It’s almost the holidays, and what better way to kick off this festive weekend than with a dose of food tech news? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite stories from around the web, from IoT-enabled mushroom farms to delivery compost cookies. Enjoy!
Smallhold installs new minifarm in Whole Foods
Smallhold, a company that installs IoT-enabled mini-farms in restaurants and grocery stores (and has a killer Instagram feed), added another partner location this week. According to Smallhold founder Andrew Carter’s Linkedin page, the newest farm is in the Whole Foods in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Smallhold’s mini-farms, which specialize in mushrooms, can produce 40 to 80 pounds of produce a week.
Prime Venture invests $855K in local food business platform FoodBuddy
This week Indian company FoodBuddy, whose platform lets home cooks sell their food to neighbors, raised RS 6 crore (~$855,000) in a pre-Series A round led by Prime Venture Partners. Founded in 2015, FoodBuddy will use the funding to expand beyond their home base of Bengaluru, with goals to reach over 1,000,000 home chefs in 2019. In the U.S., startup DishDivvy is also creating a digital marketplace for home cooks.
Milk Bar teams up with UberEats (psst — free cookies)
Christina Tosi’s popular Milk Bar, maker of the famous crack pie and birthday cake truffles, is adding another delivery partner: Uber Eats. The bakery already works with Postmates and Caviar. Now, people in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. can indulge their sweet tooth and get Milk Bar goodies delivered in even more ways. (If you’re in one of those areas, you can also get free Milk Bar delivery through tomorrow, December 23rd.)
Canadian vertical farming company raises $4.45M
This week Inno-3B, a vertical farming systems company located in Quebec and Ontario, completed its first round of seed funding at roughly $6 million Canadian dollars (~$4.45 U.S.). Inno-3B provides fully automated grow systems for everyone from small-scale farmers to researchers to producers, large and small. With its new funding, the company will make new hires and invest in R&D.