Chobani launches new program funding over $150K to sustainable food startups

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Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya is no stranger to selflessly helping those in his industry and company. Earlier this year, he announced that employees would be given an 'undefined share' of a 10 percent stake in the company.

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Now, he's extending his realm of mentorship to food startups by offering them office space and a $25K grant to participate in what the company has named the Chobani Food Incubator.

Chobani describes itself as a company that aims to produce "delicious, nutritious, natural, and accessible food."

Through the Food Incubator program, the six selected startups will have six months to network, grow, learn and get off the ground with the support (and financial backing, including travel expenses) of Chobani.

Naturally (no pun intended), the companies that were selected had to show that they had "big hearts and ideas follow the path to challenge the food industry, improve broken systems, and make a difference."

Take a look at the 6 companies that were selected below:

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Chobani Food Incubator program winners

Kettle & Fire

Key Achievements

  • Registered a 4x increase in distribution
  • Improved same-store sales by 150%+

Photo credit: Kettle & Fire

Jar Goods

Key Achievements

  • Grown number of doors by 50%
  • Began interviews for the company's first hire

Photo credit: Jar Goods

Banza

Key Achievements

  • Secured national distribution with leading retailer
  • Hired new head of field marketing through a referral from fellow Incubator company Cissé Cocoa Co

Photo credit: Banza

Chops Snacks

Key Achievements

  • Product launch requested from 4 national grocery chain through conversations at Expo West
  • Became the top-rated beef jerky on several of the largest e-commerce platforms in the U.S.

Photo credit: Chops Snacks

Misfit Juicery

Key Achievements

  • Named Nexty Editor's Choice: Best New Beverage at Expo West
  • Launched a partnership with fast casual chain Dig Inn to make a better orange juice

Photo credit: Misfit Juicery

Cissé Cocoa Co.

Key Achievements

  • Significant increase in store count from 2,000 to 4,500 doors
  • Launched in Hudson News retail stores

Photo credit: Cissé Cocoa Co.

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Chobani attests:

Good food is a right, not a privilege--no more artificial, no more exclusive, no more mediocre.

Supporting local businesses and sustainable food through helping other entrepreneurs grow and establish themselves?

That's a feel-good win-win!

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Probiotic foods

Tempeh

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Miso Soup

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Kimchi

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Kefir 

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Sauerkraut

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Spirulina and other microalgaes 

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Pickles

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Yogurt

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Dark Chocolate

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Kombucha 

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