JetBlue partners with companies for third BlueBud Business Mentoring Program

JetBlue (Nasdaq:JBLU), New York´s Hometown Airline®, recently announced the winners selected to participate in its third annual BlueBud (buddies + budding new companies) business mentoring program, the company said.

In celebration of the third round of the BlueBud program, JetBlue has selected three food and beverage brands from New York.

This year´s winners merge food and beverage with social impact. Toast Ale is a Bronx-based brewery that is reducing food waste by using surplus bread to make craft beer. Barber Farm Distillery is family owned, making craft vodka from potatoes grown on their farm. Luv Michael is a non-profit that produces nut-free gluten free granola made by workers on the autism spectrum.

Toast Ale – Focused on reducing wasted food, Toast Ale uses unsold loaves of bread from local bakeries to brew beer. Since Toast Ale opened, 2,325 gallons of beer have been brewed using 1,375 pounds of bread that otherwise would have gone to waste. Originating in London, Toast Ale has been selling beer in New York since March of 2017. All of the company´s profits go to Feedback, a non-profit focused on anti-waste campaigns.

Barber Farm Distillery – Since 1857, the Barber family has farmed produce and dairy in Schoharie Valley, New York. Barber Farm Distillery is a recent addition to this long-standing family business. Built on family and homegrown, high quality produce, Barber´s Farm Distillery brings a new facet to an already distinctive brand with its naturally gluten-free, farm-to-bottle vodka. Barber´s Farm is one of the only distilleries growing its own potatoes and using its own spring water in America.

Luv Michael – Their organic, gluten-free, and nut-free granola is made without harmful chemicals or toxic allergens. Luv Michael is focused on providing training and income to individuals on the autism spectrum. Autism now impacts one in 68 children. The granola crafted by Luv Michael can be purchased in more than 30 stores in the New York area including Wild by Nature, Fresh and Co., and select Starbucks locations.

JetBlue worked with GrowNYC to select the current crop for BlueBud. Winners were announced at a celebration event at Project Farmhouse, GrowNYC´s state-of-the-art sustainability and education center located near Union Square in New York City. Applications were reviewed by esteemed judges including Liz Neumark, CEO and Founder of Great Performances; Bret Csencsitz, Managing Partner, Gotham Bar and Grill; David Johnson, Deputy to the Senior Advisor to the Brooklyn Borough President; Jeanhee Lee, Assistant Managing Editor, Crain´s New York Business; Karen Washington, Co-Owner of Rise & Root Farm, and William Telepan, Executive Chef at Oceana.

JetBlue is New York´s Hometown Airline®, and a carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 38 million customers a year to 101 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information, visit www.jetblue.com.

GrowNYC is the sustainability resource for New Yorkers: providing free tools and services anyone can use in order to improve our City and environment. More gardens, Greenmarkets, more recycling, and education for all. Learn more at www.grownyc.org.