March was one of the most exciting months we’ve had at The Food Loft. We welcomed a few more companies into our office, and were able to pass on a lot of new value to members here. Here’s a recap:
After months of hearing founders tell us it’s hard to find mentors in food, we finally launched the Food Loft Mentor Network. 20 food entrepreneurs and startup service providers have joined to help food businesses work through challenges and grow. You can read more about the network on Bostinno.
In early March, we attended the sixth annual Local Food Trade Show at Northeastern University where we networked with food business and wholesale producers. On top of that, we got to spread awareness about The Food Loft and have insightful conversations with people who stopped by our table.
Next we headed to New York City! We partnered with Millennial 2020 for their US Future of E-Commerce conference and extended passes on to our members. The Food Loft crew zeroed in on the food and beverage stage and learning how to adapt marketing, sales, and company missions to attract millennial consumers. We heard from leaders in food innovation Chobani, Impossible Foods, Nestlé and Eataly as well as up-and-coming names making big waves in food like Imperfect Produce, Back To The Roots, Banza and Edenworks.The future of food is looking innovation, healthier, and delicious.
Back in Boston, Journee had its first conference outside of New York at the Hotel Commonwealth to bring Boston restaurant professionals together to inspire and help them in pursuit of their dreams. They invited Food Lofters and our mentors to join in for free (thank you Sam!) In addition to eating one of the best donuts we’ve ever had, we spent the afternoon hearing from Boston restaurant greats, tasting wine and spices, and connecting with people from all corners of the restaurant community. We ended the day with a conversation on supporting immigrants in our communities both as customers and as food business owners. It was a great way to leave with a to-do that supports our restaurant ecosystem.
We had a lot of fun exploring more of the food world with our members. We’d love to share these opportunities with you, too. Click here to check out ways to get involved in The Food Loft.
Now on to April...