American consumers spend far
more on food than they do other basic necessities like health care and
startups are an attractive market for technology investors, who are spending
millions of dollars to fund food entrepreneurs’ dining
business ideas that will feed hungry customers.
big in the food startup biz, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the top 5
food startups of the century.
Food Startups That Warm the Heart
1. Revolution Foods
Foods was founded in 2006 and has since blossomed into a very successful business.
2,500 community schools and organizations since its inception, Revolution
Foods has really taken off by providing healthy and delicious meals to
The chefs at
this food startup create menu ideas based on kid-approved recipes with culture
and location in mind. Meaning, they enjoy creating dishes that are native to
cater to students, meals don’t stop at lunch. Revolution Foods creates
specialized menus for breakfast, lunch, snack time, and dinner. They’re all
about using the highest quality ingredients and empowering a healthy
Food Startups That Fill the Tummy
moving (like, legitimately moving and working out), then Elements is for you.
The food comes in a bag, and all you need is to add hot water and bring a fork!
startups’ recipes are made to fuel your body, so you can continue to be active
and finish out the day strong. There’s absolutely zero prep time and the meals
provide precise macronutrients your body commands.
whenever, wherever – all thanks to its portable bag. Meals are compliant with
all types of dietary plans and restrictions. Elements has dishes that are
paleo, whole 30, and keto compliant – not to mention gluten-free, soy-free,
was Grubhub and now there’s Postmates, a food delivery service that brings
take-out, groceries, and alcohol to your door.
part? It’s all delivered within the hour of ordering.
operates in more than 2,900 cities. With Postmates Unlimited, users benefit
from free delivery on all of their food- and drink-related needs for a small
of a little thing called meal kits, right? Well, they run on average $12
a person per meal.
is making these meal subscription kits much more affordable at $4.99 per
person, per meal.
How can they
keep the cost so low for consumers, you ask? They use less packaging in their
boxes, plus simple ingredients to create diverse menu items.
commitment when it comes to Everyplate. The food startup is cheap for
consumers, and they can still undercut others in the industry even by charging
Food Startups for the Busy Body
incredibly busy lives will appreciate Instacart because of its home grocery
delivery driver is also your personal shopper, and they’ve been trained to pick
out the freshest produce and properly transport those delicate foods like bread
shares exclusive coupons with their members, and they offer same-day delivery.
Have a pet? You can get pet supplies delivered from Petco through
is practical because you don’t ever have to walk up and down the aisles or wait
in long checkout lines again. Instacart currently delivers alcohol in 14 states
and Washington D.C.
does the shopping, food prep, and cooking), having the groceries delivered
frees up precious time which is extremely valuable.
As you can
see, there are so many diverse food startups that have hit the ground running
and built a very prosperous company.
brainstorming or working toward a startup of your very own, be sure you’re
actively promoting your business – but not before submitting your startup idea to
About Author: Chris Fraser
Chris has served as a business advisor to a big list of small and micro businesses; localized businesses and social enterprise in particular. Chris is also an avid reader and loves to stay updated about latest tech and innovation.