Peterborough native bringing Mosaic Foods to New England

  • Peterborough native Sam McIntire's plant-based frozen food company, Mosaic Foods that he started with longtime friends Matt Davis, has expanded its shipping reach to include New England. Courtesy photo—

  • Peterborough native Sam McIntire's plant-based frozen food company, Mosaic Foods that he started with longtime friends Matt Davis, has expanded its shipping reach to include New England. Courtesy photo—

  • Peterborough native Sam McIntire's plant-based frozen food company, Mosaic Foods that he started with longtime friends Matt Davis, has expanded its shipping reach to include New England. Courtesy photo—

  • Peterborough native Sam McIntire's plant-based frozen food company, Mosaic Foods that he started with longtime friends Matt Davis, has expanded its shipping reach to include New England. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/27/2020 8:14:41 AM

Peterborough native Sam McIntire wants to deliver food right to your house.

Since launching Mosaic Foods, a plant-based frozen foods line, with friend and business partner Matt Davis in May of 2019, McIntire has seen a response to the company’s products that he could have only dreamed of.

What started as an idea centered around their own desire to eat better has grown so much that the New York City-based subscription food line has expanded its shipping reach to include the Northeast, meaning you can now order directly from Mosaic Foods and have the prepared frozen meals at your doorstep in two days.

McIntire, a 2007 ConVal graduate, and Davis were like most young adults first out of college – working long days and grabbing fast food or frozen meals for dinner.

They, at first, jokingly said they could make food better than what they were subjecting themselves to on a daily basis. So they spent a lot of time in Davis’s kitchen testing out recipes.

“We quickly realized we could,” McIntire said.

Davis worked for a food subscription company, gaining an understanding of the industry, so they started working on a business plan and furthering their recipes centered around plant-based ingredients before launching in 2019.

“The reason Mosaic is plant-based is because we feel that’s where the world is going,” McIntire said. “A big part of healthy eating is incorporating fruits and vegetables and whole grains and we wanted to make it easier to eat better.” McIntire is not a vegetarian, but eats the meals a few days a week.

All the meals, made to order, are created using fresh ingredients, “they just happen to be frozen after,” McIntire said.

There’s a real benefit to the frozen model, McIntire said, being both convenient to the consumer and the environment, as there is a huge problem with food waste in America.

“We saw frozen as a solution to that,” McIntire said.

As the business was starting out, McIntire and Davis rented a commercial kitchen space and spent a lot of long days working to get Mosaic off the ground. As they have grown, McIntire said they hired a head chef and kitchen team to handle the food production, while the founders have moved into more managerial roles.

“For the first six months or so, it was just Matt and I doing everything,” McIntire said.

Since December 2019, McIntire said business has tripled, which led to their desire to expand their shipping capabilities to include the areas they grew up in.

“We were definitely hopeful,” McIntire said of the business growing. “And when we tasted the food we thought we were on to something, but it’s certainly been a wild ride.”

The way Mosaic Foods works is that all the meals are cooked to order, as customers place an order for a minimum of eight meals.

“We think that really makes a difference in the taste, the flavor and the quality of the food,” McIntire said.

For some of the more popular meals, with their Peanut Tofu Bowl being the top seller, followed by Yellow Dal Curry, Ginger Sesame Noodles and Miso Tempeh Bowl, they make anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 meals at a time. Mosaic started with six meals, but has grown to include 25 options.

“What we kept hearing is ‘I love the food, but I want more variety,’” McIntire said.

The meals are shipped frozen, using dry ice and recyclable packaging – furthering their mission to eliminate waste.

McIntire said food has been a passion for him for a long time, being fortunate to have good food on the dinner table every night growing up.

“I grew up with family time oriented around food,” he said. “But when I became an adult, it was hard to recreate.”

For more about ordering and meal options, visit www.mosaicfoods.com.


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