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How Branding Helped Hampton Creek Get Into 20K Stores in Less Than 1 Year [Video]
How did the startup cultivate its cult following and explosive market share? We caught up with Hampton Creek’s Jordan Tetrick to chat about the role branding has played in the startup’s meteoric success.

Learn How to Grow Your Food Biz This Holiday Season
We want to help you stay on track this holiday season. Which is why we’re offering our community 25% off ALL of our online food business courses through Jan 1 with code “giftofsuccess."

Food Genius’ 10 Foodservice Trends of 2015
Will mobile ordering take over the restaurant industry? Are grocery stores the dining destinations of the future? Will Big Food companies launch small-batch, artisanal offerings? This graphic from Food Genius has answers.

Last Week's Top Food Tech Innovation & News Stories
From Dinner Lab's innovative fundraising plans to Amazon launching restaurant food delivery, these are last week’s juiciest stories. 

The Ultimate 2014 Food Tech Holiday Gift Guide
Searching for the perfect presents for all the food nerds in your life? Have no fear, our Food Tech Holiday Gift Guide is here. We’ve culled together tons of food gadgets, books, subscription boxes and more that are sure to satisfy everyone on your list.

Startup Resources

Hyperlocal M&A in 2015 — Here’s What Some Potential Acquirers Are Looking For - Streetfight 
Here’s a quick look at a few areas, and some major players, where we may see an uptick in M&A activity in the year to come.

New Initiatives and Resources in the Michigan Good Food Movement - Michigan State University
The Michigan Good Food Charter is a roadmap for a food system that is rooted in local communities and centered on good food.

Food Cluster Wants To Boost Local Food’s Economic Heft - Net
More cities want to take eating local food from hip trend to economic generator, and advocates are trying a new model to spur growth. 


Tough to Swallow: Longtime Amazon Fresh Customers Leaving Over New $299/year Subscription - GeekWire
Membership will be required to continue using the service after June 2015. The company is promising reduced prices on thousands of items with this change. 

2014: The Year That Online Grocery Shopping Got Local - The Star Online
With Google, Amazon and Uber jumping on the trend of supporting local businesses, we saw an increase in the number of services offering super speedy food delivery. 

Korean E-commerce Leader Coupang Raises $300M Led By BlackRock - TechCrunch
The capital will be invested in two key areas: the technology behind its mobile apps and its logistics network.

Chef’d Uses Crowdfunding To Roll Out Recipe-And-Ingredient Delivery Service For Gourmet Meals - TechCrunch
It's looking to raise $50,000 and hoping the campaign will connect the it with 1,000 to 2,000 people who will be early testers of the service.


Coming Soon From 3 Vegan Scientists: Lab-Grown Milk - Modern Farmer
What can science do better than a cow? Three bioengineers are trying to answer that question with Muufri, milk made from yeast cultures. 


Drizly Opens Its API to Bring Alcohol Delivery to the Likes of MillerCoors & Foursquare - Bostinno
The deal marked the first time a major American brewer has partnered with an e-commerce company to sell its beer online. 

Private Chef Start-Up Kitchit Raises $7.5 Million - Eater
The round was led by Javelin Venture Partners, and the startup plans to use its new funds to expand into new markets.

Postmates Is Launching An API To Let Third-Party Sellers Offer Local Delivery - TechCrunch
The API could drive more volume for the company, as it will introduce the startup to a large group of new customers through its partners.

Why Commerce and Tech Companies Want To Deliver Grub - PYMNTS
What’s appealing about this space other than the fact that everyone has to eat? Well, turns out, it’s a pretty big addressable market.

Restaurant Reservation Service Reserve Launches In San Francisco - TechCrunch
The service came out of Expa, the “startup studio” created by Uber and StumbleUpon co-founder Garrett Camp

Eye Tracking: Not the Best Way to Choose Pizza Toppings - Mashable
Can eye tracking really be used to measure unconscious pizza preferences? Well … yes and no.


640Labs Acquired by Monsanto’s Climate Corporation - AgFunder
Details were not revealed, but Climate Corp aims to strengthen its efforts to build the industry’s leading farmer data platform with the acqusition.

10 Ways to Support the Next Generation of Farmers - Food Tank
From joining a CSA to being informed and cooking for friends, here are a few ways you can help bolster the next generation of farmers. 

Nigeria’s Foodstantly Brings Shopping for Food into E-commerce Era - Disrupt Africa
It's providing farmers, restaurants and traders with online shops and the technology to connect with customers.

Entrepreneurs Push to Raise More Food More Cleanly, Profitably - The Colombus Dispatch
Silicon Valley is pushing into food-growing: tech tycoons are buying up farmland, startups are selling robots that work the fields and hackathons are dedicated to building the next farming app.


Taiwan Startup iFit Raises $3M Series A To Expand Into China And Southeast Asia - TechCrunch
The round was led by Cherubic Ventures, and the startup put the funds towards business model expansion, new products and hiring.

Better than Cookbooks: Computers Could Make Healthy Eating More Palatable - Slate
What if the food of the future was made not by technology, but with technology; with the tools and supplies that we already have.


Was 2014 a Watershed Year for Food Politics? - Beyond Chron
Is this really the year when the pendulum began to swing back in favor of consumers, workers and health? Marion Nestle, Margo Wootan, Michele Simon and more to weigh in. 

Check Out These Smart Kitchen Gadgets Of The Future - TechCrunch
Check out this connected kitchen slideshow featuring Pantelligent, Drop, Prep Pad and many more. 

McDonald’s Decline in U.S. Sales Accelerates - Wall Street Journal
Burger Chain in November Posts Biggest Same-Restaurant Drop in More Than 14 Years.

Food Entrepreneur Gifts

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