Chobani announces six 'winners'

27 Sep 2016

Chobani has announced the six food start-ups for the inaugural class of the Chobani Food Incubator, a program to mentor and support food entrepreneurs and to challenge the food industry.

Chobani announces six 'winners'

Chobani has announced the six food start-ups for the inaugural class of the Chobani Food Incubator. Chobani's founder and CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya, launched the program to mentor and support food entrepreneurs to challenge the food industry - and to build a community of people who want to improve broken systems and make a difference. For its first class, the company received more than 400 applications for six spots.

"We've learned a lot in the past nine years about what it takes to shake things up and give people better options," said Ulukaya. "Our incubator is all about sharing what we've learned and the first six start-ups are very passionate, innovative and really want to help fuel the food revolution. I don't think there's ever been a better time for food start-ups to make a difference in this country, and I can't wait to start our new journey together."

Each of the participants was chosen based on their business ideas, shared values and commitment to provide better food for more people.

The inaugural class of the Chobani Food Incubator will run from October 2016 to March 2017, based out of a dedicated space designed for the Incubator at the Chobani SoHo office in New York City. They'll also have access to Chobani’s plants, R&D and sales offices throughout the country.

The food start-ups selected for the Chobani Food Incubator Class of 2017 are:


Banza makes nutritious pasta and foods that are affordable, convenient, and easy to prepare. The Banza journey started in 2013, in a home kitchen in downtown Detroit. A then-23-year-old Brian Rudolph spent late nights, and even earlier mornings, perfecting his recipe for better pasta and set out to prove that eating right doesn't require a lot of time, money, or culinary expertise.

CHOPS Snacks

CHOPS Snacks make a range of jerky snacks, using all-natural premium beef brisket and 100% natural spices. Dusty Jaquins was inspired to venture into the world of jerky while on a family farm in the Pacific Northwest during the summer of 2013 after he was thoroughly disappointed from a jerky he purchased that was so tough and flavorless, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Cissé Cocoa Co.

Cissé Cocoa Co. is a USDA approved and Fair Trade organic chocolate company. With a lifelong love affair of chocolate and a wish for a world in which delicious treats could be enjoyed with peace of mind, founder Diana Lovett wanted to create a company that would utilize only ethically responsible cocoa while supporting small-scale farmers in theDominican Republic.

JAR Goods

JAR Goods creates and offers delicious, simple specialty foods in jars. Sisters-in-law Melissa and Laura Vitelli started their business with the vision of offering foods that help busy people put delicious, nutritious meals on their tables for their families in less time.

Kettle & Fire

Kettle & Fire is America's first and only USDA grass-fed bone broth made with fresh, organic ingredients. The company was founded by Justin and Nick Mares who hold one mission: to help people improve their health and their lives.

Misfit Juicery

Misfit Juicery makes delicious, nutritious cold-pressed juices with 70-80% recovered fruits and veggies that would otherwise go into the thousands of pounds of trimming and scrap waste when companies make fresh cut products like carrot sticks and watermelon cubes.