10 Food Tech Innovators the Hospitality Industry Needs Right Now

Friday 27th April

By YFood

We’re an interactive platform passionate about driving innovation in the Food Industry using technology by connecting and supporting the most brilliant minds in the food industry.

The hospitality industry is ripe for disruption and we're excited to see tech tackling issues, such as waste, marketing, experience and customer loyalty, head on. We'll be showcasing some of the hottest Food Tech startups the industry has to offer at the YFood Insight & Innovation Day, Eating & Drinking Out. Discover our top picks of the hospitality innovators below and come and meet their teams on the day, experience their products and learn how these industry disruptors are helping restaurants become more efficient and profitable.



Winnow develops digital tools to help chefs run more profitable kitchens by cutting food waste in half. They connect commercial kitchens to the cloud allowing them to record and analyse exactly what is put in the bin. This gives chefs the information necessary to drive improvements in their production processes to cut food waste, saving money and reducing their environmental footprint at the same time. Winnow’s clients include the likes of Compass Group, IKEA, Accor Hotels and Costa Cruises.



The service industry is facing massive disruption and only the efficient will survive. Trail is a simple, smart checklist for service operations. It’s designed to guide teams through their day with repeat processes and automated integrations, delivering actions from finance through to compliance. Helping every site hit the same high standard, and driving profitability with everyday efficiency. Existing clients include Leon, GAILs, Brewdog, New World Trading and EI Group.



Yumpingo works with the likes of Wahaca, Bill’s, Mitchells & Butlers, Wagamama, ASK Italian and Rosa’s Thai Café to brings big data analytics to the hospitality industry, transforming menu development, operations and guest engagement. They capture more customer feedback to provide live NPS for every venue, every shift, every dish and every server. Actionable insights generated by expert-led artificial intelligence deliver improved guest experiences and sales growth.

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Vita Mojo

Vita Mojo operates a software-as-a-service operating system, VM OS. VM OS is an integrated operating system for the hospitality industry focused on delivering transformational value through personalisation, automation and data analytics. As well as providing their service for clients including Elior PLC, Virgin Active, BlackSheep Coffee, Wokit and Polu Poké, they also have three of their own ultra-personalised restaurants that act as an R&D center. They are on a mission to make personalisation the norm around the world. Their mantra is we are all different. Why eat the same?



Karma is an app that reduces food waste by allowing restaurants to sell good surplus food to consumers at a lower price. As a result, consumers eat great food for less and businesses receive an additional revenue stream – all while contributing to a more sustainable society.



Tenzo is on a mission to revolutionise the way restaurants and retailers use their data. Tenzo provides actionable insights and accurate demand forecasting, all powered by machine learning and A.I. Christian, founder of Hummus Bros, and Adam, a software expert and former McKinsey consultant, combined their experience to reduce a reliance on gut based decisions. The Tenzo platform collates all a restaurant’s information and puts data behind questions like how much food to order in, staff to schedule, and what promotions to rerun.

Tenzo allows managers to improve operations by quantitatively measuring employee performance, optimising inventory and staff schedules, and boosting social media performance and works with the likes of Chilango, Upham Pub Group, Breakfast Club, Friska and Caravan.

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City Pantry

City Pantry is the leading online platform dedicated to bringing great food to companies across London. They serve 12,000 meals to over 500 of London’s best companies each week.


Evogro makes Plant Growing Systems for Chefs. They make it easy for their customers to grow-their-own perfect microgreens, salad leaves and herbs. The plants are grown in fully-automated cabinets and can be picked just when needed so they are absolutely fresh and full of flavour. Evogro’s customers are some of the leading food services businesses in the UK, including Claridge’s, The Ritz, The Fat Duck, Compass & Baxter Storey.




Citymunch connects venues and potential customers in real time to help manage restaurant demand throughout the day. Allowing operators to offer real time promotions, Citymunch creates opportunities to encourage new and repeat custom by extending peak times, boosting sales during down times and reducing end-of-day food waste.



Sharing a common passion for image, BackLight was founded by Jonathan and Fred in order to create 3D animated content with a strong narrative. High quality designs and storytelling became their signature and 10 years later, Virtual Reality is making their cgi even more real.

Most recently BackLight created VR content for Sodexo’s Health and Safety training programme and has already helped cut accidents by up to 50%. Backlight believe that hospitality training can be more engaging, more effective and for less money using VR.

Come and meet these exciting Food Tech startups at the YFood Insight & Innovation Day, Eating & Drinking Out and learn how they are helping restaurants become more efficient and profitable.

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