Innovation is the key to success in the food and beverage industry.
How do you stay ahead of the competition? Marcum LLP is looking for the most innovative START-UP or EMERGING food and beverage companies.
Nominees must be available to display their products and demonstrate their innovation at Marcum's Food and Beverage Summit, May 14, 2019 in San Francisco, where they will connect with potential investors, including investment bankers, bankers, and other influential industry executives.
Conference attendees will meet with nominees and then vote for the winner, who will receive a $2,500 award!
Here are our nominees:
The San Francisco based Ficks & Co is the producer of the Ficks Cocktail Mix as well as the Ficks Hard Seltzer. The hard seltzer is a 5% ABV line of hard sparkling water flavored with pure fruit juice. From pressed grapefruit, lime, cranberry, and blackberry, the Ficks team uses pure not-from-concentrate juice to create an authentic flavor experience while keeping the sugar and calorie panel to a minimum. Ficks & Co has a strong mission at its core, with an emphasis on premium and raw ingredients and a focus on complete transparency – something so lost in the alcohol industry – but a movement becoming ever more important to the growing wellness focused consumer.
We're on a mission to reduce food waste through healthy and delicious products. Our goal is to educate our consumers and empower them to evangelize the value of using perfectly ugly produce that would otherwise go to waste.
Hint water delivers refreshment without sugar, diet sweeteners, calories or preservatives. Our water brands are NON-GMO certified and WHOLE30 approved. They are vegan and contain no MSG, nuts, soy or gluten. Our bottles have always been BPA-free and we're continuously improving our bottling to reduce the amount of plastic and other non-renewable resources we use.
Hint's water brands are all infused with delicious hint fruit essences and are available in still, sparkling and caffeinated still varieties.
We develop, distribute and operate Micro-Bakeries, unique bread, pizza and pastries vending machines which deliver freshly baked gourmet food in minutes, 24/7. Our micro-bakeries are using the latest advanced technology. Le Bread Xpress team provides turn-key micro bakeries, managing the entire operation for the business owner while providing monthly lease and additional traffic to the business owner. We have partnered with the largest operator and food service company in the world. Our food supplier is one of the best Artisan French bakeries in California. Our vision is to change the way people eat and purchase food: Fast and convenient gourmet food.
Miyoko’s is a food brand revolutionizing dairy by making cheese and butter without cows on a scale large enough to make an impact on the looming food and environmental crisis. Miyoko’s pioneered an innovative proprietary process that merges food science with old-world creamery methods to bring radically real cheese and butter made from plants to the masses. The fastest growing natural cheese brand in the U.S., Miyoko’s is replacing animal-dairy products on the shelves of more than 10,000 retailers nationwide including Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kroger, and Safeway.
Nona Lim makes Asian comfort food for the flavor-obsessed. Our founder, the real Nona Lim, draws her inspiration from a childhood spent in Singapore, a country passionate about the big, harmonious flavors of its unmatched culinary diversity. But it’s not just about taste: we believe that food should also be good for your body and soul. That’s why our products are full of healing spices, natural proteins, and whole veggies. Our fresh, flavorful and easy-to-prepare foods will warm you from the inside out.
Back in 2014, while trying to find the perfect dessert to go with dinner, Maxime Pouvreau, Founder of Petit Pot saw something was missing on American grocery store shelves: Pot de Crème! Though a traditional dessert in France, this sweet, creamy pudding is relatively unknown in America. As a fan of all things sweet Maxime knew he had to fix this, and so he started Petit Pot in San Francisco to bring not only Pot de Crème but a whole line of delicious desserts to satisfy any American sweet tooth. Maxime combined his knowledge of French pastries with California’s quality cuisine market to produce authentic French desserts the way they’re meant to be enjoyed: with a smile.
REBBL is a coconut milk elixir that uses adaptogens and super herbs to alleviate stress, boost immunity and adapt to what the body needs. REBBL was born out of a passionate collaboration between global thought-leaders to identify an innovative solution to uplift vulnerable communities around the world.
ReGrained is a mission-driven ingredient platform and packaged goods innovator that leverages patented technology to transform food manufacturing byproducts into tasty superfoods. SuperGrain+™, the hero ingredient, is a versatile, economical, and environmentally impactful grain blend that performs flawlessly in all commercial applications, enabling food manufacturers to produce more delicious, nutritious, and marketable foods. Our Edible Upcycling model changes the way we value food and the resources that support all life.
Renewal Mill is a next-generation ingredients company that upcycles the byproducts of food manufacturing into premium ingredients and products. We provide manufacturers with a complete solution that offers financial returns & eliminates disposal headaches. Our initial ingredient is okara flour, a high fiber, high protein gluten free flour made from the byproduct of soymilk production. Starting with okara, we’re creating a new circular economy of food that reduces waste and provides nutrition and taste to today’s conscious consumer.
We are Sarah and Nydia, the co-founders of Worthy. In true entrepreneurial fashion, neither of us came from a food industry background, but rather created a business based on a personal need.
As two first-time moms and long-time besties, we were experiencing a whole new set of rewards and responsibilities – oh, and trying to shed baby weight! – at the very same time. We couldn’t find anything that delivered everything we wanted in a snack – more plants, great taste and uber convenient – so we spent countless hours in our kitchens developing recipes that could make it easy for all ‘busy bodies’ out there to eat well, feel great and continue to live worthy.
Tia Lupita® delivers Mexican-inspired foods crafted with authentic, simple ingredients and a whole lot of love. Our mission is to bring our delicious family recipes like our line of hot sauces, cactus tortillas and cactus & cassava totopos from Tia’s kitchen to yours. Tia Lupita® uses better for you, healthy ingredients like Cactus (Nopal). Each organic Nopal Cactus is sourced from the highlands of the East Sierra Madre ridge in North East Mexico. All of our products are Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten Free and 100% plant based. We make them just like Tia, with only the best ingredients, so you can experience a true taste of Mexico.
True Made Foods turned Ketchup and BBQ Sauce into super foods. We took these popular but empty-calorie American staples and replaced the sugar and corn syrup with real vegetables! We naturally sweeten our products with real veggies, like carrots and butternut squash, no artificial sweeteners or other refined ingredients, just whole foods. We have created the next revolution in foods by going back to the basics of cooking.