Chobani, LLC, Norwich, N.Y., selected seven new food startups to join the second class of its Chobani Food Incubator.
"To select our second next class, we tasted hundreds of products and met with entrepreneurs across the country and the world," says Hamdi Ulukaya, chief executive officer. "These seven companies each have something special and unique. In selecting this class, we looked at what categories—and what teams of people—have the ability to make big changes in American supermarkets and give more people better options. I can't wait to have these companies at Chobani to see how we can help them on their journey and welcome them to our family."
Since launching last year, the Chobani Food Incubator program has helped entrepreneurs break into the food industry. Chobani is seeking to partner with small food brands to provide resources needed to challenge big food companies, give more people access to natural, affordable food and create a new food frontier.
The startups selected are as follows:
Chloe's Fruit, New York, combines fruit, water and a touch of organic cane sugar to offer frozen soft-serve fruit, available at its flagship store in New York, and 60-calorie fruit pops, available in grocery stores nationwide.
Farmer Willie's, Boston, Mass., makes gluten-free craft ginger beer that offers 75% less sugar. Farmer Willie’s ferments cold-pressed ginger, lemon and cane sugar with champagne yeast to create a fresh, dry 4.5% alc/vol ginger beer.
Grainful, Ithaca, N.Y., provides meal solutions centered on high-protein grains and clean ingredients.
LoveTheWild, Boulder, Colo., is disrupting the frozen seafood case through its 3-tep culinary experience—sustainable frozen fish paired with bold handcrafted sauce cubes and parchment paper.
Pique Tea Crystals, San Francisco, is said to be the world's first instant plant fuel made purely from organic super-plants.
Chicago-based Rumi Spice works directly with Afghan farmers to import the highest quality saffron and saffron products to restaurants and retail stores nationwide.
Snow Monkey, Santa Monica, Calif., developed Superfood Ice Treats, crafted from all-natural, plant-based ingredients, packed with 21 grams of protein per pint and free from all eight major allergens like dairy, gluten, soy and nuts.