The startup was founded by three UNC students in September 2013 and is already stocked in local food stores, such as Weaver Street Market and the Durham Co-op Market.
Seal the Seasons uses Grade A produce to promote their mission of supporting small local farmers, make local food available to consumers and end hunger.
Seal the Seasons co-founder Daniella Uslan said her inspiration for starting the company came from the Millennial Trains Project led by Alice Ammerman, a nutrition professor at UNC. She and other students traveled across the country learning about sustainability and food waste.
“I had an idea that I wanted to do about food waste and entrepreneurship,” said Uslan. “(At the Millennial Trains Project) I discovered the idea of freezing produce that would otherwise be lost to prevent spoilage.”
Although she still owns a portion of Seal the Seasons, Uslan said she is no longer involved in its operations as a startup company.
Seal the Seasons co-founder Patrick Mateer currently serves as CEO of the company.