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Must-Attend Food Tech Events: Spring/Summer 2015 Edition
Our top food tech event picks for Spring and Summer 2015, including conferences, panels, Meetups and much more.

Last Week's Top Food Tech News & Innovation Stories
Redefining the value meal, using distribution infrastructure to make sustainable food mainstream and more. 

Come Raise a Glass in Support of Jimmy’s No. 43 - Edible Manhattan
Countless food startups owe their inception to the back room at Jimmy’s, and it’s time to say thank you to the man who provides precious communal space to underfunded idealists.

Internet of Food

Catalyzing a Food Revolution through Connected Ecosystems & Open Innovation
Expo Milano's Feeding the Accelerator Curator explores how moving from silos to ecosystems, closed labs to open innovation is critical for a better future.

Food Supply Chain Transparency Is Key to a Healthy Future
Peretz Partensky of Sourcery explores how new tech and decentralized business models are tackling the least transparent part of our food system: the supply chain.

Support Good Food

Help Jimmy's No. 43 Get Back On Its Feet After East Village Explosion
Join us this Wednesday from 7-10 for a benefit/celebration of local food hero Jimmy Carbone. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS will go to Jimmy's No.43.

Tickets include:

  • Local food from Quinciple, food360, Made by Lukas and Heritage Foods USA
  • Drinks from Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn Farmacy and Hella Bitters
  • A kick-ass raffle

Startup Resources

Announcing Food Startup Branding Bootcamp 5.16 in NYC
Forget expensive marketing consultants. Learn how to make your brand standout across everything you do – from your website to your packaging to your social media – in ONE day!

Be one of the first 5 to sign up and snag your spot for just $99. Sign up by 5/9 and get the early bird price of $249. Space is limited for this intimate bootcamp. So sign up now!

The Coming Food Bubble - TechCrunch
Is food tech in the throws of a dot-com era bubble? What will the landscape look like when it bursts? Robyn Metcalfe of The Food Lab explores.

“Innovation Lab” Brooklyn Foodworks Coming to the Pfizer Building This Summer - Edible Brooklyn
It will offer a kitchen, coworking space and personalized mentorship in everything from production methodology to marketing.

Apply Now for the REVTECH 2015 Accelerator | LAUNCH DFW | Dallas Startups - Launch DFW
It provides $40K in seed capital, a 14-week mentor driven programs, free office space and the opportunity to pitch at Demo Day. 

Q&A: AccelFoods Co-founder Discovers the Next Hot Culinary Startup - Crain's New York
Jordan Gaspar, co-founder of AccelFoods, explains why food is so popular for entrepreneurs.

Sandbox Accelerator Gives Startups Ability to Grow - Guelph Mercury
A new hardware accelerator centre operated by a not-for-profit board of directors, opens this week in Ontario. 


Instacart Fesses Up About Hidden Fees - PC Magazine
The service will now indicate when users are paying the exact same amount for an item that they'd otherwise pay for it at the store.

Ready for Take-off? - Business Standard
Warehousing and logistics will be the key challenges for online firms joining the grocery retail party.

Food Shouldn’t be WastED: An Interview with Baldor Foods - Food Tank - Food Tank
Baldor president Michael Muzyk talks about WastED, a month-long collaboration with Blue Hill to raise awareness about food waste.

Could Amazon Do To Groceries What It Did To Books? - Seeking Alpha
Amazon’s launch of Dash might be the best look we’ve had so far into how Amazon thinks about omnichannel.

App-Based Grocery Delivery Startup ’24X7Fresh’ Planning To Launch Operations, Will Start With 30 Indian Cities - The Tech Portal
It will offer a wide line up of products, including grocery, ready-to-eat food items, and health and beauty products.

Number of Modern Food & Grocery Stores Dip on Rising Rentals, Power Costs & Online Rivals - Economic Times
Western-style food and grocery stores have shrunk in India, with outlets shutting down and expansion virtually put on hold.

PepperTap Secures Series A funding of USD 10 million from SAIF Partners and Sequoia Capital - Equity Bulls
The funding will be leveraged for building out the team and for expanding its reach to 10 more cities by year end.


