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Cognitea is the Perfect Substitution for Coffee Without the Side Effects

Cognitea is the Perfect Substitution for Coffee Without the Side Effects

CogniTea is an all-natural tea that is a healthier, smarter alternative for coffee and energy drinks with no jitters, no headache, and no crash! In 2013, Alex Kravets began the process of creating “productive energy,” a better source of caffeine that would achieve a balance between a […]

Perfect Fuel Chocolate Combines Benefits of Superfoods for Energy

Perfect Fuel Chocolate Combines Benefits of Superfoods for Energy

Perfect Fuel Chocolate is an organic dark chocolate snack for healthy, active people. The fuel story begins with Nicolas who had been training for a triathlon and forgot his ginseng the night before his race. Nicolas had been eating a combination of cocoa nibs and ginseng […]

Nourish Your Soul Encourages Healing Through Food and Lifestyle

Nourish Your Soul Encourages Healing Through Food and Lifestyle

Nourish Your Soul is a wellness program that encourages healing through food and lifestyle. Founder Susan Cabana launched Nourish Your Soul in 2010 after diet and yoga helped her own self through a rocky time. She was asked in a yoga class: “If you could […]

EXO Makes Protein Bars With Cricket Flour, and Here’s Why

EXO Makes Protein Bars With Cricket Flour, and Here’s Why

Exo is pioneering the consumption of insects as a nutritious, sustainable, and delicious protein source by using cricket flour to make their protein bars. Founders Gabi Lewis and Greg Sewitz set out on their mission to normalize insect consumption after graduating from Brown University in 2013. Gabi was interested in […]

Yummari Fuels an Active Lifestyle for a Gluten-Free Diet

Yummari Fuels an Active Lifestyle for a Gluten-Free Diet

Yummari are the makers of non-GMO and gluten-free snack foods for people with driven lifestyles.  Husband-and-wife team Catherine and Jason Walsh sought to create a delicious and convenient super food source. Now, as owners of Yummari, the Walsh couple has combined the natural benefits of the chia […]

Rizebox: The Running Kit Made By Women, For Women

Rizebox: The Running Kit Made By Women, For Women

Rizebox is the first running kit created for women and delivered to your door! It includes snacks, race must-haves, high-quality skincare and running gear. Alicia Benjamin founded Rizebox in 2013 to maximize women’s workouts and offer inspiration to women to stay energized and keep running.  With nutritional […]

ENERGYbits Uses Algae for the Ultimate High Protein, Low Calorie Snack

ENERGYbits Uses Algae for the Ultimate High Protein, Low Calorie Snack

ENERGYbits are a healthy, high protein and low calorie snack that delivers unlimited energy and wellness and contains only one ingredient: algae. Catharine Arnston started ENERGYbits in 2009, and the tabs have been popular among professional and Olympic athletes, as well as those who simply […]

STARTUP STORY: ORGANIC LIVING SUPERFOODS

STARTUP STORY: ORGANIC LIVING SUPERFOODS

Organic Living Superfoods, based in Massachusetts, distributes and manufactures organic, plant based superfoods. Founders Bruce Namenson and Craig Singer believe that superfoods can significantly decrease the risk of developing, and even reverse, illnesses commonly associated with the Western diet such as cancer, heart disease, depression, and inflammatory […]

PoshaGreen Elevates the Nutritional Supplements Game

PoshaGreen Elevates the Nutritional Supplements Game

PoshaGreen is a system of plant-based, allergen free, performance and whole health nutritional supplements. Sudi Chakravarthy launched this new take on traditional workout stacks in 2013 after months of perfecting the fruit sweetened flavors of the all natural shake mixes. We first met Sudi at […]

