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Plenty Unlimited raised $140 million in fresh financing

Vertical-farm company Plenty Unlimited Inc.‌ has raised $140 million in new funding to build more vertical farms around the U.S. The Series D funding round was led by Softbank Vision Fund 1 along with Driscoll’s, the world’s leader in fresh berries. To date, Plenty has raised over $500 million, making it the leader in sustainable, […]

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Food Loss/Waste FoodTech Sustainability

W-Cycle, a FoodTech startup company, on a mission to end plastic

W-Cycle, a FoodTech startup company, has developed SupraPulp™, a plastic-free packaging made of sugarcane waste that is fully compostable, safe and durable. SupraPulp™ isn’t like other compostable food packaging solutions. It’s non-coated, omniphobic and remains completely unaffected by liquids and oils. It’s a great replacement for rigid plastic. You can heat food in SupraPulp™ up […]

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Food Processing Fruits Sustainability

Frutco has made it a mission to be 100% sustainable by 2030

Switzerland-based Frutco AG, founded in 1992, as a sales partner for banana puree in Europe for Paradise Ingredients and Mexifrutas in Costa Rica, has made it a mission to be 100% sustainable by 2030. We see sustainability as an opportunity to combine economic, ecological and social aims to ensure long-term success. We, therefore wholeheartedly support […]

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AgTech Biotech

AgTech Company Bee Vectoring Technologies “BVT” announced three new deals with Michigan blueberry growers

AgTech Company Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. “BVT” announced three new deals with Michigan blueberry growers to use BVT’s natural precision agriculture system. By adding Michigan’s 20,000 acres, BVT has now penetrated 83% of the US blueberry market. BVT, founded in 2012, is a leading technology company that uses commercially-reared bees to deliver sustainable and […]

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Food Loss/Waste FoodTech

FoodTech startup Cambridge Crops develops an edible coating from silk

Cambridge Crops, Inc. a food tech company based in Somerville, Massachusetts develops an edible, imperceptible coating that might replace plastic packaging to preserve meats and produce. Benedetto Marelli, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at MIT, was a postdoc at Tufts University’s Omenetto Lab when he stumbled upon a novel use for silk. Marelli […]

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Plant-based Vegan

Not-for-profit investment company to help fund early-stage businesses in the plant-based food space.

Veganuary Co-Founder, Matthew Glover, launches new vegan investment fund, ‘Veg Capital’ – with all profits to go to charity! Veg Capital will provide Angel, Seed and Series A funding, with investments typically ranging from £50,000 to £250,000 to companies striving to replace the use of animals in the food system. The fund’s focus will be […]

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Milk

FDA has given dairies the official permission to label their skim milk as “skim milk.”

Skim milk is milk with the fat or cream removed—skimmed off. According to FDA guidelines, in order to be called “skim milk,” dairies had to add vitamins A and D to the milk before it could be lawfully distributed. Dairies or creameries who did not add those vitamins were prohibited from labeling their skim milk […]

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Food Security

Drug-resistant diseases that jump from plants to humans

The current coronavirus pandemic shows how unprepared humans are in fighting pathogens that originate in wildlife and jump to humans. Human immune systems are equally unprepared for drug-resistant diseases that jump from plants to humans. Drug-resistant fungal diseases are emerging as a major health threat, including Candida auris—a highly infectious fungus. Fungi are continually mutating, and with […]

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Future crops could make their own pesticides

A team of U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists are trying to design crops that kill weeds by exuding a natural herbicide from their roots. In other words, they’re creating oilseed and cereal crops that can control weeds — on their own. “It’s a complicated thing, because we’re trying to make plants produce something that is […]

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Disinfectants made from Orange Juice

South African Biotech company Biodx, claims it has made a disinfectant from orange juice which can kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus types. The disinfectant is made from natural citrus extract, which is then stabilised with an organic biodegradable compound, which contains no chlorine, ethanol or aldehydes. The disinfectant meets stringent European and […]

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The Naturalness Bias

Words are powerful influencers of behavior. Not only are consumers vastly more likely to purchase a product with the natural label, but they also ascribe a wide range of characteristics to a product bearing such a label. The “naturalness bias” leads people to believe that foods with a natural label are both better and safer […]