In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to put together a collection of some of our favorite Black-owned food brands that you should be purchasing year-round. Some of these companies are new to the market and some you might’ve already tried. Either way, buy these now to upgrade your at-home eating experience.
You’ve heard us talk about Partake before and that’s because they’re fantastic! We love the taste of their cookies (which come in flavors like double chocolate brownie, cookie butter, and birthday cake) and the fact that they are so allergen friendly. Partake’s founder and CEO, Denise Woodard, started the company when her daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. Now, her delicious treats help other people with food allergies. According to the website, Partake is also “passionate about getting safe food into the hands of food insecure families,” so they partner with organizations like No Kid Hungry. Denise also founded Black Futures in Food & Beverage, a fellowship program that mentors HBCU students. Denise deserves the world and you can help her have it by buying her delicious products from her Black-owned food brand.
The Cracker King
The Cracker King is a Black-owned food business on a mission to make “healthy snack food alternative [options] that taste great!” Their crackers are certified gluten-free and have no cholesterol and trans fat. I had the pleasure of sampling them at the Specialty Food Association’s 2023 Winter Fancy Food Show and thoroughly enjoyed these crispy, salty crackers. A portion of their profit goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help aid in the fight against childhood cancer. We love a cracker with a cause!
I met the founder of Eleni’s Kitchen, Eleni Woldeyes, at the Specialty Food Association’s 2023 Winter Fancy Food Show, and she told me that she’s passionate about bringing Ethiopian food to a wider audience. I am thankful she’s on that mission. Her products are delicious and we want to see Ethiopian food represented nationwide at grocery stores. You can currently buy her products on the Eleni’s Kitchen website with plans to expand in the near future.
I’m desperate to meet Michele and tell her how much I love her syrup. Her Gourmet Maple Creme Syrup was one of the best products we tried in our pancake syrup taste test. After getting divorced, Michele sold everything and moved herself and her daughters into her mom’s house in order to start her company and provide a better life for her family. This also happened to provide a better life for my family because now we have Michele’s delicious syrups. We literally could not be happier for her (and us) that her products are now sold in tons of grocery stores nationwide.
According to their website, Yolélé is a Black-owned food business that was founded to create “economic opportunity for smallholder farming communities; to support their biodiverse, regenerative, and climate-resilient farming systems; and to share Africa’s ingredients and flavors with the world.” These are all things we can get behind. Plus, Fonio, the gluten-free ancient African grain they sell, is delicious! If you’re a grain freak, go try Yolélé!
FH Jerk is another great find from my time at the Specialty Food Association’s 2023 Winter Fancy Food Show. They sell preservative-free jerk sauces, marinades, and spices. Grocery store options for jerk products are limited and we’re thrilled to see that there’s another great option (and Black-owned food brand) on the market!
According to their website, Iya Foods’ focus is to “create everyday foods with a touch of innovation using African superfoods for nourishment and extra flavor.” Their products are gluten-free and use plant foods like cassava, tigernut, plantain, and tapioca. They have some of the most interesting baking products I’ve seen, like plantain flour and dried hibiscus powder, I can’t wait to try everything they make!
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I’m so glad to see more and more Black-owned food brands popping up! I hadn’t heard of Partake, Eleni’s Kitchen, FH Jerk, or Yolélé before, but I’m definitely interested in checking them out. What are some of your favorite recipes that use these products?