PITTSBURGH & CHICAGO (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Kraft Heinz Company on Wednesday announced the launch of Springboard, a platform dedicated to nurturing, scaling and accelerating growth of disruptive U.S. brands within the food and beverage space.
The Springboard platform is seeking opportunities to develop brands with authentic propositions and inspired founders within one of four pillars that are shaping the future of the food and beverage space: Natural & Organic, Specialty & Craft, Health & Performance and Experiential brands. Founders will be encouraged to continue leading their businesses with support and expertise from Kraft Heinz in go-to-market capabilities, research and development and consumer insights.
"We are committed to support and partner with teams that will impact the future of our industry," said Sergio Eleuterio, General Manager, Springboard Brands. "We are actively searching for emergent, authentic brands that can expand into new categories, and are looking to build a network of founders to help shape the future of foods and beverages."
Springboard is also launching an incubator program, focused on nurturing food and beverage startups at a pre-valuation stage in a dynamic 16-week sprint in Chicago.
Starting Wednesday through April 5, the Springboard will accept applications for first-to-market, disruptive food and beverage startups. Companies selected to participate in the Springboard Incubator Program will have the opportunity to receive financial support to build brands and guidance to raise additional funding.
The Incubator’s infrastructure will provide program participants with a collaborative work environment and invaluable business resources including dedicated workspace, state-of-the-art pilot plants and commercial kitchens at Kraft Heinz Innovation Center in Glenview, Illinois. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn from The Kraft Heinz Company’s world-class management practices, global operating scale and extensive food safety and quality capabilities.
For additional information on Springboard, visit www.springboardbrands.com.
About The Kraft Heinz Company
The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) is the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world. A globally trusted producer of delicious foods, The Kraft Heinz Company provides high quality, great taste and nutrition for all eating occasions whether at home, in restaurants or on the go. The Company's iconic brands include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun, Classico, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Plasmon, Quero, Smart Ones and Velveeta. The Kraft Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people, our planet and our Company. For more information, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com.