Summary: What will you be eating in 2050? How will it get to your table? How we grow, purchase, and eat our food is changing. New technologies and food products are playing a key role in shaping that change. In this podcast, we speak to the people driving that future, from entrepreneurs and venture capital investors, to farmers and food businesses. Welcome to Future Food!
The UK is the most active ecosystem for foodtech and agtech startups in Europe and Nadia El Hadery has played a role in it from London since 2015. Nadia is founder and CEO of YFood, an event and media company focused on the industry. London FoodTech Week is next week - find out more about the event, Nadia's vision for the future of food -- including drones and personalized food delivery -- her love of avocados, and some of the challenges startups have faced in the UK and beyond.
Hear former co-CEO of Whole Foods Walter Robb, a proponent of whole and natural foods, talk about the advent of new technologies from robotic retail to his contrarian views of plant-based meat. He also talks about how Amazon came to acquire Whole Foods and the importance of big data. I hope you enjoy the second installment of Future Food!
For entrepreneurs and investors in the agtech startup space, David Friedberg is a major celebrity. When he sold his startup The Climate Corporation for $1 billion in 2013 - achieving that elusive "unicorn" status - he put the category on the map. David now has an investment company The Production Board. David is a visionary - the insights he offers on what & how we will be eating in the future are inspiring, exciting, if perhaps a little scary. I hope you enjoy this special first edition of Future Food!
In this podcast, Louisa talks to Nick Fereday, a consumer foods analyst at Rabobank, about how the large food and agriculture companies are reacting to new innovation and working with startups. They also talk about the acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon, and consumer trends around natural, simple food as well as alternative meat products.
Women still make the majority of food decisions in the home -- around 65% according to some estimates but are underrepresented in leading roles at food companies globally. In this week’s podcast, Louisa discusses the impact of this and how tech innovation is adapting to consumer demands with Beth Robertson-Martin from General Mills, Kellee James, founder of Mercaris, an organic commodities trading platform, and Sanjeev Krishnan, partner at S2G Ventures, an agrifood tech venture capital firm.
Blue River Technology is a Silicon Valley startup bringing robotics to the farm. In August 2017, Blue River was acquired by John Deere, the world’s largest tractor company, for $305 million. This was extremely exciting news for the agtech industry as exits for the venture capital firms backing the sector have been relatively few and far between. In this episode, Louisa speaks to Jorge Heraud, founder and CEO of the company about the startup's journey to success.
In this episode, Louisa speaks to Sam Kass, former chef and nutritional policy advisor for the Obamas, about food tech innovation. Kass is now venture partner at Acre Venture Partners, the agrifood tech venture capital firm. He launched the Let's Move campaign with Michelle Obama. Here he speaks about investing in food technology and the importance of access to nutritional food.
After a few years in stealth mode, vertical farming group Plenty hit the public domain with a bang, raising a record-breaking $200m from Japanese banking group SoftBank over the summer. Louisa talks to CEO Matt Barnard to hear more about the company's growth and future plans.