In addition to these obvious benefits of the food-tech and agro-tech sectors in 2020, I see smart infrastructure and design, such as repurposed office real estate and office parks turned into hydroponic and vertical farms. I also see potential in community-based farms (traditional; hydroponic; vertical) within cities and on the outskirts to keep food well distributed and local. And they should all be powered by renewable power sources. It’s an ESG wish list if done right.
In one single food-tech investment, multiple private and corporate investors, vendors and end-users could benefit and invest (real assets/infra funds; smart city funds; council and state pension funds; social infrastructure funds; tech-enabled and cloud computing funds; agrotech products and services). And then there is the potential for job creation on a regional level.
In addition to keeping tabs on domestic food-tech startups, it may be worth looking into stocks and companies that are also tapping into this sector on an international scale- two companies already invested include SAP and Viessmann.
Watch out for BuzzVestor Media’s upcoming interviews with food-tech startup founders.