About Venus Food
Venus Research and Development was founded by Grace Venus in 2003 to develop Private Label and Branded Products for the Natural Food Industry. Venus Research and Development offers a comprehensive resource for small companies searching for innovative product development. Since its inception, Venus Research and Development has assisted bringing over 200 beverages, pasta sauces, soups, salsa, and frozen foods to commercialization.
Grace grew up within the Organic Food Industry. As the daughter of John Battendieri, a pioneer in the world of organic food, she witnessed first hand the creation of several national best-selling organic juice and pasta sauce companies, his most notable conception was Santa Cruz Organic Juices. In 2000, after graduating from University of Oregon, Grace began working for Organic Ingredients in their research and development lab. She began developing beverages for national natural foods retail chains and managing the quality control department. It was here that she realized the drive and passion she had for the organic food industry and decided to follow that drive into opening up her own business. She loved the technical side of the formulating products just as much as the she loved being involved with important movement towards clean, organic and green food. In 2002, Grace was hired as an independent consultant to assist in re-developing the entire product line of soups, juices, and pasta sauces for one of the oldest organic food companies, Walnut Acres, now owned by the Hain Celestial Group.
In 2003 Grace saw the need for an independent organic and natural food development company and started Venus Research and Development. She is now also the mother of two, and enjoys teaching her children about the importance of being responsable for our planet by making the right choices everyday.