Emerging Company Contest

  • New Haven Lawn CLub, New Haven, CT
  • June 5, 2019

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 in the food or beverage industry, with less than $10 million in annual revenue, and an eye toward future prosperity. Nominees must be available to display their products and demonstrate their innovation at Marcum's Food and Beverage Summit, June 5, 2019 in Connecticut, 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:

 

ALTRU Brands, LLC
 
ALTRU Brands, LLC
www.drinkaltru.com

ALTRU is an enhanced water beverage made with all true ingredients and no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Our name also brings with it a much greater meaning. ALTRUISM \al - troo - i - zem\ -selfless concern for the well-being of others. Developed by three scientists and close friends, ALTRU is a fusion of exotic flavors and a proprietary blend of electrolytes, natural caffeine, and antioxidants - including glutathione, aka the Master Antioxidant.

We're also rescue pet owners who are passionate about securing loving homes for cats and dogs in need. That's why we donate 10% of our net profits to pet rescues. Just call us pet-loving science guys who know a lot about antioxidants and how to pack them into one downright delectable drink. That's ALTRU!



Bamboo Studio
 
Bamboo Studio
www.ecobambooware.com

Bamboo Studio offers an extensive collection of dinnerware designed to be as eco-friendly as possible. Our disposable items are all natural and biodegradable. Our reusable is also dishwasher safe. With over 500 products in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes, we have the widest selection of environmentally-friendly tableware in the industry. Our bowls, plates, cups and utensils are all FDA-approved food-safe, with the added benefits of sustainability and customization.

Bamboo Studio is happy to announce our recent strategic alliances with 4 Blue Waves, an ocean minded food and beverage packaging solution company, and with h°eats®, a company that has created a revolutionary product in flame-free heating.



BUPPY PETS
 
BUPPY PETS
www.buppypets.com

Let’s Be Honest. Dogs are experts at sneaking your snacks, especially the foods you love. As pet owners, we avoid sharing food because what we eat isn’t always good for them, and sometimes, not good for us either. That’s why BUPPY PETS works hard to create snacks that you can enjoy together without the guilt. Each of our recipes contain only 4 ingredients and are inspired by human snacks that dogs go nuts for, but recrafted to make them healthy and wholesome with all the same delicious flavors. We care about your pets as much as you do and we will continue to create even more recipes while keeping taste and optimum health in mind. Pets are treated every day. Let’s treat them well.



Feast & Fettle
 
Feast & Fettle
www.feastandfettle.com

Feast & Fettle is a gourmet meal delivery service for busy families and professionals. Meals are fully prepared by local chefs and delivered fresh, directly to your door; no cooking required. Launched in 2016 by Executive Chef, Maggie Mulvena, Feast & Fettle prepared meals ‘family style’ to maximize freshness and to serve households with a variety of dietary preferences. The Company’s in-house delivery team currently services over 175 families in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

Rated ‘Best Meal Delivery Service’ in Rhode Island, Feast & Fettle has plans to expand further into Massachusetts where it will open a second commercial kitchen in 2020.



Five Ways Food
 
Five Ways Food
www.fivewayfoods.com

Five Way Foods is on a mission to disrupt the broth/stock aisle in grocery stores and food-service accounts. We craft refrigerated vegetable and bone broths using local sourced ingredients. We've innovated our production process by slow-simmering real-bones to extract the maximum amount of vitamins and nutrients (including collagen). The process produces fresh flavorful broths. All of our broths are low in sodium with no soy, gluten, dairy or preservatives. Customers enjoy our broths five ways for cooking, cleansing, drinking as beverage, or adding to a favorite recipe.



Grateful Burger
 
Grateful Burger
www.gratefulburger.com

Grateful Burger uses high quality ingredients and a unique process called “Blending” to substitute 40% of meat protein with healthy & fresh vegetables. By blending meat with vegetables, Grateful Burgers reduce fats, calories and cholesterol resulting in a healthier product for our customers and environment. Our product line consist of Beef, Chicken and Turkey burgers, meatballs and sausage and a Veggie Luxe burger. Grateful Burger has distribution in foodservice and retail.



Greenbelt Kombucha
 
Greenbelt Kombucha
www.greenbeltkombucha.com

Greenbelt Kombucha was founded in Austin, Texas in 2018 with a vision to make the world’s best tasting kombucha packaged in a can allowing it to be the most affordable, portable, and recyclable kombucha in the market. Our sparkling, live kombucha is brewed with no sugar or juice added after fermentation delivering a low sugar, low calorie, and perfectly balanced flavor profile. Our ingredients include the finest teas such as Royal Pu-erh, White Peony, Rooibos, and Yerba Mate each paired with a complex blend of fruit and herbs to make a kombucha unlike you have ever tasted before. Refresh and revitalize your day! Live Life – Drink Well!



