News Summary: Startups take aim at eggs, chicken

12/9/2013 9:00 AM
By Associated Press

EGG-TERNATIVES: Funded by prominent Silicon Valley investors and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Hampton Creek Foods seeks to create plant-based alternatives to eggs, the production of which backers say wastes energy, pollutes the environment, causes disease outbreaks and confines chickens to tiny spaces.

KITCHEN TECH: The company, which just started selling its first product — Just Mayo mayonnaise — at Whole Foods Markets, is part of a new generation of food-tech ventures that aim to change the way we eat.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Venture capital firms, which invest heavily in early-stage technology companies, poured nearly $350 million into food-related startups last year, compared with less than $50 million in 2008, according to CB Insights.


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