PHOOD SELECTED AS A PARTICIPANT IN FOOD FOUNDRY BOOTCAMP
CHICAGO & NEW YORK CITY (July 27, 2020) -- Phood, the leading provider of
automated waste tracking analytics, has been selected as one of two companies to
participate in Relish Works’ Food Foundry Bootcamp. In direct partnership with Gordon
Food Service and 1871, the program is set to take place the week of July 27.
The Food Foundry Bootcamp is a one-week intensive program that uplifts emerging
technologies through collaboration with innovators, business leaders and design
experts. Upon completion of the program, Phood will pitch to the executive leadership at
Gordon Food Service for an opportunity to further develop their relationship.
Phood stops food waste before it starts by using artificial intelligence and computer
vision to track, review and reduce food waste at its source. By providing actionable data
insights to food businesses of all sizes, Phood streamlines operations to foster a more
sustainable food service supply chain.
The Food Foundry was created by Relish Works in partnership with Gordon Food
Service and 1871 as an accelerator program for startups reimagining the food industry.
The Food Foundry is the only accelerator program that combines the resources of a
national foodservice distributor with a premiere startup ecosystem that hosts deep
professional expertise in human-centered design and concept testing.
Phood’s partnership with Food Foundry will accelerate the systemic change that Phood
seeks to create and open up new channels to encourage consumer-facing food
businesses to adopt smarter sustainability practices.
Phood is a New York City-based technology platform that provides an easy-to-use,
affordable solution to commercial food waste. Using computer vision and artificial
intelligence, Phood helps businesses cut their food waste in half by uncovering the root
of waste patterns and directly impacting the supply chain. With a unique focus on
source reduction, Phood follows the method most favored by the EPA’s Food Recovery
Hierarchy and results in up to 10% cost savings for businesses while preventing 30 tons
of their greenhouse gas emissions annually. The startup has collaborated with Whole
Foods, Cargill, EcoLab and leaders in higher education. For more information contact
About Relish Works
Relish Works is an innovation hub leading disruption in the food industry. Its purpose is
to generate innovative solutions to the most pressing customer problems and unmet
needs by creating partnerships, designing new solutions, and making strategic
investments. Relish Works has deep professional expertise in human-centered design,
customer experience, strategy, and early-stage investing. The office is located in the
Merchandise Mart building in downtown Chicago.
About Gordon Food Service
Since 1897, we have delivered uncompromising quality and heartfelt service to our
customers. We began as a simple butter-and-egg delivery service, and have grown to
become the largest family business in the foodservice industry by upholding the same
approach for more than 120 years—remaining passionately committed to the people we
serve. Today, we serve foodservice operators in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast,
and Southwest regions of the United States and coast-to-coast in Canada. We also
operate more than 175 Gordon Food Service StoreⓇ locations in the U.S. By partnering
with organizations from across industries—healthcare to education, independent and
chain restaurants, and event planners—we help our customers create food experiences
that people choose, enjoy, and remember. To learn more about Gordon Food Service,
1871 is Chicago’s technology hub and the #1 ranked private business incubator in the
world. It exists to inspire, equip, and support founders, growth-scalers, and innovators in
building extraordinary businesses. 1871 is home to ~450 technology startups, ~400+
growth-stage companies, and ~1,500 members, and is supported by an entire
ecosystem focused on accelerating their growth and creating jobs in the Chicagoland
area. The member experience includes virtual and in-person access to workshops,
events, mentorship, and more. The nonprofit organization has 350 mentors available to
its members, alongside access to more than 100 partner corporations, universities,
education programs, accelerators, venture funds, and others. Since its inception in
2012, more than 650 alumni companies are currently still active, have created over
11,000 jobs, and have raised more than $1.65 billion in follow-on capital.
Marikit Mendiola & Sara Jacques
Public Relations Specialists, Phood