Friday October 26, 2018 0 comments
COLORADO SPRINGS -- Colorado-based startup FoodMaven announced its plan to expand to Dallas-Fort Worth as the company’s first out-of-state service area.
FoodMaven said it offers an enlightened and sustainable way to source food by providing an innovative online marketplace and rapid logistics.
FoodMaven sells high-quality local, oversupplied, and imperfect food to restaurants and institutional buyers at a significant discount, helping companies meet environmental and sustainability goals by offering direct sourcing opportunities, local products and more sustainable food alternatives.
Food either gets sold, donated to hunger-relief organizations, or sent to environmentally conscious alternatives, the company said.
FoodMaven said it selected the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area because of the supportive business environment, a desire for better local food sourcing, and a vibrant food culture. The move supports FoodMaven’s growth strategy and marks the first step in a nationwide expansion plan.
“I’m very pleased to welcome FoodMaven to our city,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I believe they will make an important contribution to Dallas’ efforts to reduce food insecurity, and help establish farm to table channels with our local farmers and ranchers.”
“When looking at possible expansion cities, Dallas was always at, or near the top of the list,” said Patrick Bultema, FoodMaven founder and CEO.
“After spending time with community business leaders and chefs here, it became obvious this was a perfect fit for us. Everyone we’ve met with has been as passionate about our vision as we are, which is all food used with good purpose.”
It is the second expansion for FoodMaven, the first being to Denver in 2017.
“Our plan has always been to develop a scalable model that can be replicated in most other cities,” said Bultema.
As part of its launch announcement, FoodMaven will participate in the Chefs for Farmers event Nov. 4. Two Dallas chefs, Patton Robertson and Aaron Collins of Café Momentum, will be squaring off Iron Chef-style at the FoodMaven event area.