Top 3 Startups of the Week on FoodHack | October W4

Top 3 Startups of the Week on FoodHack | October W4

By
Nicola Spalding
October 30, 2020

Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition? Here at FoodHack it’s our mission to find and feature innovative products made by some of the most inspiring startups from across the globe on our Discovery board. Each week we scour the globe for nine new ideas, and you vote for your favourites to make our top three.

This week we had hemp milk, office snacking services and non-alcoholic gin, but here are your winners:

1. Moment | New-York, United-States

Source: Moment Drinks ©


In the US alone the meditation market is worth over $2Bn, and globally over 52 million users downloaded the top 10 meditation apps in 2019 (we bet it’s a whole lot more this year!) as consumers became increasingly aware of mental health issues and strived for self-optimisation. But meditation can be a time commitment that many busy lives can’t handle, and often requires a peaceful space which those of us with noisy surroundings (hello, demanding three year old) just can’t find.

Behold Moment, designed by former stress-heads Faheem Kajee and Aisha Chottani, who spent two years researching stress-relieving all-natural botanicals and adaptogens to create a meditation beverage. The drink promotes alpha brainwaves, the same ones that arise during a meditation, for a feeling of calm and clarity. Plus, if it doesn’t work for you, Moment will invoke its ‘zen guarantee’ and give you a month of meditation sessions on the house!

2. JOI | Miami, United-States

Source: JOI ©

We all know that the plant-based market is booming, and in fact a report by European bank ING states that just the European plant-based meat and dairy market will be worth more than $7.5Bn by 2025, let alone the global market! Gone are the days when one had to visit several different stores to find vegan products, as now there are entire plant-based aisles in certain supermarkets, with a seemingly endless plethora of choice.

However, not all plant-based products are created equal, and JOI (which stands for Just One Ingredient) is extra special. It’s a shelf stable plant concentrate, either almond or cashew based, which can be used as a starting point for a wide variety of culinary applications. Stir it into soups to make them creamy, use it in baking or maybe a plant-based protein smoothie. It comes in entirely recyclable packaging, and because it’s a concentrate it takes up a lot less volume than regular plant-based milk, so saves a ton of shipment energy. What’s not to love?

3. Laori | Berlin, Germany

Source: LAORI ©

Cutting back on the booze is a growing trend and, while they may come from a small base, low and no alcohol beverages are set to see a global CAGR of 8.21% during the period 2017-2021, which is significantly more than the expected 2% growth rate for the global beverages market. They’re especially popular with Germans, as Germany accounted for almost a third of European volumes in this market in 2018. It makes sense, then, that Berlin-based Laori has developed Juniper No 1, a non-alcoholic alternative to gin that actually tastes like gin. It’s made from natural botanicals such as juniper, cardamom and lavender, and has been through rigorous taste testing (where was my invite?!) to make sure that the product is truly premium and authentic.

Written by
Nicola Spalding

Nicola is a trends analyst and content writer based in West Yorkshire. She has ten years' experience in UK and international retail, including a stint as a trend and innovation specialist for Morrisons supermarkets. A born foodie who loves words, it made sense for her to start writing about all the exciting things happening in food.

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Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition? Here at FoodHack it’s our mission to find and feature innovative products made by some of the most inspiring startups from across the globe on our Discovery board. Each week we scour the globe for nine new ideas, and you vote for your favourites to make our top three.

This week we had hemp milk, office snacking services and non-alcoholic gin, but here are your winners:

1. Moment | New-York, United-States

Source: Moment Drinks ©


In the US alone the meditation market is worth over $2Bn, and globally over 52 million users downloaded the top 10 meditation apps in 2019 (we bet it’s a whole lot more this year!) as consumers became increasingly aware of mental health issues and strived for self-optimisation. But meditation can be a time commitment that many busy lives can’t handle, and often requires a peaceful space which those of us with noisy surroundings (hello, demanding three year old) just can’t find.

Behold Moment, designed by former stress-heads Faheem Kajee and Aisha Chottani, who spent two years researching stress-relieving all-natural botanicals and adaptogens to create a meditation beverage. The drink promotes alpha brainwaves, the same ones that arise during a meditation, for a feeling of calm and clarity. Plus, if it doesn’t work for you, Moment will invoke its ‘zen guarantee’ and give you a month of meditation sessions on the house!

2. JOI | Miami, United-States

Source: JOI ©

We all know that the plant-based market is booming, and in fact a report by European bank ING states that just the European plant-based meat and dairy market will be worth more than $7.5Bn by 2025, let alone the global market! Gone are the days when one had to visit several different stores to find vegan products, as now there are entire plant-based aisles in certain supermarkets, with a seemingly endless plethora of choice.

However, not all plant-based products are created equal, and JOI (which stands for Just One Ingredient) is extra special. It’s a shelf stable plant concentrate, either almond or cashew based, which can be used as a starting point for a wide variety of culinary applications. Stir it into soups to make them creamy, use it in baking or maybe a plant-based protein smoothie. It comes in entirely recyclable packaging, and because it’s a concentrate it takes up a lot less volume than regular plant-based milk, so saves a ton of shipment energy. What’s not to love?

3. Laori | Berlin, Germany

Source: LAORI ©

Cutting back on the booze is a growing trend and, while they may come from a small base, low and no alcohol beverages are set to see a global CAGR of 8.21% during the period 2017-2021, which is significantly more than the expected 2% growth rate for the global beverages market. They’re especially popular with Germans, as Germany accounted for almost a third of European volumes in this market in 2018. It makes sense, then, that Berlin-based Laori has developed Juniper No 1, a non-alcoholic alternative to gin that actually tastes like gin. It’s made from natural botanicals such as juniper, cardamom and lavender, and has been through rigorous taste testing (where was my invite?!) to make sure that the product is truly premium and authentic.

