May
11
6:00 pm18:00

Innovation and the Future of Food Allergies

  • Branchfood

Researchers estimate more than 15 million Americans have food allergies and that number isn't declining.

Boston is a hotbed for new food products, wearable devices, and trackers hoping to improve the quality of life for millions of allergy sufferers. Join Branchfood and perfectly free™ as we bring together leaders in the food allergy movement to discuss the latest research, new products on the market, how to launch and grow a successful business in the space, and how innovation is transforming the lives of those with food allergies. At this event you'll get to connect with food industry researchers, advisors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and get to check out the latest products and technologies at our showcase.

SCHEDULE

6:00PM - 6:30PM - Arrival and Networking
6:30PM - 7:30PM - Opening Remarks + Panel Discussion
7:30PM - 8:00PM - Networking and Product Tasting
Additional parking information can be found here.

PANELISTS

Janelle Nanos, Business Reporter at Boston Globe Media (moderator)

Janelle Nanos is a writer, editor, and journalism professor in Boston. She writes about ideas, people, and businesses that drive Boston’s innovation economy and was the editor of BetaBoston, spearheading coverage of of technology and innovation. Prior to joining the Globe, she was a senior editor at Boston Magazine, where she edited and wrote features and service packages. Among her varied interests are higher education, public policy, health care, technology, travel, design, food, and politics. She also continues to write regularly for national travel publications and teaches a course in magazine writing at her alma mater, Boston College.

Jud Horner, Chief Marketing Officer at Incredible Foods

Incredible Foods develops allergy-friendly foods for everyone who desires a fuller, happier, healthier, free-from lifestyle. As head of sales and marketing at Incredible Foods, Jud is responsible for developing new customers, identifying new marketing opportunities, and oversees all communications efforts. The company's first product, "perfectly free™", are frozen treats that contain only natural, premium ingredients and are free of the top eight food allergens: dairy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish. Also, the products are non-GMO and are prepared in a state-of-the art setting that is free from all major food allergens.

Abi Barnes, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder at Allergy Amulet

The Allergy Amulet is a rapid, portable, point-of-consumption food allergen and ingredient detection device that connects to a patent-pending disposable test strip. The device enables simple, mobile measurements to help individuals avoid ingesting target allergens/ingredients. The Allergy Amulet can be configured as a wearable (e.g., necklace or bracelet) or integrated into everyday products (e.g., keychain or epinephrine auto-injector).

Jacob Stahl, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder at Antera Therapeutics

Antera develops pediatrician recommended products for the early introduction of allergens into infants’ diets. Antera’s first product, Aralyte, focuses on peanut proteins and is formulated to be safe enough for infants at-risk for developing food allergies. Antera is now hiring for several positions during our rapid growth phase.

Thank you to our sponsor, Perfectly Free!

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Check out these tabling brands + more!

May
4
12:00 pm12:00

May Community Table

Thursday, May 4, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
Floor 5, Meridian Conference Room 

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

 

Venture Capital Investment for Food
Apr
6
6:00 pm18:00

Venture Capital Investment for Food

  • Branchfood

The top 25 U.S. food and beverage companies lost an equivalent of $18 billion in market share between 2009 and 2016.

Venture capitalists are shelling out billions hoping to transform agriculture and scale food ventures that reduce waste and use of synthetic chemicals, conserve resources, accelerate distribution, and improve population health. While venture investment in the food sector seems to be slowing, exits and capital raises continue to abound and gain massive recognition. We're seeing companies like Justin's Peanut Butter sell to industry giant Hormel for $286 Million, local tech businesses like ezCater raise upwards of $70 Million across multiple funding rounds to bring food to corporate office spaces, and industry leaders Campbell Soup, General Mills, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and others establishing VC funds to acquire entrepreneurial brands that meet Millennials’ demand for high-quality products.

The food movement is here, it's not slowing down, and startups are launching locally and globally signaling a certain shift in how our planet eats.

Join Branchfood as we bring together food venture investors across the food and foodtech industry to discuss financing food businesses, opportunities for innovation in food, market trends, and how to launch and grow a successful food business. At this event you'll get to connect with food industry mentors, advisors, investors, and more, and sample awesome food products too!

