Here are just a few of the start-ups attending this year’s event:
e-Fresh.gr is an award winning on line grocery retailer operating in Athens, Greece. The service was launched in 2016 and offers a range of 15,000 product lines, including food , non food items and fresh produce to 60,000 registered users. A technology driven organisation with in house, robotics-led fulfilment centres, e-fresh.gr can pick and pack a 35 items order in 4’. As a result e-fresh.gr offers 3 hours home deliveries, even if orders are placed late in the day. The business is focused on e-commerce for groceries, with a business model custom built to support e-commerce & food challenges. E-Fresh.gr grew by 93% in 2018 and is now looking to further expand its offering of hassle-free grocery shopping to a wider range of busy consumers.
Protifarm produces large quantities of sustainable, high quality insect ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical industry and is based in Ermelo, The Netherlands. The company history started in 1981 with the founding of Kreca. Kreca is amongst the most recognised and respected insect producers worldwide with in-house knowledge of and experience with the rearing of more than ten species of insects (different species of mealworms, grasshoppers, crickets etc).
Food waste costs the hospitality industry over $100bn annually. Kitchens can waste up to 20% of food purchased, often equivalent to their total net profits. What gets measured gets managed, and by using data intelligently kitchens can be made more efficient. Winnow develops technology to help chefs achieve greater visibility in their kitchens and make better decisions that lead to dramatically reduced food waste and costs.
The Small Robot Company is an agri-tech start up commercialising a deceptively simple idea: small robots not big tractors. Currently, 90% of energy is used ploughing and cultivation. And ploughing is only necessary because of heavy machinery crushing soil. The Small Robot Company builds robots that will seed and care for each individual plant in your crop. They will only feed and spray the plants that need it, giving them the perfect levels nutrients and support, with no waste.
CozZo is a kitchen management platform for households which assist in avoiding any spoiled food and making optimal grocery shopping and meal planning. Consumers can save time and money with the checklist and pantry organiser, built with the latest Apple technology, predictive intelligence and innovative design.
Daring foods are made up of a few simple, natural ingredients, namely wheat and potato protein, delivering that meaty chew and essential nutrition. Packed with plant proteins, the foods are 100% Palm oil & GMO free, and use just a fraction of the water and land in production compared to animal meats, meaning that they are better for you and better for the environment too!
Flexciton offers a simple, powerful software that can be implemented within any manufacturing facility. Using patented AI algorithms, the software searches for the single best planning and scheduling solution at the click of a button. The revolutionary technology can save manufacturers up to 20% in operational cost, with zero capital expense required.
Mealz is a recipe distribution platform that allows brands and bloggers to publish high-quality recipes, articles, and other food-related content. The platform attracts significant traffic, mainly from the UK and USA. Beyond recipe publishing and distribution functionality, they also offer a number of cooking productivity features, such as meal plans, cookbooks and a personal diet planner.
myDNAhealth is a Norwich-based biotechnology start-up. The company researches and translates the influences of genetics, lifestyle factors, foods, nutrients and dietary interventions which supports the development of innovative risk assessment and prevention products. These products are built with the aim to prevent common public health problems from occurring, including obesity, type 2 diabetes and other inflammatory related conditions.
A profitable and affordable hydroponic growing system for the commercial grower, Phytoponics provides high performance deep water culture growing in an all in one system for the greenhouse. Scaleable, sustainable and adaptable, Phytoponics grows plants from transplant into crop, and works with tomatoes, peppers, aubergine, medicinal cannabis, cucumbers, strawberries and more.
Siga takes a collaborative approach to improving food quality based on the only food processing index. Whilst many companies adhere to clean labeling, lists of short ingredients, healthy and natural products, Siga provides the market with a scientific indicator to formalise, evaluate and promote all these initiatives.
Verdify is on a mission to make personalized food an exciting experience for achieving health goals. This is done by providing an entertaining and engaging application for daily meal planning. With Verdify users can benefit from the latest scientific insights into nutrition and health in combination with the taste experience from professional chef-designed recipes. Verdify works from privacy by default and in line with nutritional and medical guidelines.
