Bon Harvest Launches B2B Marketplace for Local Produce to End Food Waste
Bon Harvest leverages proprietary technology via a marketplace platform for wasted food, while fostering growth among local, agricultural communities.
BROOKLYN, May 9, 2018 - Food waste is has become a hot topic today, and reasonably so. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 66,500 acres of produce are left unharvested and unsold in farm fields each year. As traditional distribution systems and supermarkets are slow to address the food waste epidemic, there is growing momentum among a rise of new companies to decrease waste through reshaping the food system itself.
Bon Harvest, a B2B marketplace for hyper-local produce that connects farmers with nearby wholesale buyers such as restaurants, today launched its operations in New York City. The proprietary platform leverages real-time technology to ensure all food produced locally, is consumed locally. Bon Harvest is improving efficiency in the supply chain and simultaneously decreasing waste at the farm level. The company sources premium, surplus and imperfect produce and delivers it directly to restaurants that increasingly demand local, traceable food.
Local produce available during the company’s launch is being sourced from Satur Farms and Sang Lee Farms on Long Island and from urban farms, including AeroFarms and Square Roots. Beginning with distribution to restaurants in Brooklyn, the company will be expanding to Manhattan and Queens this summer.
Throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production to final household consumption, 40% of food is lost or wasted in the United States. An increase in awareness, after a landmark report by the Natural Resources Defense Council in 2012, has educated consumers, government officials and food industry leaders about the massive economic losses and environmental problems caused by waste in our food system. Bon Harvest CEO, Teymour El Derini, knows that "farmers have given the same energy, labor and inputs to their entire harvest, but are throwing away 6 million pounds of it simply due to aesthetics,” siting an estimate by Feeding America. He continues, "my belief is that nothing properly raised on a farm should be thrown away, and that is why we are creating this new market opportunity for farms to sell of their produce."
The American consumer’s preference for pristine produce has been a long-standing contributor to food waste. Bon Harvest has strategically targeted the restaurant market as its first sales channel, recognizing that chefs only want to work with the most flavorful ingredients. Restaurant industry veteran and Bon Harvest co-founder, Sarah Sanders, acknowledges that "chefs love to be creative and work with the best tasting ingredients. Bon Harvest gives them an opportunity to work with local food at reduced costs by building imperfect produce right into their sauces, soups, and other prepared dishes.”
Bon Harvest was founded by CEO, Teymour El Derini. Teymour learned of the inefficiencies in the supply chain and the impacts of wasted food firsthand when he co-founded Pastweesy & Pizza La Bomba; two local fast casual groups in Cairo, Egypt. El Derini proudly shares that he founded Bon Harvest to mitigate food waste, improve the bottom line of food businesses and increase access to local food.
In November 2017, Sarah Sanders joined the Bon Harvest team as a co-founder and COO. Sarah grew up in a family restaurant business then began working at the intersection of waste and technology at Rubicon Global. Sarah later joined the Toast team to expand their point of sale footprint in the iconic New York City restaurant market. Frank Pica, co-founder & CRO, has experience scaling digital platforms with several venture-backed startups. The context of Frank’s experience will accelerate Bon Harvest’s growth into new markets in the coming years.
About Bon Harvest, Inc.
Bon Harvest is nourishing communities by revolutionizing the way local food is bought and sold. With its B2B marketplace for hyper-local produce, the platform connects farmers with nearby wholesale buyers such as restaurants. Based in Brooklyn, Bon Harvest is improving efficiency in the supply chain by localizing our food system and mitigating waste by sourcing surplus and imperfect produce, in addition to premium produce. To learn more visit www.bonharvest.com
Jessica Anson, Farm + Community Cultivator
A move to a new office location strategically positions Bon Harvest at the center of sustainable food and agriculture innovation in New York City.
BROOKLYN, April 24, 2018 - Bon Harvest, a B2B marketplace for hyper-local produce that connects farmers with nearby wholesale buyers such as restaurants, recently moved their office location to the AgTech X co-lab in Brooklyn. The new location is home to the only coworking lab in New York City that focuses solely on sustainable food and agriculture. The move deliberately places Bon Harvest in the central hub of key resources, networking opportunities and influential industry leaders in the local food and farm community.
The Brooklyn-based co-lab is also home to Agritecture Consulting. Founded in 2014, Agritecture Consulting provides advisory services in the design, planning, implementation and operation of urban agriculture projects. The relocation to the new office supports Bon Harvest’s strategy to source from both hyper-local urban agriculture operations and traditional farms in the region.
Managed by AgTech X, a community platform for learning, collaboration, and entrepreneurship within urban agriculture & sustainable food system topics, the new office location hosts classes, workshops and events related to innovative topics in sustainable food and AgTech. The co-lab is rich with diverse talent and opportunities for Bon Harvest to collaborate with leading organizations in the food and farm community. The decision to relocate is expected to accelerate Bon Harvest’s growth as a prominent company reshaping the local food distribution system.
About Bon Harvest, Inc.
Bon Harvest is nourishing communities by revolutionizing the way local food is bought and sold. With its B2B marketplace for hyper-local produce, the platform connects farmers with nearby wholesale buyers such as restaurants. Based in Brooklyn, Bon Harvest is improving efficiency in the supply chain and decreasing waste in our food system by sourcing prime, surplus and imperfect produce. To learn more visit www.bonharvest.com
Jessica Anson, Farm + Community Cultivator