Harvest’s board of directors just got even more robust with the addition of Joanna Rees, a dynamo with expertise in driving growth in nationally distributed, branded consumer products. Joanna has served on the board of more than 25 companies across a broad range of industries including Stonyfield Farms, the first nationally distributed organic yogurt brand in the U.S. Welcome, Joanna! Read the full announcement.
This week Harvest is abuzz at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. On Monday night, Harvest was named to the 2015 Cleantech 100; CEO Christian Kasper took the stage to accept the recognition. Then, on Tuesday afternoon he convenes with other leaders in the industry to discuss the circular economy and future opportunities. This is the sixth year in a row that Harvest Power has been recognized by the Cleantech Group for its contributions to the cleantech community.
We are honored. See the entire list of 100 companies.
The opportunities are endless: Cheese brine is being used in Wisconsin for snow and ice management. Tomato skins are being explored as car parts?! Elizabeth Matsangou of The New Economy explores the intersection of food waste and a low-carbon economy. Get the nitty gritty.
Xconomy’s Jeff Engel explores the chicken-and-egg conundrum of communities that want to divert food scraps from landfills yet lack the capacity to do so. Harvest Power’s CEO Christian Kasper provides the path forward “to break that deadlock” and support North America with the infrastructure it needs to recycle organic waste. Read the article.
“Christian Kasper wants your garbage. To be more specific, the new CEO of Waltham-based Harvest Power wants your discarded foods, politely known in the business as organic waste.” by Jon Chesto, Boston Globe. Read the whole enchilada.
Wow. It’s an exciting new chapter at Harvest Power: Today we announced $20 million in fresh funding from our awesome investors, adopted a strategic growth plan for our organics management business, and welcomed Christian G. Kasper as he took the helm as CEO.
In his remarks to the company today, Chris thanked Kathleen Ligocki for her dynamic leadership over the past two years. He then continued, pointing out how half a billion tons of organics are going into the landfill each year. This is a challenge that we, as a country, are starting to address. Harvest Power is at the forefront of this movement, building meaningful traction.
VIDEO: The Green Room: Caterpillar Customer Uses Biogas Generators to Turn Food Waste into Power.
The Boston Globe, “2015 top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts,” with Harvest Power, led by Kathleen Ligocki, coming in at #71. See the list.
First, Ligocki was featured in Fortune‘s clever article on Harvest Power. The author, Beth Kowitt, observes, “What we eat – or rather don’t eat – is the next frontier of recycling, and Harvest is in a unique position to capitalize.”
Second, Food and Wine featured Ligocki in its “Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink” list alongside Jessica Alba, Lauren Bush Lauren, and Pashon Murray. Food and Wine has drunk the koolaid, asking, “What if a cast-off burrito could help power a car?” It could! It could!
Finally, next week Ligocki will present at Fortune Brainstorm E: Where Energy, Technology and Sustainability Meet. Other presenters include Walter Robb, Whole Foods Market’s Co-CEO; Jonathan Wolfson, Solazyme’s CEO; and Richard Kauffman, New York’s Chairman of Energy and Finance.
Where will food waste headline next?
HIGHLIGHTS: “The site is far enough from the likes of Splash Mountain and the Cinderella Castle to keep the aroma of rotting lettuce and onions from disrupting the magic of the Magic Kingdom,” and “What we eat – or rather don’t eat – is the next frontier of recycling, and Harvest is in a unique position to capitalize.” Read the full article.