Forbes Agtech Event – A view on the Future of Food from Main Street Salinas


Chris Sworder
Recently,  I attended Forbes Agtech Event in Salinas and joined over 500 entrepreneurs, investors, farmers, and others to take a look at the next wave of agtech innovation. There were several underlying trends that stood out for me after I spoke to entrepreneurs to learn more about innovation in automation, food safety, supply chain complexity, and of course … water. Last but not least were solutions enhancing nature’s most efficient pollinators: bees.Automation Even with 90% of large farm machinery having... Read More »

The Foodtech Cornucopia Continues


Chrysostomos Meli
Interest in the Agriculture and Food sector has skyrocketed in the last two years, essentially more than doubling from $800 Million in 2013 to $1.7 billion in 2014. Of particular interest is the massive increase in VC investment in Consumer Food Sourcing companies, a sub-sector of Agriculture and Food. During the same period, consumer food services and particularly on-demand food service companies enjoyed a 7-fold increase in venture capital investment, going from $89 million to $678 million. These same trends... Read More »