FoodBytes! competition features Canadian talent

Bakers Journal
April 06, 2018
Written by Bakers Journal
Montreal, QC  — Top food innovators from North America will be competing for funding at FoodBytes!, a food and agriculture pitch competition that encourages networking among sustainable food industries.

FoodBytes! will make its Canadian debut on Wednesday, May 16 at New City Gas, a events venue in the Griffintown district of downtown Montreal.

Organized by the Rabobank Group, the platform offers an opportunity for selected entrepreneurs to showcase their new products and technologies in front of investors, executives and media, as well as receive mentorship from food and agriculture industry leaders.

The three following Canadian companies will be presenting their 90-second pitches for a chance to find investors, get business mentoring and win one of three awards: Judges’ Choice Award, People’s Choice Award and the Highly Commended Award.

Natur+L XTD from Sainte-Hyacinthe: XTD is a new "Game Changer" staple in the food business, providing longer shelf life to fresh products of almost any kind. XTD uses HPP (High Pressure Process) technology to help food processors lower their wastes at every level of the supply chain. Between 2017 and 2018, XTD will have helped remove the equivalent of 3000 cars from the road, have the same food made with fewer resources and not sent to the landfill.

AmazStev Lifestyle Brands of Montreal: AmazStev LifeStyle Brands Inc. ("AmazStev") is a Montreal-based food ingredient company focused on the development, production and commercialization of AmazStev® UltraDulce™, a portfolio of natural, calorie-free and bitter-free Stevia extract sweeteners that enable food and beverage manufacturers to develop clean- label, great-tasting, sugar-free products for health conscious consumers.

Feedback Inc. of Toronto: Feedback is a mobile platform that applies dynamic pricing to the restaurant industry in order to reduce food waste and create a win-win-win solution for vendors, diners and society.

Damir Wallener, co-founder and CEO of EIO Diagnostics and FoodBytes! alumni. stated in a press release: "The value of this event for us was enhanced by the opportunity to access coaching from industry experts on topics like branding, funding, legal issues, distribution and marketing. It is a great learning event that attracts a very focused and engaged network of supporters and investors."

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