Future of Food Products

Food+Tech SF Meetup
Food+Tech SF Meetup
Public group
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Eater demand for healthy, sustainable, convenient food is spurring a whole new generation of food brands.

From startups employing cellular agriculture to develop dairy alternatives that taste just like the real thing to e-commerce platforms that help brands get consumer insights, new companies are radically rethinking how food products are developed and sold.

Join us to hear from some of the game-changing startups who are re-engineering the future of packaged food at our September Food+Tech Meetup. Founders will do a deep dive into their business models, approaches to product development and lessons learned. We will also have networking with the community and lots of great food to sample, including paleo treats from Mealmade (https://www.mealmade.com), nibbles from Good Eggs (http://goodeggs.com/), soft-shell nuts from Turtle Haus (http://www.turtlehaus.com/), chicken products from Hip Chick Farms (http://www.hipchickfarms.com/), chips made with cricket flour from Bitty (http://bittyfoods.com/) and cocktails with bitters made from toasted crickets from Critter Bitters (http://www.critter-bitters.com/#about) and more.

We're looking for a few volunteers to help with event production. Email nina[at]foodtechconnect[dot]com if you're interested.


6:30 - 7:30: Networking + Snacks

7:30 - 8:45: Presentations + Q&A

8:45 - 9:30: More Networking


Perumal Gandhi, Co-founder of Perfect Day (http://www.perfectdayfoods.com/) - Perfect Day is on a mission to empower you to enjoy the dairy foods you love while making the world a kinder, greener place. Harnessing natural resources and human ingenuity, it uses centuries-old fermentation techniques and well-understood food technologies to craft animal-free dairy milk that contains real milk proteins — without the need for a single cow. It’s not only delicious, it’s more nutritious and sustainable than factory farmed milk. And, it tastes just like the real thing without the chemicals, hormones, lactose, or other nonsense. Plus, it’s the perfect base to craft other beloved dairy products, like cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and butter. The team is hard at work on research and development and will be introducing its first products in 2017.

Aihui Ong, Founder & CEO of Love With Food (https://lovewithfood.com/) - Love With Food is a new product sampling platform that helps food companies build online and offline brand awareness and collects product intelligence data for consumer food brands.

Connor Young, Founder of Ample (http://amplemeal.com/) - Ample is simplifying optimal nutrition using proper science plus natural, quality ingredients. Our product is a complete meal-in-a-bottle made of superior whole-food ingredients and free of GMOs, artificial junk, added sweeteners, gluten, and soy. Designed to hold up to the scrutiny of nutrition nerds, elite athletes, and peak performers, while being accessible and enjoyable to anyone who cares about optimizing their health while valuing their time, Ample comes as powder in a single-serving bottle; users simply add water or milk, shake, and drink. As a company, we aim to level up our customers’ diets and food habits through education, level up nutrition science through conducting clinical research, and level up the food industry itself by operating as a sustainable, preventative health company rather than the typical CPG company.

Serafina Palandech, CEO & Founder of Hip Chick Farms (http://www.hipchickfarms.com/) - Hip Chick Farms is an organic, frozen poultry product company that brings healthy great-tasting organic poultry products to time challenged families seeking convenient real food based on trusted ingredients. Hip Chick Farms products are organic, non-GMO, natural, wholesome real food from start to finish. They use free-range, air-chilled chicken from select farmers that is humanely raised.


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Rabobank is proud to be bringing FoodBytes! to Boulder in October and if you are a food or ag tech startup and would like to apply to pitch click here (http://foodbytessummit.com/apply-to-demo/apply-to-demo-boulder/). For more information on FoodBytes! by Rabobank click here (http://foodbytessummit.com/).


Asana (http://asana.com/) 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.