The agreement connects the Salinas, Calif.-based grower with “high-potential startups and creates a collaborative network between key stakeholders in the innovation process,” according to a news release.
“Plug and Play has built a world-class innovation platform, focusing on a cooperative approach to solving real challenges,” Ted Taylor, vice president of business development, said in the release. “They have a proven track record in a variety of verticals and we are excited to join their most recent efforts in the food category.”
Taylor Farms will participate in Plug and Play networking and mentoring events, including the Plug and Play Food and Beverage Selection Day, with gives 30 startups the chance to pitch presentations to corporate investors. Chosen startups will participate in a 12-week accelerator program to develop their products.
“Taylor Farms is committed to bringing healthy, fresh foods to the community,” Plug and Play founder and CEO Saeed Amidi said in the release. “They are well-positioned to engage with startups and we are excited to foster collaborations that will advance the future of food.”
Taylor Farms CEO Bruce Taylor has spoken about the importance of advancing technology at industry events, and the company has partnered with the Thrive Innovation Foundation to promote agriculture technology. Taylor has been credited with gathering support from other industry leaders to bring the Forbes AgTech Summit to Salinas. He also is the recipient of a Forbes Impact Award in leadership.