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$100m for grocery startup Swiftly, Pano’s $20m: The Week in Agrifoodtech

This week, retail and grocery tech startup Swiftly bagged a mega-round whereas front-of-house restaurant software program startup Zenchef cooked up new financing to increase its presence. In agtech, Pano raised funds to struggle wildfires with AI and Land O’Lakes’ Truterra arm landed a grant from the USDA.


Foodtech funding

🇫🇷 PSG Fairness leads €50 million ($49 million) for Zenchef. The latter will scale its front-of-house restaurant tech software program throughout Europe and the US due to the brand new financing. (Yahoo Finance)

🇺🇸 Grocery tech startup Swiftly luggage $100 million from BRV Capital Administration, others. The Sequence C spherical pushes Swiftly’s valuation over the $1 billion mark. (WSJ)

🇳🇱 Restaurant tech startup Formitable raises €8 million ($8 million). Funding from cellular funds startup Mollie founder Adriaan Mol will go in direction of Formitable’s enlargement throughout Europe. (Tech.eu)

🇺🇸 Kate Farms lands $75 million Sequence C led by Novo Holdings. Kate Farms focuses on plant-based formulation for tube and oral feeding in healthcare conditions similar to hospitals. (PR Newswire)

🇮🇱 Profuse Know-how raises $2.5 million to deal with the price of cultivated meat. New York-based Inexperienced Circle led the spherical, which Profuse will put in direction of R&D and commercialization, amongst different issues. (The Spoon)

🇿🇦 De Novo Dairy scores undisclosed funding from UM6P Ventures. De Novo makes use of precision fermentation to develop animal-free dairy merchandise. (techcabal)

Agtech funding

🇮🇳 Farm-to-consumer produce platform Deep Rooted secures $12.5 million Sequence A spherical. IvyCap Ventures led the spherical with participation from current buyers together with Accel, Omnivore and Mayfield. (VC Circle)

🇺🇸 Pano raises $20 million to detect and struggle wildfires with AI. Initialized Capital led the Sequence A spherical, which can assist Pano’s market enlargement into excessive fire-risk areas in North America and Australia. (Enterprise Journals)

🇮🇩 Agridesa lands $200,000 pre-seed spherical led by Triputra Group. The startup will domesticate 5 hectares of land in West Java utilizing its “closed-loop” agriculture system connecting landowners and farmers. (Incubees)

🇲🇽 Produce procurement startup Alima luggage $1.5 million. Soma Capital, Y Combinator, Dorm Room Fund, and others led the seed spherical. (LatamList)

🇫🇷 French insect protein startup InnovaFeed lands $250 million Sequence D spherical. Qatar Funding Authority (QIA), Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, led the funding. (AFN)

🇩🇪 MicroHarvest raises €8.5 million ($8.5 million) Sequence A led by Astanor Ventures. The precision fermentation startup plans to construct “the world’s quickest protein manufacturing system.” (Vegconomist)

🇸🇮 Pest monitoring & forecasting platform Trapview nabs €10 million ($10 million) Sequence B. Funding, led by European Round Bioeconomy Fund, will kickstart Trapview’s industrial growth in Europe, Brazil and the US. (Tech.eu)

🇮🇩 Koltiva raises undisclosed quantity from Silverstrand Capital & others. Koltiva provides a collection of software program merchandise to assist digitize world provide chains. (Tech in Asia)

M&A, IPOs & partnerships

🇧🇷 🇺🇸 The Manufacturing Board (TPB) invests $100 million in Brazil’s largest ag retailer, Lavoro. The SPAC deal will record Lavoro shares on the Nasdaq inventory alternate. (AFN)

🇺🇸 Bayer & Perdue AgriBusiness announce regenerative farming collaboration. The partnership goals to cut back large-scale carbon emissions and create a mannequin for a extra sustainable meals worth chain throughout Perdue’s grain community. (Profitable Farming)

Funds, grants & accelerators

🇪🇺 🇮🇱 EQT Development launches €2.4 billion ($2.4 billion) to again European and Israeli startups. Local weather-focused corporations and applied sciences, together with foodtech, is likely one of the key funding areas of the fund. (Sifted)

🇺🇸 Land O’Lakes’ sustainability arm Truterra awarded $90 million from the USA Division of Agriculture (USDA). Funds will go in direction of scaling the corporate’s regenerative farming-focused pilot mission. (Truterra)

🇪🇸 BioTech Meals snags €750,000 ($750,000) grant from the Spanish Overseas Commerce Institute. The grant will fund BioTech Meals’ investMEAT mission researching cell traces, cultured media, and biomaterials for cultivated meat. (Vegconomist)

Different information

🌎 Vertical farming corporations signal the Vertical Farming Manifesto to set requirements for the sector. Bowery,  AeroFarms and YesHealth Group are among the many collaborating corporations. (Perishable Information)

🇺🇸 Starbucks exploring “load-balancing” know-how to assist with “barista burnout.” The know-how is supposed to assist shops deal with the inflow of digital orders flooding in. (Yahoo Finance)

🇺🇸 🇨🇦 Instacart launches Related Shops to assist retailers create personalised procuring in shops and on-line. The suite of instruments is now obtainable for grocery shops within the US and Canada. (TechCrunch)

🇺🇸 Spirits model Beam Suntory to take a position $400 million in making Jim Beam manufacturing extra sustainable. That features increasing the distillery capability by 50% whereas slicing greenhouse fuel emissions in half, the corporate mentioned. (Meals Dive)

🇺🇸 🇫🇮 Excellent Day launches “biotech-as-a-service” enterprise. Referred to as nth Bio, the service will assist different corporations within the house to scale up, beginning with egg white protein maker Onego Bio. (Meals Dive)

🇪🇸 Ekonoke unveils beer comprised of indoor hops. The “Respect!” limited-edition beer is comprised of hops grown hydroponically through managed surroundings agriculture. (Nature)

🇬🇧 Agri-EPI Centre launches Agritech Funding Advisory Ltd. The a brand new advisory service is supposed to bridge the hole between buyers and modern agri-food start-ups. (Agri-EPI Centre)

🇸🇬 🇺🇸 Singapore’s Subsequent Gen Meals picks Chicago for US headquarters. The startup’s new Chicago R&D middle can be positioned at meals enterprise incubator The Hatchery Chicago’s amenities. (Chicago Tribune)

🇪🇸 Spain fines meals supply service Glovo $78 million for violating labor legal guidelines. Glovo says it can enchantment the choice, which alleges the service did not pay social safety, amongst different issues. (Reuters)

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