Brooklyn’s Finest: Spotlight on Pioneering Food and Beverage Companies

January 30, 2024
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We are excited to continue our trip around the food and beverage industry located in the heart of Brooklyn. Each company listed here offers innovative products and services, ranging from keto-friendly cereals to automated espresso services and much beyond. They are making a significant impact in their industries and are contributing significantly to the growth and dynamism of the Brooklyn food scene.

These companies have taken tradition – ice cream, coffee, cereal – and twisted it into something new and exciting. Some are merging the worlds of technology and gastronomy, bringing out innovations that promise to transform and elevate the way we consume and relate to food. Others are taking it back to basics, centering their ventures around pure, organic ingredients and time-tested processes.

Join us as we go beyond the doors of these innovators and peek into their operations. We will delve into what they offer, the brilliant minds behind the scenes and how they have carved a niche for themselves in the bustling landscape of the food industry.

Magic Spoon

Joining the food processing and snack food industry wave is Magic Spoon, a company founded by Gabi Lewis and Greg Sewitz in 2019. This company offers cereal foods for adults but with a childlike twist; they are low-carb, keto-friendly, and free from gluten, grain, wheat, soy, and artificial sweeteners. With its headquarters in Brooklyn, Magic Spoon is reshaping the way adults consume cereal, offering healthier and tastier options. Connect with them on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Blank Street

Blank Street, founded by Issam Freiha and Vinay Menda, offers a coffee chain where baristas serve consistently produced coffee from automated espresso machines. Their app allows customers to have a more streamlined experience by ordering ahead of time. Blank Street’s coffee is complemented by excellent outsourced milk and pastries, allowing them to focus solely on offering the best coffee experience possible. Check out their Facebook page and LinkedIn profile.


Coined as an internet sensation, MSCHF‘s products range wide from a toaster-shaped bath bomb to Holy Water-filled sneakers. The seven-person company was founded by Gabriel Whaley in 2016 and is studded with some of the most cynical yet viral products. MSCHF’s complete range of products can be found at Facebook and LinkedIn.


Smallhold gives a new turn to agriculture. Founded by Adam DeMartino and Andrew Carter, Smallhold provides controlled-environment growing systems for business needs. It provides a steady local produce supply to the food industry businesses without the worry of climatic changes or market pressures. Connect with Smallhold on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Terra Kaffe

Terra Kaffe is transforming the home coffee experience with its fully-automatic bean-to-cup espresso machine. Sahand Dilmaghani, a coffee enthusiast, founded Terra Kaffe to provide affordable and environmentally responsible coffee machines. Connect with them on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Explorer Cold Brew

For fans of colder brews, Explorer Cold Brew offers cold brew coffee concentrated for smoother flavor. The company was founded by Cason Crane and gives customers four different caffeine levels to choose from. Connect with them on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Purveyors of natural and wholesome frozen treats, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream quite literally took their product to the streets with their ice-cream trucks. Founded by Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen and Laura O’Neill, this company uses housemade cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, and organic cane sugar to create their delicious assortments of ice cream. Connect with them on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Aanika Biosciences

With a fusion of IT and synthetic biology and agriculture, Aanika Biosciences is a biotech company that offers food security services to large agricultural and food companies. Founded by Ellen Jorgensen, Nirmal Roy, and Vishaal B. Bhuyan, Aanika Biosciences uses synthetic biology to ensure the integrity of supply chains and to reduce potential losses. The company can be followed on Twitter.

Q Mixers

Jordan Silbert and Ben Karlin carved out a niche for their carbonated mixers under the label Q Mixers. Their beverages are made from real ingredients, making them an excellent choice for mixing refreshing liquor. They have a collection of different flavors including Ginger Beer, Tonic Water, Indian Tonic Water, Ginger Ale, Club Soda, Grapefruit, and Kola. Follow them on Facebook and LinkedIn.


Jason Sherman’s TapRm is the first direct-to-consumer e-commerce for beer, cider, and hard seltzer in the United States. With restrictions on breweries for selling beers, TapRm’s omnichannel platform builds these brands bridging the gap between consumers and brands. Tune in with them on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Kingdom Supercultures

Helping food manufacturers to create new foods with improved benefits, Kingdom Supercultures has created a unique niche for itself. Co-founded by Kendall Dabaghi and Ravi Sheth, Kingdom re-assembles nature’s microbes into new combinations. They create plant-based foods that taste like dairy, low-alcohol beverages with full flavor, and natural preservatives that work as well as artificial ones. Connect with them on Twitter.

You can also view their LinkedIn profile here.


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