FoodSay is a free to use smart dietician app. Each person has unique combination of allergies, tastes, likes and dislikes. FoodSay is a continuous learning platform of all its user’s food combinations. After iterative analysis, FoodSay recommends most nutritionally appropriate and allergy free food to each user, based on their activity levels, previous consumptions, seasons and meal times. FoodSay aims to gradually help each user easily follow a diet plan without any pressure and with all their diet goals in consideration with a potential of being adventurous too! The first version of prototype is also available at: https://share.protopie.io/W4c68BhfsUi
Better Nature’s aim is to create a food system that is better for people and better for the planet. By applying a 21st-century scientific lens to tempeh fermentation, a 300-year-old food process that originated in Indonesia, they hope to produce the world’s most nutritious and delicious tempeh-based food products. They have a patented a technology that will allow for the decentralisation of production of plant-based protein, allowing people to create this high-protein vegan food in their homes. Their product is a high-protein crisp and they intend to release other lines of products such as bars, ready-to-heat meals, and ready-to-cook options to help their customers lead better lives.
Phytolon is aiming to take the food colorants market by storm with its betaliain-based natural products. Phytolon uses fermentation to produce beta lain pigments originally found in plants, which have proven antioxidant effects. The resulting products are a broad spectrum of purified food colours, highly suitable for various food applications in terms of both cost and stability.
Tried and Supplied is a searchable database of specialist food and drink suppliers from around the UK designed to help the food service industry reduce food miles and support local businesses. Mostly smaller-scale producers, their suppliers are passionate about what they do and produce high quality food and drink, often going above and beyond to follow sustainable production methods.
CaribSwede Vegan Bakery Company (CSVBC) the Family Food Fusion of Sweden and the Caribbean. The concept of accessibility of Good Vegan Food on the Go… the aim of strategically placed “Mini CSVBC Cubes” in places where people are on the Go. Giving the option of Good Healthy Plant Based Food for everyone.
Karakuri is a UK based technology company designing, manufacturing and installing robotic automation systems for restaurants, commercial kitchens and caterers. Our goal is to utilise groundbreaking intelligent robotics, to transform how we eat for the better and reduce food waste.
Revotree integrates easy-to-install soil probes, weather status and solenoid valves thanks to a platform capable of managing the devices and the farm operations. The platform allows Real-time data analysis, the sharing of the best practices and the actuation of the watering system, to obtain a natural and ecumenic resource saving, important for farms of every dimension.
microPow offers a new, innovative approach to encapsulation and controlled release of active ingredients such as flavours, colorants, vitamins and minerals for application in food products. miroPow powders are fat-based and additive-free, opening new posssibilities in a broad range of end products. microPow will allow true, long-lasting flavour in chewing gum, fresh, natural colours in shelf-stable food products and coffee that smells and tastes like coffee during the whole shelf life.
The GoKart app enables restaurants to order ingredients at the click of a button, using group buying power to get them at the same prices large chains enjoy. The platform was built as a way of helping cash-strapped independents fight rising costs and said on average customers saved 20% with sales growing by 30% each month. It charges fees for use of the platform and uses an algorithm to find the best suppliers for customers, who get produce delivered to their door the next day.
Zymergen, Inc. researches, develops, and manufactures microbes for Fortune 500 companies. It develops molecules for agriculture, chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals, electronics, personal care, and more applications. The company’s platform integrates automation, machine learning, and genomics to navigate the genomic search space. t uses a technology platform to optimize strains in that improves economics; improves the existing production strains within existing manufacturing processes; and improves the correlation between the lab and commercial manufacturing.
UmYummy Foodlabs manufactures natural and bio-certifiable food ingredients that are taste-intensive and healthy. These ingredients are created efficiently and economically by refining regional raw materials for the respective use in industrial and commercial food production.
Gallimate creates and distributes natural and innovative snacking products based on the multiple virtues brought by the superfoods and designed for daily consumption. The Gallimate product ranges makes the consumer travel through inspirations from different cultures to discover new flavours whilst bringing the benefits of superfoods. All products are healthy and 100% natural.
InnovoPro is committed to bringing unique vegan protein ingredients to the global food market to create nutritious, affordable, tasty, safe, and sustainable food products. With an excellent nutrition profile, good taste, wide usability properties, InnovoPro’s chickpea protein is the best choice for the growing vegan protein market.
Blocksyte provides a full end to end application and API for “certificate-based and blockchain secured data, documents and smart-contracts” to optimize supply chain logistics for Small to Medium sized businesses (“SMB’s). Our solution tracks GPS location, temperature, humidity, shock, tampering, altitude and provides instant feedback to help you run your business more efficiently.