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OceanHarvest Founder Joachim Hjerl on regenerative ocean farming

Regenerative ocean farming has been identified as a key solution to climate change. It’s the practice of growing seaweed along with several kinds of shellfish like oysters and mussels not just to feed people, but also to heal the oceans. HavHøst or OceanHarvest is an NGO helping communities throughout the Nordics get set up with toolkits to grow, harvest, and eat from the sea without harming nature or existing underwater ecosystems. In this episode, Joachim Hjerl shares how a crazy idea of growing 20 oysters in Copenhagen’s central harbor became a movement of blue community gardens. 

  • 7:30 An intro to regenerative ocean farming 
  • 14:30 Growing a network of community-supported farms
  • 23:00 Working with policymakers to enable solutions 
  • 36:00 Creating a market to support supply
  • 43:00 Cultural acceptance around new foods 

For more conversations, join our community on Instagram or check out other episodes on www.nordicfoodtech.io.

Posted in: Sweden

Oatly’s Founder Björn Öste on the 25 year journey of building an overnight success

Björn Öste founded Oatly with his brother Rickard in 1994. Fast forward to today and Oatly IPOed in May 2021 at a value of $10 billion. But how did this startup from Lund, Sweden become the world’s leading alt-milk brand? In today’s episode, we cover Oatly’s startup journey from the early academic days focused on lactose intolerance to the development of their famous barista strategy. We also cover the brothers’ other entrepreneurial endeavors to develop food with clear health benefits. 

  • 5:00 How Oatly started
  • 18:00 Nailing branding and product-market fit
  • 41:00 Tips for entering the US market
  • 47:00 Aventure and developing science-backed ventures
  • 57:00 The story of Good Idea – sparkling water that reduces blood sugar 

Applications are now open for the US Nordic Food Summit in November 2021. 20 of the most promising Nordic startups in food and agtech will be selected to go to San Francisco and meet with a curated list of U.S. investors as well as learn more about what it takes to enter the market. Apply here by September 17.  

Posted in: Denmark Norway Sweden

Carlsberg's Tenna Skov Thorsted on sustainability and the Together Towards Zero program

Carlsberg’s Together Towards Zero campaign consists of four major ambitions – ZERO carbon footprint, ZERO water waste, ZERO irresponsible drinking, and a ZERO accidents culture. My guest today is Tenna Skov Thorsted who leads Carlsberg Denmark’s sustainability efforts. Her job is to ensure that these targets are met and that they create value. Join us as Tenna shares how sustainability at Carlsberg works in practice and how they collaborate to get there.

  • 4:00 The organizational structure of sustainability
  • 6:30 The Together Towards Zero campaign
  • 12:00 Where ideas come from
  • 16:00 Examples around water and packaging
  • 35:00 Carlsberg Research Laboratory

For more conversations, join our community on Instagram or check out other episodes on www.nordicfoodtech.io. Your host, Analisa Winther, always appreciates hearing your feedback, thoughts, and key takeaways!

Nordic FoodTech Podcast Host Analisa Winther on how and why the show got started

The Nordic FoodTech Podcast spotlights individuals and organizations who are creating the future through food. In this episode, the Host and Creator of the podcast Analisa Winther is interviewed by radio and podcast personality Andreas Graulund. Listen in as Analisa explains how and why the show started, her background, common themes, how guests are chosen, and so much more.

  • 8:10 How the podcast got started
  • 12:00 The purpose of the show
  • 16:00 How guests are chosen
  • 22:30 Fostering collaboration and breaking down silos
  • 30:00 Why every asked is asked the same 4 questions

To get in touch with Analisa, connect on Instagram or LinkedIn.

Posted in: Sweden

Nick's Ice Cream Founder Niclas Luthman on developing high-tech, good for you sweets

The story of Nick’s begins in 2014, when a Swedish serial entrepreneur with a background in mechanical engineering was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Niclas Luthman had to change his diet, but he still loved and craved sweets. This led to him tinkering around in the kitchen and creating a line of “better for you” snacks and sweets that have no added sugar, gluten, or palm oil. Nick’s products involve an enormous amount of R&D. enabling them to achieve new food feats like offering an ice cream with 70% fewer calories than other leading brands. Nick’s recently closed $30 million in funding, launched its ice cream in 4,000 stores across the US, and has expanded into 15 European markets. Tune in for this startup’s how I built this story. 

  • 9:30 How Nick’s started 
  • 17:00 Building every ingredient from scratch
  • 23:00 The power of a good team in an emerging industry
  • 32:00 Developing innovative products from science
  • 42:00 Advice for scaling in Sweden vs the USA

Share your feedback and thoughts or discover new episodes on Instagram @nordicfoodtech

C40 Cities Zachary Tofias on how a network of the world’s megacities is addressing climate change

The C40 network consists of 97 cities representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy. The mayors of these cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level and C40 supports them in collaborating effectively, sharing knowledge and driving meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.

