David Barber Launches Investment Vehicle Almanac
Almanac, a $30 million investment vehicle, announced its investments in Nona Lim, a line of Asian-inspired heat-and-sip soup cups, bone broths, and noodles; Pilotworks, an operator of culinary incubators across the United States; and BlueCart, a wholesale order management platform for buyers and sellers in the hospitality industry.
Almanac is taking an unconventional approach in the food and hospitality landscape by partnering with existing firms serving supply chain, operations, distribution, analytics, and brand experience to identify and drive success for a hand-selected portfolio.
Founded by David Barber, co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Almanac makes early-stage investments and serves as an operational partner for a limited number of next generation CPG, experiential retail, and agriculture and hospitality technology companies. Committed to being a positive force in the broader food ecosystem, Almanac will use capital and a unique group of experts to optimally serve nascent businesses and their respective founders.
The pairing of Barber with Managing Director Zoe Feldman, who followed her Stone Barns Center internship with a decade of experience in CPG, venture capital, and public health nutrition, brings a network of c-suite access coupled with industry specific operational knowledge.
Redefining the relationship between resources who traditionally work adjacently but rarely collaborate, Almanac’s strategy relies on personalized input and time-tested, on-the-ground experience.