Venture capital investment in general food products increased 22 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to data reported in The Wall Street Journal. In food tech (food apps, online grocery stores, restaurant ordering, reviews), more than $300 million in private investment came through the first quarter of 2014. Among the emerging success stories? Meal-kit-delivery startup Blue Apron, which raised $50 million and boasts a reported $500 million valuation.
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