Maia Yogurt
 
Maia Yogurt
www.maiayogurt.com

Maia Yogurt is a Less-Sweet yogurt (because we add less sugar). With minimal processing, it requires far less sugar to be delicious. We use 100% Grass-Fed cow’s milk from family farms, a touch of real cane sugar and real fruit. We keep it simple. No garbage.

What started as a project to help a loved family member has turned into a yogurt obsession. Maia Yogurt is full of Love, not sugar. Maia is Less Sweet. Maia is different. www.maiayogurt.com



MetroCrops, LLC.
 
MetroCrops, LLC.
www.metrocrops.com

MetroCrops, LLC. is an urban, high density, indoor farm (vertical farm) located in an industrial building in Bridgeport, CT. The company began as the first organization to study urban indoor farming for the USDA with a SBIR/NIFA grant in 2012.

The company is focused on growing microgreens and selling them through wholesale distributors. Microgreens, which are estimated to be an $18M business in the greater metropolitan New York area, are a high margin product. MetroCrops’ wholesale distributors sell to universities, school systems, hospitals, restaurants, and cruise lines.



Mugger’s Marrow, LLC
 
Mugger’s Marrow, LLC
www.muggersmarrowllc.com

“Stick ‘Em Up!” Grilling Glaze & Marinade is a unique concoction of agave, garlic, fresh fruit and an international blend of dried ingredients that combine into a flexible sauce that is sweet and savory, with a little bit of a spicy kick. The versatility of this worldly blend allows “Stick ‘Em Up!” to be a tasty accoutrement to practically any grilled, smoked, baked or sautéed entrée. Your beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and veggies will be thoroughly enhanced with the distinct deliciousness that is Mugger’s Marrow. ENJOY!!!

As founder and CEO, “Mugger” Maurice Jenkins launched Mugger’s Marrow, LLC in November of 2015. It initially started as a small grilling and delivery business where varieties of meat were prepared for social gatherings. Soon thereafter, Maurice discovered that the grilling sauce that he designed on his own over a period of 2 years had rapidly grown in popularity with his local clientele. The recognition of this phenomenon propelled Jenkins to allow the dynamic of his new company to morph into a sauce manufacturer; with his skilled grilling technique as a means for promoting the sauce.



Muscel Up
 
Muscel Up
www.muscleupbars.com

The Original Muscle Up Bar was developed by a pair of masters athletes who couldn't find an existing protein bar on the market that met their nutritional requirements: high protein, low sugar, no chemicals, no after taste. “We developed our own recipe, in the kitchen, mixing in some of our favorite ingredients. We started with grass-fed, pasture raised protein and sweet potato (Mother Nature’s perfect carbohydrate). The result was not only delicious, it also had ideal nutritional balance." 15g protein/ 8g fat/ 15g net carbohydrates. Muscle Up are the only bars available that are made with grass fed, pasture raised protein, organic sweet potato, with 2-3x more protein than sugar, and zero added sugar alcohols or stevia. They’re the perfect bar for on-the-go, using real ingredients to fuel your workouts or simply enjoy as a snack!



New England Brewing Co.
 
New England Brewing Co.
www.newenglandbrewing.com

We here at NEBCo started brewing beer with one guiding force; passion (Okay, two forces. We also wanted to see if we could actually make beer that we wanted to drink). That initial, passionate drive is still deeply rooted in each one of us today. And it will stick around as we continue to brew our beer, hopefully growing into one of the best and most respected craft breweries in New England. We strive for the highest quality beer experience by following some basic, simple, core values.



New Liberty Distillery
 
New Liberty Distillery
www.newlibertydistillery.com

New Liberty Distillery is an independent craft distillery located in the heart of Philadelphia PA that is dedicated to the revival of Pennsylvania's once great whiskey making tradition. At one time, more whiskey was produced in Pennsylvania than in Kentucky, and Rye was the most popular whiskey in the United States. Through our Kinsey Heritage Collection, we at New Liberty Distillery are reinterpreting some of the brands that made Pennsylvania famous. We also are creating our own whiskies that will draw on local ingredients and display the skills of our master distiller, Robert Cassell.

New Liberty is located in a vibrant north Philadelphia neighborhood, just minutes from Center City. Our 110-year-old three story building once served as a stable, and much of its architecture, including the horse stalls, have been preserved. The building has been beautifully restored and is now a working distillery, providing a home to our custom-made copper-pot still, a rick house where we barrel age our whiskey, and a beautiful bar and tasting room.



Noteworthy Chocolates
 
Noteworthy Chocolates
www.noteworthychocolates.com

That feeling of creating something that didn't exist before! This is why we innovate. So when the inspiration struck to create the world's first chocolate engraving system, it seemed we had no choice but to dive head first into those entrepreneurial waters. Not having any previous experience with either chocolate or lasers forced us to learn quickly, be nimble innovators, and to disregard industry experts who told us it was impossible to laser engrave on chocolate. Now, Noteworthy Chocolates creates personalized chocolate gifts and event favors made of premium, fair trade, and allergen-friendly chocolate. Presented in beautiful, zero waste gift packaging, this is the gift to give when you truly want to tell someone how much you appreciate them. Beyond creating a unique process to engrave personal and businesses messages into chocolate, what we've truly innovated is a replicable and scalable system that is creating an entirely new market for personalized engraved chocolate.



