FoodBytes! Brooklyn recently took place at The Hall at MP in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The one-day event was the first on the east coast for the FoodBytes series, where the goal is to connect food, agribusiness, beverage and tech start-ups with investors, executives and industry leaders.
FoodBytes! Brooklyn attendees - investors, technologists, media, and others - saw live demonstrations from rising stars who are innovating and disrupting in the food industry, had the chance to converse with food industry leaders, and network with food industry peers and opinion leaders, among many others. Tina Trinh of Voice of America attended FoodBytes! Brooklyn and filed a report. Here’s an excerpt:
When it comes to food, it's said that we are what we eat. And lately, what we eat is getting fresher and healthier. The farm-to-table movement in America has been gaining momentum in the culinary world, catering to a growing appetite for responsibly sourced meals made with fresh, local ingredients.
Now, with the help of some new food startups, consumers can follow the farm-to-table cycle and learn about ingredients' origins while simultaneously fostering connections with the farmers who produce them. These startups are garnering the attention of investors like Manuel Gonzalez, Managing Director at Rabobank, which specializes in financing food, agribusiness and beverage companies.
"I think it's very clear people want good food that's sustainable, that's traceable and is good for them," said Gonzalez, who founded FoodBytes, a food and tech conference that brings investors and food startups together.
To read the Voice of America story, click here.