Cooks Venture

Cooks Venture is a vertically-integrated food company re-envisioning the future of agriculture.

Cooks Venture is looking to dismantle the existing system, one step at a time. It starts with the chickens themselves.

Cooks Venture was founded in 2018 by Matthew Wadiak. The company is headquartered in Decatur, Arkansas.


Cooks Venture has done over a decade of research around chicken genetics to land on a proprietary pedigree line, the Pioneer, which is selectively bred to grow slower with a stronger immune system and much stronger gut health.


Cooks has its own farm to grow its feed and its own processing plant for the chickens it raises, partnering with a handful of retailers to sell its chickens to consumers.


Cooks wants to license its IP around regenerative agriculture to farmers who grow chicken feed, contracting them out to grow more biodiverse crops and ultimately feed Cooks Venture chickens.


Cooks Venture is backed by SJF Ventures, PIUS, Cultivian Sandbox, Golden West Food Group, Larry Schwartz, John Roulac, and others. The company raised $50M in a debt financing on Feb 08, 2022. This brings Cooks Venture's total funding to $89.8M to date.



  • Year founded: 2018
  • Funding Info: $89.8M over 5 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Debt Financing)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 201-500
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Decatur
  • State: Arkansas
  • Country: United States
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