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The Week in AgriFoodTech: Oishii bags another $15m, BTG launches Betagro Ventures, HeavyFinance eyes Ukraine

May 2, 2024

This week, Thailand-based food company Betagro (“BTG”) launched its own venture arm to invest in early-stage agtech and foodtech startups. Oishii, which grows high-end berries via vertical farming, nabbed $15 million to build out a new solar-powered facility, and Lithuanian investment platform HeavyFinance turned its attention to regenerative ag in Ukraine.

Caladan Bio cofounders
Caladan Bio cofounders Rob Jauquet (left) and Mike Kobida (right). Image credit: Caladan Bio

Foodtech & agtech funding

🇺🇸 Invent Analytics raises $17m to help retailers maximize profits with supply chain AI and expand platform footprint PR Newswire

🇺🇸 Pipedream raises $13m as it looks to build underground middle mile delivery network The Spoon

🇺🇸 Caladan Bio raises $5m seed round to build next generation benchtop bioreactors AgFunderNews

🇫🇷 Edonia grabs €2m to turn microalgae into less bitter-tasting ground meat alternative TechCrunch

🇨🇦 Maia Farms raises $1.7m in pre-seed round to expand mycelium production AgFunderNews

🇬🇧 British agtech CroBio secures €1.45 million seed to enhance agricultural drought resilience with soil microbes EU Startups

🇳🇿 Jooules secures NZ$1m to transform CO2 into complete protein ingredients Vegconomist

Oishii’s Omakase & Koyo berries. Image credit: Oishii

M&A, IPOs & partnerships

🇺🇸 Supergut rolls out nationwide in GNC stores as part of GLP-1nutritional support section Food Navigator

Funds, grants & accelerators

🇹🇭 “BTG” launches “Betagro Ventures,” a new corporate venturing arm focused on incubating new foodtech & agritech ventures as well as investing in startups through a US$30 million fund Betagro

🇺🇸 Oishii secures $15 million for solar-powered Phillipsburg facility Vertical Farm Daily

🇦🇺 AgriFutures Australia 2024 Catalyst Cohort revealed AgriFutures

🇧🇪 EIT Food Accelerator Network announces 2024 cohort EIT Food

People moves

🇮🇩 EFishery CFO steps down, CEO to take over temporarily Tech in Asia

🇺🇸 Phospholutions Welcomes James Ortíz as Chief Commercial Officer to Drive Global Expansion Phospholutions

🇺🇸 Industry veteran Chris Turner joins Pivot Bio as chief commercial officer Pivot Bio

Getir delivery
Image credit: Getir

Other news

🇱🇹 HeavyFinance eyes Ukraine debt and 300,000ha carbon project Agri Investor

🇹🇷 Getir is exiting Europe and closing Gorillas as fast grocery delivery feels the chill

🇩🇪 Foodpanda launches new private label range “bright” Retail Asia

🇮🇱 BioRaptor and Aleph Farms use AI to lower the costs of cultivated beef Venture Beat

🇺🇸 DeSantis signs ban on lab-grown meat in Florida, says ‘elites’ are pushing it Florida Phoenix

🇺🇸 FDA clarifies approach to genomic alterations in animals FDA

🇺🇸 Impossible Foods secures ‘highly anticipated’ retail deal with Whole Foods Food Dive

🇺🇸 Plant-based cheesemaker Climax Foods disqualified from Good Food Awards on eve of awards ceremony AgFunderNews

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