This Week in Food Tech News: January 13th, 2016
From an unlikely haven for food startups, to the emerging concern with "food safety", we have this week in food-technology news ready to go.
1. Food Safety may be the next big challenge being addressed by top entrepreneurs.
Amina Elahi of the Chicago Tribune reports that following debacles like the Chipotle food contamination crisis, consumers are pushing for information on the origins of the food they eat now more than ever before.
"Organic, Local, Sustainable, but can startups make sure food is safe?"
2. Organic Corn one of dominant food trends in 2015, analysts say:
Food and beverage analysts at NPD Group reported earlier this week that corn, organic maize to be specific, saw significant uptick in demand in 2015. This trend is indicative of a greater movement toward healthy eating by the general public, which is expected to continue in 2016.
Full Report on 2016 Food Trends
Food contamination at fast-food giant Chipotle will only intensify consumer demand for more information on the safety, health, and origin of their food.
Organic corn based products are gaining popularity among U.S. consumers in 2016
3. Madison, Wisconsin an emerging hub for early stage food startups?
It could be so. Startups like EnvoyNow and Mr. Delivery have all either launched in Madison or selected the city as an early expansion location.
Among these startups, food delivery is one of the most popular niches. Why? Over 80% of food deliveries in the U.S. are still made offline.
Early Stage Food Startups are choosing Madison, Wisconsin
Produce-focused startup appeared on NBC's Shark Tank in a recent episode, and secured $100,000 in funding in addition to a heavy dose of press coverage
4. Produce Waste Prevention Startup Secures investment on popular TV Show Shark Tank
Produce waste preventing startup Hungry Harvest successfully secured funding on NBC's hit TV show Shark Tank in a recent episode.
Hungry Harvest, founded by Evan Lutz, sells produce deemed cosmetically undesirable for grocery stores at a 20-30% discount.
According to NPR, Hungry Harvest has saved over 300,000 pounds of produce from waste since the company's creation in 2014.
Full Profile on Produce Waste Prevention Startup Hungry Harvest