At Chomp, we're passionate about the environment and dedicated to making real change. We’re revolutionizing the way the world sees food waste, from major polluter to earth-friendly energy source, and making it easy for anyone who uses our systems to take action on climate change. Chomp is here for a planet in peril.
Our founder, Jan Allen, built his first anaerobic digester in 1979 while a student at Purdue University. He subsequently spent many years working with large-scale anaerobic digestion and composting plants and wastewater treatment solutions. In 2013, Jan founded Impact Bioenergy (now Chomp) specifically to miniaturize and modularize anaerobic digestion to make the technology widely accessible to businesses and communities.
In 2022, we raised a round of funding to scale manufacturing and expand our reach to help more communities, campuses, supermarkets, and other food processors become better environmental stewards.
And in 2023, we changed our name to Chomp to more closely align with our goal of using food waste as a force for good.
Jan Allen | Founder, Chief Inventor
Jan spent the early part of his career designing super-sized organic waste recycling facilities before forming Chomp (formerly Impact Bioenergy) to focus his expertise on distributed, community-scale installations. Jan is a Professional Civil Engineer and the registered inventor of 7 US Patents for composting, digestion, and biofiltration. He has worked on organic waste conversion projects in North America, Europe, Turkey, India, Indonesia, and Australia, and travels widely for personal pleasure. Jan believes deeply in global stewardship and in honoring the world for the benefit of future generations. He puts this passion to work to reverse climate change, improve the quality of our food, and repair the soil under our feet.
Andy Moss | VP, Research and Development
Andy has fifteen years of experience in the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry. Most recently he was the owner and Technical Director at Planet Found Energy Development, where he oversaw design, construction and operation of agricultural poultry litter AD systems at the pilot and farm-scale while also guiding the company’s R&D programs. He is the recipient of two patents on AD and nutrient recovery processes and the principal investigator or co-PI on over $10 million of state and federal grants promoting various approaches to AD technologies. His passion for community-integrated, small-scale AD led him to Chomp. He spends his free time rock climbing, mountain climbing, backcountry skiing, and generally finding interesting ways to be active outside.