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Food Waste Innovations From Farm to Fork

From retailers rejecting "ugly produce", to restaurants discarding excess food to eaters throwing out spoiled goods, roughly $400B in food ends up in landfills every year globally. Food waste is an epidemic! To address this huge issue, innovators are developing new technologies and products to reduce food waste from farm to fork. 

Come hang with the food innovation community and meet some of the leading food waste game-changers. You'll get an inside look at their business models, challenges and lessons learned.

We will have also Regrained bars made from up-cycled grain from local breweries, smoothies made with ugly produce from AlohaLaughing Monk beer, chai tea from Neem and other snacks and drinks curated by PopUpsters

Interested in showcasing your food or beverage product? We're looking for a few more food partners. Email nina[at]foodtechconnect[dot]com with more information about your company if you're interested.


6:30 - 7:15: Networking + Snacks

7:15 - 8:45: Presentations + Q&A

8:45 - 9:30: More Networking


Nikhil Arora, Co-founder of Back to the Roots - A rapidly emerging organic food company that is dedicated to the movement of making food personal again, Back to the Roots was founded on the idea of turning waste into food. Its first product the Back to the Roots Mushroom Farm turned used coffee grounds into mushrooms. What started as curiosity about urban farming has turned into a passion for “Undoing Food” and reconnecting families to it through fun, delicious and sustainable “Ready to Grow” and “Ready to Eat” products.

Ben Chesler, Co-founder of Imperfect - America's leading brand for ugly produce. Every year, 20% of fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. fall short of the strict cosmetic standards of grocery stores. Most often, it's because they have a different size or shape. Imperfect brings this produce to market for a 30-50% discount, starting in California. Its mission is to fight food waste, support farmers and make it easy to eat healthy on a budget.

Zoe Wong, Co-founder & CEO of Cerplus - A B2B marketplace that connects discounted surplus produce with food businesses.

Bill Foss, Founder of TwoXSea - TwoXSea supplies restaurants with amazing, sustainable seafood. It's developing a food waste program in Sonoma County to convert part of the food waste stream to Black Soldier Fly protein for farmed fish and chicken.  The process reveals a lot of unknown details about our food system. It hopes to convert 100 tons of food waste per day into highly beneficial protein and fat for our local food system.

Presenting Partner

Rabobank Group is a global financial services leader providing wholesale and retail banking, leasing, and real estate services in more than 40 countries worldwide. Founded over a century ago, Rabobank today is one of the largest banks in the world, with nearly $1 trillion in assets, and ranks among the 10 safest banks globally. In the Americas, Rabobank is a premier bank to the food, agribusiness and beverage industry, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. Rabobank. The financial link in the global food chain.® Follow them on Twitter at @RaboWholesale.

Supporting Partner

Asana is a fast-growing startup focused on helping teams get more done together by making software that helps them track their work. Based in San Francisco, the company is also renowned for its great workplace and dedication to mindful business. Join the company's Live Well team at Asana HQ for the Food+Tech Meetup.

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  • Ayaka

    Hi Everyone! I didn't have a chance to share this but the NRDC and Ad Council have launched a new public awareness campaign on food waste. Please visit for tips on reducing food waste and ways to help raise awareness. I am consulting with the NRDC on this so feel free to reach out if you have ideas.

    May 3

  • CSK K.

    Thank you Danielle and your team for organizing a wonderful event. It was exciting to hear the food waste reduction innovations that companies presented. For May 17, Larta's Global Ag Innovation Network event: Women in Food and Ag sponsored by Sidley Law Firm register at For additional information about the Ag Innovation Showcase Sept 12-14 in St. Louis, a gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, Ag industry, farmers and growers check out

    May 2

  • Pesha

    It was great to meet everyone last night. Great people and stellar speaks! Thank you.
    For more info on Salvage Supperclub you can email me directly: [masked] or like us on Facebook for updates on our dinners, etc.

    We're looking for sponsors and other collaboration. Also looking for volunteers for the event in June.

    April 29

  • Carolyn L.

    Great event & inspiring pitches!

    April 29

  • Kimberly Nalani H.

    Thank you for organizing such a great event and to all those who presented. What a talented group of people!

    April 28

  • Michelle F.

    cool if i bring my son? he digs food :)

    April 27

  • Leandra R.

    Hi there! I'm looking forward to joining this event.

    1 · April 19

  • Brandon G.

    How can I purchase multiple tickets? I would like to take a few members from team to this event. Please advise.

    April 15

    • Nina M.

      Hi Brandon. Unfortunately, each member has to sign up in order to purchase a ticket. You can sign your teams members up and buy tickets for each of them. We're sorry for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you there!

      April 15

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