“Entrepreneurs to Watch: Meet the 45 startups handpicked by FoodBytes!”

An article written by Rabobank – the full article can be found here.

The 45 startups selected to participate in the FoodBytes! By Rabobank food and ag innovation program in 2022 provide a neat snapshot into trending topics in food and agriculture, from personalized nutrition and upcycling to robotics and farm biologics.

Throughout the year, the startups participated in tailored programming with access to industry insiders, mentorship, and relationship building with potential corporate partners and investors, said Anne Greven, head of FoodBytes! by Rabobank, which has switched from a pitch competition to a “continuous scouting model” providing ongoing mentoring and support.

This year’s program began in the spring, with the first wave of startups participating in 1:1 mentoring and group workshops with experts on topics from route to market and investment strategy, to corporate collaboration.

“These startups are actively problem-solving for the highest priority challenges in the food and ag industry,” said Greven. “FoodBytes! remains the go-to community for those working to accelerate impact, and through our best-in-class network, we’ve brokered pivotal connections in real time.”

The 45 startups that have taken part in this year’s program include:

Q1: Meeting new consumer demand

Startups in this space are “responding to how the consumer of 2030 and beyond will shop for, eat and evaluate food,” and span diversified ingredients, traceability, wearables and tracking, nutrition and immunity, and novel packaging.

• Diversified Ingredients: Cano-ela, Eighth Day Foods, Ergo Bioscience, Equii (previously Cella Farms), Grain4Grain, Ira Noah

• Nutrition & Immunity: Embion Technologies, Nulixir, Whole & Free Foods LLC (Every Body Eat®)

• Novel Packaging: Restalk, SAVRpak • Traceability: Farmstand, Improvin (previously Skira), Wholechain, Kafoodle

Q2: New modes of production

Startups in this space are developing technologies including novel farming, hyper-localization, cell and fermentation tech, and farm biologics and inputs.

• Novel Farming & Farm Management: AgroScout, Blue White Robotics, Boomitra, Viridix

• Hyper-Localization: Pink Farms, Raiar Organicos

• Cell & Fermentation Technology: Allozymes, Celf Nutrition, Eclipse, Orbillion Bio, Phytolon, Resugar

• Farm Biologics & Inputs: Hypercell Technologies, Maua Mazuri, UV Boosting

Q3: New ways of working

Startups in this space are reimagining the role of the worker and conditions of the workplace by introducing new technologies that create more from less, from robotics and manufacturing automation to new food distribution, novel food processing, and upcycling.

• Robotics & Automation: Agot Al, Agree, AgXeed, Arugga Al Farming, CIED BV, Future Acres

• New Food Distribution: Big Wheelbarrow, Foodsys.io, Nat4Bio • Novel Food Processing: Earthwise Global, Rebellyous Foods, True Essence Foods

• Upcycling: Kaffe Bueno, Superfrau, The Leaf Protein Co. With the addition of this year’s cohort, FoodBytes! now has an alumni network of 400+ startups that have raised $3.2bn in capital.

Find more information on each of the selected startups for FoodBytes! 2022 here.

Elaine Watson | Oct 25, 2022


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