Over the last several years, a number of companies have developed in the LA area dedicated to serving the food industry — helping businesses run more efficiently and helping consumers have the positive experience they desire. We've rounded up these local food tech startups you should know.
Restaurant guests likely will never know they had any interaction with Playa Vista-based ChowNow, but the startup is helping drive the food industry. The company develops a platform that helps restaurants manage online orders, marketing, and satisfaction in a streamlined way.
The snacks offered by businesses is usually about as sophisticated as a 20-year-old vending machine at a local community college. While a daily dose of Flamin' Hot Cheetos might be enough to keep someone like me happy, SnackNation knows that even something as simple as offering employees healthy, tasty munchies can help with productivity, satisfaction and retention. The B2B company offers businesses healthy ways to keep their employees (and their bellies) happy.
Cooking is a lot of fun, but for many, the process involves a lot of trial and error. Chef’d is a service that helps users replicate their favorite recipes while saving time on shopping for the right ingredients. The company offers its customers meal kits delivered fresh to their door, complete with cooking instructions to ensure optimal deliciousness.
Thrive Market has rapidly developed into one of the tech giants in LA, and it's all thanks to their socially conscious commerce platform, which gives access to a wide range of healthy products. The startup also has a number of community-focused initiatives.
California is one of the biggest producers of agriculture in the world and the sheer volume of ingredients coming out of the Golden State is unimaginable. For those accustomed to working 14+ hour days, however, even the easiest access to the choicest of tomatoes or cuts of beef doesn't make you want to cook. Crateful is a food delivery service that prepares dishes full of the best local produce with an Italian twist.
If you're in a new part of town and find yourself looking for a spot to dine, research avenues often include Google, Yelp or an app like LA-headquartered Chuz. Pasadena-based Forkspot has developed an app to help users patronize local eateries without denting their pocketbook. The app uses geolocation to find discounts for restaurants around you, helping you save cash while still supporting the community.
Local Roots Farms isn't a traditional tech startup, but the LA-based company is using technology to make the process of growing food as efficient and sustainable as possible. They're using a combination of recycled shipping crates and a platform that utilizes machine learning and computer vision to allow food to grow anywhere. In January, we named the company one of 50 startups to watch in 2017.
Milk and Eggs connects users with local farms to ensure regular deliveries of quality, organic dietary staples that none of us have the time to think about until they're gone. Just over a year old, the Arts District-based company has already signed a particularly important customer: my mom.
Soylent, on the surface, doesn't seem like a traditional tech startup, but the LA-based e-commerce company has long been utilizing technology to help change the world. Recently, the company started utilizing an AI bot to help customers, and also started accepting bitcoin.
Veestro offers a unique take on the subscription meal service. The LA-based startup serves 100 percent plant-based, organic, non-GMO meals hand-prepared by chefs that even the most ardent anti-vegan would find darn tasty.
Whether you're looking for a truly unique dining experience or tasked with planning a function, WaltzIn has you covered. Founded at the beginning of 2017, the startup partners with a number of LA's hottest dining establishments to offer unique tasting dishes for the app's customers at reasonable prices.
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