David BenzaquenCEO and Co-founder/Founder & ChairmanOcean Hugger Foods/PlantBased Solutions

David Benzaquen is the Founder of PlantBased Solutions, an award-winning, strategic consulting agency for plant-based consumer products. PlantBased Solutions specializes in brand management, marketing, production, operations, and fundraising for plant-based companies, and also provides investor services including deal flow and due diligence.

David is also the CEO of Ocean Hugger Foods. Founded by Certified Master Chef James Corwell, Ocean Hugger Foods makes delicious, plant-based alternatives to the world’s most popular seafood items to stop the overfishing crisis. Ocean Hugger Foods’ flagship product, Ahimi, is a plant-based alternative to raw tuna made from tomatoes. It is sold throughout the US and Canada and will be launching in Europe and Asia in 2019. Ocean Hugger Foods was recognized in 2018 as Whole Foods Market’s Supplier of the Year for Outstanding Innovation.

David serves as an adviser to multiple food accelerators, venture capital funds, and startups. He and his companies have been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, LA Times, Fast Company, Wired, Inc, CNN and more.