DEMI

DEMI

Where You Build Your Food Community

A global community where people passionate about food can connect, inspire and learn from each other

Entrepreneurs
Ian Moore, Lisa Grimm

Founded
2020

Partnered
2020

HQ
Copenhagen, Denmark

Category
Connecting the Value Chain


Changing the way people connect through food

While food culture is huge online, it is not representative of food as we see and experience it in our daily lives. Food online is way more of a show than a dinner party. Demi is on a mission to change that, building the tools for culinary entrepreneurs to easily connect their food people, get them talking and ultimately create thriving communities.
Demi’s platform is giving chefs and customers a way to connect and build community, transforming social media into a deeply meaningful and mutually beneficial experience. The platform provides chefs with the simple tools to share content, foster dialog, build direct connections with their fans and earn revenue. Consumers get the chance to engage with their favorite chefs and one another, receive exclusive content, share their own stories and creations and explore new ideas in a positive environment.

Demi is tapping into the transition of the broader restaurant industry, which is moving to a much more direct, fluid interaction between chefs and consumers.
Through connecting consumers with professional chefs and advocating for the importance of fresh, high-quality ingredients, Demi makes cooking fresh, healthy meals available and easy. The platform helps build additional revenue streams for small businesses through direct connections made between chefs and consumers.
Demi creates a space where excited, curious people can come together, commerce more interesting and more sustainable for all parties involved. This approach allows for more voices to be heard, more knowledge and inspiration to be shared, and an actual social experience to be realized.

Ian Moore
Co-Founder

It’s exciting to work with forward-thinking people who genuinely appreciate and champion food’s ability to create and nourish community. Astanor thinks deeply about these things and is a perfect partner for us.

ProducePay

ProducePay

Empowering growers from seed to sale

We find, finance, and fulfill grower supply for importers of fresh produce – a partner to growers from first planting to final liquidation.

Entrepreneurs
Pablo Borquez

Founded
2014

Partnered
2021

HQ
Los Angeles, California

Category
Connecting the Value Chain


At ProducePay, we are transforming the produce industry.

ProducePay is a US Based Ag-tech/Fin-tech startup that lets farmers focus on farming by making all other elements of the industry predictable, transparent and fair. ProducePay’s network, technology and financing give farmers access to an efficient market, providing financial independence. Their innovative solutions directly impact and improve the livelihoods of the stakeholders most disadvantaged by the food system.  Today, ProducePay already serves hundreds of growers, distributors and receivers across the world.

The global produce market relies on highly complex, global supply chains and is quickly perishable, yet produce growers lack the capital, pricing information and market access necessary to succeed. 
Impact is central to ProducePay’s mission. Their solutions provide flexible financing options and market data to empower historically disadvantaged farmers. Their products directly address inequities in the market due to market opacity and power structures to create information equity, income and business continuity.

garten

garten

Wellbeing at work, wherever you are

Garten provides fresh, nutritious food to workers at the office and at home.

Entrepreneurs
Michael Heinrich

Founded
2014

Partnered
2019

HQ
Burlingame, California, USA

Category
Connecting the Value Chain


Empowering people to lead healthy, productive lives

Research has proven that health and productivity go hand in hand, and the more healthful foods people consume during the day, the happier, more engaged and creative they become. Despite this, much of the food consumed in offices is unhealthy and highly processed. With up to 50% of meals being consumed at work, employees struggle to meet their health goals while employers suffer from decreased productivity. garten was founded to address these issues and to empower people to live healthy and blissful lives, no matter where they work.
garten is a workplace kitchen concierge serving nutritious snacks and meals through an innovative wellness platform that supports employees working in the office or at home. The company is redefining the enterprise food services sector by bringing wellness to the workplace and by educating the workforce around the benefits of good nutrition. garten incorporates AI and IoT technology to enhance supply chain management and improve personalized nutrition in the workplace. With its careful sourcing practices, garten also creates significant demand and revenue for organic and regenerative food producers in the areas where it operates. Beyond its diversity of food offerings, garten offers wellness services, such as yoga and meditation, to further improve employee health and happiness.

garten provides workplaces food that is 100% traceable, sourced locally within a radius of no more than 80 miles, and majority organic (>95%). The menu always includes vegetarian options, and 5% of leftover food is donated to cut down on waste.
By partnering with workplaces, garten can improve the diets of many people at once: individual users get access to personalized data, advice and food that meet their individual goals and health needs, while employers get access to a scalable, integrated platform that improves employee retention, morale and productivity. Research has shown that employees who eat healthily at work outperformed their less healthy peers by 25% (Source: British Journal of Heath Psychology).

Michael Heinrich
CEO

I feel incredibly fortune to have the entire Astanor team as a partner. Their incredible care and congruence in values and foresight during board meetings makes me feel at ease and deeply supported.

