Episodes
What does the future hold for alternative proteins? Are they going to reach widespread adoption in the next few years?  Many seem to think so. A systemwide transition towards them would indeed benefit people and the planet. However, obstacles still stand in the way of a wider uptake. For animal-free to be successful with consumers, they must deliver on flavor, texture, sustainable sourcing, and price parity  - a tall order for many companies. Despite the hurdles, the game is still on, and...
Published 10/20/22
Factoring people's well-being and overall impact into business choices is no longer a matter of values, but one of survival. There are several approaches to reconciling planetary health with profit. But one thing is for sure: working as a system and sharing knowledge is essential to expedite this process. On this episode of FoodTech Junkies, we dive into exactly this with FoodTech Magazine’s funder and now author Beatriz Romanos. She is a disseminator, innovation coach, mentor, and industry...
Published 10/11/22
Published 10/11/22
What are the nuances around the latest trends? How do we stop regeneration from becoming the umpteenth green-washing buzzword? How essential are human-centered design and circular design in food system transformation? In this exciting episode of FoodTech Junkies, we interview veteran agrifood consultants and Naked Innovations founders Ryan Edwards and Laurie Tan and dive into some of foodtech's hottest unspoken questions that we urgently need an answer to. About Laurie Tan and Ryan...
Published 08/11/22
Today's guest is Joshua March, co-founder & CEO of Sci-fi foods. This Coldplay-backed startup is on a mission to empower humanity to eat sustainably. Their innovative approach consists of growing cultivated beef cells while combining them with plant-based proteins to achieve a better-tasting burger at a fraction of the cost. In our chat, we touched on the alt protein market, as well as their vision, mission, technology, and their latest funding round that brought in a new board member...
Published 07/27/22
Eleven years ago, the news of a company building an urban farm using hydroponics on a NY roof circled the globe and made us all wonder. Today with farms across America, that same organization is one of the world's largest and most commercially successful ones in the sector. That company is  Gotham Greens. Today on Foodtech Junkies, we meet with its co-founder & CEO Viraj Puri to learn more about the company's roots, evolution and plans for the future. About Viraj Puri  Viraj Puri is...
Published 07/13/22
Who knew that jackfruit could feed the world? Today we talk to Karana's co-founder Dan Riegler about the hidden potential of this biodiverse ingredient, the way their plant-based meat products are ethically sourced through regenerative agriculture and the importance of creating healthy, nutritious and affordable alternatives for all. About Dan Riegler Dan Riegler is the co-founder of Singapore-based start-up Karana, the first Asian alt protein brand offering minimally processed...
Published 06/22/22
Today, farm animals consume 20% of the world’s protein, in direct competition with human consumption, while fish, water and soil resources are dwindling. Paris-based startup Ÿnsect has the answer: indoor insect farming. A pioneer in the field, this B Corp uses advanced technologies to breed mealworms and process them to produce high-quality proteins for livestock, pet food, and fertilizers. Furthermore, the company is currently building the world’s largest, most technological, and...
Published 05/30/22
Journalist, editor, speaker, and podcast host Louisa Burwood-Taylor is a force to be reckoned with in the food innovation space. In this episode, we catch up with AgFunder's Head of Media and Research and Senior Editor of AFN to talk about the hits, misses, buzzwords, and promises of the agrifood tech renaissance. Together we discuss how to improve strategies for reaching future food goals faster. About Louisa Burwood-Taylor Louisa is Head of Media & Research for AgFunder and chief...
Published 05/03/22
If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. On this episode of FoodTech Junkies we speak with Julia and Jordy Kay. One was an architect and the other a winemaker, and both have become eco-warriors. Their latest project involves diverting food waste from landfills and converting it into an eco-friendly alternative to plastic, and is only the first step in a long term effort. Tune in to find out more! About Jordy and Julia Kay We're...
Published 04/22/22
Restaurants and commercial kitchens have always faced challenges like staffing, inflation, food waste, and true costing. When the COVID pandemic hit, these and other issues were exacerbated and in many cases, spelled the end for many businesses. As we look to the future, both smaller restaurants and larger chains will need to deliver consistent quantity and quality in order to maintain their customer base. For some, the ability to pivot and think of new solutions has allowed them not only to...
Published 04/05/22
What happens when you combine a powerful cultivation software with an AI and computer vision platform? No one would know better than the Founder of Artemis and Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Data Products at iUNU Allison Kopf, one of the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30. She helps us understand how data-driven technology is transforming the agriculture business and paving the way for advances in inventory tracking, production planning, yield forecasting, pest and disease management, food safety,...
Published 03/16/22
Following the largest Series A funding ever raised by a plant-based meat company, Singapore-based foodtech startup/multinational NextGen Foods is now ready to conquer the US. After that? The sky's the limit, thanks to a top-notch team and an innovative business model that has generated products like TiNDLE chicken. En route to the Food For Future Summit & Expo in Dubai, EPV founder and FoodTech Junkie Sharon Cittone connects with Alex Ward, food industry expert and COO of Next Gen, to...
