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Future Proof | Forbes: How This Beverage Company Committed To Long-Term Growth After Their First $1 Million Investment

Future Proof | Forbes: How This Beverage Company Committed To Long-Term Growth After Their First $1 Million Investment

“The word future proof—defined to not become obsolete—we’re not trying to jump on fads. They’re big brands that are here to stay,” says Schultz.

This was all born from the team’s ability to adapt to success together, sharing their collaborative growth over the last decade was as much about the opportunities they did take, as those opportunities they turned down (reluctantly). After receiving Cuban’s million dollar investment, the team recalls flying around the country to headquarters like Walmart, where they were asked how quickly they could release nationwide; they wanted to grow but didn’t want to grow too quickly. Read more

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KOS | Self: “7 Vegan Protein Powders I Actually Love”

KOS | Self: “7 Vegan Protein Powders I Actually Love”

I’ve tried a lot of vegan protein powders that can only be described as yucky. Plant-based protein sources (like pea, soy, and brown rice) just don’t perform as well as their whey counterparts for whatever reason—tending toward a gritty texture and, uh, earthy taste. Fortunately for us vegan (or vegan-ish) exercisers of the world, the market for plant-based protein powders today is huge. So, along with the duds, there are lots of delicious options that come in innovative formulas and pretty much any flavor you can think of.

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Caraway | New York Business Journal: “New York City cookware company raises $5.3 million”

Caraway | New York Business Journal: “New York City cookware company raises $5.3 million”

Cookware company Caraway said it has raised $5.3 million in seed funding from more than 100 investors.

The New York City company said it will use the funding to expand its product line and build out distribution channels.

Some of the participants in the funding round were: Republic Labs, Springdale Ventures, Wesray Social, Bridge Investments, WTI, CompanyFirst, G9 Ventures, Super Angel Syndicate (led by Ben Zises) and Five Four Ventures, alongside Andy Dunn (Bonobos), Brian Sugar (PopSugar), Henry Davis & Bryan Mahoney (Glossier & Arfa), Ali Pincus (One Kings Lane), and Nik Sharma (Sharma Brands)

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Caraway | Business of Home: “Is this D2C cookware’s moment?”

Caraway | Business of Home: “Is this D2C cookware’s moment?”

This new burst of home cooks has been beneficial to Great Jones and other direct-to-consumer cookware brands like the New York–based Caraway and Los Angeles–based Our Place, all of which have had trouble keeping their products in stock. Since March, Caraway has sold out of its signature set of nontoxic pots and pans more than 10 times and seen a 300 percent increase in sales. “It’s obviously exciting, but it’s also a challenge to keep up with such demand,” says Jordan Nathan, the founder and CEO of Caraway. Nathan launched the brand in November 2019, and it’s safe to say that sales are tracking well above his initial projections for its first year. “We’re working to make sure our supply chain is safe at all levels while still meeting the demand from consumers,” he says.

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Canteen | Food Business News: “Alcoholic beverage innovation accelerating”

Canteen | Food Business News: “Alcoholic beverage innovation accelerating”

“In wake of COVID-19, many consumers are unable to experience premium cocktails at bars and restaurants because of stay-at-home orders in several states,” said Holly McHugh, marketing associate, Imbibe Inc., Niles, Ill. “Consumers may still be reluctant to visit bars and restaurants once stay-at-home orders are lifted due to fear of crowds and getting sick, so there’s a lot of growth potential for premium ready-to-drink cocktails that offer a similar premium drinking experience at home.

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Eterneva | New York Times: “Boom Time for Death Planning”

Eterneva | New York Times: “Boom Time for Death Planning”

Some have contributed to an industry white paper about the funeral business and Covid-19, raised funds for personal protective equipment for funeral directors and created short video guides for health care workers to talk about end-of-life options with their patients. Eterneva, a company that turns ashes into diamond jewelry, used the group to start a series of Instagram Lives about collective grief. LifeWeb360, which creates multimedia memorial scrapbooks, teamed up with New Narrative to create resource guides for planning virtual memorials.

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