About Us

Our Mission

The Foodery provides nourishing products that allow its customers to live healthy lives while also revitalizing New England’s food systems through supporting local farmers, appreciating the environment and spreading sustainable food education.

Our Core Values

Make Amazing Happen Through Experiences:

Make Amazing Happen Through ExperiencesThe best things in life are remembered. And only if an experience is memorable have we earned a place in our customers’ conversations with other people. That’s what we strive to do – consider and improve the experiences people have with The Foodery. With our passionate team having enough fun, we will develop experiences our customers think are amazing.

Choose Obligations Wisely And Always Follow Through:

Choose Obligations Wisely And Always Follow ThroughConstant improvement means obligating to only what can be finished. It’s not okay to come up short on a promise. As a company, we pause to think about our capabilities before accepting accountability. It’s not that we shy away from stretching our legs – we just like to run only the races we know we can finish.

Build An Environment Of Openness And Honesty:

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Openness and honesty foster an environment where individuals are set free to express ideas and breakthroughs in their own way.  It means not only speaking from a basis of fact and belief but listening without prejudice or judgment.  This freedom of thought is the only way The Foodery will continue to improve.

Evolve Through Growth And Education:

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Foodery teammates have a hunger for becoming a better version of themselves.  This means educating ourselves about the ingredients we choose and by rolling up our sleeves, visiting and working with our farmers. Continuous education is something each teammate has within themselves and The Foodery is a place where personal advancement is facilitated.  

Be Humble:

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As we strive for improvement, we take our progress in stride. We believe in spending more time listening than talking. We think great ideas come from those of whom we least expect it. We want to be remembered for our body of work and the relationships we build along the way. From the individual to the company, it’s not about us. It’s about what we create.

Do More With Less:

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Doing the most possible with the least possible is a challenge with no end. Doing more with less usually involves spending more time comprehending the core of a problem. It can be hard to find the easy way. It forces us to become better problem solvers. And through great problem solving, we distance ourselves from our competition, impact the environment less and strengthen our profitability as we grow.

Seek Fun In Every Day:

seek-fun-in-everydayWe believe fun shouldn’t be reserved for weekends and nights. People spend half their waking hours working so why not spend it enjoying what you do? Whether we’re picking a costume for our Halloween party or participating in an organic chocolate pie-eating contest, we believe in a simple equation- If our teammates are having fun we’re going to deliver amazing customer experiences.

Let Yourself Shine Through:

Let Yourself Shine ThroughOur teammates bring their same personalities at The Foodery as they do hanging out with friends and family. That’s because The Foodery’s core values overlap our teammates’ personal values and beliefs. We believe there’s an abundance of ideas, passion and creativity within each of us. And when we can be ourselves, real progress can be achieved.

Affiliations & Alliances

The Foodery strives to positively impact New England’s food systems. To help us accomplish these goals, we get involved with the community in ways that help us advance our goals and mission. We get involved and support the following affiliations and alliances:

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK

We are  members of the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN). SBN engages business and community leaders in building economies that are green, local, and fair. SBN supports locally owned and independent businesses in improving their environmental business practices, reducing their carbon footprint, and saving money.

NORTHEAST ORGANIC FARMING ASSOCIATION

We are a proud member and sponsor of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts (NOFA/MASS). NOFA/MASS works to educate members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems based on complete cycles, natural materials, and minimal waste for the health of individual beings, communities and the living planet.

NON-GMO PROJECT (donor)

The Foodery believes consumers should have the right to know if their food has been genetically modified.  We support and donate to the Non-GMO Project. As a non-profit organization the Non-GMO Project is committed to educating.

CERO COMPOSTING

The Foodery composts as much of it’s waste as possible. Through our kitchen facility we are affiliated with CERO Composting to handle all of our composting needs.  Founded in 2012, CERO’s mission is to improve our communities and while doing right by the environment. As a worker-owned cooperative, every employee has a vested interest in the success of their clients.  They take pride in raising the bar for commercial composting; making it easier, cleaner, and more accessible than ever.

JRM RECYCLING

The Foodery recycles as much of it’s waste as possible.  With our affiliation to JRM Recycling through The Foodery’s kitchen facility, JRM Hauling Recycling handles all of The Foodery’s recycling needs.  As a family owned and operated business with more than fifty years experience in the solid waste and recycling business, they have grown to become a leader in the industry servicing all of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and parts of Rhode Island.

ROUTE OPTIMIZATION

Food miles.  It’s something to think about.  From an environmental and a profitability perspective, a centrally located kitchen gives us leverage.  Our suppliers bring massive amounts of food to one location. When our product is finished, The Foodery’s delivery drivers, on average, bring 116 pounds of fully prepared food to approximately 20 customers all over greater Boston in 2.75 hours through the use of our route optimization systems like Routific.

Our Team

Michael Brunson
Executive Chef

Chef Brunson oversees culinary operations at The Foodery. From menu creation to product execution to the final taste adjustments, Michael ensures our customers have the culinary experience we intend.

