kencko | Our story

our belief

We believe a plant-rich diet is the key to a healthy future for ourselves and our planet.

our belief

We believe a plant-rich diet is the key to a healthy future for ourselves and our planet.

healthy food, healthy planet

Our global food system is rotten. Every year, up to 50% of the fruits and vegetables we grow are wasted, resulting in more greenhouse gas emissions than most countries. By capturing all the nutrients of fresh produce in a shelf-stable product, kencko puts fruits and veggies on standby until you need them. Our products are designed for maximum nutrition, minimum waste.

building a smarter food industry

Ricardo Vice Santos and Tomás Froes founded kencko with a simple mission: to help people eat more organic fruits and vegetables. With a wealth of international start-up experience in foodtech, DTC/subscription brands and a shared passion for sustainability and wellness, they are building a nutrition-led, smart food company that cuts waste and helps people eat well and live well.

a simple solution to your 5 a day

In Japan where people live longer than anywhere else on earth, the word kencko means health.
According to the CDC, a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. However, just 1 in 10 adults reach the 5-a-day federal recommended cups.

creating change, together

We’re a diverse group of individuals, passionate about making the world a happier, healthier and more delicious place. From Brooklyn to Lisbon, we bring together six nationalities, speaking more than ten languages and following all kinds of healthy diets.

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we find balance in our own ways

spending time with loved ones

being in nature


cooking and eating great food

yoga and meditation

taking care of animals and plants

dancing and listening to music

reading a good book


climbing and diving

join the team

We’re a fast-growing startup obsessed with creating nutritious, convenient fruit and vegetable products that are also sustainable, affordable and delicious. Join us and help create much-needed change in our food system.