Hyris DNA

Hyris DNA

Food identity uncovered, one test at a time

The Hyris platform offers the disruptive capability to perform genetic analysis of biological samples in any kind of setting.

Entrepreneurs
Stefano Lo Priore

Founded
2014

Partnered
2019

HQ
Milan, Italy

Category
Connecting the Value Chain



From olive oil to viruses, Hyris is providing safety and reassurance

With as much as 10% of all foods we consume tainted by adulteration, food scandals are on the rise all over the world (Source: Federation of American Scientists). As more and more leading food companies suffer supply chain disruption and reputational damage, so too has their leadership become laser-focused on quality assurance and supply chain transparency.

Hyris offers distributed genetic testing that’s more convenient and scalable than existing options. Hyris aims to create global impact by providing the industries it serves, the first at-scale library of food safety data. It does this through its distributed network of bKITS (bespoke sets of reagents for specific DNA sequences) and bCUBES (a miniaturized portable device).

Hyris has focused its application on the nutrition sector, while also working with adjacent and complementary fields, such as pharmaceuticals, virology and epidemiology. In recent months, Hyris has been granted major regulatory authorizations for COVID-19 testing, including a ground breaking approval for point of care diagnostics by Health Canada.

La Ruche Qui Dit Oui

La Ruche Qui Dit Oui

Ultra fresh, trusted and high-quality food, from farm-to-fork

With a pan-European network of farmers and assemblies (ruches), local food distribution has never been more convenient or closer to home.

Entrepreneurs
Grégoire de Tilly

Founded
2010

Partnered
2018

HQ
Paris, France

Category
Connecting the Value Chain


La Ruche Qui Dit Oui is one of most iconic companies leading the ‘farm to table’ movement in Europe

Bringing value and transparency to the food system by multiplying farmer revenues, securing and growing their market access, and delivering consumers healthy and high-quality products, La Ruche leverages network effects to benefit the whole value chain.
Launched in 2010, La Ruche Qui Dit Oui is an innovative local food distribution system, which enables ultra-fresh commerce with producers selling their products directly to consumers at a fair price.
Their marketplace is supported by a large network of La Ruche Hosts – the passionate women and men who serve as the conduit, connecting communities of famers with consumers at local produce collection points, known by the community as ‘Ruches’ or ‘weekly Assemblies’. La Ruche has established itself as the connection point between over 10,000 producers, 1,000 active assemblies and 200,000 customers.
La Ruche Qui Dit Oui has developed an entire range of complementary distribution channels, both online and offline, across Europe. This has expanded the reach and recurring revenue farmers can secure, through the platform and increased access for consumers to trusted, healthy and local food.

Grégoire de Tilly
CEO

I’ve worked with many VC funds since I launched my first start-up in 1999. Astanor’s team has brought me the most added value. A pragmatic and innovative team, they’re supportive and fully engaged.

The direct connection between farm and fork means higher quality food and a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, as their supply chain is shorter and faster than large-scale retailers. The average distance travelled by produce sold at a La Ruche marketplace is less than 50km, ensuring that consumers receive the best quality of products picked in the morning. At the same time, 80% of the value from that food goes back to the producer, creating an economic benefit for producers that no other marketplace has been able to match. This virtuous circle, unlocking superior value for producers and consumers, is what has led to La Ruche’s continued popularity across Europe.

Apeel

Apeel

Plant-based protection,
longer-lasting produce

Apeel works with nature to reduce food waste and create abundance for all.

Entrepreneurs
James Rogers

Founded
2012

Partnered
2020

HQ
Goleta, California, USA

Category
Connecting the Value Chain


Food Gone Good

Food waste typifies the paradoxes of our global food system, where an estimated 40% of the food grown globally is never consumed, due to supply chain inefficiencies and consumer waste, while nearly 30% of the world’s population remains malnourished and food insecure (Source: FAO). Food loss between harvest and consumption also exacerbates the climate crisis, through wasted inputs (land, water, energy, fertilizers, pesticides), energy spent fueling a supply chain that fails to deliver nutrition, and greenhouse gases emitted from wasted food itself. Apeel was established to address these issues using plant-based solutions.

Apeel developed and produces plant-based coatings for fresh produce that act as a “second peel” to minimize water and gas transfer. This technology allows produce to preserve its freshness and nutrition, fight spoilage, maintain taste and texture, and extend shelf life by two times or more that of untreated produce. These coatings are applied via Apeel’s machinery, which integrates into the supply chain. The produce is also branded with Apeel’s logo, to indicate to consumers that the fruits and vegetables they buy are fresher and longer lasting.


Apeel’s technology brings system-wide impact. As Apeel’s product is integrated across the food system, fewer resources are wasted producing uneaten food, less plastic is required for food packaging, less fuel is expended in rapid shipping, less energy is wasted on in-store refrigeration, fewer GHGs are emitted from wasted food in landfills, and more people of all income levels have access to fresh fruit and vegetables in all parts of the world.