Apotheker’s Kitchen Uses All-Natural Ingredients for Handcrafted Chocolate

Apotheker’s Kitchen Uses All-Natural Ingredients for Handcrafted Chocolate

Apotheker’s Kitchen is a small, family-run business started by husband and wife team Russ and Shari Apotheker. Their business and products are rooted in their dream to share their passion for simple, healthy living through honey-based products made from all-natural ingredients. Founded in November 2013 in Boston, MA […]

Enerchi Bites are Small, Tasty, and Energize You On the Go

Enerchi Bites are Small, Tasty, and Energize You On the Go

Passionate about healthy living and quality food, Annie and Marla, twin sisters living in Somerville, MA, launched Enerchi Bites, a healthy, bite-sized tasty snack to “enerchize” active people on the go. The UDK team met Annie and Marla (and sampled more than a few enerchi […]

STARTUP STORY: PRECISION VALLEY COFFEE ROASTERS

STARTUP STORY: PRECISION VALLEY COFFEE ROASTERS

Precision Valley Coffee Roasters, located in Springfield Vermont, offers small batch, artisanal roasting of high quality and cooperatively sourced beans. Founder and roaster, Aram Polster, got his start back in 2006 and now sources his beans from small farms all throughout the coffee-producing world! Aram […]

Whole Spice Uses Family’s Spice History for Freshly Ground Goodness

Whole Spice Uses Family’s Spice History for Freshly Ground Goodness

Whole Spice is a freshly ground herbs and spices company from Napa Valley. Husband and Wife team Ronit and Shuli Madmone started their business back in 2000 but their family’s spice history dates all the way back to 1970! We first met the Whole Spice team at the Winter […]

Honu’s Hearth Makes Crackers from Farm Fresh Vegetables

Honu’s Hearth Makes Crackers from Farm Fresh Vegetables

Honu’s Hearth hand crafts their crackers in small batches using farm fresh vegetables and locally, organically, and sustainably sourced ingredients whenever possible. Honu’s Hearth products are naturally gluten free, wheat free, soy free, and 100% raw vegan. We met Victoria, founder of Honu’s Hearth, for the first time at the […]

STARTUP STORY: SAN FRANOLA GRANOLA

STARTUP STORY: SAN FRANOLA GRANOLA

San Franola Granola‘s recipe is simple: They use a proprietary roasting technique that gives their granola a robust flavor and those giant clusters we all love. This technique also allows them to use natural ingredients like almonds, cinnamon, and ginger to flavor their granolas, resulting in […]

STARTUP STORY: CATHY’S SASSY SAUCE

STARTUP STORY: CATHY’S SASSY SAUCE

For Cathy Hawk, founder of Cathy’s Sassy Sauce it all started in the parking lot of Candlestick Park. A dedicated 49ers fan, Cathy spent every Sunday morning home game firing up the grill with friends on the tailgate using her homemade grilling sauce. We first met […]

STARTUP STORY: YUMMY MUMMY BROWNIES

STARTUP STORY: YUMMY MUMMY BROWNIES

Yummy Mummy Brownies makes all-natural fudge brownies handmade in small batches and baked to order. Incorporating a variety of special ingredients, Melissa Roiter transformed a very special family recipe passed down from her Grandma Irene into her entrepreneurial quest! The nudge of a close friend inspired Melissa […]

STARTUP STORY: HAKS BBQ

STARTUP STORY: HAKS BBQ

Sharone Hakman founded Haks BBQ in October 2010 after the adventure of a lifetime: competing on the first season of Gordon Ramsey’s MasterChef. His BBQ sauce became his “secret weapon,” stealing the show and winning over the tastebuds of TV’s toughest food critics and chefs. We […]

The Gracious Gourmet Aims to Make Every Meal a Special Occasion

The Gracious Gourmet Aims to Make Every Meal a Special Occasion

The team at The Gracious Gourmet produces small batch chutneys, spreads, tapenades, and pesto. Their aim: to make every meal a special occasion. We were lucky enough to meet the team in person at the Winter Fancy Food Festival in San Francisco this past January 2014 and got a […]

Tipsy Scoop Makes Boozy Ice Cream, Because Why Not?

