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Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships: November 2014
More than $260 million was invested in food tech in November, with a heavy leaning towards ordering and delivery. 

Why You Should Follow the 10% Rule When Creating Food Products & Services
Don't spend years on R&D says Bearded Brothers co-founder Caleb Simpson. Just make your product 10 percent better than the competition and you'll stand a good chance of succeeding.

Last Week's Top Food Tech News & Innovation Stories
From Marriot's new food/beverage incubator to Food Tank's list of 101 food organizations to watch in 2015, here's last week’s juiciest news.

What We Hope to See in Food and Drink in 2015 - Edible Manhattan
Check out our founder Danielle Gould's hope for the future of food in Edible Manhattan's standout list. 

Startup Resources

The Food Innovation Program to Shape the New Generation of Food Leaders - Imperial Valley News
The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Institute for the Future and Future Food Institute have come together to launch the program.

Hatching New York's Newest Food Firms - BBC
How Hot Bread Kitchen is helping New York's food startups hatch.

Esther Dyson on Finding Your Purpose and What's Next for Entrepreneurship -Chicago Tribune
The focus should be less on what you want to be and more on what you want to do, according to the chairman of EDventure Holdings. 

A Venture Firm Looking For The Next Generation Of Food Businesses in 2015 - Forbes
What will be the next big food businesses in 2015 and beyond? That’s the question the team behind Food-X is hoping to answer. 


How Ordering Liquor Online Could Open Up the Local Marketing Industry - StreetFight
The adoption of Internet-connected commerce systems is the single most important development governing the shift of local marketing dollars from print to digital.

USPS Expands Same-Day Deliveries From SF and NYC to DC - PYMNTS
Under the program, shoppers can place orders with participating online retailers by 2 p.m. and have their merchandise delivered between 4 and 8 p.m. the same day.

Need a Drink? This Startup Will Deliver Booze On Demand - Entrepreneur
So liquor stores are pissed, right? Well, no, but there’s more to the story than you think.

Expert Column: Top Retail Trends in 2015 - Progressive Grocer
As deep-pocketed online players, big box retailers, and convenience stores ramp up their efforts to steal share of wallet from grocery stores, here are some trends to watch out for.  

LeanBox Kiosks Join the Workplace Bringing Healthy Alternatives - Boston Globe
The Boston-based startup provides refrigerated fresh food from self-serve kiosks to more than 50 companies in New England. 

Food Startups Bring Quinoa and Quail To The Boonies - Fast Company
As demand for premium food increases, startups like plated, Blue Apron and HelloFresh go where Whole Foods won't.  


Soylent Really Green: Meal-Replacement Startup Raising at $100 Million Valuation - re/code
The funding for the San Francisco-based maker of a buzzed-about nutritional supplement is led by Andreessen Horowitz.

Food Tech Firm Launches Series A, Attracts Nestle’s Interest – Exclusive - Agri Investor
MycoTechnology is raising $5-$10M to develop its technology platform aimed at enhancing food flavors naturally, while major food companies are eying it for acquisition. 

I Used to Be a Snob About Fake Meat. I Was Dead Wrong - Mother Jones
Tom Philpott explains his change of heart about plant-based meat alternatives. 

What If Nike Sold Oranges And Apple Sold iMilk? - FaxtCo.Design
The Art of Peddy Mergui reimagines fashionable brands as they would exist in the grocery store.

Meet the Men Who Want You to Eat Crickets — For Your Health - New York Post
Exo founders get into the nitty gritty of building their cricket bar startup and offer some advice for burgeoning food entrepreneurs. 


Sprig Expands To The South Bay, Adds A Subscription Delivery Offering And Extended Hours - TechCrunch
The startup hopes that the expansion will prove how its business model can work in other, less densely populated markets. 

Indonesian Restaurant Reservation App MakanLuar Offers Perks and GrabTaxi Rides with Its Meals - TechinAsia
The icing on this startup’s cake is its exclusive deals with partnering restaurants. Users get things for free just because they used the site. 

Chinese Food Delivery Startup Nabs $30M in Tencent Funding - PYMNTS
The funding came from Tencent, and the company plans to take advantage of emerging trends in ordering and delivery with the cash.

TripAdvisor Goes on a Dining Reservations Binge With Acquisition of Iens - Skift
The acquisition, which Dutch media reported to be in the $11 million range, gives TripAdvisor a leading restaurant reservations review site.

Panera to Expand Tech, Operational Upgrades - Nation's Restaurant News
With Panera 2.0 customers can sit, place online orders via the website or mobile app on their phones, and have food delivered to their table.

Someday Soon, You May Pay Your Restaurant Bill With A Retina Scan - NPR
Some companies are hoping a quick imprint of your finger, scan of your eye or tap of an armband that links to your heartbeat will be easier and safer than using plastic.


EdenShield Raises $1m to Fight Insects with Stink Moats - AgFunder
The funding came from Israeli-focused crowdfunding platform OurCrowd and will enable the startup to commercialize its products. 

Despite Tech + Ag Hype, Farmers Not as Connected as You’d Think - Civil Eats
While some farmers are using technology to improve their crops, in reality, most are not as connected as you imagine. 


Noom Raises $15M for Food Logging, Activity Tracking Apps - mobihealthnews
Han-Sing Hi-Tech Fund, TransLink Capital and RRE Ventures contributed. The round will go toward R&D and working capital. 

New Antibiotic Stirs Hope Against Resistant Bacteria - New York Times
A new method, which extracts drugs from bacteria that live in dirt, has yielded a powerful new antibiotic. 


Cook It Wants Every Canadian to Become a World-Class Chef - Tech Vibes 
It delivers kits of ingredients and recipes, allowing customers to create quality meals otherwise associated with world-class chefs.

Samsung Announces Step-by-step Cooking App with New Recipes Every Two Weeks - MobileSyrup
At CES 2015, the company brought all-star chefs on stage to announce a new Android app that will teach you how to cook. 

Your Future Kitchen Knows When Food is Spoiling, Tells You What to Make for Dinner - Mashable
Whirlpool put together an innovative "kitchen of the future" concept at CES that shows what the home's center could look like in 2020.

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