About

At Treasure8, our mission - to deliver nutrition to humanity - drives everything we do.

 
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Treasure8 HQ

Historic Hanger 2, Treasure Island, San Francisco

 

We are a Regenerative Food Systems Company™

The products, ingredients, technology, services, and equipment we design, build and implement complement each other in a unique way; creating globally-scalable food systems that restore, renew, or revitalize the resources around us and create sustainability within society with nature’s virtues at heart.

We are solving for global food waste and food insecurity (access to nutrition) with one simple but novel approach, by upcycling food waste at the largest scale possible.

For the past few years, we’ve been quietly designing, building, patenting and commercializing technologies and are now launching innovative products under our own brands and for others.

Utilizing a systems-based methodology coupled with our “skunkworks” rapid R&D capabilities, we identify and capture food waste streams from CPG and agriculture companies, and convert it into high-value, incredibly tasty and nutritious ingredients and products – many of which are to be spun out as new products.

 

Our Corporate Model

Treasure8’s corporate design of spinning-off nested LLCs is highly nimble, tax-efficient and fuels our award-winning and innovative problem-solving approach.

The corporate legal and tax design was created by famed corporate legal architect Rob Townsend and Treasure8 Founder Timothy Childs. Treasure8 functions much like a holding company- it incubates and develops concurrent products and program MVPs to be spun off, and spun-out for acquisition- and subsequently managed by expert operators to scale their market impact. This creates a rich, self-propagating portfolio of investment opportunities positioned for global impact.

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Key Initiatives

 
 

FOOD WASTE

Unlike what your parents might have told us, food waste doesn’t begin and end on our plates; and it definitely isn’t a problem limited to a far away land.

Astonishing as it may seem ~ 40-50% of the food grown in the world goes to waste. As Regenerative Food Systems designers, we’re fueled by the massive global opportunity to enact change, and capture the value lost environmentally, socially and economically from the status quo. Your can learn more about how we view how food waste has a much greater impact than meets the eye in a presentation we gave at Seeds&Chips 2018.

Facing the facts:

  • Globally

    • Annual economic loss is estimated at $990 Billion [1]

    • Agriculture accounts for 70% of water usage, 24% of which is wasted (45 trillion gallons per year) [2]

    • Food waste is the #1 item in landfills, making it the 3rd largest source of Methane (more destructive than CO2) behind China and the U.S. if it were ranked as a country. [Ibid]

The more food we can all prevent from being wasted, the less additional growing capacity and resources we need to bring online in feeding an increasing global population.

1] United Nations

2] world resource institute

FOOD INSECURITY

The old, and increasingly scrutinized solution to feeding the growing masses on the planet, especially in urban food deserts, is through crop intensification: higher yielding crops by use of dangerous pesticides and inorganic fertilizers. We believe the cleanest way to do this is through a system optimization process of the chain already in place.

Given 40-50% of food globally is wasted, our mission is to capture some of this 1.3 BILLION metric tons of food waste and make healthy food and beverages, that are inherently cost-effective, for people around the world. The challenge is identifying consistent sources, developing stable solutions within standard distribution models, and uncovering culturally competent narratives to engage those faced with food insecurity most in an authentic manner.

Besides our own products, we are partnering with major food and beverage companies to develop solutions for processing select waste streams, and in some cases, utilizing those streams to convert waste into ingredients and products for their distribution channels. We are looking for partners who have alignment of purpose in providing better access to nutrition to the food insecure (1 in 5 Americans).

 
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Plant Forward

The world’s largest mainstream health organizations now recommend a plant-based diet, and we believe that plant-based diets aren’t just a fad. In order for the human population to survive in the future, we must switch to mostly plant-based diets. Our focus is designing processes and making plant-forward food and beverage products and ingredients that are highly functional and that taste fantastic.

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Healthy Gut

A healthy gut is a key driver in sustaining a healthy personal ecosystem. We believe the science that proves a healthy gut is a primary way to prevent a number of Western diseases – both physiological and mental. Where possible, we make foods (under our own brands and for others) that are either high in fiber or include pre/probiotics and live cultures.

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First 1,000 Days

We know adequate nutrition is critical for healthy human development and believe that nutritious food can be a form of preventative care. Wherever possible, we focus our efforts on improving and aiding the nutrition for moms and babies in their first 1,000 days together.

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Founder History


 
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Treasure8 originates from Co-Founder and CEO Timothy Childs’ obsessive desire to approach systemic problems in the global food industry with fundamentally innovative, and ambitious solutions.

Previously, as Founder of TCHO Chocolate, Timothy shook the cacao industry through a technology-driven approach to chocolate making, and the creation of TCHOSource, one of the world’s first vertically integrated flavor-driven supply chains engineered for sustainability, cost-effective supply premiumization and a model to improve the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of producers. In partnership with USAID, TCHOSource has become a model for sustainably focused programs in South America, Africa, and beyond. The seeds of Treasure8 took root at TCHO, where Timothy realized the potential for regenerative, systems-based innovations to help solve some of the global food industry’s monumental challenges.

Before becoming a disruptive Food Tech pioneer, Childs founded a company that developed machine vision solutions for NASA’s Space Shuttle program. He was a computer graphics and internet forerunner, co-founding virtual reality companies, the nonprofit community building organization VeRGe (Virtual Reality Education Foundation) in 1991, and the infamous Web3D RoundUP at SIGGRAPH.

Timothy‘s approach to innovation has been honed over twenty years using a Silicon Valley lean startup mentality combined with his award-winning innovation skills in value-engineering, deep design-thinking, a systems-rooted methodology, and by exploiting advanced technologies like AI, VR/AR, and machine learning.

Team


Team

Treasure8’s seasoned team of food scientists, process engineers, co-manufacturing experts, supertasters and project managers nimbly work together to create products and processes designed to change the world. Where needed, our team accesses our A-list contractors and consultants.

Within our spaces we also curate other mission-aligned companies and individuals who support our regenerative minded eco-system: graphic designers, brand managers, sound engineers, soil scientists, machine innovators, soil amendment experts, blockchain developers, roboticists, CNC fabricators, immersive media, and makers.

 Careers

Director of Product Development

Process Engineer

 
 
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A Tribute to Ed

ED HIRSCHBERG- FOOD INNOVATOR, INSPIRER and COMPANY PATRON SAINT

Treasure8 would not be where it is at without the inspiration, concepts and technologies originating from Ed Hirshberg (now 95 years young).

From early on in Treasure8’s history, Ed has been influencing our thinking about utilizing food waste streams into healthy foods and ingredients. It was Ed who, in partnership with the USDA, co-invented the dehydration technology that we have gained exclusive access to and are using today as a mainstay for converting food waste.

We aim to fulfill Ed’s forward-thinking insight and vision of utilizing food waste as a valuable resource. We thank you, Ed.

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