Greater Richmond has long been a hub for Food + Beverage companies. However, in the last 5-10 years the Food + Beverage industry has increasingly committed to natural products to meet consumer demand for healthier, more natural ingredients.
Greater Richmond-based Food + Beverage manufacturers, processors and distributors have followed suit, producing more natural products with an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) focus. Take a look at some of Greater Richmond’s natural product companies:
- RVA Yeast Labs produces several unique strains of yeast and bacteria for both homebrewers and probrewers from their operation in the Virginia Bio+Tech Park.
- Alternative protein and flour producer Nutriati recently signed a five-year global partnership to boost distribution. The Henrico-based company introduced its chickpea protein and flour in 2018 and is working to develop new opportunities in plant-based meat as well as dairy- and gluten-free snacks.
- Spira is a start-up company that uses algae to produce edible ingredients, cosmetic ingredients, textiles dyes, carbon capture and water treatment services.
- Health Warrior began as a local Richmond startup that used chia seeds and other superfoods to produce healthy snack options. The company expanded its product line to include pumpkin seed bars and oatmeal cups and was acquired by PepsiCo in 2018.
- Sabra develops organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and Kosher ingredients at its Chesterfield location, where it operates the largest hummus facility in the world.
The Food + Beverage industry spans several subclusters, including consumer packaged goods. CPG companies with an ESG-mindset fit well in Greater Richmond, where they join a community already focused on sustainability, health and clean living.