18 9 / 2013
24 8 / 2013
The idea, say Farmplicity’s founders, is to take the hassle out of sales, leaving farmers more time do what they do best — grow and produce food. “We want to take away the pains of the process, but leave the human interaction,” said Jolijt Tamanaha, one of the site’s four founders. “We’re just trying to take away the annoying part — the thousands of invoices and hundreds of phone calls.”
20 8 / 2013
Yesterday, I received my first Goodies box, and I was elated. It reminded me of back when I got my first Foodzie box nearly three years ago. Foodzie was pioneer in the monthly subscription startups. Since then, many have taken off including Birch Box and Craft Coffee. Foodzie was SXSW one year giving out artisan lollipops while people waited in line to get into a party. I was a fan! Last year Foodzie was acquired and is now Joyous. Joyous didn’t have same feel as Foodzie, and so I unsubscribed. Goodies was conceived Wal-Mart Labs, which is a tech innovation division of Wal-Mart. Corporate brands working with artisan producers has been met with doubt, but I really like Goodies.
At $7/month, it is a good deal. Plus, you can review the items in Goodies box and earn points toward purchases. Goodies may have a taken a page from Foodzie, but so far it has iterated into a more social and interactive delivery experience.
30 7 / 2013
Manhattan-based Food52, now four years old, includes a wide range of content, most of it created by readers. Regular features appear on such topics as “Dinner vs. Child” (offering kid-friendly carrot dishes), as well as recipes from users, contests and a forum for questions (“Can I reheat fish the next day?”). When the founders thought about where to launch their business, which now has 15 employees, New York City seemed like an obvious home base. “New York attracts a greater pool of talent in tech, media and food all in one place,” said Ms. Hesser. The company, which has annual revenue of more than $1 million, according to Ms. Hesser, is about to launch an e-commerce site called Provisions.
29 7 / 2013
"Startups have made it so much easier for peer-to-peer buying and bartering these days. Need a place to stay? Swap houses. Want to fill out your wardrobe? Swap clothing. And coming soon is Leftover Swap, a smartphone app to help you barter or give away your leftovers. This is either ingenius or cringe-worthy, depending on your penchant for other people’s unfinished meals. “It’s obviously not for everybody,” says Leftover Swap co-founder Dan Newman. “But for as many people who seemingly have a problem with it, there’s people who love the idea.” The basic gist is this: Let’s say you have some leftover pizza. Snap a photo of it and post it to the app’s database. Strangers in the same geographic market then have an option of trading you for the food — or just taking it off your hands."
15 11 / 2012
Science Inc. has announced the launch of their latest operation, Urban Remedy, a wellness-focused startup that delivers juices, meal replacements, and healthy snacks. The company launches with $1 million in seed funding from Science and a group of angels with experience in the beverage industry.
Committed to health and healing, Founder Neka Pasquale directed her energies into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, which reinforced her understanding that food is medicine.