Schedule:

6:00PM - 6:30PM - Arrival and Networking

6:30PM - 7:30PM - Opening Remarkds + Panel Discussion on VC Investment for Food

7:30PM - 8:30PM - Networking and Food Tasting

Additional parking information can be found here.

Speakers and tabling companies will be announced soon.

 

Thank you to our sponsor, Wolf & Company, for supporting food and innovation in Boston!

April Community Table
Apr
6
12:00 pm12:00

April Community Table

  • Branchfood

Thursday, April 4th, 2016   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston
Floor 5, Meridian Conference Room 

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

[Will Work 4 Food] Job + Internship Fair
Mar
14
11:00 am11:00

[Will Work 4 Food] Job + Internship Fair

  • The KITCHEN

Interested to work for exciting startups and businesses in food or foodtech?

Boston has a network of exceptional companies that are revolutionizing food. Meet them face-to-face at Branchfood's [Will Work 4 Food] Job and Internship fair, where you'll discover local leaders with exciting career opportunities.

This is a FREE event for current students, recent graduates, and professionals of all levels.

[Will Work 4 Food] Job & Internship Fair
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market
6 Congress Street Boston MA 02203

Participating companies will be announced soon spruce up your resume, pick your favorite #bizcasual outfit, and get ready to network!

And while you're there, try out some of these local brands! (more to be announced soon) 

March Community Table
Mar
2
12:00 pm12:00

March Community Table

  • Branchfood

THURSDAY, March 2nd, 2016   
12:00 TO 1:00 PM  
50 MILK STREET, BOSTON
FLOOR 5, MERIDIAN CONFERENCE ROOM 

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

Holiday Celebration for Food Startups
Dec
14
6:30 pm18:30

Holiday Celebration for Food Startups

  • Clover Food Lab

It's been a record breaking year for food startups in Boston!

We've seen our startups on Shark TankForbes, and the mini screen on my Jetblue seat.

Some are building amazing platforms for food donations, others are forming BIG partnerships with the worlds largest retailers, and we heard from this major food influencer who built one of the most successful American food companies of the past decade and is widely regarded as a pioneer for the natural food movement.

Join us in celebration of these companies and more at our holiday gathering for food on Wednesday, December 14th!

Branchfood and Clover Food Lab are teaming up to celebrate the awesome work of our fellow food innovators, startups, and entrepreneurs starting at 6:30PM at Clover Food Lab in Boston's Financial District.

We'll provide delicious bites from Clover, beer, wine, bellinis, and treats from local food startups launching and expanding to Boston! Feast your eyes on some amazing new technologies growing personal produce, try breakfast in bed, hear from local entrepreneurs redefining food, and network for the new year!

 

Schedule:

6:30PM - 7:30PM - Networking and Food Tasting

7:30PM - 8:00PM - Presentations from leading food thought leaders

8:00PM - 10:00PM - Networking, Food Tasting, and Celebrating

Additional parking information can be found here.

Checkin when you arrive and make sure you get a gift bag!

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Clover Food Lab + Wolf & Co.

Innovations in Food Tech for Health
Nov
16
6:15 pm18:15

Innovations in Food Tech for Health

  • Perkins + Will

Technology is rapidly changing our global food system, but what is food tech innovation doing to improve our health? 

On Wednesday, November 16th Branchfood will host a panel and networking event on "Innovations in Food Tech for Health," starting at 6:15 PM at Perkins+Will Architecture Firm in Boston.

Panel discussion will include consumer trends in the health/food tech sector, innovative products being developed to promote healthy lifestyles, success stories and opportunities related to startup development and industry focus, and creating environments that foster health and wellness. Attendees include current and aspiring entrepreneurs, students in food focused college programs, those aspiring to build products that create healthy lifestyles, and community members. 

Included is a food tech showcase including Poly and Kindrdfood and tasting of innovative health foods being produced right here in Boston including Micro Mama'sKeto+CoHealth-AdePerfectly Free and more!