Tipsy Scoop Makes Boozy Ice Cream, Because Why Not?

  If you love ice cream as much as the UDK team, you’ll love Tipsy Scoop. Based in New York City, Tipsy Scoop creates small batch, handcrafted boozy ice cream flavors. Yes, boozy (the alcohol volume of each serving is 5%)!  Blending her genuine love for artisanal ice […]

Ayara Products Makes All Natural Thai Sauces Perfect for Any Palate

Ayara Products Makes All Natural Thai Sauces Perfect for Any Palate

Ayara Products makes 100% Organic, natural Thai sauces – We met their team and had a chance to taste their unique flavors at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco January 2014. Ayara Products started back in 2004 when Andy and Anna Asapahu first opened their […]

STARTUP STORY: Roaring Brook Dairy Does Everything Homemade

STARTUP STORY: Roaring Brook Dairy Does Everything Homemade

Roaring Brook Dairy, based out of New York, creates homemade cheese, butter and tofu (new!) making kits. We met their team at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco January 2014. Roaring Brook Dairy’s mission is to provide food lovers & home entertainers with a […]

STARTUP STORY: Qs Nuts is Family Owned and Operated

STARTUP STORY: Qs Nuts is Family Owned and Operated

Q’s Nuts is a small family-owned & operated artisan nut company in Somerville, MA started by husband and wife team, Beth and Brian “Q” Quinn. It was founded on the philosophy that wholesome ingredients, a love of good food, and a passion for the kitchen […]

STARTUP STORY: Seven Sundays Makes All Natural Gourmet Muesli

STARTUP STORY: Seven Sundays Makes All Natural Gourmet Muesli

Seven Sundays is an all natural gourmet muesli company out of Minneapolis, MN that we first met at the Winter Fancy Food Festival in San Francisco January 2014. They’re #mueslionamission to promote healthy and enjoyable morning routines so that more people start their day feeling relaxed, energized […]

STARTUP STORY: FIRE CIDER “CURE-ALL” HEALTHY TONIC

STARTUP STORY: FIRE CIDER “CURE-ALL” HEALTHY TONIC

This all-natural Fire Cider is the perfect remedy to fight colds and help your overall health. Learn about the works behind this healthy tonic from the founders themselves! Fire Cider is an all-natural healthy tonic, organic herbal remedy for cold and flu. We first discovered […]

STARTUP STORY: THE JAM STAND, AN ASSORTMENT OF JAMS

STARTUP STORY: THE JAM STAND, AN ASSORTMENT OF JAMS

The Jam Stand carries all assortments of Jams including chutneys and spreads. Packed with flavor that will leave you wanting more. Learn about how it started and their inspiration behind this creation. The Jam Stand is a Brooklyn based company that has all assortments of […]

STARTUP STORY: LU’S MARSHMALLOW AND TREATS

STARTUP STORY: LU’S MARSHMALLOW AND TREATS

Lu’s Treats specializes in making marshmallow, cookies and other sweet treats. They take the unconventional route to making their treats by adding ingredients like ginger, lavender and much more. Lu’s Treats, small batch confectioner and maker of marshmallow, caramels, cookies and treats from Somerville, MA. […]

STARTUP STORY: KEEP IT REAL FOOD CO BAKERY

STARTUP STORY: KEEP IT REAL FOOD CO BAKERY

Katie shares her story of what inspired her to start a bakery business. Read more to learn about her battles and how she overcame them. Keep It Real Food Company is a grain-free bakery and snack company in San Mateo, CA, originally founded in Seattle, Washington. We met […]

STARTUP STORY TEXAS TAMALE

STARTUP STORY TEXAS TAMALE

Find out how a stay-at-home mom went from an at home tamale business to opening her own restaurant. This story will not only inspire you but help you understand the amount of work that goes into owning your own business. The Texas Tamale Company has been making […]