Annie Lawless, co-founder, Suja Juice
Brian Rudolph, co-founder, Banza
Nik Ingersoll, co-founder, Barnana
Barnana on Twitter
Upcycling is the name of the game for this snack company, which aims to tackle food waste on organic banana farms in Latin America by buying “ugly” fruit rejected for export and turning it into dehydrated banana snacks. Ingersoll co-founded Barnana with Caue Suplicy and Matt Clifford.
Sophie Milrom, founder, EatPops
EatPops capitalizes on the juice trend—while also making it more accessible to the average consumer—by freezing it to extend its shelf life, creating a frozen snack that includes healthy ingredients including acai, kale, spinach and beets.
Gabi Lewis and Greg Sewitz, co-founders, Exo
Gavin Armstrong, founder, Lucky Iron Fish
Lucky Iron Fish
Iron deficiency is prevalent in many developing countries, but supplements are expensive. This Certified B Corporation distributes, literally, a fish-shaped piece of cast iron that people can drop into the pot of boiling water they’re using for cooking to up their daily iron intake.
Ben Friedman, co-founder, Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop
Homegrown on Facebook
Friedman’s Seattle-area sandwich chain practices what it calls “sandwich environmentalism” by using a variety of organic produce and locally sourced ingredients in its 10 locations. Homegrown also lists all of its suppliers on its website and uses all compostable paper products.
Alex and Maddy Hasulak, co-founders, Love Grown Foods
Love Grown Foods on Facebook
Beans for breakfast! This couple developed a line of better-for-you breakfast cereals free of GMOs, wheat, corn, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils, and followed that up with lines of gluten-free breakfast oats and oat clusters. The Love Grown Foods team also visits classrooms to educate children about nutrition.
Luke Saunders, CEO, Farmer’s Fridge
Move over, candy bars and soda. Farmer’s Fridge vending machine-like kiosks are filled with salads, fruit and healthy snacks packaged in recyclable jars. They’re currently only in the Chicago area, though.
Noam Kimelman, co-founder, Fresh Corner Café
Fresh Corner Café
The Fresh Corner Café isn’t actually a café—rather, the Detroit-based L3C works with a manufacturer to make fresh salads and sandwiches that are sold in corner stores and gas stations across the city, making fresh, healthy, affordable food options more accessible to Detroit residents.
Laura D’Asaro, Meryl Natow, Rose Wang, co-founders, Six Foods
Like Exo, this company is working with insect protein. But Six Foods is developing chirps—chips made with beans, corn, peas, chia seeds and cricket flour. The founders have raised more than $70,000 on Kickstarter.
Brian Powers, co-founder, TemperPack
It’s not food, but the packing material created by Temperpack could reduce the amount of Styrofoam in landfills. The company makes packaging insulation from plant fibers derived from recycled burlap sacks used to transport coffee and cocoa. They can also be composted after use.