Startup Stories: How Phytoponics wants to boost hydroponics in agriculture

“Make fresh produce abundant”. This is the mission of UK-based startup Phytoponics Limited. The AgTech company founded in Cardiff in 2016 offers an affordable, sustainable and scalable hydroponics system. In autumn 2016 the company was accepted into the accelerator Startupbootcamp Foodtech in Rome, Italy. We talked do Co-Founder Adam Dixon about the story and vision behing Phytoponics. Dear Adam, thank you for sharing some insights about Phytoponics. In a nutshell: what does Phytoponics do and what problems do you solve? Phytoponics is a British startup in the ag-tech sector, we’ve invented a commercial hydroponic growing system for fresh produce. Our new inflatable technology solves problems in high system cost, as Phytoponics is unique

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Industry Focus: Meat Substitutes

As with computer software, agriculture needs constant updating to stay relevant. Thanks to technology, farming and diet continue to be demystified, and meat substitutes is one major innovation. Research and developments in this area are a popular niche of the food tech industry. The meat substitute industry is a booming business with new, innovative ideas of cultivating and producing plant-based products, coming up daily. These job opportunities extend to improving the methodologies that are already in place and only need a shine here and there. Why substitute meat? Animal meat has, for a long time, been the major source of protein for many families around the world. Apart from protein, meat

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Industry Focus: Insect Protein

With the constant growth of the earth’s population, there has been a lot of pressure to come up with alternative sources of food using food tech. This is especially true when it comes to animal protein. Due to this pressure, insect protein has been suggested as a viable option. Even the United Nations agrees that ingesting insects will help feed the growing population of the world. A report by the United Nations titled Edible Insects delves deeper into this matter. This report argues that since the world population is estimated to be up to 9 billion people by 2050, it is time to come up with alternative food sources. Insect

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Startup Stories: How Winnow tackles the waste tsunami with foodtech innovation

How much food do you waste? Now take that, multiply it and think how much food is thrown out in commercial kitchens every day. Kitchens waste up to 20% of the food they purchased. Even though food waste is a huge problem, foodtech companies address this issue only slowly. One such company is Winnow. Established in 2013 and based in London, Winnow is on a mission to help the hospitality industry tackle avoidable food waste by connecting the kitchen. Making use of the Internet of Things, connected devices and a cloud software Winnow aims at empowering chefs to run a more efficient operation.  Thank you for sharing some insights about Winnow.

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Startup Stories: Bugfoundation

The entofood startup scene is buzzing with activity (pun intended). We had the pleasure to present our questionnaire to Osnabrueck, Germany-based bug protein startup Bugfoundation. This young startup designs delicious, healthy and sustainable food – made of insects.  Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Baris Özel and with my friend and co-founder Max Krämer, I am founder of the Bugfoundation. What is the unique appeal of the company you lead? How do you differentiate yourself from the competitors in your industry? Taste, taste and… taste! Bugfoundation creates not only a sustainable and nutritious principle meal which outperforms regular meat products, but

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