14 Hottest Food and Beverage Startups to Follow in 2022

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Here at Startup Savant, we love startup culture. That’s why we identified the most exciting, innovative, and creative food and beverage startups to watch in 2022 and beyond. From pasta made of chickpeas to CBD sparkling water — these are the top food and beverage companies to follow.

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Top Food and Beverage Companies

Every year, new startups pull to the forefront of their industry through exciting innovation and industry-disrupting business models. We’ve rounded up the most exciting food and beverage startups of 2022 that startup-lovers, investors, and aspiring entrepreneurs should follow.

Disclaimer: With so many exciting startups launching and growing worldwide, we aren’t able to cover them all. Furthermore, the startups that are listed below are not officially ranked and are listed in no particular order.

1. Fig (Food Is Good)

Location: New York, New York
Funding: Undisclosed 

Fig is a food app that was developed to solve the widespread problem of shopping for and ordering food with dietary restrictions. Users of the app create a profile based on their dietary restrictions, which allows the algorithm to help them choose foods they can eat and enjoy hassle-free.

2. Recess

Location: New York, New York
Funding: Seed, Undisclosed

Recess is a wellness beverage brand that crafts sparkling water beverages enhanced by hemp extract and adaptogens to help drinkers achieve “balance and clarity.” Additionally, Recess sells drink powders enclosed in its impeccable packaging.

3. Chef Avenue

Location: San Jose, California 
Funding: Crowdfunding, $280,000 

Chef Avenue is a cookware startup founded by serial entrepreneur Seema Shenoy. This innovative startup creates cookware built to simplify and streamline home cooking. Namely, their signature product, the Omnipan. You can buy the Omnipan on Amazon today!

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4. Foodvisor

Location: Paris, France
Funding: Series Unknown, $5.7 Million

Foodvisor is a food app that instantly analyzes the nutrients in food to provide users with a helpful tool to ensure healthier, smarter eating habits. Plus, the app can estimate serving sizes and provide a detailed nutritional report that is easy to implement in the user’s journey to a healthy relationship with food.

5. Banza

Location: Detroit, Michigan
Funding: Series B, $28.8 Million

Banza is a food startup that focuses on pasta products. Their primary ingredient for their products is chickpeas. Banza has been featured in a litany of highly-regarded food publications and is sold in over 8,000 stores across the US. Buy Banza on Amazon today!

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6. Crisp

Location: Brooklyn, New York 
Funding: Series A, $26 Million

Crisp is a food software startup that helps food manufacturers and companies be more efficient through their food supply forecast platform. Using a data compilation system that includes sales, inventory, retail portals, weather, holidays, and additional marketing data, Crisp provides critical information for major players in the food industry.

7. Everything Legendary

Location: Lanham, Maryland
Funding: Angel, $300,000

Everything Legendary is an innovative food startup that creates plant-based food products free from gluten and soy. Their primary product is plant-based meat alternatives that boast exceptional flavor and texture.

8. Leilo

Location: New York, New York
Funding: Undisclosed

Leilo is a beverage company offering a calming, healthy alternative to alcoholic beverages and energy drinks with a surprise ingredient — kava! The startup has since gone on to partner with sports leagues, grocers, and more across the country. You can buy Leilo directly on the website or through Amazon!

9. Phoode

Location: Los Angeles, California
Funding: Undisclosed

Phoode is a food tech startup that connects food creatives with companies. The company combines the capabilities of a marketplace, a network, and a search engine to create an easy-to-use platform for food professionals and clients seeking their services.

10. Farmstead

Location: San Francisco, California
Funding: Series A, $15 Million

Farmstead is an AI-powered app that facilitates the delivery of groceries from farmers to consumers' doorsteps. Plus, users of the app can discover new recipes using their Smart Shopping List feature.

11. Nutpods

Location: Bellevue, Washington
Funding: Private Equity, $31.5 Million

Nutpods specializes in alternative milk products such as nut and oat milkcoffee creamer, and tea creamer. Nutpods products are Whole30 approved, kosher, Non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free certified. 

12. Bizzy Coffee

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Funding: Private, $50,000

Bizzy Coffee is a cold brew coffee startup that offers a range of cold brew and coffee products including concentrates, brew kits, and more. The startup has risen in popularity, making it the number one selling cold brew on Amazon.

13. Sun Basket

Location: San Francisco, California
Funding: Convertible Note, $143.1 Million

There are several meal delivery subscription startups; however, Sun Basket sets itself apart from the competition by offering healthy, organic ingredients for customers to make unique and tasty recipes with ease. The company also offers alternative meal kits for a litany of dietary restrictions such as paleo, gluten-free, and vegetarian.

14. Olio

Location: London, United Kingdom
Funding: Series Unknown, $10.1 Million

OLIO is a food-sharing app that aims to connect communities to reduce food waste. Unwanted food items can be shared with people in the same neighborhood; the app is free to use and available globally.

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