Schedule:

6:15PM - 7:00PM - Networking and Food Tasting

7:00PM - 8:00PM - Panel Discussion + Audience Q+A

8:00PM - 8:30PM - Networking

Panelists: 

Janelle Nanos, Business Reporter at Boston Globe Media(moderator)

Janelle Nanos is a writer, editor, and journalism professor in Boston. She writes about ideas, people, and businesses that drive Boston’s innovation economy and was the editor of BetaBoston, spearheading coverage of of technology and innovation. Prior to joining the Globe, she was a senior editor at Boston Magazine, where she edited and wrote features and service packages. Among her varied interests are higher education, public policy, health care, technology, travel, design, food, and politics. She also continues to write regularly for national travel publications and teaches a course in magazine writing at her alma mater, Boston College. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, USA Today, D.C. Magazine, Newsday, Slate, Marie Claire, The Village Voice, Forbes.com, Mother Jones, City Limits, Travel + Leisure Family, and Nerve.com, among other publications.

Kyle Cahill, Director of Sustainability & Environmental Health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Kyle Cahill is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day management of a company-wide sustainability program that includes assessing the impact of sustainability practices to the company and community at large. Prior to Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kyle was Senior Program Officer at Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. At Oxfam, he led the organization’s work on poverty footprinting, a process for companies to measure, analyze and improve their impacts on communities in developing countries. Prior to joining Oxfam, Kyle was Director of Corporate Engagement at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where he worked with the private sector on environmental projects addressing climate change, safer products and materials, water use and waste reduction. Kyle serves on the board of directors of Plant A Fish and on the advisory boards of New Earth and Virid.us. 

Tara McCarthy, Co-founder and Chief Dietitian Kindrdfood

Tara McCarthy is the Co-founder and Chief Dietitian at Kindrdfood. Kindrdfood empowers families with a medically limited diet, to navigate food and offers a guided path to great food, making change easier & less stressful. Tara has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) for over 16 years. She been on the staff at Boston Children’s Hospital since 2001, during which time, she has cared for a wide variety of patients including those challenged by food allergies, celiac disease, EoE, FPIES and CSID. In addition to counseling at Boston Medical Center, BC Campus School, (a school for developmentally delayed children), and in the homes of many families, Tara also has taught Nutrition courses at Northeastern University and mentored dozens of RDNs. Tara lives in Milton, MA with her husband and three children

Ian Brady, Chief Executive Officer at AVA 

Ian Brady is the Chief Executive Officer at AVA, an intelligent eating platform that’s transforming the way people think about food and nutritional health. They’ve brought together some of the best talent in nutrition science, technology and behavioral coaching, along with top tier investors from Silicon Valley to redesign healthy eating experiences. Prior to AVA, Ian was the chief product officer of Kensho and he co-founded and served as a vice president at SoFi. Brady has served as the director of emerging technology at Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for Fidelity.com as well as retail innovation programs across Fidelity’s web, mobile, and investor center channels. 

Jake Cacciapaglia, VP of Media at Runkeeper

Jake Caccoapaglia is the VP of Media at Runkeeper, a leading mobile running app that helps runners of all levels – including beginners – get started with a fitness routine and stick with it forever. Initially launched in Boston, Runkeeper now has more than 45 million users across over 180 countries and has partnered with Fitbit, Loseit!. and others to make health data even more accessible and actionable. Jake was the first non-technical hire after CEO (Jason Jacobs) and has been with the company for nearly five years. During his time at RunKeeper Jake has held roles in community, support and platform development. His is resposible for establishing partnerships with companies like Spotify, Nike, Saucony, New Balance, Walgreens, and Sony. 

 

Presenter:

David Dymecki, Principal at Perkins+Will

David has three decades of experience in the programming, planning and design of athletic and recreation projects. He has lectured and written articles and book chapters on a variety of topics for Athletic Business, National Intramural Recreational Sports Association and the Society for College and University Planners. He has presented on issues ranging from athletic and recreation sports master planning to design guidelines and trends to facilities renovation. 

Additional parking information can be found here: http://www.posquare.com

Please bring your ID for security checkin. 

