Emerging Company Contest

  • Convene Conference Center, NY
  • September 10, 2019

Innovation is the key to success in the food and beverage industry.

At the 2019 Food & Beverage Summit, Marcum will award $2,500 to the most innovative emerging F&B company. The winner will be chosen that night by attendees who will visit with company reps, sample their products, and then vote for their favorite.

Here is the 2018 Most Innovative Emerging Company:

 

Steiner’s Coffee Cake of New York, LLC
 
Steiner’s Coffee Cake of New York, LLC
www.steinerscoffeecakeofnewyork.com

Steiner’s Coffee Cake of New York Flour Blend redefines baking.

It’s also a secret. We’ve come up with a formula that eliminates the need to differentiate baked goods for the mass market vs. the gluten free market. Steiner’s Coffee Cake of New York doesn’t just make the claim we bake it. Our launch line of baked goods is second to none on the market today.

In 1963 Malcolm Steiner (AKA Grandpa) set out to conquer another hobby – cooking & baking. At that time he was already a painter, an Orchidist (person who raises orchids), a volunteer at Long Island Jewish Hospital – delivering said orchids to patients rooms, and in his spare time, ran Steiner Plastics which became Universal Sign Company, founded by his mother, Cyrille Steiner.

Grandpa Malcolm quickly became a commander of the kitchen. If he wasn’t in his greenhouse he was walking around the kitchen in his apron with a dishtowel hanging out of his back pocket. He was tall, bald, skinny, and loved butter. If it didn’t taste right he was famous for saying, “just add butter.” He worked alongside my father at Universal Sign Corporation until his passing at 90 years of age. He was a man of very few words. Nonetheless my brother and I have a treasure trove of memories filled with his very best recipes. Fortunately, he took his daughter in-law Nanci (AKA mom) under his wing and taught her everything he knew.

Nanci Steiner (born in NYC, raised in Port Washington) was diagnosed a Celiac over 30 years ago. Over the past 3 decades she worked tirelessly to develop a gluten free all-purpose flour that baked for the masses. Many a cake met their demise in her kitchen. She has tested every product on the market. Her one goal was to bake something so good, so delicious, so perfectly moist the unsuspecting consumer would never know it was gluten free. In 2010 Jeffrey (AKA my brother) and I realized she was very close. We went ahead and developed the brand, Steiner’s Coffee Cake of New York. All the while Nanci would try to dampen our excitement, “you know I may not get this right…”

She did – in May of 2016 Nanci nailed it. On the precipice of her 70th year she launched her company.



Here are our 2018 nominees:

 

Butera's Restaurant
 
Butera's Restaurant
www.buteras.com

We are first-generation Italian-Americans and native Long Islanders who came of age working at our father’s pizzeria. It was an unpretentious spot where you could get a slice and a soda on the run, typical of the neighborhood in those days. Working there was not glamorous, and in fact, it was a lot of hard work. But it was where we got our education on food.

Little did we know what an indelible impression those days behind the pizza counter would make. Years later, after working our way up the corporate ladder, we realized that food was our true passion.

In 1991, we opened the doors to our first namesake restaurant with the vision to create a local establishment serving family-style Italian fare with our own modern touch. When it was time to create our restaurant menu, it was important for us to honor our heritage while putting our own imprint on beloved Italian classics.This is how our chicken meatball was born.

Over 25 years later, our chicken meatball is now the signature item at our Long Island restaurants. Last year, we decided to package and sell our famous chicken meatball for people to enjoy at home. Now, only a year later, we are in nearly 125 retail locations across Long Island and the Tri-state area and have two different style meatballs - Butera’s Original Restaurant Style Chicken Meatball and Butera’s Gluten Free Chicken Meatball made with Cauliflower and Roasted Tomato.



Chateau Brands
 
Chateau Brands
www.chateaubrands.com

Chateau Brands is an importer and distributor of various alcohol brands in United States.

Our focus is on bringing unique products made with meticulous care by the wineries and distillers in retaining their special and superior quality.

We have suppliers from France, Italy, Spain, Romania and spirits from Iceland and Mexico. From wines to champagne to vodkas and gin, we strive to meet the quality and bring disruptive innovation to the market.

Chateau Brands understands its customer needs and requirements from individual to large distribution business therefore achieving total customers satisfaction.



