CHICAGO — Better Bites Bakery and Love, Corn have been selected as two of the nine early-stage food brands in a new collaborative program led by Mondelez International, Inc.’s SnackFutures innovation and venture hub.

Beginning in June, CoLab is a 12-week program offering workshops, one-on-one mentorship and a $20,000 grant to the nine startups. Mondelez will provide tools, technologies, access to company leadership and industry expertise while gaining insights, capabilities and potential investment opportunities. The program will culminate in a final showcase for brands to pitch to key stakeholders.

Mondelez said the application and interview process resulted in a diverse group of snack brands with different formats, well-being propositions, revenue and distribution footprint. The 2021 CoLab class participants are:

  • Better Bites Bakery: An allergen-free bakery line founded by Leah Lopez to provide choices for her son who had…

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