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Pitched at F&A Next 2017

Young Hero Award winner Agroflux pitched at F&A Next Agroflux BV is a Dutch startup-company that specializes in application of seaweed and seaweed-derived products for the dairy industry. The company has extensive expertise on cattle nutrition and ruminant physiology. Berend Tillema, co-founder of Agroflux and responsible for research and...

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Pitching startups

Next-generation food and agri firms to pitch at FoodBytes! at F&A Next Twenty start-ups from across the global food and agriculture industries are gearing up to pitch at Rabobank’s pitch competition-meets-networking event FoodBytes! The competition, which takes place at food and agriculture’s foremost innovation summit, F&A Next at Wageningen...

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NutriLeads: catalyzing nutrition & health innovations

NutriLeads develops supportive nutritional ingredients for application in dietary supplements, medical food and functional food products intended for specific target populations seeking to support their immune function. The current Series A financing will be used to support the further development of NutriLeads’ main ingredient, a novel Immune Modulating Plant...

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‘Think big, and far too!’ says ShakeUpFactory’s Kevin Camphuis

As one of the FoodBytes! judges, ShakeUpFactory’s co-founder Kevin Camphuis will help identify food and ag’s Next Big Thing. Kevin brings 20 years of experience in strategy and breakthrough innovation management to the table. We asked him to share some of his wisdom. F&A Next: could you introduce yourself...

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Waterly introduces fruity water at F&A Next 2017

Bart Verweijen, founder of Waterly will be present at F&A Next. Bart aspired to make drinking-water more attractive and stimulate a healthy lifestyle for people at the office. StartLife helped him to introduce “fruity water”; a natural and healthy alternative for coffee and sweetened beverages. Now, Bart’s water is...

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‘Don’t sell promises but facts and numbers!’ says StartupFarmers’ Romain Sautrau

StartupFarmers’ co-founder, Romain Sautrau, is one of the seed funds fueling the dialogue in the interactive session on ‘where to go for seed capital?’. In advance of that session, we have picked his brain for a bit. F&A Next: Could you introduce yourself and elaborate on your role in...

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Startup Envoy, Prince Constantijn to take the stage at F&A Next

We are honored and thrilled to have Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands with us at F&A Next 2017! In his role as Startup Envoy, Prince Constantijn will take the stage, share his views on innovation in food and agri and announce the winning startups of FoodBytes! @F&A Next. ‘Global...

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GreenFood50 wins the Rabobank Startup of the Year Award 2017

On March 27, GreenFood50 won the Rabobank Startup of the Year Award 2017 during the Business Event Wageningen. Marc Arts, managing director GreenFood50:  ‘We are very happy with this Rabobank startup award. Besides the recognition this will help us to scale up our business in the coming years. It’s...

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Q&A with Fabio Ziemssen; Head of Food Tech and Food Innovation at METRO GROUP

Last month StartLife and METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food specialist, an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail based in Germany signed a partner agreement in order to develop innovative FoodTech solutions. With this collaboration, METRO is also officially partnering with F&A Next. We had a chat with...

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Stealthy Healthy at ISM 2017

The sheer number of biscuits, chocolate and confectionery suppliers and brands on show at this year’s ISM tradeshow in Cologne was impressive. As if consolidation, rationalisation and the B-brand squeeze seen on other supermarket shelves are not applicable to the sweet segments. The degree of fragmentation on the supply...

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Q&A with the brand and marketing gurus from Nucleus Maximus

Nucleus Maximus work with leading food and beverage brands to cut through the clutter and help them drive sales by refining their brand strategy, product positioning and package design. At FoodBytes! in Boulder, Colorado, pitch companies met with Adam Spriggs, founder of Nucleus Maximus, during a mentor session. Adam...

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Q&A with food lawyer Karin Verzijden on the convergence of nutrition and health

For all those innovators out there looking to ride the wave of the convergence of nutrition and health; this is not to be taken too lightly! What is ‘healthy food’? How can health benefits of food be communicated within the current legal framework? What other type of legal issues...

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Calling all pioneering start-ups in food and agri

F&A Next is Europe’s premiere summit about innovation in food and agriculture. Fuelled by last year’s success, ‘F&A Next aims to be a permanent platform connecting food and agriculture start-ups to investors, serving as a springboard to greater innovation and a better deal for all,’ says Startlife’s Jan Meiling....

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Program update: focusing on smart farming and food & health

F&A Next 2017’s program focuses two of food and agri most significant innovative spearheads: the shift towards smart farming and the convergence of food and health. Rabobank’s Jeroen Leffelaar explains why. Smart Farming ‘I think we are all aware of the necessity to farm “smarter” in order to improve yields...

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F&A Next brings Foodbytes! to Europe

In 2017 F&A Next hosts FoodBytes! F&A Next will increase your insight in the full depth and breadth of the food and agriculture innovation landscape with a programme brimful with key note speakers, academic experts, industry leaders addressing the latest developments, trends and research results. With FoodBytes! F&A Next provides...

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Start-up Stories: N-Chroma & Phenospex

N-Chroma, a start-up producing natural colours for use in food, textile and cosmetics using biotechnological methods, won F&A Next’s early-stage start-up pitching competition. Pitching at F&A Next provided N-Chroma with a lot of impetus to drive their business forward.  Since F&A Next, N-Chroma initiated a project at Wageningen University...

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Looking back & ahead

As one of Startup Fest Europe’s flagship events, F&A Next with some 450 participants from all over the world including 150 start-ups, over 110 investors and 70 corporates, was off to a flying start in 2016. ‘Thanks to the great support by connected investors and enthusiastic start-ups, we managed...