In today’s episode, I speak with Zachary Tofias who serves as the Director of the Food and Waste Program at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. We discuss the ins and outs of how C40 works, the power of cities to create change, why networks matter, how to spread good ideas, and examples of how cities are taking bold climate action.

  • 2:30 What C40 is and how it works
  • 7:40 Why cities can have big food system impact
  • 11:15 How good ideas spread across cities
  • 30:00 The big opportunity around food systems
  • 36:00 How to establish a network

Share your feedback and thoughts or discover new episodes on Instagram @nordicfoodtech.

Posted in: Sweden

Love matchmaker LeMarc Thomas on building strong partnerships and collaborations

My guest today is the internationally renowned love matchmaker Lemarc Thomas who is based in Stockholm. A life-long student of psychology, Lemarc learned through his studies and interactions that love is at the core of human behavior, and that helping someone become aware of how they love not only improves that individual’s life, but transforms many, if not all relationships connected to that person. In today’s conversation, we focus on the lessons that can be learned from love matchmaking when it comes to building stronger relationships and collaborations throughout the food system. 

  • 6:00 The blurred line between our professional and personal selves
  • 7:00 Values and needs as predictors of long term relationships
  • 22:20 The 3 layers of being in a relationship
  • 40:00 What it means to do business with love

Share your thoughts with us on Instagram @lemarcthomas and @nordicfoodtech

Posted in: Finland Sweden

Paulig Group's investment arm on the future of taste

My guest today is Marika King who is the Head of PINC, Paulig Group’s corporate venture capital arm, which is focused on investing in the future of taste. Paulig is a house of brands with a presence in 13 European countries, a turnover of almost 1 billion euros, and around 2,000 employees. Headquartered in Finland, its portfolio consists of Santa Maria, Risenta, Gold & Green, and PocoLoco along with Paulig coffee. PINC stands for Paulig Incubator and was launched in 2018. In this episode, we discuss how PINC is helping Paulig to invest in future innovations while contributing to a tastier, healthier, and more sustainable planet.

  • 6:10 How Paulig’s corporate venture capital arm works
  • 10:00 The future of taste and how PINC looks at radical innovation
  • 13:30 Due diligence and what PINC expects to see from startups
  • 33:00 Vision for the future of food in 10-15 years
  • 48:00 Tips for fundraising and valuating your company

This month, we are hosting a feedback competition. If you fill out this form, you will be entered in a lottery to win a $200 gift certificate to the bar or restaurant of your choice OR an hour of coaching / consulting with your host. Enter here.

Posted in: Sweden
Anna Ottosson Trellis Road Funda Sezgi Norrsken Foundation

Norrsken Impact Accelerator and Trellis Road on scaling impact

The Norrsken Impact Accelerator is based in Stockholm. This year, the program is focused on accepting startups who are addressing big challenges related to our global good system. The accelerator has created quite a buzz for the incredible network of unicorn founders behind companies like Soundcloud, Klarna, Meltwater, Acne Studios, etc who will be advising the selected applicants. Today, I am joined by Funda Sezgi who is the Chief Growth Officer of Norrsken Foundation and the Manager Director of the accelerator program. I also have Anna Ottosson, a FoodTech investor at Trellis Road and a Venture Partner of the accelerator. 

  • 15:00 How the accelerator works and perks
  • 22:00 How will startups be able to tap these unicorn founders?
  • 28:00 What do we need more of in the Nordics to build our ecosystem?
  • 37:20 What does it mean to scale impact?
  • 42:00 What’s the best place to start a food startup globally?

This month, we are hosting a feedback competition. If you fill out this form, you will be entered in a lottery to win a $200 gift certificate to the bar or restaurant of your choice OR an hour of coaching / consulting with your host. Enter here.

Posted in: Sweden

Daniel S. Ruben on moving from eradicating hunger to sustainably nourishing people

Daniel is a consultant to The Rockefeller Foundation Food Initiative. He previously supported the Foundation’s food and agriculture strategy refresh. Now he supports the Foundation’s work to advance a more nourishing and sustainable food system. Daniel is also the author behind the FoodTech Weekly newsletter as well as a mentor to several FoodTech accelerators and an advisor to a number of startups in the food and ag space.

In every episode of this show, we ask guests what their vision for the future of the food system is as well as what’s missing to make that vision a reality. Since 2019, The Rockefeller Foundation has run a Food System Vision Prize, distributing prize money to organizations across the globe that develop and share their vision for the future food system that they aspire to create by the year 2050. Join us as we discuss the vision that Daniel sees developing in the Nordics compared to what he sees happening in other parts of the globe. We also talk about what it takes to turn these visions into realities.

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  • 8:00  The Food System Vision Prize
  • 19:00 How visions for our food system have changed over history
  • 22:30 The Nordic food system vision vs other parts of the world 
  • 36:30 How COVID-19 is impacting the food system