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Wednesday 27 October 2021

Innovation

PledgeMe push for brownie and kefir co’s 12th October 2021 /

PledgeMe push for brownie and kefir co’s

Auckland’s The Kefir Co and Christchurch’s Badass Brownies are looking for funds via crowdfunding platform PledgeMe.


Govt backs robotic asparagus harvester with $2.6m 10th September 2021

Govt backs robotic asparagus harvester with $2.6m

The government’s Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $2.6m towards a $5m project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester.


CertusBio nets $4.6m for global growth 9th September 2021 /

CertusBio nets $4.6m for global growth

The foodtech startup is moving from a successful trial with Fonterra to one with US dairy company Valley Queen Cheese.


Cropsy beats the drum for funds 5th August 2021 /

Cropsy beats the drum for funds

Co-founders Ali Alomari and Leila Deljkovic are sounding out investors as the startup preps for a commercial pilot in Marlborough.


Again Again preps version 2.0 for trial 21st July 2021 /

Again Again preps version 2.0 for trial

Think you know reusable takeaway coffee cup company Again Again? Think again (again).


Foodprint accelerates into Wellington 20th July 2021 /

Foodprint accelerates into Wellington

Michal Garvey’s Auckland-based food waste startup has signed its first cafes in the capital.


Foodeast $18m build starts in September 16th July 2021 /

Foodeast $18m build starts in September

Development of Hawke’s Bay new $18m food innovation hub, ‘Foodeast’, will start in September.


Mead, maps and meat – Sprout selects accelerator Cohort B 12th July 2021 /

Mead, maps and meat – Sprout selects accelerator Cohort B

A sparkling mead maker, a plant-based food manufacturer, and a probiotic kefir company are among twelve startups selected for Sprout’s accelerator.


Seeka invests $2.6m into hort tech startup 9th July 2021 /

Seeka invests $2.6m into hort tech startup

New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka, has bought a $2.6m minority stake in hort tech startup Fruitometry.


Cell-cultured meat – opportunities and threats for NZ’s food sector 23rd June 2021

Cell-cultured meat – opportunities and threats for NZ’s food sector

The future of meat prices and production are likely to be challenged by the emergence of a cultivated meat sector on track to become a US$25bn global industry by 2030, according to a new report from McKinsey.


GoodFor chases down $2m capital raise target 11th June 2021 / /

GoodFor chases down $2m capital raise target

Package-free grocery store GoodFor is closing in on the half-way point of its capital raise target after the offer went live to the public this week.


Agritech venture Vence raises $16m 17th May 2021 /

Agritech venture Vence raises $16m

New Zealand virtual fencing startup, Vence, has raised $16m which will help it prepare for its entry into the Australian and US markets.


Show me the money – NZ’s play for the high-value nutrition market 4th May 2021 /

Show me the money – NZ’s play for the high-value nutrition market

Higher margin evidence-based health and wellness products present a huge opportunity to change the value of New Zealand’s agriculture and food sectors.


Perspectives: Food innovation needed now more than ever 20th April 2021

Perspectives: Food innovation needed now more than ever

Meeting climate change and environmental challenges means backing innovation, writes AgResearch’s Dr Trevor Stuthridge.


California’s Finistere targets NZ food tech startups with $40m fund 16th April 2021

California’s Finistere targets NZ food tech startups with $40m fund

The vehicle has attracted a $14m commitment from New Zealand Growth Capital Partners.


Plant-based ice cream start-up makes accelerator finals 13th April 2021 /

Plant-based ice cream start-up makes accelerator finals

A new plant-based ice cream is one of five business start-ups moving through to the final stage of Venture Taranaki’s business accelerator, the PowerUp Ideas Competition.


Founders look to the future with new $500m food tech collective 15th March 2021 /

Founders look to the future with new $500m food tech collective

Leading NZ food founders launch a new collective to grow the domestic food tech industry with an eye on long-term food stability.


Top 25 chosen for Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge 11th March 2021 /

Top 25 chosen for Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge

Participants would embark on an intensive seven-week accelerator programme, after which the top eight finalists would present to a panel of experts where they would compete for a share in a prize pool of more than $130,000.


Foodstarter comp goes national 25th November 2020

Foodstarter comp goes national

A competition to find innovative food and beverage startups has gone national in an effort to support new businesses and suppliers.


ASB unveils $200k grant pool for innovative ideas 11th November 2020

ASB unveils $200k grant pool for innovative ideas

ASB is offering four $50,000 grants for New Zealand businesses choosing to innovate amid the Covid-19 pandemic.