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A farm shouldn’t be a factory

A shift to technologically driven organic farming practices could save our topsoils, lessen our dependence on synthetics and even capture 100% of today’s CO2 emissions.

Zume Pizza adds extra automation as it rolls out to new cities

Zume Pizza has its eyes set on disrupting legacy pizza players like Pizza Hut and Domino's by improving on both speed and quality with the help of robots. The company is announcing the addition of a

This device will automatically enter how much you chew

Eating too much? A Dartmouth researcher thinks he may have a solution for all those who hate manually writing into an app all the foods they eat throughout the day -- a wearable system that detects ho

Crunch Report | Amazon Bids to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

Amazon bids to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, Walmart buys Bonobos for $310 million, Mobike, a ride-sharing company in China, raises $600 million. All this on Crunch Report.

Crunch Report | Sprig Is Shutting Down

Sprig is shutting down, Sergey Brin is building a giant airship, Nielsen's latest data show a ton of people still watch content on TV and bitcoin experiences an outage from all the bitcoin ups and dow

Food startup Salted is bringing its meal kits to Whole Foods

Salted has ditched the traditional direct-to-consumer model for meal kits and is instead teaming up with Whole Foods and other grocers to sell meal kits inside physical grocery stores. Starting today,

Whirlpool acquires Yummly, the recipe search engine last valued at $100M

Some consolidation in the world of subject-specific search and social networks, as a legacy player from the world of white goods makes a play for a wider audience. The Whirlpool Corporation — t

Scrumpt now offers fresh, healthy lunches for kids

Scrumpt, the healthy lunch for kids startup that debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2015, recently launched lunch meal kits with fresh food. Before, Scrumpt was only focused on non-perisha

Full Harvest raises $2 million to stop farmers from tossing ‘ugly’ fruit and veggies

Full Harvest, a San Francisco-based startup, has raised $2 million in seed funding to reduce food waste at the farm level. Founded by Christine Moseley, formerly the head of business development for c

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 

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 sa

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

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

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, Be

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

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. Acco

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 delive

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

Instacart’s app has changed grocery stores for good

Instacart, the grocery-ordering app, is getting creative about picking, packing and delivering food on-demand. TechCrunch got an aisle-side view of how the company’s people and technology come toget

LivBlends renames itself Replenish and gives us a first look at its futuristic smoothie machine

Nearly two years ago LivBlends was a Y Combinator smoothie delivery startup. The company has evolved since then, raised $3.8 million in seed from various investors and switched its name to Replenish.
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