The food and beverage industry thrives on innovation, a fact clearly evidenced by the exciting array of startups that have emerged in this vibrant sector over the past year or so. From developing new technology designed to simplify the grocery shopping experience to creating healthy, plant-based foods, these fresh-faced companies are dreaming big, taking risks, and offering up fresh perspectives on the ways we interact with and consume food and drink.
Chicago, Illinois, has always been known for its eclectic food scene. Today, though, the city is garnering attention for more than just deep-dish pizza and hot dogs. Breakthrough startups are emerging from this Midwest hub, tackling challenges in areas as varied as water purification, organic food retail, and online food ordering and delivery.
Here, we take a delightfully diverse tour of dynamic, newly launched startups in the food & beverage industry in Chicago, Illinois.
OjaExpress, co-founded by Boyede Sobitan and Fola Dada, is a digital marketplace that helps local independent ethnic grocery stores expand their reach and offer their unique cultural products to a larger audience. The company provides online ordering services and offers insight into customer behaviour, fostering sustainable growth for these businesses. Follow them on their Twitter account, Facebook page, and check their Linkedin profile.
Founded by Julia Stamberger, The Planting Hope sells a variety of plant-based products under three different brands. They focus on food and beverage, organic food, and retail sales, striving to create healthier food alternatives. Connect with them on their Linkedin.
Started by Manuela Zoninsein, Kadeya aims to change the way we consume water. Their closed-loop water vending system uses digitised reusable bottles, striving for a more sustainable experience. Consult their Linkedin page and check out their Twitter for updates.
Founded by Kirill Litovchenko, Farm Taste offers a ‘farm-to-doorstep’ fresh produce delivery service. Their goal is to create a direct line between local farmers and consumers for fresh, seasonal, and locally grown products. Connect with them on Facebook and Linkedin.
Developped by KK Kotapati, Instabids is an application that bridges restaurants and their customers, helping them find the best instant discount for their dining experiences. Follow Instabids on Twitter, Facebook, and check their Linkedin.
Jeremy Schmidt’s startup, Blossom, specialises in Superfood lattes stated to build resilience to everyday stresses.