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5 Inspiring Success Stories from the Food Industry

The follow-up regret is simply inevitable when you eat KFC. I feel like a greasy bucket of fried chicken myself every time I eat KFC - a fat pile of greasy flavorful mushy garbage.

The opposite of that KFC feeling must be drinking water, or eating fresh cold blueberries, maybe.

You are what you eat.

What goes into your mouth and into your stomach enters an extensive process of material exchange, which we often call digestion, and eventually becomes a part of your body – in parts quite literally.

The ecosystem of the modern human’s food chain is predictably very complicated in the world of business. Operating at the intersection of science, tradition, and basic consumption needs, the food business includes all sizes of investments in local, national, and global scales – and certainly includes plenty of inspiring success stories.

Tasty Brand - Founded by two women in Los Angeles making organic purees for their babies when they couldn’t find any at the store, Tasty Brand makes organic snacks, gummies, and cookies, with a marketing campaign focused on children. Tasty Brand turned a profit four years after founding, and raced to $2.5 million in sales in their fifth year. 

Oren’s Daily Roast Coffee and Tea - Oren Bloostein was a young man with aspirations, and his job in corporate retail in New York was just not where he wanted to be. He quit his job in 1984 and two years later founded Oren’s Daily roast in a shop in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, using personals savings, loans, and gifts from his parents. Today, Oren’s Daily Roast Coffee and Tea is nearly a $10 million business.

Charity: Water - Charity: Water’s founder Scott Harrison really lived through the douche-life in his 20s, and one day, he thought to himself, while sipping on a vodka martini on the beaches of Uruguay, that all of this luxury life just wasn’t enough reason for a human being to exist. He founded Charity: Water in 2006 to provide clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Harrison’s initiative helped nearly 2 million people around the world access clean water, and now Harrison is raising $2 billion for a project that aims to help 100 million people in 10 years.  

GrubHub - Matt Maloney and Mike Evans worked as software developers in Chicago, taking on projects focusing on lookup searches such as Apartments.com. These are software developers, so they ordered a lot of food, but it was a lot of work every single time, and they decided to create a one-stop shop for food delivery. GrubHub went public in 2014 with up to $2 billion valuation.

Soylent - Soylent calls itself “healthy, convenient, affordable food.” In reality, it’s really a food powder that you mix with water and eat as a meal replacement, sort of like a post-workout protein shake. The co-founders are really a bunch of 20-something startup bros from California, and the edgy editors at Vice News really like them for some reason. They’re certainly dedicated to their mission to “expand access to quality nutrition through food system innovation” – read: “we’re trying to make money and change the world at the same time.”

 

Taylan Turan 12.16.2016 0 155
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