Five Companies to Present at Foodbytes Brooklyn

NEW YORKRabobank, the world’s premier food & agribusiness bank, has announced the final five food companies to present at FoodBytes! Brooklyn, scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2016 at The Hall at MP in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Here’s info on each of the final five companies presenting at FoodBytes! Brooklyn:

  • True Made Foods – uses fresh vegetables to naturally sweeten their products (such as True Ketchup, True BBQ Sauce and Veracha Hot Sauce) whilst drastically cutting back on added sugar, providing you with a tasty healthy alternative.
  • The Chaat Co – recently launched a line of savory yogurt snacks inspired by the unique flavors and ingredients of Indian street snacks commonly known as “chaat”. The company intends to extend the $8 billion American yogurt market, consisting primarily of a sweet product for breakfast, into a savory snack with no-added sugar and crunchy lentil puffs as toppings.
  • Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Seafood – produces ready to eat vegan/vegetarian plant-based food products by using a patent-pending process out of pea protein and the superfood konjac root.
  • DouxMatok Ltd – has developed sugars with enhanced sweetness allowing for a considerable reduction in the consumption of sugars in foods and beverages whilst retaining the same “full sugar experience”. DouxMatok sugars have been successfully tested by leading global companies in baked products, morning cereals, dairy products, chocolates & other confectionery and in a number of beverages.
  • NOA Potions – produce a beverage (NOA Relaxation) with natural herbs that lessens stress and increases focus. They have combined cutting-edge scientific research with ancient traditions and is made from natural ingredients and inspired by the purity of the Scandinavian nature.

These companies will present at FoodBytes! Brooklyn along with:

  • LoveTheWild – pairs sustainable fish with bold flavors and easy cooking instructions for an all-in-one solution to cooking great, healthy meals at home. Increasing seafood consumptions will have a meaningful impact on population health, and lighten our agricultural footprints on the earth.
  • Masienda – sell Mexican corn to meet the demands of chefs producing high quality Mexican food in New York, Los Angeles and beyond. Their core mission is to source, import and purvey the highest quality products while creating a fair market that promotes agricultural biodiversity, sustainability and supports smallholder farmers in Mexico. Masienda will begin offering a catalog of value-added products in 2016, including fresh heirloom tortillas, masa harina and chips.
  • Kakaxi – a 21st century solution to the growing disconnect between farmers and consumer. The Kakaxi smart-farm monitoring device and mobile App provides valuable information to farmers through data collection and satisfies consumer curiosity through time-lapse video and social news feed.
  • FreshTemp – temperature management technology with cloud connectivity that provides complete food safety and operations management for commercial kitchens – from large-chain, quick service restaurants to independent dining services to food retailers.
  • Arable Labs – created the Pulsepod – a complete solution for crop management that provides scientific quality measurements such as rainfall, crop water demand, water stress, microclimate, canopy biomass and more. Jam-packed with sensors that fit into the palm of your hand and weighs under a pound with integrated mounting so it can be used anywhere in vegetables, field crops, perennials or pastures.

Each of the ten demoing companies will have the opportunity to showcase their business in a five-minute presentation to an audience filled with investors, media, technologists, and others. In addition, each company will have to chance to answer questions from the audience for another five minutes.

In addition, FoodBytes! Brooklyn will also feature “60 Seconds Spots,” giving other startups an opportunity to give a quick one-minute presentation to the audience. Scheduled companies for this portion of the event include Mercaris, Localize, Flatev. An open mic as part of “60 Seconds Spots” will also be made available to other startups looking to present on the day.

FoodBytes! Brooklyn People’s Choice Award

Attendees at FoodBytes! Brooklyn will have the opportunity to vote for the startup that should win the People’s Choice Award. Voting will take place at the end of the event and the startup with the highest ranking will be crowned the FoodBytes! Brooklyn People’s Choice Award winner and will receive a logo to display in its marketing materials. The winner and potential runners-up will also be invited to attend Rabobank’s premier invitation-only Client Appreciation Events in December 2016 in New York City, which attracts C-suite representation from over 300 of North America’s leading food, beverage and agribusiness companies. Additionally, the FoodBytes! Brooklyn People’s Choice Award winner with also receive mentorship from the IBM Watson Ecosystem team on how to bring cognitive computing and artificial intelligence to their business.