Out Of The Box Collective is a certified B-Corp farm-to-table home delivery service. Founder Jennifer Piette had an international career in film before moving to Los Angeles in 2007. She was a screenplay writer for three more years before her passions for food, health, and the environment led her to start Out Of The Box Collective in 2011. They were one of the first companies nationally to specialize in sourcing local foods from not just farmers, but ranchers, fishermen, bee-keepers, artisans, vintners and more.
Jennifer manages the daily operations, sales, and logistics of the company, while her husband Jason manages the accounts, deliveries, and web presence. Every week, Out Of The Box Collective provides a curated local selection of organic produce, pastured meats, artisan goods, meal plans, and recipes to households across Southern California. They prioritize buying local, organic or pesticide-free, GMO-free whenever possible, and sustainably produced foods.
The company has a storefront on Amazon Fresh, and in 2014, the company launched an online magazine dedicated to the Southern California foodscape: Forage & Pasture. They highlight the emerging sustainable food system while inspiring people to eat local and get back into the kitchen. In April 2015, the company merged with produce-only box provider Summerland, whose founder, Alejandro de Castro, joined the team during the transition.
Out of the Box is B Corp certified, which means the company meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. This past year, the company was included in B-Corp’s 2015 “Best for the World” list, and was chosen to participate in a showcase for the Slow Money National Gathering.
Even with all of this growth and success, Out Of The Box Collective was still facing an uphill climb with the traditional banking system. So, they approached PCV for support. Our funding will help Out Of The Box Collective expand their web presence and grow their client base across the Southern California region.