Alpha Food Labs
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Mike Lee is the co-founder and co-CEO of Alpha Food Labs, an NYC-based food innovation company that helps companies create innovation strategies and new products that are better for people, planet, and palate. Mike is also the founder of The Future Market, a futurist food lab that explores what our food system could look like in the next 5-25 years.
Through Alpha Food Labs and the Future Market, Mike and his team have worked on various innovation strategy and product development projects with companies that include Campbell’s, Danone, Barilla, Google, Applegate, and more.
Mike’s experience in food design and innovation has covered a wide range over the past 14 years. Prior to Alpha Food Labs and The Future Market, Mike led product development initiatives on the Innovation and New Ventures team at Chobani. Mike focused on building out their savory platform and drove food design from consumer insights, to ideation, to food and brand development, to business planning and production.
Mike is a frequent speaker on food innovation and has been featured in many conferences and publications such as The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fast Company, The New York Times, Money, Natural Products Expo West & East, The Culinary Institute of America, The National Restaurant Association, and many more. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Partnership for a Healthier America.
Mike is the grandson and son of Chinese restaurant owners in Detroit and was raised in those kitchens and dining rooms. The atmosphere of innovation in Detroit, from his family’s food ventures, to the auto industry’s concept cars, to the groundbreaking music scene, were crucial in shaping his point of view on innovation today. Mike has a business degree from the University of Michigan and design from the Parsons School of Design. He currently divides his time between Brooklyn and Detroit.