food

  • PlateIQ cooks up $4 million for restaurant management platform

    PlateIQ cooks up $4 million for restaurant management platform

    As any fan of Kitchen Nightmares may know, the restaurant business is not for the faint of heart, nor is it likely to generate fat margins. Now, a startup called PlateIQ has raised $4 million in new funding to help restaurants automate accounts payable, and nail all their other accounting work so they can focus, finally, on the food and front-of-house. Eileses Capital led the round… Read More

  • Meet Flippy, a burger-grilling robot from Miso Robotics and CaliBurger

    Flipping burgers is a hot and greasy job. Slips, trips, burns and cuts are common hazards. But global demand for burgers is tremendous. Top burger chains racked up more than $75.5 billion in annual sales in 2016. To help keep human cooks out of harm’s way while fulfilling our appetite for burgers, Miso Robotics is rolling out a new “robotic kitchen assistant” called Flippy. Read More

  • How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling

    How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling

    Chicago-based Hazel Technologies is on a mission to reduce food waste. The company has developed packaging inserts that, through the magic of basic chemistry, can ward off fungus and mold and slow the spoilage of fruits and vegetables. How big a problem is food waste? The most recent available reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found that each year we waste more than 25… Read More

  • HowGood raises $4.2 million to guide shoppers to products that match their values

    HowGood raises $4.2 million to guide shoppers to products that match their values

    Millennial consumers care about the sustainability of what they buy more than any other generation that came before them. This point is illustrated in studies from Pew Research, Clemson University and Nielsen, to name a few. Now, a New York-based consumer data company called HowGood has raised $4.2 million in a Series A round of venture funding to help retailers answer every question these… Read More

  • BeeHex cooks up $1 million for 3D food printers that make pizzas

    BeeHex cooks up $1 million for 3D food printers that make pizzas

    The phrase “3-D printer” typically brings to mind devices that churn out plastic objects like jewelry, toys, hardware prototypes or even prosthetics. Now, a startup building a 3-D food printer, BeeHex, has raised $1 million in seed funding to launch its first product, a pizza printer called the Chef 3D. Initially, BeeHex wanted to develop a printer that would be able to make a… Read More

  • Sun Basket cooks up another $15 million for gluten-free and paleo meal kits

    Sun Basket cooks up another $15 million for gluten-free and paleo meal kits

    Meal kit delivery startups are nothing new. They send pre-measured ingredients in an insulated package right to a subscriber’s door, and promise to alleviate the inconvenience of grocery trips. One company in this burgeoning channel of food retail, Sun Basket, has just raised $15 million in a Series C round of venture funding to put a health-conscious twist on the meal kit. Read More

  • Tyson Foods launches new venture fund to back food and agriculture startups

    Tyson Foods launches new venture fund to back food and agriculture startups

    Tyson Foods Inc., one of the world’s largest makers and marketers of meat products, has announced the formation of a $150 million venture capital fund to back food and agriculture startups. According to Tyson’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and New Ventures, Monica McGurk, the fund will seek to invest in startups solving problems around food production, distribution… Read More

  • SpoonRocket is coming back from the dead

    SpoonRocket is coming back from the dead

    You can scratch what you heard just a few months ago about the end of SpoonRocket because its new owner, Brazil-based iFood, is bringing it back. Well, sort of. SpoonRocket, the on-demand meal delivery startup that shut down in the U.S. in March, is relaunching in Brazil under its parent company, iFood. At the time of the acquisition, iFood said it planned to use SpoonRocket’s… Read More

  • Primavera, Alibaba’s Ant Financial dunk $460M into KFC owner’s spinout Yum China

    Primavera, Alibaba’s Ant Financial dunk $460M into KFC owner’s spinout Yum China

    After raising $4.5 billion at a $60 billion valuation earlier this year, Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial — which operates the Alipay payments service — is hungry to put some of that money to use to build out its business. The company, alongside key Alibaba investor Primavera Capital, is investing $460 million into Yum China, a new spinout from Yum Brands — the parent company… Read More

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