app looks like a fancy rice cooker and uses Keurig-like single-serving, disposable pods of food.

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