This article showcases our top picks for the best San Francisco based Organic Food companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Organic Food industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top San Francisco Organic Food Companies
Thistle is a healthy food and juice company that delivers fully-prepared, plant-forward meals to the doorsteps of its customers. It makes eating nutritious, organic, and local foods incredibly convenient and accessible.
They believe that by removing the major existing hurdles to consumers (no time to make a meal; too expensive to eat healthy; bad local options), they can empower our customers to make great choices for themselves, their family, and the environment. It was founded in 2013 and is based in San Francisco, California..
Sun Basket is a healthy cooking service that delivers organic ingredients and customized recipes weekly to customers’ doors. It allows customers to choose meals each week or opt into a menu plan, including Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Vegetarian options.
Sun Basket makes it easy to cook delicious meals, eat clean, and feel great. The company grew from sales by 1300% in 2016 and went from 0 to 1200 employees from 2014 to 2017.
The service sources organic and sustainable ingredients from over 135 farms, ranches, and fishermen, featuring organic & non-GMO produce, antibiotic and hormone-free meats, and seafood that follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium sustainability standards.. .
Started in 2009, Harmless Harvest is a progressive food & beverage initiative set to demonstrate that ecosystem-based business can outcompete the conventional model, by integrating the long term welfare of all stakeholders – from plant to customer. Combining innovative scientific methods with local traditional knowledge such as agroforestry, Harmless Harvest develops and manufactures products that actually deliver the nutritional and ethical integrity that others only promise.
By asserting tangible economic value to threatened ecosystems, Harmless Harvest protects these areas and their traditions. Harmless Harvest is proud to be the first Fair for Life certified coconut water.
Fair for Life verifies their commitment to paying fair wages, providing decent working conditions abroad and in the USA, and reinvesting in the communities at the source. Harmless Harvest offers free healthcare to their partners through their Fair for Life initiatives, they have provided medical and vision check-ups to 776 farmers and their communities since the program’s inception, 80% of who had never received medical care..
Alter Eco, Inc. imports and distributes a range of fair trade food products through mass retail chains in the United States.
It provides coffee, tea, rice, quinoa, sugar, olive oil, and chocolate products. It serves supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, and specialty food stores in the United States, Australia, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and internationally.
The company was founded in 2004 and is based in San Francisco, California with office locations in San Francisco, California; Paris, France; Brazil; and Tamarama, Australia.. .
Wholeshare is an online marketplace for sustainable and organic food. Our investors in the food space call us “Whole Foods for the 99%”.
Only one quarter of the US lives in an area that can support a store like Whole Foods because of the volumes needed to run a natural foods supermarket with 25K products. However, demand for sustainable products is widespread (>$100B/yr) and rapidly growing.
Wholeshare enables consumers in every US geography to buy sustainable food at wholesale prices through shopping as a group. Wholeshare members shop for their groceries online and receive products directly from natural food distributors and local food hubs.
By tapping into existing wholesale networks, our members are able to save money and get access to foods that they might not have in their communities. Wholeshare’s group-based model solves the last mile problems that have plagued food distribution.
We recently started offering 25K products nationally through a partnership with UNFI, the largest natural food distributor in the US. Our sales from that offering has been increasing 65% month-over-month since August, and our total sales currently average about $170K per month.
We are proud to have been funded by venture investors such as Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel, 500 Startups, and BoxGroup, as well as several impact investors with deep expertise in the food space.. .
Potli is the premium purveyor for the modern, cannabinoid enhanced kitchen pantry. It aims to source the best possible raw materials and infuse them with the highest quality cannabis to create a truly healthy and versatile product.
Its ingredients are sourced from family-owned and operated Northern California farms, decreasing its carbon footprint while ensuring quality, care, and passion. All ingredients are tested by a 3rd party laboratory before and after production to ensure accurate dosing and purity.
It is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Bissy is accelerating economic development for farmers in Nigeria through the sale of natural energy drinks made with raw kola nut fruit. The caffeine in kola nut gives a sustained boost to the brain, while the theobromine opens the lungs making it possible to breathe easily and focus hard.
It is made up of 100% plant-based ingredients, Bissy contains 160mg of caffeine, only 25 calories, and just 6 grams of carbs from natural dark brown sugar.. .
Al Jazeera Agricultural
Al Jazeera Agricultural manufactures and distributes poultry and livestock feed. It owns PS farms, hatcheries, and feed mills.
