Technological advancements across the world have resulted in changes in plenty of industries – including food.
Rising demand for nutritious ingredients, product transparency, and more have also had a powerful impact on these companies.
Nowadays, however, food technology isn’t just about growing crop species, trends have shifted since then and now it also encompasses advanced food techniques in distribution, automation, and adapting to the changing needs of the more demanding consumer.
While farming technology is still an important aspect of the food tech industry, so is artificial intelligence, sustainability, and efficiency of the sector in all stages from farm to fork.
Below is a curated list of 5 of some of the best food tech startups that have adopted these advanced food techniques, and are using technology to make a difference.
GrainSense has developed the world’s first hand-held device that helps to measure grain quality. For the first time, this infrared device with patented technology will help to analyze protein, moisture, carbohydrates, and even oil content from crops.
With this measurement, farmers can make decisions to help with improving profitability. Upon purchase of this device, farmers will also have access to the GrainSense Cloud Service with unlimited data storage, GPS locations of measurements, and access to various crop species.
With Gathar, the company’s main aim is to allow hosts to focus on entertaining while chefs take care of the dining experience. Through its platform, chefs are connected with parties to allow hosts to relax and enjoy their delicious dining experience at home.
The company has achieved much success and has expanded into 10 locations across the country. While COVID-19 may have put a halt on bookings, the company remained resilient by modifying their business and adapting with the times by hosting a virtual dinner party and creating a special Isolation Degustation to cater to their customer’s evolving needs.
Hinoman aims to meet the increasing global demand for healthy and sustainable food through the cultivation of Mankai – a protein-rich, whole leaf vegetable that’s grown using sustainable hydroponics.
Not only does the plant contain more than 45% of complete whole vegetable protein, but it’s also packed with vitamins, minerals, and plenty of other nutrients. With unprecedented nutritional value and freshness, Mankai can be consumed as a whole food supplement, in pasta, salads, and so much more.
Legendairy Foods focus is on shaping a more sustainable food system to feed the future of the planet and they’ve successfully done so by developing clean dairy products.
Through the mixing of microorganisms and sugar and fermentation, the company can transform nutrients into milk protein components and hence, dairy products. Through this process, products produced are hormone-free, antibiotic-free, and reduces both greenhouse gas emissions and water wastage.
Utilizing vertical farming techniques, Bowery Farming grows vegetables that have no pesticides or GMOs with minimal resources. All these vegetables are grown indoors and the company turns industrial spaces into smart farms which allows the seeds to be protected from unreliable weather, pollutants, or pests.
Each of the plants is also tended to with the company’s operating system which allows the farmers to have a comprehensive view of the wellbeing of their plants. Some of the produce grown by Bowery Farming include baby kale, arugula, baby butter lettuce, bok choy, basil and parsley.
These 5 food tech companies listed above, are some examples of the many companies out there that offer services like corporate catering in Toronto and are looking to disrupt the industry. From biological techniques to food sustainability, these are great emerging startups to keep an eye on as they continue to innovate and set themselves apart from the competition.
Luke Fitzpatrick has been published in Forbes, Yahoo! News and Influencive. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney, lecturing in Cross-Cultural Management and the Pre-MBA Program. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.