SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipongo, "Eating Well Made Simple," today announced it has acquired the team and assets of FillMyFork, a provider of healthy cooking recommendations, nutrition rewards, passive tracking of grocery purchases and related analytics. The acquisition aids Zipongo, the leading personalized digital nutrition platform, in its expansion of its Food Benefits Management offering to health plans, employers and health systems. Zipongo provides digital dietary assessment, nutrition counseling, advanced personalization using Nutriomics data, meal planning, cooking tools, grocery delivery, discounts, rewards and guided meal ordering.
Arun Nijhawan and Kartik Shastri founded FillMyFork in 2014 with a mission to help people incorporate evidence-based nutrition into their daily lives. FillMyFork employs incentive "points" for healthy food choices at the grocery store and removes points for unhealthy choices. Points can be converted into gift cards for Whole Foods, Starbucks or other retailers. Mr. Shastri and Mr. Nijhawan built FillMyFork's passive grocery scoring and analytics, which are key elements of Zipongo's effort to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Zipongo scoring and rewards weave into its tools for providing custom healthy food shopping lists, coupons for healthy foods and grocery delivery option. "The FillMyFork team pushed the boundaries on passive tracking of food buying, and rewarding healthy food purchases," said Zipongo CEO, Jason Langheier, MD, MPH. "Kartik and Arun bring a strong focus on the science of effective product development, and knowledge of the food and nutrition data that underlies the healthy cooking utility tools we are continuously evolving. This acquisition demonstrates our continued commitment to be the most effective and complete Food Benefits Management platform available, aiding employers and health plans to reduce the burden of chronic conditions that are heavily influenced by diet." FillMyFork's analytics have revealed nutrition trends in tens of thousands of grocery purchases. Zipongo and FillMyFork will use the combined power of their analytics to leverage behavioral science to drive healthy eating choices.