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CleanTech Startup Relocalize Raises $5.8 Million Transform Food Supply Chains

Relocalize, a Quebec-based CleanTech startup, has successfully secured an impressive $5.8 million in seed funding, surpassing its initial target by $1 million.

CleanTech Startup Relocalize Raises $5.8 Million Transform Food Supply Chains
Relocalize Team

Relocalize, a Quebec-based CleanTech startup, has successfully secured an impressive $5.8 million in seed funding, surpassing its initial target by $1 million.

This funding boost aims to advance the scale-up of their autonomous microfactory platform, designed to revolutionize how food and beverages are produced and distributed.

Decarbonizing the Food Industry

Relocalize is at the forefront of addressing the pressing issues of greenhouse gas emissions and inefficiencies in food supply chains.

By establishing microfactories directly at grocery distribution centers, the company facilitates hyper-local production of food and beverages.

This strategic move not only cuts down 100% of middle-mile transportation but also enhances the resilience of supply chains against various risks.

The recent funding round was led by Desjardins Capital and received robust support from prior seed investors such as i4 Capital, Waterpoint Lane, and RGS Ice.

The influx of capital will accelerate the development and deployment of Relocalize's innovative technology platform across Canada and the United States.

A Vision for a Truck-Free Future

D. Wayne McIntyre, the CEO of Relocalize, highlighted the impact of the new funding:

"This partnership with Desjardins Capital at such a crucial stage reinforces our commitment to creating a truck-free future in food manufacturing. Our rapid scaling up of micro-factories in collaboration with grocery retailers is set to change the landscape of the industry."

Nathalie Bernard, COO at Desjardins Capital, echoed this sentiment, underscoring the alignment of Relocalize’s objectives with Desjardins Group's long-term goals of achieving net zero emissions by 2040 across key sectors such as energy, transportation, and real estate.

The Future of Food Supply Chains

Relocalize’s innovative approach seeks to disrupt traditional food and beverage industries by eliminating unnecessary transportation and the associated emissions.

By redefining production and distribution processes, Relocalize is not only tackling the environmental impact but also paving the way for more sustainable consumption patterns.

The RELO™ Distributed Network

At the heart of Relocalize's strategy is the RELO™ Distributed Network, a visionary project aiming to create a hyper-local food supply system.

The future of food entails a seamless "one-step journey" from micro-factories directly to consumers and retail stores, significantly reducing the carbon footprint associated with traditional food supply chains.

Technological Innovations

Through the deployment of advanced robotics and automated systems, Relocalize is reducing operational costs and enabling on-demand production at scale.

This technology-driven approach is essential for realizing distributed production and addressing the inefficiencies of centralized production models.

Commitment to Sustainability

The commitment to sustainability is evident in Relocalize's efforts to decarbonize food production and minimize waste.

By hyper-localizing production and developing innovative waste-reduction solutions, the company is making strides towards reducing CO2 emissions, plastic pollution, water waste, and food waste.

Relocalize is not just reimagining the production of ice and beverages; its vision extends to transforming every store aisle, promising a sustainable and efficient future for the global food industry.

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