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Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships: January 2015
The new year kicked off with over $525 million pouring into the food tech and media sector through four acquisitions and twelve capital raises.


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Startup Resources

AgFunder’s New Report Captures $2.36B In AgTech Investment in 2014 - AgFunder
AgTech funding had a record breaking year with $2.36 billion raised across 264 financing deals.

A Sort of ‘Shark Tank’ for Food Artisans - The Wall Street Journal
The pickle- and jam-making set now gets the tech-startup treatment—with a do-gooder twist at Food + Enterprise. 

'From the Ground Up': Crowdsourcing a Coffee Grinder - Food Dive
Handground used a Kickstarter campaign to fund its business and crowdsourcing to design its product. Its goal was $35k, and now it has exceeded $264k. 


Analyzing Postmates’ Growth - TechCrunch
TechCrunch digs in to the company’s financials.

Madison Start-up GrocerKey Wants to put Grocery Buying at Shoppers' Fingertips - Wisconsin State Journal
GrocerKey.com launched this week in hopes of becoming the EatStreet of the grocery business.

Pondering the Potential for Physical Cookies - Brick Meets Click
Beacons are one in-store marketing tool, but alternatives like Physical Cookie are also coming on the scene.

Digital Tech at the Shelf 2.0: When Customers & Retailers Both Win - Brick Meets Click
The next wave of retail innovation is going to include building a lot of in-store digital connections to enhance the shopping experience.


Hampton Creek, Maker of Plant-Based Protein Foods, Signs Distribution Deal With Foodbuy - The New York Times
Foodbuy, which buys some $18 billion of food annually, will begin selling Hampton Creek’s Just Cookies. 

Blue Bottle Continues Expansion Streak, Grabs Coffee Startup - Business Journals
A little over a year after landing a $25M round, Oakland's Blue Bottle Coffee is continuing its fast clip of expansion and acquisition.

This Is Why People Are So Juiced About This NYC Startup - Alley Watch
CEO Greg Levitt shares what's next for Farmivore, a subscription ecommerce service for the at-home juicing/smoothie market. 


ShopKeep's Latest Feature Syncs Customer Orders Across Registers in Real-time - Fast Casual
Serverless Sync is designed to remove the need for costly servers and cables to keep registers in sync.

Japan’s Recruit Holdings to Acquire German Restaurant Booking Site Quandoo for $219M - TechinAsia
Over the past two years, it has acquired several recruitment firms job-hunting sites around the world, including Indeed in the US, NuGrid in India, and Peoplebank in Australia.

Inside The Secret New York Launch Of Munchery, The Delivery Startup That Might Upend Seamless - Fast Company
San Francisco’s food delivery war heads east: Munchery’s stellar team of chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants are waiting for your order.

McDonald's USA to Phase out Human Antibiotics from Chicken Supply -Yahoo
This is the most aggressive step by a major food company to change chicken producers' practices in the fight against dangerous 'superbugs.'

A Better Proxy For Consumer Demand Is Coming Soon - Food Genius
Food Genius is looking beyond survey and POS data in search of greener pastures-which eventually it found in aggregate restaurant sales data-for its next set of industry reports. 


The High Tech Farms Where Our Future Food Will Grow in Nothing But Air - Gizmodo
MIT's CityFARM founder Caleb Harper talks about aeroponic farming.

This Startup Is Building A Model For The First High-Tech Cricket Farm - FastCo.Exist
Tiny Farms is preparing for a world where we replace—or at least supplement—meat consumption with insects. First step: Grow a lot of bugs.

Two Brothers Launch Urban Gardening Startup Plontz - SanJose.com
Its boxes come with seeds that are selected based on the gardener’s local climate, their culinary tastes and growing space.

Women Farmers Making it Happen #IWD2015 - Food Tank
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in ag, while also calling on more support.


The Sharing Economy Is Now Invading Our Kitchens - Hartman Group
With so much peer-to-peer disruption underway in other industries, what does this portend for food culture in the U.S. marketplace?

A Shift in Habits: Americans Are Choosing to Eat at Home - FBU
A new study by Acosta Sales and Marketing finds that diners today, regardless of generation, are preferring to stay in and eat.

UCLA Engineers Develop WearSens, A Food Diary You Can Wear Around Your Neck - Medical Daily
The sensors in this smart necklace keep track of the solid foods and liquids wearers consume in order to help them with their dietary goals.

New Mobile App Can Tell Shoppers Which Supermarket Chicken is Most Likely to Poison Them - Blackmore Vale Magazine
"Where’s This From” provides shoppers with detailed hygiene information about chicken to help them steer clear of food poisoning.

How 3D food Printing Can Change the Way We Eat - Food Dive
Everyone from The Hershey Company to the U.S. Army is exploring the possibilities of what 3D food printing could mean for the future.

This Smart Countertop Grill Has All the Chef Skills You Don't - Gizmodo
The Cinder Sensing Cooker could be the perfect kitchen appliance for aspiring chefs who love cooking but don't always have the time. 

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