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With a true passion for nourishing others with local, organic and sustainably-raised ingredients, Michael oversees procurement of The Foodery’s ingredients with meticulous detail. He a great approach to kitchen life. A high energy chef who promotes positive reinforcement and stays far away from the overly strict, grumpy, or aggressive T.V. chef personalities. “Paying homage to those who come before you is extremely important to me”. Chef Michael frequently donates his time for local high school culinary demonstrations and holds adult education classroom instruction through a local technical school. “I love what I do, I love a challenge, and I am ready for anything”.

Meghan Huber
Delivery Driver

Meghan’s been bringing our nourishing meals to customers since January 2017.  As a law student, this gives her a chance to make some nice money on the side.  “I really like how friendly all of the customers are and the delivery app makes it easy to get the customers their deliveries on time.”

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Steve has 18 years experience in the culinary field with a diverse background across many culinary genres.  “I love making amazing eating experiences for our customers!”

Carlos Santamaria
Lead Line Cook

“It’s my job to ensure we cook with accuracy and food safety in our facility. I enjoy working with that level of responsibility. “Preparing food I would be proud to feed my family is an honor.”

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Steve has 18 years experience in the culinary field with a diverse background across many culinary genres.  “I love making amazing eating experiences for our customers!”

Thanh Doan
Lead Delivery Driver

Thanh has been delivering healthy meals to Foodery customers since April 2016.  Thanh says: “  .”

Dunia Velez
Administration

Dunia does a lot of different things at The Foodery. She’s a team player wherever we need her unique skills. “I love meeting our customers in person. It’s great to finally put a face with the name.”

Mike Speights
Co Founder

Mike co-founded The Foodery in 2012 and has lead the company ever since with co-founder John Bauer. His responsibilities include strategic direction, customer acquisition, product direction, and team building.

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Mike was previously a VP of Business Development of the Philadelphia Region for Jackson National Life Insurance. Mike has an MBA from the Univ of Colorado. “I am passionate about our customers eating healthy with wonderful convenience.”

Jeff Wu
VP of Technology

Jeff oversees technology infrastructure for the company. He oversees front-end and back-end technology systems for the company and ensures operations are running efficiently while achieving company growth goals.

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He designed and launched data analysis systems and a data model for the company’s scalable marketing platform. Jeff was Senior Data Scientist at Berkshire Hathaway, Carbonite, The Hartford and has a BA in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley.

John Bauer
Co-Founder

John co-founded The Foodery in 2012 and co-leads the company with his best friend Mike Speights. As Co-Founder, his responsibilities include enriching and protecting the company’s culture, recruiting talent, fund raising and creating amazing customer experiences.

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John previously worked in real estate finance and technology companies since 2001 and has a BA in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado.

Judd Hoffman
Delivery Driver

Judd understands the importance of quality food and despite a busy career, he strives to eat healthy in her own life. “Delivering for The Foodery is not just about delivering food, it’s about delivering a healthy lifestyle.”

Jose Zambrano
Delivery Team Leader

Jose is responsible for ensuring our delivery team has the information and resources they need to make amazing delivery experiences happen for customers.

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Having made (and still does make) hundreds of customer deliveries, Jose ensures the delivery fleet performs at our highest levels.

Nick Bavuso
Delivery Driver

Nick has a passion for customer service and making people happy. “I love it when I make a delivery to a busy family who forgot they ordered it. The look of delight that great food is at their doorstep is awesome!”

Abby Schrang
Delivery Driver

“Delivering a quality product to someone knowing they will enjoy it makes me happy. Every delivery shift I work, I like the opportunity to make someone smile.”

Our Story

Hi there!

We are John and Mike, lifetime best friends who after 10 years into our finance careers and unable to find time to consistently eat healthy, knew it was a time to make a life change and pursue a new passion. We started The Foodery in Lowell, MA (45 minutes north of Boston) in a local day care facility’s kitchen that offered vacancy to us during the weekends. Building the business up so it could truly impact the way food is raised and consumed has always been our goal. Gathering ingredients from responsible farmers and suppliers, making nourishing food and serving local customers would be the way the company would achieve this vision. Building a team with a passion for nourishment and environmental sustainability would be the heart of the business. Today, these pillars continue to flourish as The Foodery serves almost the entire Boston region and buys from dozens of local farmers and suppliers.

Our growing team here at The Foodery continues to pursue human nourishment and food sustainability. America’s food systems need fundamental change and we intend to do our part in making that change happen. It’s about reinvesting in our local food economy. It’s about spreading knowledge of how and where our food is raised. It’s about creating a healthy environment for younger generations to discover food and learn the skill of properly nourishing themselves. We see a future where local farms are prosperous, nourishing food is abundant and our food economy is vibrant and strong. We hope to cross paths with you and together use our momentum to provide more food sustainability to our communities. Let’s build New England’s food systems for the future!