Quick Bites: Supply Chain as a Competitive Advantage - Opportunities in Upcycled Food
Learn about the Upcycled Food movement and how this unique supply chain can be the key to your competitive advantage. We'll cover what upcycling is, different models of sourcing upcycled ingredients, funding opportunities, consumer demand, and opportunities for collaboration.
Angie is the Interim CEO of the Upcycled Food Association. Prior to her current role, Angie was the Head of Programs and Member Services at UFA where she oversaw the advancement of the Membership, Upcycled Certified™, and Investment Programs. She has over 10 years of experience in the CPG industry designing and implementing environmental and social impact programs, having worked with mission-driven companies like Prather Ranch, Numi Organic Tea, and Imperfect Foods. Previously, she led the CPG team at Fair Trade USA where she also spearheaded the first fair trade certification in the US dairy industry. She holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a BS in Environmental Science from Shepherd University. Angie is dedicated to using business as a force for good and is excited to grow the positive impact of the upcycled community. When she's not working, she can be found outside, cooking, or playing with her Australian cattle dog, Stevie.
Caroline Cotto is the Co-Founder & COO of Renewal Mill, a venture-backed startup upcycling the byproducts of food manufacturing into premium ingredients and delicious plant-based products. A food marketing and nutrition specialist, Caroline has experience at the UN World Food Programme, the White House (for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative), Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator, and HubSpot, where she ran the women’s diversity program globally. Caroline grew up in food, working for her family’s ice cream business in the town of Sandwich, MA. She serves as the inaugural Board President of the Upcycled Food Association, and formerly served as a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan. In 2022, she was named to Forbes 30 Under 30, and the 50 Best's 50 NEXT lists.
Matt Kreutz is the CEO and Founder of Firebrand Artisan Breads. Matt turned his lifelong passion for baking and working in the food service industry into Firebrand in 2007. Matt grew up in the kitchen, spending hours helping his mom make meals for the family. At 14 he got his first job in a bakery and has never worked outside the baking industry since. Matt has a passion to create a great workplace culture of inclusion, hard work and service. Matt believes that a company has the responsibility to it’s employees as well as the community it serves. Being raised in a house where his mother went to jail as a teenager and having experienced homelessness himself, Matt aims to make Firebrand a place where people can create a better life for themselves, their families and their community. Matt Kreutz is the CEO and Founder of Firebrand, PBC, turning his lifelong passion for baking and working in the food service industry into Firebrand in 2008. Matt believes that a company has the responsibility to it’s employees as well as the community it serves. Being raised in a house where his mother went to jail as a teenager and having experienced homelessness himself, Matt aims to make Firebrand a place where people can create a better life for themselves, their families and their community.
From my first job in a bakery at the age of 14, I was hooked on working in the food industry and the people in the service industry. At Firebrand we wanted to also find ways to provide opportunities to great people who just needed, in some cases, a first chance when exiting incarceration. We wanted to exemplify how I always thought employees should be treated in the service industry and truly be a “mission with a bakery.”
Dan is the Founder & CEO of Upcycled Foods Inc., the leading innovation platform of upcycled food for commercial food makers. The company specializes in using patented technology to create novel ingredients from previously overlooked and undervalued supply chains. Dan is a thought leader on the upcycling food movement, often a featured speaker at industry conferences and sought after by the media.