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UPDATE: AgFunder Opens New Food Tech/AgTech Fund to Investors, Commitments Reach $4m in 1 Week

On our mission to democratize venture capital and increase investment in the food and agriculture industry, our fund is open to accredited investors as well as institutional investors, and we already have commitments from both.

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.

Mimica is Creating Alternative Food Labels for Consumers to Feel When Food Has Expired

Solveiga Pakštaitė is founder and director of Mimica, a food labeling technology startup that recently won the People’s Choice Award at Rabobank’s startup pitch event FoodBytes! in London. We caught up with her to find out more about how she created the technology and how it will be deployed.

Dairy Quality Detection Tech Wins FoodBytes! Judges’ Choice Award as Food Waste Takes 2 Prizes

SomaDetect, an agriculture technology startup that measures milk quality from every cow at milking, won the FoodBytes! New York Judges’ Choice Award. SomaDetect uses sensors that fit into existing milking equipment to measure the fat and protein content of dairy as well as somatic cells — an indication when a cow is suffering from mastitis — progesterone, and antibiotics.

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