EatMUD
 
EatMUD
www.eatmud.com

MUD mission is to develop plant-based whole-food products that have meaningful and balanced nutrition; aiding consumers to expand beyond heavily processed or artificially derived additives; producing nourishing products that are indulgent. Our company balances macronutrients in whole foods to develop products, rather than relying on heavily processed or artificially derived additives. Our ingredients are all tree fruits, tree nuts and flowers, blended and flash frozen together in different formulations. Our first product line is Coconut Mousse - Sweetened with Dates, available in Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee varieties. It is made from organic coconuts, cashews, and dates whipped together into a creamy and rich emulsion. Then organic cacao, coffee or vanilla beans are infused for flavor. This line has the cleanest ingredients label in the frozen desserts section and contains 12 vitamins and minerals per serving. MUD stands for Mindfulness Using Desserts; and eating your MUD is a metaphor for accepting your life challenges to become the best version of yourself.



Javamelts Inc.
 
Javamelts Inc.
www.javamelts.com

JAVAMELTS are individually wrapped flavored sweeteners made with REAL SUGAR for coffee, tea, espresso and cappuccino. JAVAMELTS are made with 5g of REAL SUGAR, are non-dairy, only 20 calories each, certified gluten free, shelf stable for over 1 year and are absolutely delicious. They come in 4 gourmet flavors: caramel, french vanilla, hazelnut and mocha. Carolyn thought of this amazing concept while sitting down having a cup of coffee with her husband on Valentine’s Day 2016. She looked down at individually wrapped candy hearts that her husband bought for her and their three girls and she said “Wouldn’t it be so awesome if I could pick this up and drop it into my coffee or tea and it would flavor and sweeten it making it taste special and delicious?” THAT WAS IT! The following months were spent researching, formulating, developing and then eventually launching JAVAMELTS. Carolyn Barbarite is the creator and president of JAVAMELTS, a Certified Women Owned Business.



JRINK
 
JRINK
www.jrink.com

JRINK is building the next "Sephora of Wellness", a direct-to-consumer health & wellness company anchored in using plants as medicine. We were founded on the belief that busy people shouldn't have to compromise their well-being, nor time, to stay healthy.

The company's key differentiator lies in its distribution strategy (vertical integration + shared space retail model aka AirBnb of commercial real estate), branding (shining a modern & fun light to Ayurvedic East Asian principles), and flexible biz model (positive cash flow).



Lithology Brewing Co.
 
Lithology Brewing Co.
www.lithologybrewing.com

Lithology Brewing Co. is a New York State farm brewery, specializing in small batch craft beers made with New York sourced ingredients. We blend science, technology, new and traditional brewing techniques, as well as the best available ingredients to craft balanced and drinkable beers.



Little Bird Kitchen
 
Little Bird Kitchen
www.littlebirdkitchen.com

We are Corey and Sara Meyer, owners of Little Bird. We make all sorts of strange and wonderfully curious confections in Long Island, NY.

Like many great origin stories it all began with Chocolate Covered Orange Peels. Sara made them as a present for Corey. They came out great. So Sara started candying everything in the house. She decided to try jalapeños. Corey told her that she was nuts. Sara didn't listen, as usual. Good thing this time. They were awesome. Sara brought the candied jalapeños to work and her co-workers placed orders. Little Bird was hatched.

The final touch was the name Little Bird – it comes from Corey's grandmother Fay whose name means Little Bird.

Our line has since expanded to Fire Bites (dark, milk and white chocolate with candied jalapeño), Fire Syrup (candied jalapeño simple syrup), Hot and Sweet Nuts (candied peanuts with candied jalapeños) and Fire Walker Trail Mix (dark chocolate Fire Bites, roasted salted almonds and dried pineapple). We use non-GMO pure cane sugar and source local jalapeños whenever possible.

So, that's our story. We hope you enjoy our treats as much as we enjoy making them.



MunchMoney, Inc.
 
MunchMoney, Inc.
www.munchmoneyapp.com

MunchMoney is your College Meal Plan for Real Life. MunchMoney enables anyone, either as an individual user or through our employer program, to master their food spending via a mobile-first toolkit founded on the access to per-purchase discounts and individualized perks from our network of eateries.



NYSW Beverage Brands
 
NYSW Beverage Brands
www.newyorkspringwater.com

NYSW is located on top of VLY Mountain on a thousand private acres, bordering seven hundred thousand acres of the Catskill preserve. Completely integrated with their own springs that stream the most pristine water on earth. They blow their own bottles and do not relay on any outside packers. New York Spring Water rivals any of the best waters on earth. Identified as the #1 American Premium water, with zero plastic particles in the water.



Rind Snacks, LLC
 
Rind Snacks, LLC
www.rindsnacks.com

RIND makes sustainable and better-for-you snacks focused on the 'power of the peel'. Preserving the peels on our USA-grown, non-GMO dried fruit maximizes nutrition while minimizing waste. For more fruitful snacking, Keep it Real...Eat the Peel!



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.