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15 Badass Girl Bosses Who Are Shaking Up The Food Industry

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1. Ooshma Garg: Gobble

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In 2014, Garg founded Gobble and joined the ranks of Blue Apron and Plated in the meal kit delivery service market. The company caters to busy people and delivers dinner kits that can be made from start-to-finish in 15 minutes with just one pan. Ingredients are pre-portioned and prepped in advance — all to cut down on the hassle of grocery shopping, meal prepping, and even kitchen clean-up.

2. Claire Neaton and Emma Teal Laukitis: Salmon Sisters

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Despite the male-dominated Alaskan finishing industry, Neaton and Laukitis turned their childhood passion for fishing into a food and lifestyle brand with Salmon Sisters. They ship boxes of wild-caught, flash-frozen salmon, halibut, cod, and sablefish from their hometown of Homer, Alaska. Plus, for every box sold, they donate a can of wild Alaskan salmon to the Food Bank of Alaska.

3. Jennie Ripps and Maria Littlefield: Owl's Brew

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Searching for a lighter, fresher way to make craft cocktails at home, Ripps and Littlefield came up with the idea for Owl's Brew — which focuses on tea crafted for cocktails. The tea is freshly brewed and bottled from small batches in Vermont, and it's meant to be paired with anything from vodka to beer. You can buy the tea mixers in flavors like "The Classic," made with English breakfast tea, lemon peel, and lime juice or "Wicked Green," crafted from green tea, habanero pepper, and lime.

4. Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Saenz Tobey: Revolution Foods

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Realizing that not all children have access to healthy, affordable meals, Richmond and Tobey started a mission to revolutionize the school lunch industry back in 2006. At first, the Oakland-based company cooked, packaged, and delivered meals to local schools. Today, Revolution Foods serves 1.5 million meals per week in 1,000 schools in 30 U.S. cities, according to Business Insider.

5. Jeni Britton Bauer: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

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If you like ice cream (or even if you've ever browsed the frozen food aisles at your local grocery store) you've probably heard of Jeni's. Britton Bauer founded Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream in 2002 with a commitment to making better ice cream with whole ingredients and dairy from grass-pastured cows. Today, it's an ice cream mini-empire with scoop shops across the Midwest and in Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, St. Louis, Charleston, and DC. You can also buy Jeni's by the pint in grocery stores around the country. Britton Bauer has also written two James Beard Award-winning cookbooks.

6. Aashi Vel and Steph Lawrence: Traveling Spoon

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Vel and Lawrence met at Berkeley's Haas School of Business and were both seeking a way to help travelers find local culinary experiences. They started Traveling Spoon, a San Francisco-based tourism company, which connects travelers with local hosts who cook homemade meals, teach cooking classes, and lead market visits. Traveling Spoon is now available in cities in 18 countries, from Chile to China.

7. Shazi Visram: Happy Family Organics

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Visram founded Happy Family organic brands after watching her friend, a new mother, struggle to navigate her baby food options. She built the Happy Family brand as a way to provide healthy and organic, thoughtfully made food for babies, toddlers, kids, and even expecting mothers. Happy Family offers a huge variety of products from oat bars packed with prenatal vitamins to puréed, organic baby food.

8. Pashon Murray: Detroit Dirt

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Murray, who was born and raised in Michigan, grew up surrounded by the agriculture industry and had a passion for waste reduction and sustainability. So, she founded Detroit Dirt in 2010 to show companies that they can both profit and help their communities by recycling food waste. Detroit Dirt collects food waste from local restaurants and corporations such as General Motors and Shinola, and sells it to urban farmers around Detroit to eliminate waste and landfill.

9. Rachel Drori: Daily Harvest

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In 2016, Drori started Daily Harvest, a subscription service that delivers frozen, premeasured smoothie ingredients (plus other superfood meals) to your door. The goal: Make convenient food healthy. Drori noticed that as a busy, working woman in New York City, finding the time to grocery shop, chop, prep, and blend her morning smoothie took a lot of time. Daily Harvest takes all the stress and guess work out of preparing a healthy, filling, on-the-go morning meal.

10. Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez: Hot Bread Kitchen

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From the looks of it, Hot Bread Kitchen might seem like your ordinary bakery. But this food stall in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood is much more. Rodriguez started this nonprofit bakery in 2000 with a mission to train low-income immigrant and minority women. Through its program Bakers in Training, Hot Bread Kitchen offers six-month programs that teach women facing economic insecurity from around the world to bake.

11. Ellen Marie Bennett: Hedley & Bennett

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Nicknamed the "Apron Lady", Ellen Marie Bennett has cultivated a multi-million dollar cullinary empire by the age of 29. After working as a line cook, she started Hedley & Bennett, an LA-based custom apron and culinary work wear company, in 2012. Today, Hedley & Bennett sells its products to over 4,000 restaurants around the world, dressing famous chefs like Martha Stewart, April Bloomfield, and Mario Batali.

12. Lara Crystal and Lindsey Andrews: Minibar Delivery

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Crystal and Andrews met studying at Wharton while getting their business degrees. At the time, plenty of delivery services — such as Seamless and Yelp's Eat24 — existed, but none really catered to alcohol. In 2013, they founded Minibar, an app which delivers beer, wine, spirits, and mixers to users within an hour. Today, Minibar is available in 38 cities around the US, and, just recently, they picked up $5 million in funding.

13. Amanda Hesser: Food52

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Hesser is no stranger to the food world. Previously a top food writer at the New York Times, she co-founded Food52 in 2009, and she currently serves as the CEO. Today, Food52 has evolved into more than just a website — it's also spawned several cookbooks and an e-commerce store and serves as a social network for home cooks to share recipes.

14. Kerry Diamond: Cherry Bombe

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Diamond had always been fascinated by the New York food and restaurant scene, but she felt that women were being excluded from the conversation. So she co-founded Cherry Bombe, a independent print-only magazine that celebrates women in food. In addition to the magazine, Cherry Bombe has a radio podcast and a cookbook and puts on an annual Jubilee event, all of which bring the stories and experience of female industry leaders to the forefront.

15. Gabby Slome: Ollie

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Slome founded Ollie with two men in 2016 after discovering that lots of dry dog food brands were owned by huge companies, and the products were made from less-than-stellar ingredients. Ollie delivers human-grade dog food, tailored to your pup's nutritional needs and preferences, right to your door. Ollie recently raised $12.6 million in Series A funding, according to TechCrunch.

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