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Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition? Here at FoodHack it’s our mission to find and feature innovative products made by some of the most inspiring startups from across the globe on our Discovery board. Each week we scour the globe for nine new ideas, and you vote for your favourites to make our top three.

This week we had hemp milk, office snacking services and non-alcoholic gin, but here are your winners:

1. Moment | New-York, United-States

Source: Moment Drinks ©


In the US alone the meditation market is worth over $2Bn, and globally over 52 million users downloaded the top 10 meditation apps in 2019 (we bet it’s a whole lot more this year!) as consumers became increasingly aware of mental health issues and strived for self-optimisation. But meditation can be a time commitment that many busy lives can’t handle, and often requires a peaceful space which those of us with noisy surroundings (hello, demanding three year old) just can’t find.

Behold Moment, designed by former stress-heads Faheem Kajee and Aisha Chottani, who spent two years researching stress-relieving all-natural botanicals and adaptogens to create a meditation beverage. The drink promotes alpha brainwaves, the same ones that arise during a meditation, for a feeling of calm and clarity. Plus, if it doesn’t work for you, Moment will invoke its ‘zen guarantee’ and give you a month of meditation sessions on the house!

2. JOI | Miami, United-States

Source: JOI ©

We all know that the plant-based market is booming, and in fact a report by European bank ING states that just the European plant-based meat and dairy market will be worth more than $7.5Bn by 2025, let alone the global market! Gone are the days when one had to visit several different stores to find vegan products, as now there are entire plant-based aisles in certain supermarkets, with a seemingly endless plethora of choice.

However, not all plant-based products are created equal, and JOI (which stands for Just One Ingredient) is extra special. It’s a shelf stable plant concentrate, either almond or cashew based, which can be used as a starting point for a wide variety of culinary applications. Stir it into soups to make them creamy, use it in baking or maybe a plant-based protein smoothie. It comes in entirely recyclable packaging, and because it’s a concentrate it takes up a lot less volume than regular plant-based milk, so saves a ton of shipment energy. What’s not to love?

3. Laori | Berlin, Germany

Source: LAORI ©

Cutting back on the booze is a growing trend and, while they may come from a small base, low and no alcohol beverages are set to see a global CAGR of 8.21% during the period 2017-2021, which is significantly more than the expected 2% growth rate for the global beverages market. They’re especially popular with Germans, as Germany accounted for almost a third of European volumes in this market in 2018. It makes sense, then, that Berlin-based Laori has developed Juniper No 1, a non-alcoholic alternative to gin that actually tastes like gin. It’s made from natural botanicals such as juniper, cardamom and lavender, and has been through rigorous taste testing (where was my invite?!) to make sure that the product is truly premium and authentic.

Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition? Here at FoodHack it’s our mission to find and feature innovative products made by some of the most inspiring startups from across the globe on our Discovery board. Each week we scour the globe for nine new ideas, and you vote for your favourites to make our top three.

This week we had hemp milk, office snacking services and non-alcoholic gin, but here are your winners:

1. Moment | New-York, United-States

Source: Moment Drinks ©


In the US alone the meditation market is worth over $2Bn, and globally over 52 million users downloaded the top 10 meditation apps in 2019 (we bet it’s a whole lot more this year!) as consumers became increasingly aware of mental health issues and strived for self-optimisation. But meditation can be a time commitment that many busy lives can’t handle, and often requires a peaceful space which those of us with noisy surroundings (hello, demanding three year old) just can’t find.

Behold Moment, designed by former stress-heads Faheem Kajee and Aisha Chottani, who spent two years researching stress-relieving all-natural botanicals and adaptogens to create a meditation beverage. The drink promotes alpha brainwaves, the same ones that arise during a meditation, for a feeling of calm and clarity. Plus, if it doesn’t work for you, Moment will invoke its ‘zen guarantee’ and give you a month of meditation sessions on the house!

2. JOI | Miami, United-States

Source: JOI ©

We all know that the plant-based market is booming, and in fact a report by European bank ING states that just the European plant-based meat and dairy market will be worth more than $7.5Bn by 2025, let alone the global market! Gone are the days when one had to visit several different stores to find vegan products, as now there are entire plant-based aisles in certain supermarkets, with a seemingly endless plethora of choice.

However, not all plant-based products are created equal, and JOI (which stands for Just One Ingredient) is extra special. It’s a shelf stable plant concentrate, either almond or cashew based, which can be used as a starting point for a wide variety of culinary applications. Stir it into soups to make them creamy, use it in baking or maybe a plant-based protein smoothie. It comes in entirely recyclable packaging, and because it’s a concentrate it takes up a lot less volume than regular plant-based milk, so saves a ton of shipment energy. What’s not to love?

3. Laori | Berlin, Germany

Source: LAORI ©

Cutting back on the booze is a growing trend and, while they may come from a small base, low and no alcohol beverages are set to see a global CAGR of 8.21% during the period 2017-2021, which is significantly more than the expected 2% growth rate for the global beverages market. They’re especially popular with Germans, as Germany accounted for almost a third of European volumes in this market in 2018. It makes sense, then, that Berlin-based Laori has developed Juniper No 1, a non-alcoholic alternative to gin that actually tastes like gin. It’s made from natural botanicals such as juniper, cardamom and lavender, and has been through rigorous taste testing (where was my invite?!) to make sure that the product is truly premium and authentic.