J. Kelly Hoey

Hungry For Investment? 11 Food Trends To Watch.

The convergence of innovation, DIY and sustainability are producing healthier dining options and investments, too. Celebrity cook and entrepreneur Annabel Langbein weighs in with her food and tech trends to plant, consume and download.

Investors developed quite an appetite for food (or at least food tech) in 2015. According to CB Insights:

US-based, VC-backed food tech companies pulled in over $750M in equity funding in the first half of 2015. Specifically, Q2'15 reached a 10-quarter high in funding, with $549M raised across 20 deals, including large rounds to Blue Apron ($135M Series D), Munchery ($85M Series C), and Postmates ($80M Series D).

Over on Kickstarter, Misen, a $65 high-quality chef’s knife, raised $1,083,344M from 13,116 backers to become the fourth most funded food project ever on Kickstarter.

The investment trends align with American’s dining habits. According to the The Evolution of Eating report released by Acosta:

  • Nine out of 10 shoppers surveyed said they prefer eating at home (including cooking, bringing prepared items home or having food delivered). Of those, 61% cited comfort, 60% cited cost and 59% cited convenience as the reasons for their preference…

Read more at Inc.com


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