FoodBytes! by Rabobank is a food event on a mission. The event that started out in San Francisco, aims to promote entrepreneurs who have innovated in the food and agribusiness industry, by bringing them together with investors, and industry leaders.

2016’s participants who demoed their ventures include Seamore, who aim to unlock the world’s most sustainable food source that we have neglected - seaweed, by delivering a 100% seaweed product that resembles pasta. However, the winner of Foodbytes! 2016 was ‘Imperfect Produce’, who tackle the wastage of fruits and vegetables that are disposed of by farmers in the US because they don’t meet retail cosmetic standards. By working with farmers to deliver directly to households and offices, ‘Imperfect Produce’ sell at 30-50% less cost, and are responsible for saving tons of produce that would have otherwise been wasted.

This year 10 companies demoed at Foodbytes! San Francisco, and winners had the opportunity to get involved with Accelerators, have access to IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program and invitation to pitch to clients at IBM Events.

Value for Dubai

Dubai Municipality expects the population of Dubai to more than double by 2030. The ever increasing challenge of rising food demand, along with Dubai’s goal to enable greater food security in its hot and dry climate has to be met by innovative solutions in the food and agriculture industry.

Dubai has demonstrated by events like Gulfood, that it can be a place for industry professionals the world over to meet and do business. By hosting an event like FoodBytes! for innovators and entrepreneurs in the food and agribusiness industry, and bringing together Investors and Accelerators, Dubai can leverage this platform to provide the grounds to spawn innovative solutions to meet food security challenges.