Al Jazeera Agricultural was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Amman, Jordan with an additional office in San Francisco, California, United States.. .
Foodzie is an online marketplace where consumers can discover and buy food directly from small artisan producers. The Foodzie technology makes it simple for small producers to sell their products online and aggregate all these products within a marketplace that makes it easy for “foodies” to discover the very best food.
They focus on gourmet foods and organic health foods.. .
12 Tides sources organic seaweeds from regenerative ocean farms in the U.S. and incorporates them into tasty, better-for-you and ocean-friendly snacks.
Through it products, 12 Tides supports ocean conservation and restoration causes, including kelp reforestation along the California coast.. .
UrthBox is the best way to discover healthy new nongmo foods, beverages, snacks and more delivered to your door every month. Focusing on Non-GMO, Organic and All Natural, every month we’ll surprise you with Full-Size products from trustworthy brands perfect for your home, personal life or the office.
How It Works: Every month we’ll make “Health” a priority in your life by surprising you with fantastic full size products that must pass strict ingredient, sourcing, calorie, nutrition and manufacturing standards. Types of Products: Juices & Cleanses, Snack Bars, Dried Meats, Nuts & Seeds, Dried Fruits & Vegetables, New Age Beverages, Crackers, Crisps, Cookies, Superfoods, Granola, Trail Mixes, Chips, Sweets & Chocolates and much more! Choose A Box: Select Gluten-Free, Diet, Classic or Vegan Type of UrthBox.
Choose A Size: Mini (4-5 Products) Small (8-10 Products) Medium (14-16 Products) Large (20-24 Products) The Office Box (100+ Products). Shipping: UrthBox has Free Shipping in the US ($6 for Canada)! The Buzz: “Just as BirchBox provides its customers a sampling of health and beauty items, UrthBox will give subscribers a monthly collection of snack items.” ~ TechCrunch “Smart snacks can be a good way to keep from overindulging at your main meals…
Enter UrthBox, the snack company of our dreams.” ~ Refinery29 “Similar to the ever popular Birch Box, this new subscription comes in five types of boxes filled with handpicked goodies emphasizing organic, all natural and GMO free ingredients.” ~ Style Cartel Discover a Healthier You Today! www.UrthBox.com. .
Attune Foods, Inc. offers probiotic wellness bars.
It offers wellness bars in various flavors, including dark chocolate, chocolate crisp, mint chocolate, and blueberry vanilla, as well as chewy chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate, mango peach, wild berry, strawberry bliss, and lemon crÃ¨me. Attune Foods, Inc.
was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Charles Chocolates produces all-natural handmade chocolates and confections. Its chocolates are handcrafted in small batches using traditional techniques and natural ingredients.
Charles Chocolates was founded in 2004 and is based in San Francisco, California.. .
Love Grain Co produces and sells gluten-free teff products. The company offers grain breakfast mixes and chips.
It sells its products through its partner retail stores, as well as online. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in San Francisco, California..
Looly’s is a public benefit corporation reinventing ancestral food, and the ways in which food is currently distributed. We believe deeply in ethical practices, how the food we eat impacts the earth (and vice versa), as well as how it impacts our health.
We are incubating products that will help eradicate poverty, curb climate change, and shift the value of food towards the nutrient rich.. .
Beginning in the early 1970’s, VV became part of a movement that sought to bring low-cost, nutritious food to neighborhood co-ops and community storefronts. These collectives, called The People’s Food System, extended throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and provided a large-scale alternative to the existing corporate food system.
During this time, an increasing number of farmers rediscovered organic farming and developed new organic production techniques. Many growers struggled to survive in the face of agribusiness and suburban development.
VV established relationships with many of these growers and began distributing produce beyond the original People’s Food System, simultaneously seeking to promote sustainable farming practices and policies, and extend knowledge about organic food and agricultural issues. Through the years, VV has been an integral part of change in the sustainable food system movement by stimulating an increased demand for fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, developing certification standards, working to pass food and agriculture legislation, helping to unify the produce community, and supplying healthy, fresh foods to communities all over California and beyond..
GOOD44 makes online beautifully simple. Producers can set-up a shop front and trade directly with a growing community of end users.
GOOD44 will connect the $165bn food, health and wellness sector. GOOD44 is a two sided marketplace and single destination for the specialty food, health and wellness sector..
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