8 of the 10 Fastest Growing Food & Beverage Companies in U.S. are Healthy/Organic

The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list  just came out, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the “healthy” food segment dominate. This annual report, of course, honors and ranks the country’s fastest growing companies based on a 3-year aggregate growth rate (so these results are based on 2009-2012 figures). Inc. reports that during this period, the Food and Bev industry as a whole grew at a rate of 82%, compared to 240% in Environmental Services, 130% in Healthcare, 48% in Computer Hardware, and just beating out a Construction industry that came in at 81%.

Here is a breakdown of the top 10 in their Food & Beverage category:

Company 3-year Growth Revenue What they do
Vertex Body Sciences 10010% $11.8 million Develops and manufactures nutrition
beverages and healthful snacks
Vital Farms 3878% $9.7 million Pasture-raised poultry, primarily for
Whole Foods Market
Green Box Foods 3020% $251.1 million Provides all-natural and organic foods and
education to large corporations.
Orgain 2971% $9 million Manufactures RTD organic nutrition shakes
HUMAN Healthy Vending 2378% $9.2 million Provides franchise vending machine
operation exclusively carrying healthier food and drinks
Plum Organics 1691% $80.8 million Manufactures healthful foods, targeting
babies and toddlers (but some of us adults think they’re yummy, too)
Rockhedge Herb Farms 870% $5.1 million Herb farming, primarily organic
Four Foods Group Holdings 847% $22.8 million Restaurant group
Sunwarrior 847% $10.5 million Raw vegan consumables
Heirloom Restaurant Group 777% $5.6 million Restaurant group


A complete list of all Inc. 500|5000 honorees is available on Inc. magazine’s website, at http://www.inc.com/inc5000/. While you’re there, check out #4439 because their name made me laugh.