Future of Food @ Let's Talk About Food Festival
Oct
1
12:00 pm12:00

Future of Food @ Let's Talk About Food Festival

  • Copley Square

We're showcasing the hottest food and food tech startups at the annualLet's Talk About Food Festival happening Saturday, Oct 1st in Copley Square!

Each year the Let's Talk About Food Festival draws approximately 20,000 people to engage in lively discussions, panel presentations, and networking on all things food. From 12:00PM - 1:30PM Branchfood will host startups representing innovative food initiatives happening across the food industry. Join us for showcase and meet leading businesses shaking up the food system in Boston and beyond!

See you there!

The Business of Beer
Jul
14
6:00 pm18:00

The Business of Beer

  • CIC Boston

Boston's craft beer scene is bubbling! Local companies are disrupting the industry and creating unique experiences, flavors, and combinations that rival the oldest brands. 

Branchfood teamed up with General Assembly to chat about the business of brewing and understand the past, present, and future of the Boston beer scene. We had for a panel of beer experts from local breweries - large, small, and in between - who told us how they got started, where they found funding, and how they brew, market, package, sell, and distribute their product. 

Along with the panel, we offered a full beer tasting from all your favorite brands and a few new brews you probably haven't tried before. Tasting and networking started at 6:00 pm. The panel discussion began at 7:00 pm. To find out more about our Moderator and Panelists, visit our event page. 

Moderator: Alex Weaver from Bostinno
Panelists:

  • Boston Beer Company
  • Clown Shoes Brewing
  • Night Shift Brewing
     
IDEATE Meetup
May
23
8:00 pm20:00

IDEATE Meetup

  • Taver Road

Let's get together to talk food, tech, and restaurants!  

Is it too soon for a reunion? Nope! Join us on Monday, May 23rd to continue the conversation from IDEATE about food, restaurants, and technology. Louis Dibiccari has generously offered to host the event at his restaurant Tavern Road in the Seaport, just a short walk from South Station (thanks, Louis!). 

RSVP here

IDEATE Meetup
Tavern Road
Monday, May 23rd
8 to 11 pm
343 Congress Street

Couldn't make it to IDEATE? Here's your chance to make connections with local restaurateurs and food techies. Restaurant tech not your thing? Not to worry! All Branchfood Meetup members, friends of the group, and supporters are welcome to this FREE event. This event is scheduled later in the evening to accommodate our restaurant friends, but we'll have a great showing of Branchfoodies from all food sectors!

Get on the guest list!

ArtWeek Opening Reception P-ART-Y w/ Branchfood + CIC Boston
May
2
5:30 pm17:30

ArtWeek Opening Reception P-ART-Y w/ Branchfood + CIC Boston

  • CIC Boston

ArtWeek is an award-winning bi-annual creative festival featuring more than 100 unique, unexpected, and creative experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process.

Branchfood teamed up with CIC Boston and ArtWeek for the Opening Reception P-ART-Y to kick off a week filled with art with evening of local food, art, music, and drinks. There were exhibitions and murals by local artists Adam O'Day, Felipe Ortiz, Luti Castro, and Warren Croce and a musical demonstration by Berklee College student musicians.

ArtWeek Opening Reception P -ART-Y
Monday, May 2nd
5:30 to 7:30 pm
CIC Boston
50 Milk Street, Floor 17 & 18

Best of all, Branchfood hosted the Local Food Tasting Room featuring food and drink provided by Boston-based artisan food companies, like Tamin Teas, and food delivery company, Just Add Cooking. 

[Will Work 4 Food] Job & Internship Fair
Apr
14
3:00 pm15:00

[Will Work 4 Food] Job & Internship Fair

  • CIC Boston

Check out the #WW4F Employer Guide for info about each company and their job/internship openings.

Looking to get your foot in the door of the food+tech industry? 

Boston has a network of exceptional startups and companies that are revolutionizing food innovation. Meet them face-to-face at Branchfood's [Will Work 4 Food] Job and Internship fair, where you'll discover one of the hottest and fastest-growing industries in the city.

This is a FREE event for current students, recent graduates, and professionals of all levels. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

So spruce up your resume, pick your favorite #bizcasual outfit, and get ready to network!

