Growing Innovation
in Food & Agriculture

MBOLD is working to accelerate solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the food and agriculture sectors today, particularly climate change and the growing demand for food.

Leading the Way to the Future of Food

MBOLD™ members believe that the future of food and agriculture must be one that nourishes a growing global population while protecting and preserving the Earth’s natural resource base for generations to come. Minnesota’s globally leading cluster of food and agriculture businesses, researchers and producers has a vital role to play in making that future a reality.

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Leading the Way to the Future of Food

MBOLD members believe that the future of food and agriculture must be one that nourishes a growing global population while protecting and preserving the Earth’s natural resource base for generations to come.

Minnesota’s globally leading cluster of food and agriculture businesses, researchers and producers has a vital role to play in making that future a reality.

Our Coalition

Leaders of some of the world’s foremost food and agriculture companies, research institutions and nonprofit organizations are driving MBOLD’s work to test and execute solutions to the biggest challenges facing our food system.

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Meet our coalition members

Our Coalition

Leaders of some of the world’s foremost food and agriculture companies, research institutions and nonprofit organizations are driving MBOLD’s work to test and execute solutions to the biggest challenges facing our food system.

Meet our coalition members
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How we Work

From our home base in Minnesota — a state with an unparalleled concentration of globally leading food and agriculture companies and research institutions — we work together across our membership to:

Accelerate solutions that address pressing challenges in food and agriculture and foster opportunities for stakeholders across the value chain

Catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship

Attract and retain the workforce of the future

Our Strategies

Advancing Soil Health
& Water Stewardship

Building soil health and reducing emissions are critical as we tackle climate change and make our food system more resilient. MBOLD is engaging farmers and ranchers to adopt soil health and water stewardship practices, build markets for alternative crops and manage the risk that farmers face when taking new approaches.

Creating a Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging Film

Flexible films are used throughout the food and agriculture sectors for food packaging, hay bales, pallet wrap and more, but only a fraction of it is recycled. MBOLD aims to change that by spearheading development of a circular economy for flexible packaging films in the Upper Midwest to cut waste and give these materials a second life.

Catalyzing Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Bold ideas from innovators and entrepreneurs will be essential as we navigate the critical challenges facing our food system now and into the future. MBOLD brings together the disruptive thinking of entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world with the reach and acumen of large global companies to take good ideas to scale.

Fighting Food Insecurity

As COVID-19 takes a historic toll on our economy and families’ ability to put food on their table, MBOLD is supporting solutions and partnerships to fight food insecurity. We’re using a data-driven approach to get ahead of food insecurity at the local level and spurring deeper public-private collaboration.

Growing & Engaging Talent

The future of food and agriculture depends on passionate people contributing their skills across the food system. To meet the challenges ahead, we need to work together and invite everyone to the table. MBOLD is connecting talent with opportunities to thrive in food and agriculture.

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