San Francisco-based nutrition startup Ample Foods raises $2 million to expand reach for its healthy meal
With high rate of obesity in the country, there is a great demand for healthy food, especially among busy professionals. Ample Foods, a San Francisco, CA-based nutrition startup, that enables people to have a complete, satisfying and healthy meal in under two minutes. Today, the company announced it has raised additional $2 million in seed funding to continue to expand operations and its business reach. The round was led by San Francisco-based Slow Ventures. The investment is the latest in a period of increasing momentum for Ample Foods.
The startup was founded after its CEO, Connor Young, was asked to help his busy, entrepreneurial friends take the guesswork out of healthy eating while working long, start-up hours. Ample Foods creates optimally nutritious meals in bottles.Ample is optimal nutrition for busy people. We’ve combined all-natural ingredients with a balanced nutritional profile grounded in science. And we’ve gathered them in an on-the-go package for a meal that’s ready in moments. It’s simple, tasty and satisfying – and it’s compromise-free.
Led by CEO Connor Young, Ample Foods provides drinkable superfood meals crafted with real-food ingredients. The company expanded its line in January and now offers three varieties: Ample original, Ample V (plant-based) and Ample K (ketogenic). The company’s meals are formulated from research-backed ingredients including protein from grass-fed, rBST-free whey and collagen, probiotics, healthy fats and plant-based micronutrients. In 2017, it signed Mark Divine, creator of SEALFIT and Unbeatable Mind, and Chris Masterjohn, PhD, a nutrition expert and researcher, to advisory roles.
The company’s meals make quality nutrition convenient for people across a range of food lifestyles and are thoughtfully formulated from research-backed ingredients including protein from grass-fed, rBST-free whey and collagen, probiotics, healthy fats and plant-based micronutrients. Since launch, Ample expanded from its original formula to include Ample V for plant-based diets and Ample K, a complete drinkable meal packed with recognizable, real-food ingredients custom-crafted for the $5.07 billion ketogenic food market.
Ample began its journey with the top-funded nutrition Indiegogo of all time and has since earned angel investments from 500 Startups, Hawkshead Capital and Compound. In 2017, it signed Mark Divine, creator of SEALFIT and Unbeatable Mind, and Chris Masterjohn, PhD, a leading nutrition expert and researcher, to advisory roles. The latest investment from Slow brings Ample’s total funding to $4 million.
“We’re excited to be part of Ample’s mission to help people take control of their nutrition in a convenient way across a range of food lifestyles,” said Scott Marlette, partner, Slow Ventures. “Ample is leading the industry with a level of quality, honesty and convenience that is in line with where nutrition will go in the next 20 years.”
“It’s been deeply rewarding to hear the stories of people whose lives have improved with access to a healthy, convenient meal option,” said Young. “Slow Ventures is a perfect partner for Ample, because we both believe this business about more than just a product, it’s about providing a foundation for a healthier life.” Ample Foods was founded in 2015.