Food + Tech Mystery Speaker Series
Mar
2
Mar 30

Food + Tech Mystery Speaker Series

  • CIC Boston

Every Wednesday in March, Branchfood hosted an entrepreneur to tell the story of how they launched a successful food tech enterprise. 

Our lineup of cutting-edge entrepreneurs dove deep into the challenges and lessons learned about launching a food tech company. Stories covered early pitfalls of starting a biz, obtaining partners and funding, and reaching buyers and users.

Our Speakers:

Gabe Blanchet from Grove: Along with his  former roommate, Gabe launched an aquaponic indoor garden company from his MIT dorm room in 2013, picking up $2 million in seed funding within the first year. Grove's 2014 kickstarter campaign received 412% funding is now shipping around the country.

 Jessica Angell from Cabbige: is a marketer-turned-techie who developed price-optimization software to enchance post-harvest business for small farmers and help them make more money. Since Cabbige's launch two years ago, sixty farms have signed on, earning almost 10% more revenue on average. (Moderator: Lisa Sebesta from Fresh Source Capital and Slow Money Boston)

Eli Feldman from Clothbound: is a 20-year restaurant veteran who developed a LinkedIn-like app to solve an industry-wide hiring crisis. After competing in the 2015 MassChallenge Accelerator, Eli launched Clothbound and brought on more than 20 top restaurants including Bondir, Toro, Row 34, Oleana, and Craigie on Main. (Moderator: Kelly Hulme from The Chanticleer Nantucket)

Cai Rintoul from Provender: is a chef-turned-entrepreneur who co-developed an app to connect chefs looking for fresh quality ingredients with local farmers through a virtual marketplace. Since its launch in 2013, Provender has raised $800k in seed funding and facilitated millions of dollars in transactions between chefs and farmers.

What an amazing opportunity to learn from these savvy founders, hear their #BOSFoodStory, network with them, and soak in some of their #hustle.

Happy Hour @ Naco Taco
Feb
25
6:00 pm18:00

Happy Hour @ Naco Taco

  • Naco Taco

Branchfood's Happy Hour at  Naco Taco was the perfect opportunityto meet and mingle with Boston-area foodies, techies, and entrepreneurs and catch up on new innovation, services, and products! Branchfood welcomes all its meetup members, friends of the group, and supporters at Happy Hour events. 

HACK URBAN FOOD
Nov
14
5:00 pm17:00

HACK URBAN FOOD

  • General Assembly

Calling all entrepreneurs, developers, food system experts, designers, chefs, farmers and the food enthused! 

Branchfood hosted a city-wide food Hackathon on November 14-15, 2014 at General Assembly in Boston's Fort Point!

Attendees helped to develop products and technologies that transform institutional food, restaurant operations and urban farming, heard from industry experts, and worked alongside stellar teams to create solutions to some of the most pressing food system challenges.

Top prize of $5,000 from our friends at Breville, $10,000 in legal services from Nixon Peabody and a year of free space at the Food Loft went to the winning team with many other prizes, giveaways, food and surprises! 

Thanks to our awesome sponsors!

May
6
6:00 pm18:00

VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN FOOD STARTUPS

  • Nixon Peabody

In many ways, it's never been easier to start a food company. From products to services, marketplaces to mobile apps, the food space is HOT. While bootstrapping is preferred, some businesses are almost impossible to launch without capital. The web is filled with endless information on how to raise venture funding; however, the process can be unclear, Investors can be hard to find, and asking a complete stranger for 50k is never a simple task!

Attendees met on Wednesday, May 14th at Nixon Peabody, 100 Summer St in Boston, for an evening with a veteran panel of angel investors and VCs who covered trends in the food space, early stage investing, and identified the most important considerations when raising a food startup, such as:

* How do you find the people you should be talking to?

* How do you get meetings with these people?

* Does “no” mean "maybe later"?

* How much money should you ask for?

* What happens once the VC joins your board?

Speakers included:

Adam Salomone, Associate Publisher, Harvard Common Press, Co-founder, The Food Loft

Scott Roman, Senior Associate, Sherbrooke Capital

Dan Pullman, Founder and Managing Partner, Fresh Source Capital