Congratulations to Julia Van Loon of Slate Foods, 2016 PitchFest Winner! Sponsored by Rabobank and Presented in partnership with CFO on Speed Dial and Foodstand, the PitchFest 2016 winner was picked by an amazing panel of judges including Whole Foods “forager” Elly Truesdell, Cassie Abrams of Relish Food Project, Tapan Shah of Accel Foods, Dave Hanold of NYBDC and Rajiv Singh of Rabobank.
PITCHFEST 2016 WINNER
Slope Farm to School Beef is the school lunch program bringing sustainable meat to city kids. Already supplying eleven schools with grass-fed beef, they hope to grow their reach by supplying pre-made high quality meals to those schools lacking the equipment or staff to cook from scratch.
FIRST RUNNER UP: Together We Bake
Richmond, VA based baking business combined with workforce training, and personal development program for women in need of a second chance.
SECOND RUNNER UP: Amp Your Good
This crowd-feeding platform enables food drives to raise fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and other healthy food. Read more about them from Civil Eats.
Check out all the other amazing PitchFest Finalists!
Ginjan Drinks: Harlem based beverage company creating traditional African beverages. Thier first project is Ginjan, a West African organic ginger based beverage made with: fresh ginger, cold-pressed pineapples, cold-pressed lemons, vanilla extracts, anise extracts, and organic cane sugar. All ingredients are organic, free of colorants and preservatives, non-gmo, and pressed cold.
Local 130 Seafood: A seafood company that works with local fisherman up and down the New Jersey shoreline. They buy the entire catch from a boat and get it to markets, stores and restaurants.
A seafood company that works hand and hand with local fisherman bringing their catch to market in a more efficient way. They work with small docks and local fisherman to provide 100% traceability and ensure that more money stays in the supply chain.
Liddabit Sweets: Bringing superior quality back to American candy. Already for sale at dozens of retailers, they’re looking for funds to grow the brand beyond the city.
La Newyorkina: Mexican inspired frozen treats and sweets handmade in Red Hook. In addition to wholesale, they have several seasonal locations featuring their mexican style ice pops, Palletas, plus a brick-and-mortar location poised to open this summer in Manhattan.
Stony Creek Farmstead: Grass-fed beef and lamb farm that doubles as a learning retreat and working farm getaway.
The Lancaster Food Co.: This organic food company works to reduce poverty in the U.S. by paying better than living wages, and hiring people in need of a second chance. Based in Lancaster, PA where the poverty rate is 30%, they create healthy organic products in the aim of supplying the local community with sustainable jobs.