Ripe Liquid Produce
 
Ripe Liquid Produce
www.drinkripe.com

It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. RIPE Bar Juice® is no different, except in our case, it was fathered by frustration. In the fall of 2008, tired of being subjected to the big ol' bottle of day glow "margarita" mix, childhood friends and founders Michel Boissy and Ryan Guimond came to the conclusion that they had no choice but to create the first line of legit, handcrafted bar juices. With Mike's experience in high end kitchens and behind the bar, coupled with Ryan's picky palate and a shared love of a good cocktail, these drink mix mercenaries set forth to create the nation's first pure squeezed, cold pressed, Bar Juice™.

On that fateful day in Mike's Connecticut kitchen, the two made a commitment to providing consumers with a product that is handcrafted, premium and 100% legit. It was then that Freshbev LLC and RIPE Bar Juice® were born! And so it's "goodbye" to juice from concentrate, "ta-ta" high fructose corn syrup, "farewell" preservatives (natural ones too), "beat it" shelf stable cocktail mixers and "hello" fresh, natural products like no other on the market.



RISE Brewing Co.
 
RISE Brewing Co.
www.risebrewingco.com

We're friends with one goal: make high-quality, great-tasting beverages with the freshest organic ingredients we can source. We love coffee – the way it energizes us, makes us feel connected and fuels our minds. Tired of an average cup of joe, we began the search for something more. We started cold brewing in our New York City apartments.

After sampling beans, roasts and cold brewing methods from all over the world, we created a cold brew coffee that our friends and families loved. Then and now, we use organic coffee grown at high altitude in Peru's Chanchamayo Valley, giving our cold brew its naturally sweet, bold and chocolate-y taste. But we didn't stop there. We started conditioning our cold brew with nitrogen. The nitrogen infusion perfectly complemented our cold brew by giving it a beautiful cascade, creamy head and refreshingly smooth finish.

And, that's how RISE was born. Our Original Black nitro cold brew coffee was a game changer. We had to share it with the world, so we started by walking around New York City, sampling RISE with as many people as possible. As soon as we started serving RISE on tap, people from all over started asking us for more. To keep up with demand, we moved our production facilities from our kitchens to a garage and on to the brewery where we brew today. We continue to brew RISE with the freshest organic ingredients we can source and always strive to create the best tasting beverages on the market.



Tend Food Co.
 
Tend Food Co.
www.tendfoodco.com

Tend Food Co. is a food manufacturing company dedicated to providing premium products that are flavorful and high in nutritional value through distribution to supermarkets, gourmet stores and other venues.

Our name indicates our mission: “Tend” to your body, mind and soul! We want to create a cultural iconic brand by tying together healthy eating along with our message that taking care of yourself with nutritious foods will help you stay energetic and positive. Positive spirits and random acts of kindness are contagious and make a difference in the life of the individual and those around them!



Unbakeables
 
Unbakeables
www.whippedupcreations.com

Unbakeables are a result of a family who used to sneak cookie dough from bowl, and a mother who was worried about the risks of salmonella poisoning. Unbakeables are a new and original handmade frozen dessert, made by the founding mother/daughter team. They are best described as ready to eat cookie dough bites. There are ten different flavor combinations, each dough sandwiched between two layers of complementary topping, including, the original flavor, chocolate chip dough with chocolate peanut butter. They are egg-free and ready to eat right from your freezer! Unbakeables are sold in packages of three, five, and ten.



WhatsGood
 
WhatsGood
www.sourcewhatsgood.com

WhatsGood is a marketplace that allow consumers to order directly from multiple local farmers and food artisans in the community. Our warehouse-less food distribution system enables purchasing directly from the source, and moves food only when it has been sold. We bring technology and community together to enable an efficient, convenient, and waste-free system where the freshest local produce, meats, seafood and artisanal products are at consumers’ fingertips and delivered to home, office, or pickup points throughout the community.

We also build custom branded apps for farmers markets to expand the market beyond physical boundaries. By bringing the market online, farmers markets can provide convenience and enhanced features to customers and vendors alike, such as pre-order of high demand items, loyalty rewards, in person payments, inventory tracking, and much more.



Zaatar Shop
 
Zaatar Shop
www.zaatar.shop

Zaatar is a tangy, earthy, and aromatic seasoning blend with a (nut free) nutty crunch. Delicious, versatile, and handcrafted, Zaatar Shop products are available throughout CT and online at zaatar.shop. Discover the taste of ancient history today.