3 Colorado Food Startups To Watch In 2017
Colorado is home to a booming tech sector that’s showing little sign of slowing down any time soon. Under the broad umbrella of “technology,” the diversity of organizations pursuing unique missions is similarly expansive. This is great news for innovators and visionaries of all stripes. One slice of the industry that proves particularly palatable is the segment of our startup community focused on disrupting the way we eat. Whether their priority is health, convenience, or sustainability, we cannot wait to see what these awesome companies accomplish in the year to come. Hope you’re hungry!
Headquartered in Denver, Green Chef is a startup that delivers fresh, organic, and seasonal ingredients directly to your front door. The company carefully designs meal packages that cater specifically to your dietary needs, your health goals, and your overall lifestyle. Taking advantage of the service is super easy – just sign up, log how many people for whom you’d like to cook, make note of any potential dietary restrictions, and let them know when you would like to receive your delivery. That’s it! You’ll receive a weekly delivery of enough organic ingredients to prep three meals at your leisure. Green Chef deliveries arrive in a refrigerated box – an additional, awesome perk that means your food stays fresh.
Based in Boulder, Mad Agriculture is working hard to eliminate our farmers’ dependence on unsustainable resources like fishmeal and soy. The alternative? They use insects to transform food waste into a protein-rich feed supplement that agricultural stakeholders can substitute into their production methods for a greener, more cost-effective, and all-around better process. So, Mad Agriculture actually solves two big problems at once. They help eliminate food waste by using it to cultivate Black Soldier Fly Larva. Then, they offer the insects as a healthy protein source to improve animal feed and soil at a lower cost (both environmentally and financially) than traditional alternatives. This is pure innovation in an impressively creative form.
MycoTechnology is an Aurora-based firm that’s tackling some of the toughest challenges in the food and beverage industry using a one-of-a-kind technology platform based on…mushrooms! Their products are used to improve flavor profiles while also reducing the need for ingredients like sugar. Food science is a massive and complex world in and of itself, and MycoTechnology has solidly planted itself at the cutting edge. With a senior leadership team that boasts more than 100 years of combined management and fermentation expertise, the company is well equipped to accomplish big things. MycoTechnology is already working with some of the largest companies in the world to bring about a more sustainable (and tastier!) future.