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December Newsletter: FlavorWiki named “Best Food Startup” of Kickstart Accelerator

December 21, 2017

Dear All,

We hope this email finds you well and that you’re preparing for a great Holiday Season!

We wanted to write a brief update and share some of the progress and developments we’ve had at FlavorWiki in the past months.  And to thank all of those people that supported us since our launch in June of this past year.

Funding and Recognition

FlavorWiki had a great Q4 for 2017!  On November 17, we completed an eleven week startup accelerator program in Zurich, Switzerland. Kickstart Accelerator is a global program sponsored by industry leaders in Switzerland.  The cohort is 70% non-Swiss startups from all over the world.  This year they had over 1,500 applications and chose only 30 start ups to participate. The final jury awards best start up in each industry vertical. FlavorWiki was named the “Best Food Startup” and granted CHF 25,000 in non-equity funding. This brings our total funding to date to CHF 40,000, all non-equity.

During the accelerator we also initiated a series of pilot projects with both Migros and Coop, the two largest private label food manufacturers and retailers in Switzerland.  Please see the press release here:  Zurich Kickstart Accelerator Press Release.

Product Developments

We are excited to have launched a new product around our taste profiling technology, focused on E-Commerce and food retailers.  Using taste perception and preference data we are helping these partners to more effectively target product promotions, boost sales and increase brand engagement.  We feel this is a natural complement to our consumer insights and new product development tools.

Let’s Stay in Touch

In 2018 we intend to spend more time getting the word out about FlavorWiki and would really appreciate your help in doing so.  Please take the time to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay current on future developments.  And share our posts with your networks.  You can also follow our Blog.

Best wishes and happy holidays from FlavorWiki!

 

Daniel Protz, Paul Price and Wolfram Willhun

Food Innovation

The future of food (technology)

November 22, 2017

The world’s growing population and environmental concerns surrounding meat consumption are causing a shift in the food industry. Innovative solutions such as laboratory meat, indoor farms, nanopackaging and smart kitchen apps (Popsop) are helping to address these issues, and in the process are transforming the food industry into something more sustainable and more personal. The key to all of these solutions is technology.

New technologies are pushing the food industry forward, forcing consumers to start thinking differently, too. Samsung, for example, has come out with the Family Hub 2.0, a smart refrigerator that tells you when items need to be restocked, enables you to order groceries and manage shopping, helps you connect with family and friends, and provides access to online recipes and entertainment.

For FlavorWiki, this is all just the beginning. We want to take those technologies a step further. How about a refrigerator that provides you with a shopping list for a recipe that it knows you will like? Do you have a picky eater at home? No problem. The smart fridge will recommend meals and recipes based on each family member’s tastes (or distastes). Oh no, are you out of your favorite gluten-free 3-egg pasta? Don’t worry, just print it with your 3-D food printer!

 

Further reading

3 Ways Technology is Changing the Food Industry (Inc.)

6 food tech innovations from CES 2017 (FoodDIVE)

From pixels to plate, food has become 3D printing’s delicious new frontier (Digital Trends)