Upstart Food Brands, a boutique, full-service branding and marketing agency, leverages deep food and beverage industry expertise, and a thorough understanding of the entire brand commercialization process – from manufacturing and formulation to branding and sales, and from CPG to B2B to DTC – to help food and beverage brands tell their story and succeed in their markets.

While we work with companies from all over the world, and our virtual business model means our staff is scattered across the US, our founders are centrally located in the heart of St. Louis, Missouri, a city with an incredible food scene, a robust brewing and winemaking culture, and a thriving startup community. Having been in business since 2015, we’ve been working remotely since before the pandemic and well before it became more broadly fashionable, meaning our processes, communication methods, and understanding of the challenges of delivering on-target remote work is well honed and thorough.

Upstart Food brands is a family-owned and operated business with industry veterans, Josh and Sara Schipkowski, at the helm. We understand your passion for food and beverage and the motivations that have inspired you to entrepreneurship. We’ve developed a small, core team, that’s supplemented by several key freelancers and contractors and a host of industry partners that share our vision. We’re all in this together!

“We’ve had an outstanding experience with Upstart Food Brands. As a small emerging brand, we had an idea of where to start and interviewed several companies. Upon our first meeting with Josh we knew we found the right place. He intently listened to our story, quickly came to understand us and grasped the vision we had for our company. Him and his team then went to work to bring it all to life. Logo, brand story, website, they delivered our identity and encompassed everything we were looking for.”