NEW YORK — Little Spoon, a direct-to-consumer baby food and early childhood nutrition company, has closed a $7 million funding round with support from Kyle O’Brien, former executive vice-president of sales at Chobani, L.L.C. Other participants include Tinder founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, Kairos, Interplay Ventures, SoGal Ventures, the San Francisco 49ers and Vaultier7.
Little Spoon, which opened a little more than a year ago, recently announced its delivery of 1 million organic meals nationwide. The company’s Babyblends products are made without the use of preservatives or extreme heat and were designed in partnership with a pediatric nutrition team. All Babyblends are U.S.D.A.-certified organic and Non-GMO Project verified.
Little Spoon’s delivery service offers a rotating menu of 50 recipes and 80 ingredients, because “exposure to a wide range of ingredients expands your baby’s palate and ensures they are getting a balanced diet during this most formative time of brain and physical development,” Little Spoon said.
When parents sign up for Little Spoon, they receive recommended meal plans personalized to their babies’ needs but also may customize the plan. Each Babyblends recipe comes in a 100% recyclable container that includes a spoon.
“We know that Little Spoon is resonating so deeply because parents today are just like us — they’re looking for brands to deliver high-quality yet accessible solutions for their needs, and their expectations only heighten with a new baby,” said Lisa Barnett, Michelle Muller, Ben Lewis and Angela Vranich, all co-founders of Little Spoon. “Shipping our one millionth meal is a clear sign to us that what we're doing is striking a chord. This capital enables us to expand beyond baby’s first bites and continue to create thoughtfully designed solutions for all the critical milestones of parenthood.”