Seeds&Chips, a four days exhibition held in Milan last week, is the international summit dedicated to food innovation from farm to fork where food and technology meet. Hundreds of startups, companies, investors and policymakers met to discuss the issues of the food system.In case you missed the exhibition we’ve collected some of the most interesting technologies and companies changing the way food is produced, processed, distributed, consumed and disposed:
- Gotham Green - Brooklyn-based company that designs, builds and operates commercial-scale rooftop greenhouses. It provides its retail, restaurant, and institutional customers with year-round, local sustainably grown food. The company has built and operates over 170,000 square feet of technologically advanced, urban rooftop greenhouses across 4 facilities in New York City and Chicago.
- Infarm - Berlin based company focused on developing solutions for indoor vertical agriculture. They sell a range of modular, app-controlled, indoor hydroponic growing systems for a wide range of clients, from local restaurants to retailers. Its efficient use of resources and space resulting in highly-profitable, year-round production.
- Food Chain - The system tracks the history of the product with multimedia data at each step along the manufacturing process. This multimedia data is collected and sent to FoodChain that authenticates and stores information. In this way the manufacturing chain becomes more transparent and accessible for consumers. It provides them the information to more consciously select and buy products that better reflect their values.
- Last Minute Sotto Casa - The app is fighting food waste by linking merchants with food surpluses and customers in their vicinity. The merchant is able to quickly inform customers that are close to his store in real time when excess food is available at discounted prices. It is a win-win: stores can cash in money they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise and customer gets a big discount on fresh products.
- FoodCloud - It is a social enterprise that has developed a unique solution that connects businesses with surplus food with charities in their local community that need it through a technology platform. Participating businesses can upload details of their surplus food and the time period in which the food can be collected. This goes as a text message to a local charity to inform them of the available food. The charity then collects this perfectly good food and gets it to people who need it.
Winnow was invited to present its cutting edge technology during the summit. Kevin Duffy, Winnow Co-Founder gave a presentation on the importance of measuring, managing and reducing food waste and how technology has transformed the way we prepare food: