Every industry has its share of technology and startup disruptors, and the food and beverage industry is no different. Whether it’s edible and boozy subscription boxes or a network dedicated to user-generated restaurant reviews, here are the top established and emerging brands in Los Angeles looking to profit from your palate.
Wine is always a good idea, especially when three bottles are delivered to your doorstep each month. Wine lovers begin their Club W journey by building a palate profile, which then curates a list of recommendations from Club W’s own selection of pinots, chardonnays and blends. Since Club W operates a vineyard and winery, the prices are low (starting at $39 per month for three bottles) while the varietals are always experimental and of great quality.
Craving an Old Fashioned but too glued to House of Cards to interrupt your Netflix binge? Enter Saucey, a delivery service app where users can order alcohol to be delivered to their door in a matter of minutes. Saucey employs a team of drivers and works with neighborhood package stores to deliver the boozy goods. As of now, Saucey only services the L.A-area, and they’ve expanded their menu to offer all of the ingredients needed for select cocktails.
The most recognizable name on our list, NatureBox singlehandedly proved that being a serial snacker shouldn’t expand your waistline. The healthy, monthly box service offers their own line of gourmet granola, pretzels, chips, nuts and fruit, and features a menu of more than 120 items.
Tastemade, a multi-channel network that allows users to share videos of restaurant reviews and cooking demonstrations, is well on its way to becoming a household name. The startup has a 7,000 square foot studio in Santa Monica where users can record their videos and they recently raised $25 million in funding on top of a $10 million round in 2013 to expand their efforts.
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