The Makings of a Fast-Food-Worker Movement - TakePart
Low-wage restaurant workers take their fight to the center of organized labor.

After Raising $25M, U.K. Restaurant Delivery Startup Deliveroo Adds France And Germany To Its Menu - TechCrunch
The London-headquartered startup is launching its service in Paris and Berlin, following a quiet launch in Dublin earlier last week.

Digital Bites: Apps Taking the Annoying out of Restaurants - CNBC
The number of times the average American eats a sit-down meal in a restaurant has been dwindling steadily since 1984: NPD Group.

MasterCard's Mobile Ordering App Powers New Harlem Restaurant - Mobilepaymentstoday
The company has partnered with acclaimed restaurateur/chef Marcus Samuelsson to bring the Qkr! app to its first restaurant in the U.S. 

Sanjeev Kapoor's Startup to Take on Zomato, Foodpanda - The Times of India
The food influencer says his food startup will focus on predicting people's tastes and push name of restaurants and food varieties accordingly.

Startup Full Society Combines Charity, Mobile Payments, and Dining - Payments Week
It lets people pay for their meals, uses beacons that pair mobile devices with a particular table at a restaurant and helps fight hunger. 

Baidu Invests $11M in Restaurant Management Platform to Bring More Local Businesses Under its Wing - TechinAsia
Keru Cloud secured $10.7M in series B funding, Fangjinglin Investment and Kaixing Capital also participated in the round.

Zomato Buys NexTable to Enter Restaurant Table Reservation Service - VC Circle
This is its ninth acquisition in the last one year.

Vir Sanghvi and top Hoteliers Launch Restaurant Concierge EazyDiner, Raise Funding - VC Circle
The firm has raised funding from early stage investor DSG Consumer Partners and Gulpreet Kohli, former MD of PE firm Chryscapital.


AgTech Industry Takes in $1.04 Billion in Q1 - AgFunder
Q1 came in with over $1 billion disclosed investment dollars across 79 deals—a 122 percent jump from Q1 last year, with a 44 percent increase in deal volume.

Despite What You've Heard, Small Farmers are Doing Just Fine - Huffington Post
Why small-scale farmers are innovative entrepreneurs carving out a sustainable niche in a profoundly dysfunctional food system.

The Color of Food: These Sisters are Building a Second Career as Farmers - Civil Eats
Sisters Carol Jackson and Joyce Bowman work on My Sister's Farm even as they deal with complicated property laws.

3D Robotics Expands Series C, $64 Million in Total - AgFunder
New investors include WestSummit Capital, SanDisk Ventures and Atlantic Bridge Ventures. It will use the funds to leverage their position on a global scale in the rapidly expanding UAV market.


The Daily Startup: Health-Care Startups Raise Record Funding in First Quarter - Wall Street Journal
The $3.9B invested in the sector surpassed the previous record high of $3.42B invested in the second quarter of 2014

Pocket Food Sensor Can Give you a Calorie Count - Haaretz
Consumer Physics' handheld spectrometer looks like sci-fi but can actually analyze food - outputting nutritional value.

OneDrop App Launched to Enhance Diabetes Management Among Users - Diabetes.co.uk
It allows people with diabetes to track medication, food intake, insulin levels and exercise.


Eating Insects Isn’t as Eco-Friendly As People Say - TIME
Do crickets really have the potential to be the new beef? Not yet, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Organic Food Sales Grow 11% in 2014 with Politically, Geographically Diverse Shoppers - Food Navigator
Organic is outgrowing its moniker as a specialty category thanks to a double digit increase in sales last year by consumers nationwide. 

WIRED's Guide to Produce That Won't Make the Drought Worse - WIRED
This helpful graphic ranks crops by water usage and organizes them by season.

Test Finds 60% of Raw Shrimp Tainted with Bacteria, Including Superbug MRSA - Quartz
The presence of drug-resistant strains suggests that shrimp farms are overusing antibiotics.

From Kale to Acai: Plot the Arc of a Food Fad - Wall Street Journal
How food researchers know what we’ll eat next; eggs and whole milk are back, sorry, skim

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