Published 02/24/22
What would it be like to have Mother Nature as your CEO? Amsterdam-based vegan cheesemaker Willicroft is on a quest to find out. Its mission to go beyond the net-zero has led to evolving practices, uncommon collaborations, and starting a movement to advocate for a better food system. On this episode, we chat with Willicroft's Founder Brad Vanstone, the grandson of a dairy farmer whose passion for regeneration, conservation, and cheese ignited an entrepreneurial spark. We'll ask him what it...
Published 02/10/22
The pandemic has put food systems at risk throughout the entire global agro-food chain. Now more than ever, people realize the importance of growing food locally as a means to secure access, foster education, and cultivate economic growth. Few people know this better than Farm from a Box's Brandi DeCarli. Her system is helping to strengthen local communities around the world that need it most, by enabling them to grow their own nutritious food using clean technology. We sit down with her to...
Published 01/26/22
The global food and agriculture system is much more than a web of faceless companies and corporations. It contains a wealth of success stories and innovations that can be scaled, adapted, and replicated to benefit farmers, communities, and industry across the world. Since 2013, Food Tank has been telling these stories and in the process, uniting actors across the food chain to inspire change and promote a healthier food system. Today, Food Tank co-founder Danielle Nierenberg shares her story...
Published 01/10/22
Investors play a crucial role in fueling transformation within the food industry, and innovative business models and technologies can be lucrative investments. But contrary to many other fields, this isn't the major driver of investment in the food space. In this episode we sit down with Renske Lynde, Co-Founder of the accelerator Food System 6, General Partner of early-stage Venture Capital firm 1st Course Capital (1CC), and long-time advocate for healthy and sustainable food systems....
Published 12/21/21
The food industry faces extraordinary challenges, and solving them is a Herculean task. For every entrepreneur that successfully navigates these choppy waters, hundreds of others struggle to stay afloat. And while every company faces a unique journey, there are some universal guidelines and rules that apply. The first one? Find a great mentor. In this episode of FoodTech Junkies, we set sail with The Kitchen FoodTech Hub's VP of Business Development Amir Zaidman for an honest and wide-ranging...
Published 12/03/21
How can we sow the seed for the future of food experiences? How can we make health go hand in hand with sustainability and taste? In this episode of FoodTech Junkies, we are joined by Alexandre Bastos, Head of Front End Innovation at Givaudan, a company that is rethinking the future of food through disruptive innovation. We talk about this and more.  About Alexandre Bastos Alexandre Bastos’ role leading the Front End Innovation programme at the flavours division of Givaudan, is to explore...
Published 11/16/21
In this episode of FoodTech Junkies, we interview Detroit Dirt/Culture of Carbon founder and FAO Food Hero, Pashon Murray. We’ll talk about her mission to create a zero-waste mindset throughout communities, drive forward a low-carbon economy and educate the world about giving back to the planet. About Pashon Murray Pashon Murray is a United Nations FAO Food Hero, entrepreneur, activist, and educator. She has been working towards sustainable solutions for 17 years. In 2010 she co-founded...
Published 10/27/21
Are we entering a golden age for tech entrepreneurship? With so many investment funds ready and willing to finance innovative projects and the startups behind them, the food and ag tech world may be on the verge of truly realizing its transformative potential. So is now the right time to bet on foodtech startups? How can we use this momentum to turn the entire system towards a regenerative and sustainable future? We talk about this and more with Mark Durno, Managing Partner of Rockstart...
Published 10/11/21
How are open innovation models evolving?  On FoodTech Junkies' newest episode, we ask Mondelēz SnackFutures' Gil Horsky to share his views on the topic. About Gil Horsky Gil Horsky's passion is investing and developing innovative snacking ventures that are good for people, kind to the planet and deliciously fun! Gil Horsky is part of the founding team for SnackFutures, the venture & innovation hub from Mondelēz International. Gil, and his team in SnackFutures, are on a mission to create...
Published 09/15/21
AeroFarms is an indoor vertical farming company and Certified B Corporation that is transforming agriculture by growing flavorful, safe, healthy food all year round in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible way. In this episode of FoodTech Junkies, we speak with Marc Oshima, Co-Founder and CMO. Together we take a behind-the-scenes look at the latest headlines regarding the company, discuss the impact of next-gen farming practices on communities, and exchange views on the...
Published 08/19/21
We've asked Andrew Ive, founder of Big Idea Ventures and pioneer investor, to share his thoughts on the continuous growth of interest towards alternative proteins, and the crossroads we might encounter on the way towards a sustainable protein future. About Andrew Ive Andrew D. Ive, Founder and Managing General Partner, created Big Idea Ventures to solve the world’s biggest challenges by supporting the world’s best entrepreneurs. He has invested in more early-stage / pre-seed companies than...
Published 08/04/21