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Food’s ‘alternative’ future and other takeaways from F&A Next

If it was any question that consumer food tastes were shifting, Beyond Meat’s IPO and Impossible Foods’ $300 million quick-to-follow private equity funding put an end to that debate. “ Alternative” and vegan are officially mainstream. Those two milestones were on the forefront of everyone’s minds—and frequent references in open...

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F&A Next 2019: The intersection of Innovation and Sustainability

Wednesday 15 May – Day 1 The 4th edition of F&A, which zoomed in on the intersection of Innovation and Sustainability, attracted 572 representatives from corporations, banks, venture capitalists and other investors, and of course, food and agri startups. During the opening, host and moderator Rens de Jong asked...

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Podcast: Drones, delivery and DNA

AgFunder’s Louisa Burwood-Taylor on the future of agrifood tech Farm robotics and online restaurants are already a reality. But there’s much more to come in food and agtech innovation. What ideas are making it off the drawing board and onto our plates? AgFunder’s Louisa Burwood-Taylor sheds some light. Listen...

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EIT Food – Proud partner of F&A Next 2019

EIT Food is Europe’s leading agrifood innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector. The initiative is made up of a consortium of key industry players, start-ups, research centres and universities from across Europe.  Together we are undertaking a global transformation of how food...

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‘Collaboration is key for innovation’

With a market share of 25%, one out of four products with taste solutions in the supermarket is made with ingredients and technology from Givaudan. Switzerland-based Givaudan produces flavours and fragrances for consumer products. The flavours are used as ingredients for food and beverages. Alexandre Bastos’s role leading the...

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Empowering innovative businesses to unseat and disrupt the agricultural giants

At last year’s F&A Next, Adam Anders, Managing Partner at Anterra Capital, talked to legendary entrepreneur and Principal at Future Shape, Tony Fadell about why the agricultural sector is increasingly capturing investors’ attention and why we need to unseat the giants of the agricultural industry to empower innovation to...

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Zoetis: clear shift in traditional treatment diseases

The use of antibiotics in livestock is under pressure. The issue of antibiotic resistance caused by misuse and over-use of antibiotics in livestock, is subject to scientific and regulatory discussion. Rob Kelly, President International Operations at animal health company Zoetis, as a result sees a clear shift in antibiotic...

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Startups exposing during F&A Next 2019

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Podcast Iris Bouwers, European Council of Young Farmers

The young farmers rising to tomorrow’s challenges Next generation farming   What happens to our food system if the next generation doesn’t take up farming? Iris Bouwers, Vice Chair of the European Council of Young Farmers, describes the challenges young farmers face and how the government, banks and consumers...

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Tomorrow’s heroes in Food & Agtech

A quick peek into the selection process of the pitching companies Diversity was the keyword for the selection process. We looked for diversity in backgrounds of the team, geographic presence and themes. With the selection, we’re trying to give the audience a taste for a range of innovations happening...

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Startups pitching during StartLife breakfast session

  Description Sponsh Water Shortage: The Next Global ChallengeWater is our first necessity in life. And that is the reason water shortage is such a serious global challenge. Affected are every continent around the world and not just those regions that are traditionally dry. It already affects around 2.8...

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‘Exciting times for the food industry’

Gil Horsky finds his job fun and difficult at the same time. He is director of innovation at snack company Mondelez International, known for brands such as, Milka, Oreo, Côte d’Or and Lu. “It is always exciting to launch new products, to see the products we’ve invented years ago...

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Pioneer CRISPR-Cas: GMO ruling barrier for innovation

Pioneer CRISPR-Cas: GMO ruling barrier for innovation Microbiologist John van der Oost will be one of the speakers at the upcoming F&A Next event. John van der Oost is one of the pioneers concerning the new ground-breaking gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas. For his work on CRISPR-Cas he received the...

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Dutch province to become Silicon Valley of agrifood

Dutch province to become Silicon Valley of agrifood The Dutch province of Gelderland is a (financial) supporter of the F&A Next event that will take place in May on the Wageningen University campus. Wageningen is situated in the province of Gelderland and it is for a good reason that...

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Visual recognition transformational for livestock

Visual recognition transformational for livestock Cainthus develops technology based on visual recognition of cows. Aidan Connolly, CEO of the company, will be speaking at the upcoming F&A Next event, where startups, investors and corporates will meet each other. Not so long ago, Aidan Connolly worked as Chief Innovation Officer...

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Podcast: Venture capitalism takes on the future of food

Adam Anders of Anterra Capital talks impact investing Harm Edens of BNR radio interviews experts on why a bank is aiming to build a better world. This week, he speaks to Adam Anders, Managing Partner at Anterra Capital, about the role venture capitalism is playing to shape the future...

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Food and agtech investors want to change the world

Impact investors on funding the future of food Impact investing – funding companies or organizations that can make a real difference to society – is creating a buzz in equity circles, but is it all that different from traditional venture capital? Three food and agtech investors explain. More than...

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‘Start-ups important for innovation in agri’

For true innovation, many companies need fresh ideas from outside the business. “That is why start-ups in the agrifood sector are so important”, says Jeroen Leffelaar, managing Director Food & Agri Innovation at Rabobank and one of the founders of F&A Next. Mr Leffelaar notices that agri food companies...