We’re pleased to announce the companies participating in our second cohort of the Consumer Goods Accelerator! This year we are working with food and beverage startups from across the Southeast to accelerate their efforts in developing customer relationships, pursuing strategic capital and expanding their capacity. To do this, we connect them with our region’s robust network of mentors and partners in the consumer goods space.

Meet the Companies:

CAMPESINO RUM offers two proprietary blends of unadulterated rum straight. After spending two years living in the jungles of Panama where he ran a small rum distillery, founder Hatton Smith moved back to Birmingham, Alabama to bring a taste of the jungle home.

Birmingham, AL // Founder: Hatton Smith // https://campesinorum.com/

is a fully integrated, seed-to-shelf CBD and hemp company working with local startups to bridge the market to quality CBD products.

Chattanooga, TN // Founders: Blythe Grant and Sean Austin

is a premium chocolate company that handcrafts truffles for traditional chocolate lovers, vegans, and everyone in between. Cocoa Asante truffles can be found at various retailers across Hamilton County.

Chattanooga, TN // Founder: Ella Livingston // https://www.cocoaasante.com/

 is a brand of hand-blended spices, rubs, sauces, teas, and more.

Peachtree City, GA // Founders: Erika and Thaddeus Wilkins // https://docandarties.com/

R. THACHER’S produces cocktail syrups that simplify home, or volume, bartending, allowing anyone to replicate the work of their favorite barkeep. Handcrafted in Chattanooga, Tennessee using real botanical ingredients and no artificial preservatives, Dr. Thacher’s syrups make foolproof quality whiskey cocktails.

Chattanooga, TN // Founder: Toby Darling // https://drthachers.com/

manufactures convenient containers of kale that are prepared using a process that maintains the health benefits of the superfood while turning it into a powder and lowering its flavor profile. This unique product makes it easier to add kale to almost any dish or meal, ensuring that customers and their families can get their daily dose of this disease-fighting green.

Jackson, MS // Founders: Bilal Qizilbash and Richard Sun // https://easykale.com/

makes healthy, refreshing canned beverages with a level of purity rarely found in nature. Being both healthy and affordable, Montane is pure, effervescent hydration that can be enjoyed as an everyday indulgence.

Atlanta, GA // Founder: Hollis Callaway // https://www.montanespring.com/

is a direct-to-consumer healthcare brand improving the experience of buying and using over the counter medicine. It is the Dollar Shave Club for over the counter drugs.

Chattanooga, TN // Founders: Rich Boschi and Jesse Hutchison

SEQUATCHIE COVE CREAMERY produces farmstead cheese using time-honored European traditions with a distinctly Southern flair. Nestled in a cove on the floor of the picturesque Sequatchie Valley, their cheeses are made using raw milk from cows who spend every waking moment on grass. Fresh forage, sunlight, Tennessee mountain air, a good bit of science, and a dash of artistry result in delicious cheeses that nourish and honor the consumer, nature, and the surrounding community.

Sequatchie, TN // Founders: Padgett and Nathan Arnold // https://www.sequatchiecovecheese.com/

 is a modern apothecary offering cocktail solutions via their small batch, consciously sourced bitters and tinctures. The Bitter Bottle additionally offers beverage consulting specializing in the utilization of local agriculture and sustainable practices.

Chattanooga, TN // Founder: Kaleena Goldsworthy // https://www.thebitterbottle.com/