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Louisa is editor of AgFunderNews, with a background in agriculture investment journalism and other financial markets. Please get in touch on [email protected] or follow her on twitter @iamlbt.

Gastrograph AI Closes $4m Series A to Predict Consumer Flavor Preferences of Food & Beverages

Gastrograph AI, a predictive analytics technology for food and beverage companies, closed a $4 million Series A round of funding last week.

Gastrograph collects data about how people perceive flavors and with machine learning algorithms can offer food companies predictions on how they might react to new products.

BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: FluroSat Acquires ProductionWise from Australia’s GrainGrowers

FluroSat, an Australian remote sensing, and crop health software startup, has acquired ProductionWise, the digital agriculture platform of GrainGrowers, Australia’s leading grain farmer membership group.

ProductionWise, a subscription precision agriculture software service, was developed by GrainGrowers for over 10 years in consultation with its members.

Food Delivery Startups Might be Boring, But They’ve Returned 7x in Europe in 5 Years

The first wave of European food tech companies has mostly focused on building technology and logistics platforms to deliver food to consumers. And while the plethora of new food e-commerce options across the globe has caused investor fatigue and failures, the five leading food delivery companies in Europe are now worth seven times more than their combined investment, an awesome feat, according to Niccolo Manzoni, partner of agrifood tech investment firm Five Seasons Ventures.

BREAKING: Clear Labs Raises $21m in Series B-2 Funding to Make Food Safety Testing Quicker and Cheaper

Clear Labs, a Californian startup using next-generation sequencing (NGS) to test food for dangerous pathogens like Salmonella, has raised $21 million in an extension to its Series B round.

The advent of NGS, most notably developed by Illumina for cancer genomics and newborn screening, brought down the cost of genetic screening in the healthcare industry, as well as the time tests took, and now the same is happening for food.

Bayer’s Percy: Agritech is Maturing as Startups Attract Senior Execs and Ag Corps Look to Collaborate

Adrian Percy is the former head of R&D at Bayer, recently stepping down and becoming the company’s technology ambassador. Ahead of his speaking slot at World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London next week, we caught up with Percy to find out more about the role and his views on the development of the agritech startup market.