We are constantly on the lookout for great innovators and innovations. Our Innovator Spotlight section is where we will include a list of agriculture and food innovators that we think you should know about. See any missing? Think you should be included? Please let us know here.
Tiny Farms is a platform for producing cricket protein as a high quality replacement for traditional livestock and fish products in pet food, animal feed, and human food – with a fraction of the footprint in terms of land, water, feed consumption and GHG emissions. We are addressing the urgent global need for low carbon, resource efficient sources of protein.
Live Kuna works specifically with farmers located in Ecuador to create healthy and delicious food. By doing so they have created an array of superfoods that give back to the community and while they continue to strive for sustainability and make sure their products are grown in ways that benefit our Earth.
Imperfect, is working to eliminate food waste and build a better food system for everyone. Despite foods appearance, Imperfect believes no matter what it looks like, everyone deserves to have access to healthy food. Imperfect aims to recover ugly produce, reduce hunger, raise awareness, support farmers, create good jobs, and celebrate foods imperfections as well.
Impact Vision is a software company based in San Francisco, CA that helps food processors, manufacturers, and retailers by using hyperspectral imaging. Hyperspectral imaging software provides food companies with information about the quality of their products to help determine the quality of the product. Impact Vision’s goal is to create the worlds largest database of spectral signatures so this information can be accessed anywhere.
Fora was launched in New York City by two friends with a passion to create an alternative to butter. Both founders Aidan and Andrew’s mission for Fora was to create a more sustainable food plant-based food system. With this mission in mind, Fora then created a dairy-free butter which consists of good fats, aquafaba, seasoning, and coconuts which are a great source of saturated fat. Fababutter has four times smaller carbon footprint compared to dairy butter. This is because cows occupy large amounts of land and water that pollutes our air. Fababutter is better for the environment and healthier too!
Clara Foods blends the ancient art of fermentation with todays technology to make the future of protein. They begin by mixing two ingredients found in nearly every good kitchen. Sugar and yeast. Next, they use advanced yeast engineering and fermentation technologies to selectively cultivate the perfect strain of yeast. Lastly, Clara ends with protein, tailor-made for its purpose. Whether egg albumen for baking, environmentally friendly antimicrobials or pure, clean protein Clara Foods products meet many protein needs .
Abbots Butcher creates plant-based meals with the main ingredient being the protein that has been harvested from golden peas. Their plant-based meats are the modern-day essentials that make plant-based cooking delicious and intuitive. Every ingredient used to craft Abbots Butcher products are produced from non-GMO ingredients making it preservative free.
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Farmstead is a Silicon Valley consumer technology company that builds smart digital products to modernize the grocery supply chain. Our first innovation is an AI-powered digital grocer that sources and delivers fresh, local food from farm to table in 60 minutes or less.
We reinvent the grocery experience by leveraging advancements in AI technology and the gig economy to meet consumers’ everyday grocery needs more sustainably.
Our mission is to make high quality food accessible to everyone.
FreshAI helps restaurants, grocers, c-stores and wholesalers cut food waste to zero while reducing stockouts and accurately predicting demand.
Spoiler Alert is a Boston-based technology company that offers software and professional services to help food businesses recover more value from unsold inventory. We work with operators of food distribution centers and partner with companies like Sysco and HelloFresh to enable item-level tracking and reporting of food recovery and waste diversion activities, while also facilitating food donations, discounted sales, and organics recycling to local, regional, and national networks of outlets. Our ultimate goal is to help companies analyze, manage, and mitigate the negative impacts of unsold inventory and waste. Spoiler Alert is venture-funded and was a member of the 2016 cohort of Techstars Boston and 2015 winner of MassChallenge. The company prides itself on its collaborative culture and mission-driven aspirations, and values transparency, personal growth, and results.
Ripe.io is altering the trajectory of the food system through blockchain technology and the Internet of Things. By designing a radically transparent digital food supply chain, ripe.io harnesses quality food data to create the Blockchain of Food – an unprecedented food quality network that maps the food journey to answer what’s in our food, where it comes from, and what has happened to it.