FoodMaven has moved its headquarters from northern Colorado Springs to downtown.
The company sells food lost in the system due to oversupply or local food that lacks effective distribution channels.
FoodMaven utilizes an online marketplace for restaurants and institutions like universities and hotels. The company also donates to hunger-relief organizations to fulfill its mission of all food used with good purpose.
“Since the company has outgrown the facility it moved to last year, the additional space will help attract new employees and provide space for continued growth,” said a news release issued by the company, which also announced the receipt of a $350,000 grant from the state of Colorado, which will be used to expand its Denver operations.
“Our new headquarters in downtown Colorado Springs will provide FoodMaven with a workspace suited to our rapid growth to help execute our long-term strategy,” said Patrick Bultema, founder and CEO of FoodMaven. “We are pleased to be adding space in the growing downtown area.”
Susan Edmondson, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership, said in the news release, “We’re ecstatic to welcome FoodMaven headquarters to downtown Colorado Springs. Since the downtown area is the location of choice for start-ups, creative thinkers and innovators, and FoodMaven is leading the way as a socially conscious company garnering national investment and recognition.”
The new FoodMaven office is located at 3 S. Tejon St. and is the former headquarters of the Holly Sugar Corporation, which had corporate offices in Colorado Springs since 1905. The building is owned by Chuck Murphy, who is known for restoring historic buildings in Colorado.
“It’s fitting to have a great company headquartered in this building that has always been home to great companies,” Murphy said in the release.
Prior to Holly Sugar, the building was headquarters for the mining company Golden Cycle.
FoodMaven also announced the award of $350,000 from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. The CDPHE grant is a part of the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Program to provide funding that promotes economic development through the management of materials that would otherwise be landfilled. This is the second year in a row FoodMaven has received this grant, and this year’s funds will be used to expand the company’s Denver operations through hiring new employees and purchasing delivery vehicles and new warehouse equipment.
“We were so impressed by the amazing food rescue program Food Maven brought to Colorado Springs, it’s a model we are glad to support as it expands into the Denver area,” said Eric Heyboer, grant program administrator. “There is incredible opportunity in Colorado to divert organics from the landfill and FoodMaven’s approach is a fascinating solution to this complex issue.”
Megan Cornish, FoodMaven’s VP of government and industry affairs, said the CDPHE has been a “critical partner” over the past two years.
“Our model relies on developing collaborative partnerships and we have loved working with CDPHE, a partner that shares our goal of seeing all food used with good purpose,” she said in the release.
In 2019, FoodMaven announced news of its expansion into Dallas with the acquisition of a meat processing facility in Denver, and the launch of a new hospitality initiative to connect local farmers and ranchers to major hospitality brands like Hilton.
FoodMaven currently supplies over 700 customers throughout Colorado. In the second quarter of 2019, the company will begin operations in Dallas, and has plans to expand nationwide in the next two years. FoodMaven currently employs more than 100 people and has a warehouse facility in Colorado Springs, and two additional warehouses in Denver.