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Video Q&A With Cover, The Mobile Payment App That’s Taking NYC Restaurants By Storm
Cover allows customers to dine without waiting for the check, and it saves restaurants money to boot. Founder Mark Egerman dishes on his startup's technology, philosophy and plans for growth.

6 Must-attend Food Tech Events This Spring & Summer
From The Food Book Fair to Menus Of Change, here's the first installment of our quarterly list of upcoming food tech conferences, summits and other kick-ass gatherings.

Announcing Hack//Dining NYC, The Food Startup Fundraising Frenzy + More
From more food delivery fundraising news to AgFunder’s announcement of its first successful campaign, these last week's top food tech stories. 

#OMGFoodTech: The Food Startup Fundraising Frenzy
Over the past few months, investors have poured an astounding $177 million into food delivery startups. So to help you get a handle on the investment bonanza, we’ve complied a handy roundup of all the recent $5 million+ action.

Startup Resources

Shocking No One, Frothy Food Startups Hit A Five Year Funding High - PandoDaily
CB Insights has a new report out saying that the first quarter of 2014 saw a five year high point of investments in meal, grocery and food delivery companies. Investors sunk more than $200 million into these deals.


ezCater Raises $4 million To Expand Its Online Catering Marketplace - TechCrunch
The startup offers a marketplace from which people can order catered meals from any number of providers around the country. It has 30,000 caterers on the site, and, with the funding, plans to add another 20,000 this year.

Grubwithus Becomes Superb, a Platform For Discovering New Places and Which Friends to Share Them With - PandoDaily
The new iOS app takes the well-worn concept of a local discovery platform and mashes it with social recuriting. 

Using Technology To Reach Millennials - QSR Web
In order to stay ahead of the competition, restaurant brands must embrace technology in a way that provides a useful interaction with millennials before, during and after in-store purchases.


Healthy Snack Startup NatureBox Raises $18 Million Series B Led By Canaan Partners - TechCrunch
Founded in early 2012, NatureBox set out to become synonymous with providing healthy snacks direct to consumers. It’s made great strides toward that goal, and will continue to push forward with $18 million in new funding led by Canaan Partners.

Tech Start-Ups Now Heavily Investing In Fake Meat Companies - Huffington Post
Even though meat production is expected to double by 2050, an unlikely bunch is now investing in the tofurkeys, tofus and other meat substitutes of the world -- the techies of Silicon Valley.

Meet the Inventors of a 3-D Printer for Hyper-Complicated Candy - Wired
3D System’s ChefJet is the only machine of its kind that can cause a literal sugar high: It can produce candies, cake toppers, and thoroughly modern confections in millions of colors.


The Same-Day War: Amazon, Google And Walmart Race To Bring Your Groceries - Forbes
Same-day home delivery of groceries is to retailers what Mount Everest is to climbers: The lure is obvious, the logistics fearsome, and tackling either without the right plan is suicide. 

US Postal Service To Deliver Groceries By 2020? - Food Logistics
USPS is working to improve and expand its same-day grocery delivery services. 

Food Industry Alliance Publishes Toolkit for Reducing Food Waste - FMI 
The toolkit aims to help companies reduce food waste by sharing key learnings and best practices.


Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' - NPR
A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.

How This Agriculture Startup Taps The Cloud To Grow Strong And Lean - Upstart
Agspring's modest surroundings hide the fact that the company has raised more than $100 million and is on track to become a billion dollar firm. 

USDA Leads Push For New Frontiers Of Food Safety - Clarksville Online
One of the USDA data sets published this quarter offered Salmonella and Campylobacter datasets for the first time. The Food Safety and Inspection Service recognizes the value in public data access and sees this dataset as an important step in that direction. 


In Corporate Wellness Programs, Wearables Take a Step Forward - CNN Money
A growing number of companies are issuing tracking devices to employees to help them manage their fitness and to allow managers to keep tabs on the health of the firm as a whole.

Using Twitter data, Harvard Medical School to Study Food Poisoning - Boston Business Journal
Harvard Medical School was one of six institutions to receive the so-called Twitter Data Grants. 

Clare Food-Tech Company Raises €900,000 Investment - Siliconrepublic
AltraTech is developing a single-use portable semiconductor test kit for use in the food and agri sector, for high sensitivity species-specific identification of food content and contaminants.


How Consumers Can Track Products At The Touch Of A Smartphone button - The Guardian
Producers and suppliers trace and count every item they distribute. It's time to share that information with everyone.


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