Eater demand for healthy, sustainable and convenient food is spurring a whole new generation of CPG concepts.
From greens and value added products grown in city rooftop greenhouses to direct-to-consumer frozen foods that are both healthy and delicious, startups are radically rethinking how food products are developed, packaged and sold.
Join us to hear from some of the game-changing startups who are re-engineering food at our September Food+Tech Meetup. Founders will do a deep dive into their business models, approaches to product development and lessons learned. We will also have networking with the community and lots of great food and drinks to sample from Beyond the Shoreline (https://www.beyondtheshoreline.co/), Gotham Greens (http://gothamgreens.com/), Zesty Z (https://zesty-z.com/), Bushwick Kitchen (https://bushwickkitchen.com/), Daily Harvest (https://www.daily-harvest.com), Rise Flour (http://www.riseproducts.co/), Seek Food (https://www.seek-food.com/), Regrained (https://www.regrained.com), Remedy Organics (https://www.remedyorganics.com), Revere (https://revere.co/) and Ox Verte (https://www.oxverte.com/)!
6:30 - 7:30: Networking + Snacks
7:30 - 8:45: Presentations + Q&A
8:45 - 9:30: More Networking
Viraj Puri, co-founder & CEO of Gotham Greens (http://gothamgreens.com/)
Gotham Greens is a global pioneer in the urban agriculture industry and a leading regional producer of hyper-local, premium-quality produce and fresh food products. The company provides its retail, restaurant, and institutional customers with a local, year-round supply of produce under the highest standards of food safety and environmental sustainability. Gotham Greens has built and operates over 170,000 square feet of greenhouse across 4 facilities in New York and Chicago and was founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, New York.
Rachel Drori, founder & CEO of Daily Harvest (https://www.daily-harvest.com)
Founded in 2015, Daily Harvest delivers convenient superfoods to your freezer with 29 flavor combinations of smoothies, soups, chia parfaits, overnight oats, and sundaes. Each cup is co-created by our team of nutritionists and Michelin-trained chefs and come packed with exotic superfoods, whole, organic fruits and vegetables, and no refined sugars or preservatives. Each is perfectly portioned; so all you have to do is take a cup out of the freezer, add your liquid of choice and blend, heat, or soak. All produce is picked at peak nutrition and frozen on the farm, so it's just as fresh and nutritious as the farmers market.
David Benzaquen, CEO of Ocean Hugger Foods (http://www.oceanhuggerfoods.com)
Founded by Certified Master Chef James Corwell, Ocean Hugger Foods' mission is to protect our vulnerable oceans and fisheries by offering plant-based seafood alternatives that delight even the most discerning of palates. Our first product is Ahimi, a tomato-based alternative to Ahi tuna used in sushi and poke. Our product will soon be available at Whole Foods in October.
Eric Holstein, Expansion Director of Foodworks (https://thefoodworks.com/ny-brooklyn)
Foodworks operates high fidelity culinary incubators across the United States. We provide specialized products and services to entrepreneurs in the food community to help them bring new companies and ideas to market. Through our holistic approach, selected companies benefit from our flexible and affordable infrastructure, outsourced services, personalized mentorship, educational events and workshops as well as our vibrant community of culinary professionals looking to innovate the industry. Foodworks is empowering the next generation of food entrepreneurs.
Cindy and Henry Kasindorf, Co-Founder of Remedy Organics (https://www.remedyorganics.com/)
We are a small, but hard-working team of wellness, nutritional and culinary mavens committed to developing functional products that are 100% plant-based. We are passionate about spreading the message of good health through good nutrition and our mission is to bring convenient, functional-nutrition to the world in the form of plant based food and beverages. Each of our bottles contains 100% Plant Based Protein Blends, 15-17g Protein + Adoptogens, and 1B CFU of Probiotics for Immune Support, Digestive Support, and High Protein Utilization.
Primary (https://liveprimary.com) is the brainchild of Lisa Skye Hain, Danny Orenstein, and Brian Hain. In the winter of 2015, Lisa (an entrepreneurial community builder) approached Danny (a design construction specialist) to launch a vision she created in 2012. Realizing that wellness had helped each of them excel in both work and life, the founders embarked on a journey to combine both elements into a thriving workspace community -- leveraging Brian's health and fitness expertise as Chief Wellness Operator.
Rabobank is an international bank providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. Rabobank’s Banking for Food Startup Innovation Team fosters the world’s most pioneering and bold food and agriculture startups. From farm-to-fork, Startup Innovation Team understands how critical innovation is to solving fractures in the food supply, a key focus of Rabobank’s Banking for Food (https://www.rabobank.com/en/about-rabobank/food-agribusiness/what-we-do-banking-for-food/index.html) strategy. Additional information about Rabobank is available on our website (https://www.rabobank.com/en/home/index.html). For more information about B4F Innovation Startup initiatives please visit TERRA (https://terraaccelerator.com/) andFoodBytes!. (http://www.foodbytesworld.com/)
Like our namesake borough, the Brooklyn Brewery is made up of a rich collection of characters from all over the world. In our Williamsburg home, these characters are dedicated to brewing and selling great beer and enriching the communities we serve. Together, these Brooklyners have assembled the skills needed to transform a home brewing hobby into an independent brewery with a brand that has become an international beacon for good beer.