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PARMA, Italy, June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —Barilla and Plug and Play are looking for talents and ideas for the sustainable and technological future of the food sector. Applications for Good Food Makers, the global accelerator of innovative food startups stimulating the development of new sustainable food solutions, will be open until July 22 Innovative research ideas for 2022 focus on four areas:

AgroTech: innovative solutions to improve agronomic practices and food quality and safety management (e.g. robotics, drones, surveillance systems, digital intelligence, AI data analysis) ;

product and service: solutions to enhance the experience of delivering boxes of pasta;

Sustainable production: use of artificial intelligence systems to reduce energy consumption;

Technological innovation: with a focus on the drying of doughs and the cooking of baked goods, to improve efficiency, quality and/or provide new sensory characteristics.

Applications open for Good Food Makers,promoted by Barilla and Plug and Play. It is a global accelerator for Ag-tech and Food-tech startups whose ideas will shape the future of food

Good Food Makers, now in its fourth year, was created to support food innovators and drive the development of new sustainable food solutions. It includes an eight-week program, during which startups work side-by-side with senior Barilla executives to develop and test new ideas together, driven by the vision of a company that has been committed to producing healthy, quality food for years. 145 years old.

To help them embark on this shared growth path, the four selected startups will receive $10,000 in support for their project to be implemented during the acceleration program, and they will have the opportunity to establish future collaborations with the Barilla group.

In four years, Good Food Makers has attracted more than 400 participating startups and involved more than 100 senior Barilla executives. The winning startups had the opportunity to co-develop their ideas with company managers by testing and validating the solutions to the proposed challenges. This year, the partnership with Plug And Play, the world’s largest open innovation platform, will further strengthen the ability to reach the best startups in AgTech and FoodTech.

Good Food Makers confirms the vocation of the Barilla group to be at the forefront of innovation in the field of food, including with niche solutions such as pasta and biscuits made from legume flour, or 3D printed pasta. It has also been active since 2017 in the ecosystem of Foodtech startups with Blu1877, its recently integrated venture capital vehicle Barilla with the creation of BluFuture, a space dedicated to innovation projects and the support of new business ideas in the food sector. to help people live better on a better planet for future generations.

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