Quality and Taste Triple Tovala Sales Ahead of Investment Round

  • Smart meal service delivery company outperforms competition
  • OurCrowd investors join Series B round led by Finistere Ventures




“It just blew us away that the food could taste as good as it did,” said Tom Mastrobuoni, recalling the first time he tried a Tovala meal kit. Had Tovala found the actual secret sauce to deliver convenience food at high quality? “Not microwaved, but actually baked, broiled, steamed – and taste delicious,” Mastrobuoni told OurCrowd’s disruptive food tech webinar last week.

Mastrobuoni, then CFO and founding partner of Tyson Ventures, now chief investment officer at Big Idea Ventures, became an early investor. Tovala’s sales are now tripling year to year and the company has raised nearly $42 million from major backers including Comcast Ventures and Pritzker Group Venture Capital.

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