Every year, Californians throw away nearly 6 million tons of food scraps and in the U.S. ~40% of food that is produced is wasted, whereas one person out of eight in California is struggling with food insecurity. This contrast shows the importance of addressing this challenge, preventing food waste and increasing equitable access to nutritious foods. The start ups and innovators featured in this section are acting to respond to this issue with innovative solutions.
Soul Much started because Reyanne Mustafa and Kristian Krugman were working at a restaurant where they noticed pounds and pounds of nutritious grains such as brown rice and quinoa were being thrown away every night. These were not the scraps on customer’s plates, these were unserved grains straight from the rice cookers. They saw an opportunity to build a brand, to educate the world about food waste, and to show that profit and purpose can be two players on the same team. Every day they work to turn rescued food into delicious cookies.
Renewal Mill’s vision is to create a circular economy of food that closes the loop in today’s current supply chain, keeps valuable nutrition from going to waste, and reduces our impact on the environment. Renewal Mill is helping reduce global food waste by upcycling okara into a nutritious, versatile flour that’s better for you and better for the planet. Okara is a delicious superfood harvested from the pulp of organic soybeans that is created during soymilk production. By diverting fibrous byproducts from landfills, Renewal Mill reduces greenhouse gas emissions. By employing innovative sourcing and processing, they keep costs low and connect consumers to inexpensive, high-quality nutrition. Renewal Mill is committed to keeping things as naturally wholesome as possible.
Imperfect, is working to eliminate food waste and build a better food system for everyone. Despite foods appearance, Imperfect believes no matter what it looks like, everyone deserves to have access to healthy food. Imperfect aims to recover ugly produce, reduce hunger, raise awareness, support farmers, create good jobs, and celebrate foods imperfections as well.
Fully Cycle replaces traditional “take-make-dispose” consumption cycles with a superior Circular Economy solution. Its circular approach improves waste profitability, enables regenerative upcycling of compostable material and gives consumers a choice in sustainable packaging material.
Cambridge Crops is a team of scientists located in Massachusetts which aim to increase the shelf lives of food products as well as reach new markets and reduce waste. Cambridge Crops main goals are to minimize global food waste, limit greenhouse gas emissions and water waste caused by the food supply chain, and to reduce the resilience on non-biodegradable plastic packaging.
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We reinvent the grocery experience by leveraging advancements in AI technology and the gig economy to meet consumers’ everyday grocery needs more sustainably.
Our mission is to make high quality food accessible to everyone.
FreshAI helps restaurants, grocers, c-stores and wholesalers cut food waste to zero while reducing stockouts and accurately predicting demand.
Spoiler Alert is a Boston-based technology company that offers software and professional services to help food businesses recover more value from unsold inventory. We work with operators of food distribution centers and partner with companies like Sysco and HelloFresh to enable item-level tracking and reporting of food recovery and waste diversion activities, while also facilitating food donations, discounted sales, and organics recycling to local, regional, and national networks of outlets. Our ultimate goal is to help companies analyze, manage, and mitigate the negative impacts of unsold inventory and waste. Spoiler Alert is venture-funded and was a member of the 2016 cohort of Techstars Boston and 2015 winner of MassChallenge. The company prides itself on its collaborative culture and mission-driven aspirations, and values transparency, personal growth, and results.
At Hazel Tech, we are passionate about saving food and resources. We are dedicated to solving the problem of food waste in an eco-friendly and sustainable manner. Hazel’s® 1-MCP technology conditions the storage atmosphere to reduce respiration rate & increase resistance to ethylene.
CSS provides a unique full-cycle process that will assist our supermarket customers to recycle their organics, improve store hygiene, and reduce costs, in addition to helping our agricultural customers save money, increase crop yield, and reduce nitrate runoff. We are committed to produce a safe, low cost, high volume, and high quality liquid fertilizer product, Harvest-to-Harvest™