Poorvi Patodia launched Biena Snacks in 2012, when the plant-based protein snack trend was still in its infancy. Inspired by a favorite childhood snack, she started experimenting with roasted chickpeas in her own kitchen and ultimately came up with a unique roasting process that resulted in a light and crispy texture, that maintained the protein, fiber, and nutrients of a whole chickpea.
Today, Biena has reached national distribution with availability in over 15,000 retail locations, secured dozens of “best snack” awards and recently introduced a first-of-its-kind line of chocolate-covered roasted chickpeas.
Poorvi has been recognized as an emerging business leader and was featured as a “Rising Star” CEO among the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in 2017 as well as one of Food Navigator USA’s “Entrepreneurs to Watch.
Poorvi has an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and lives in Boston with her husband and two daughters. She frequently mentors other budding food entrepreneurs in the Boston area, offering guidance to help grow and produce more successful local businesses.