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B.C. company among 20 startups to pitch at FoodBytes!

February 2, 2018  

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A Canadian company will be among the American competition making a pitch at the at FoodBytes! next month.

EIO Diagnostics of British Columbia is deploying an entirely new class of non-contact early infection detection devices to reduce udder infections in dairy animals to animal health and profitability for dairy farms of any size.

Rabobank announced the 20 startups to pitch at FoodBytes! San Francisco on Thursday, March 1 at The Village. According to the press release, the companies are working at the cutting-edge of food innovation; analyzing the soil microbiome to produce food more sustainably, disrupting the fish oil supplement industry with algae, tackling farm labor shortages with fruit-picking robots and more.

“The innovations coming through FoodBytes! are inspiring and helping to solve real challenges in the food and ag industries,” says Stephanie Edgecombe, global brand manager, food marketing, ADM. “We’re pleased to support FoodBytes! and its family of entrepreneurs, who like ADM, share an unbridled passion and commitment to develop groundbreaking new ingredients, technologies and products to serve the growing consumer demand for a greater purpose.”

Part of Rabobank’s Banking for Food vision to feed the world sustainably by 2050, FoodBytes! provides entrepreneurs a safe haven to share ideas as well as connections to Rabobank’s network of clients, mentors and investors to help fuel growth.

Over 145 startups applied to pitch from around the world, and selected pitch companies hail from the U.K., CanadaSwedenFrance and the United States. The highest ranked startups based on criteria including sustainability, traction and innovation will have 3.5 minutes to pitch. The second highest ranked startups will have 1.5-minutes to pitch.

“The guidance and networking we received from the FoodBytes! community enabled us to accelerate our concept much faster than we would have otherwise,” said Serena Taylor, the chief strategy officer of Evaptainers and People’s Choice Award winner of FoodBytes! San Francisco 2017. “We are so grateful to have been welcomed into the FoodBytes! family and look forward to seeing this year’s startups.”

The startups will pitch to an audience of investors, executives, entrepreneurs, media and an expert judging panel including industry leaders Justin Gold, founder, Justin’s; Ashley Koff, CEO, The Better Nutrition Program and Russell Forester, senior vice president, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.