Emily Olson is the founder of Foodzie, which was launched in December 2008, when she was 24. Foodzie is an online marketplace for artisanal food producers and growers.
She came up with the idea after working at a speciality food store, where she realised the difficulties that these producers had in getting their products into big retailers. Foodzie allows the passionate producers to connect online in an easy and efficient way.
To help here in starting the business she called on Rob LaFave and Nik Bauman, two university friends who had entrepreneurial ambitions.
Emily says “Being in the food business is not as glamorous as it seems, but everyone we work with is doing it because they are very passionate.”
After a year in business Foodzie was working with 250 vendors and was getting hits of 85,000 a month.
Foodzie offers many interesting in not a little odd varieties of food. Some products you are unlikely to find anywhere else, including Gobba Gobba Hey treats (Whoopie Pie-like confections, called "gobs," made with all-natural ingredients and offered in exotic flavor combinations), and Bacon Jam (No, really it’s actually very good!)
Here is a little video to tell you more!