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JRINK Co-Founder Discusses Female Empowerment, Food as Medicine, and Workdays that End at 9pm

After spending time on the trading floor at Goldman Sachs, Jrink Juicery Co-founder and CEO, Shizu Okusa, decided she wanted a more tangible and socially impactful outlet for her finance skills. She landed in Mozambique, working with local farmers on raising capital, before heading over to Bali to learn about healing through food.

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RIPE Founder Bennett Reck Is Making Craveable Gelato at 360 Calories per Pint

Founder of RIPE, Bennett Reck, has always been obsessed with food. Cooking it, smelling it, eating it, sharing it. Yet, somehow, his diet was always bad. He would inhale gallons of hummus and jars of peanut butter in one sitting. He never went for the nutritious options, instead choosing whatever looked best.

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A Joke That Went Too Far: Snacklins and The Journey to Snack Revolution

Snacklins launched in 2016 with an idea: make people’s lives 1% better. It doesn’t seem like much, but in founder Samy K’s view, it’s what the world needs. Starting with a handful of local accounts in Washington, D.C., Snacklins grew quickly with the support of avid customers. They added more accounts across the Mid-Atlantic during their first year, dominating those before expanding to the Pacific Northwest and West Coast.

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Au’Some Foods Founder Zeina Meng Brings Argan Oil to the Grocery Shelf

After a particularly bad sunburn during a beach trip, Zeina Meng was on the hunt for an all-natural solution. She came across argan oil and couldn’t believe how well it worked. She began to research and discovered that it had been used in Moroccan cuisine for centuries. So Zeina asked, why couldn’t argan oil be used in a daily diet?

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Cosmic Juice Founder Harlem Wright on Healing, Success, and Being Pushed Out of Her Comfort Zone

Cosmic Juice Founder & CEO, Harlem Wright, discovered the power of juicing after being diagnosed with acute liver failure in 2017. Juicing was an easy, fun, and convenient way to get great nutrition. While healing, Harlem started messing around with different combinations of fruits and vegetables.

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Bright Greens Shaking Up the Smoothie Industry

Brian Mitchell, Founder and CEO of Bright Greens, worked in the natural food industry for almost a decade. Knowing first hand how great nutrition can lead to a longer and better life, he and his wife drank green smoothies every day, feeling great and living an active lifestyle. However, after the birth of their first child, the smoothies fell by the wayside — who had time for the shopping, cleaning, chopping, blending, and washing up that you have to do for a green smoothie? 

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Union Kitchen’s Newly Certified Facility Provides Growth Path for Local Brands

After a months-long process, we are excited to announce that Union Kitchen has been issued a Grant of USDA certification. This makes our Ivy City kitchen the only USDA Inspected communal kitchen in the district. This certification allows businesses to produce, package, and distribute meat products outside of Washington, D.C. Prior to this, businesses based out of Union Kitchen were only able to sell directly to consumers within the district.

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Margarita Womack: Bringing Empanadas to the Masses

Margarita grew up in Colombia playing in her father’s restaurants. She loved the tastes, smells, and experiences of food. But fast forward to three kids and a busy professional life later, and finding time for healthy, quality meals became nearly impossible. 

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