Category Archives: Food

This device will automatically enter how much you chew for you

 Eating too much? A Dartmouth researcher thinks he may have a solution to all those who hate manually writing in all the foods they eat throughout the day into an app – a wearable system that detects how much you chew and enters it for you. The device, created by graduate studentShengjie Bi uses two off-the-shelf sensors to detect the type of eating you do in real-time and claims an… Read More

Nestlé leads $77M round for healthy meal startup Freshly

Freshly Freshly has raised a big funding round from a big name — the U.S. division of food and beverage giant Nestlé. Co-founder and CEO Michael Wystrach has pitched the startup as a way to get healthy, on-demand meals. That doesn’t mean you order from Freshly every time you want to eat — instead, you get one delivery  of all your meals for the week. Then, when you’re hungry,… Read More

Crunch Report | Amazon Bids to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

Amazon bids to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, Walmart buys Bonobos for $310 million, Mobike, a ride-sharing company in China, raises $600 million. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Baby food delivery service Yumi launches with $4.1 million in seed funding

 Yumi, the Los Angeles-based baby food delivery service co-created by former TechCrunch and Wall Street Journal reporter Evelyn Rusli and Angela Sutherland is finally open for business, with $4.1 million in seed investment from VC firms Brand Foundry, August Capital and NEA, as well as several angels, including early Dropbox investor Ali Partovi, WordPress’s Matt Mullenweg, and… Read More

Evaptainers decouples refrigeration from electricity to help rural farms and families

Snowflakes Some 1.4 billion people lack access to electricity worldwide today, most in rural areas across Southeast Asia, China, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. While others are focused on wiring up those places and developing new energy sources, a startup called Evaptainers has created a kind of refrigerator that requires no electricity, but instead runs on water. Read More

Crunch Report | Sprig Is Shutting Down

Sprig is shutting down, Sergey Brin is building a giant airship, Nielsen’s latest data show a ton of people still watch content on TV and bitcoin experiences an outage from all the bitcoin ups and downs. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown says VC’s need to ask harder scientific questions

 Impossible Foods has raised over $200 million to make a burger that tastes at least as good as ground beef but which is engineered from plants. The CEO of the five-year-old food startup, Patrick O. Brown, is a famed Stanford geneticist who previously started the nonprofit Public Library of Science. The company’s many backers— among them Bill Gates, Li Ka-Shing, UBS, Khosla Ventures… Read More

Despite a fickle market for fancy home appliances, new investors get behind Brava Home

 Customers are notoriously fickle when it comes to sophisticated kitchen devices. On the one hand, there’s undoubtedly a market for items that are deemed useful and priced appropriately. Consider, for example, the Anova Precision Cooker, a $145 WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled device that managed to get its parent company sold to the appliance giant Electrolux in February for $250 million.… Read More