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Welcome to the August FoodBytes! bulletin.

Get to know our growing roster of corporate and investor members and learn more about our Pitch program. Dive into our Q2 trend report honing in on 4 focus areas of innovation, check out our latest podcast cameos, and don't miss this month's alumni fundraising milestones - over $50M announced!

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We’re thrilled to announce that 16 industry-leading corporates and investors including ADM, Albaugh, Blu1877 (Barilla), Dole, Fonterra, and Boulder Food Group have joined as Pitch VIRTUAL 2020 members.

These innovative leaders
are focused on collaborating in the fields of 
animal health tech, functional ingredients, regenerative agriculture, sustainable packaging and more.

Stay tuned for more on their initiatives through our social channels!


If you're a corporate looking to further your innovation goals, 2020 membership opportunities are open for 24 more hours. Email caroline.keeley@rabobank.com today!

Interested in connecting our selected startups? Build relationships through 1:1 virtual meetings with startup participants across Food Tech, Agtech and CPG innovators. Complete this 2 minute interest form to join.
STARTUP APPS HAVE NOW CLOSED: Are you an entrepreneur interested in learning more? Here's how you can become an active member of our ecosystem: 


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Learn first-hand how MLA and Shameless Pets launched an upcycled pet treat in mere weeks, and how Swarm Engineering helped optimize GrainCorp’s supply chain, generating $2-3M in savings, in our final summer webinar episode, "A Case for Cross-Industry Collaboration". 

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  • Our latest Quarterly Trend Report examines four innovations posed for success in the new food & ag economy. FoodBytes! Global Head Anne Greven says, “The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that players in our food and ag system must be prepared for constant change and transformation. Rabobank is now playing a much larger role in helping companies adopt the innovation mindset." Read the report here to learn more and catch Food Navigator's coverage.
  • Don't miss our own Nina Meijers on the"Tech Bites" podcast with FoodBytes! alum Shannon Flannigan of Toast Ale, and on the Food Crunch podcast with alum Claire Schlemme of Renewal Mill discussing what it takes to build a 21st century business.
  • Dig into how the F&A investment landscape is rebounding with Poornima Parameswaran of Trace Genomics and Chuck Cotter of Holland & Hart in our webinar recording + recap.                        

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FoodBytes! alums raised $50M in July alone from leading F&A investors - check out the public deals below.
  • The Better Meat Co. raised $8.1M led by Green Circle Foodtech Ventures and Greenlight Capital to scale its plant-based meat additive ingredient platform..
  • Miraculex rebranded to Joywell and raised a $6.9M Series A for its plant protein sweeteners
  • Retail food waste reduction platform Afresh raised a $12M Series A led by Innovation Endeavors
  • Self-life extension startup Mori (formerly Cambridge Crops) raised a $12M Series A led by Acre Venture Partners


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