Navyn Salem was living and raising four children in Rhode Island when she founded Edesia Nutrition, a nonprofit CPG company that manufactures peanut-based therapeutic food for malnourished children. Her product, Plumpy’Nut, is utilized by groups like UNICEF and USAID around the world and is supported by 100% of the sales from her other product, MeWe — squeezable, easy-to-swallow nut butters for babies.
Chobani Yogurt took notice and recognized Edesia as part of its business incubator program, which helps cultivate socially-minded CPG companies. The North Kingstown-based company received a $25,000 grant and four weeks of master classes through the Chobani Incubator program.
Edesia employs 65 people representing 20 different countries and has nourished over 9 million children in over 50 countries since its inception in 2010.