Food Foundry accelerator announces fifth cohort of early-stage foodservice startups
Food Foundry, an accelerator program built by Relish Works and Gordon Food Service for early-stage startups disrupting the food and foodservice industry, announced the five startups that will join the fifth cohort starting in January 2023.
Rich Wolowski, President and CEO, Gordon Food Service: "For 125 years, Gordon Food Service has encouraged our teams to impact the future of foodservice. We're excited to continue that legacy by supporting our fifth cohort of emerging companies pioneering fresh approaches to various challenges in our industry."
The 2023 cohort members are:
- The Crop Project is an agricultural processing and wholesale company devoted to bringing regenerative crops to market, beginning with Atlantic Sugar Kelp.
- CZero Foods is building the new fulfillment cold-chain and making it carbon-neutral and cost-accessible for food CPG brands of all sizes and stages of growth.
- FlexSea is developing home compostable and naturally degradable film and packaging formulations derived from seaweed to tackle the global plastic pollution crisis.
- FreshPost is enabling retailers of perishable goods to offer secure and branded out-of-home delivery services through modular and temperature-controlled locker systems.
- SupplyNow is a digital purchasing and logistics solution that provides on-demand supplies to restaurants to navigate supply chain failures.
Selected from 500+ global applicants, each demonstrated an exceptional level of new and innovative solutions, strong founder teams, and an eagerness to learn from industry experts across the Gordon Food Service and Food Foundry ecosystem.
Mandy Tahvonen, VP and Managing Director, Relish Works: "Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Relish Works and Gordon Food Service. We are committed to supporting and growing early-stage food and foodservice businesses through funding and growth opportunities and are excited to welcome our fifth cohort to our community."
Additionally, Food Foundry welcomes the following Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR):
- Betsy Fore, Co-founder of Tiny Organics and Natives Rising
- Robert Snyder, Co-founder and Advisor at HourWork
- Kyra Atekwana, founder of ReSourceful
Each EIR holds extensive knowledge and experience gained from launching businesses in the foodservice spaces and will serve as a key go-to mentor for the cohort throughout the duration of the program.
The Food Foundry accelerator program provides each startup with an initial $75K investment and opportunities to learn the intricacies of the industry.