5 Food Technology Startups to Watch

Andrew Thomson
Venture Radar

Food Technology is a branch of food science that deals with the production processes that make foods. We track hundreds of SMEs and startups innovating in food technology, so decided to take a closer look at the most exciting new startups in food technology.

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Founded in 2014, US-based 915 Labs is the provider of a new food processing and packaging technology called Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilization (MATS), which the company describes as a transformative technology that will enable the consumer packaged goods sector to meet growing consumer demand for high-quality, natural and additive-free packaged food.

MATS simultaneously heats packaged food externally in a pressurized hot water bath and internally using a patented microwave energy delivery system at a frequency of 915 megahertz. This combination of approaches very rapidly heats the entire package of food to sterilization temperature and then rapidly cools the food to minimize any heat damage, eliminating pathogens and spoilage microorganisms in a matter of minutes. This shortened heating time preserves the nutrients, colour, texture and flavour of foods — while providing a shelf life equivalent to conventionally processed foods.

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