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The glass ceiling was no barrier for these culinary entrepreneurs

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Historically, big companies have usually been founded by — and run by — men. It’s refreshing to see that, even though it’s unusual, plenty of successful companies have women at the helm. Here are 10 food-related companies that you might not realize were founded by women.

10 Food Companies You Didn't Know Were Founded by Women

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Historically, big companies have usually been founded by — and run by — men. Here are 10 food-related companies that you might not realize were founded by women.

Pepperidge Farm

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In 1937, Margaret Rudkin started baking her own bread for her son, Mark, who was allergic to a lot of commercially processed foods. This healthier bread proved to be such a hit with Rudkin’s friends and family that she began selling it commercially under the name of her family’s property in Norwalk, Connecticut: Pepperidge Farm. Then, on a trip to Europe in the 1950s, Rudkin discovered delicate European-style cookies and purchased the rights to sell them in the United States. She named them Milanos, after the city in which she discovered them.

Kikkoman

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Legend has it that the world’s most famous soy sauce company was founded by a woman named Shige Maki back in the 1600s. After she and her son were forced from their home following her husband's death in battle, they settled in the village of Noda and spent the next 15 years cultivating rice and learning the craft of making shoyu, or soy sauce. She refined the production process and began to sell it to locals, starting the company known today as Kikkoman. As the website says, “behind every bottle of Kikkoman, there's a Kikko-woman.”

Newman’s Own Organics

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Newman’s Own was famously founded in 1982 by late actor Paul Newman and his friend and neighbor, writer A.E. Hotchner. While that company is still known for its salad dressings, juices, and popcorn, Newman’s Own Organics, which was started in 1993 by his daughter Nell, became a completely separate company in 2001. All of the foods she sells are organic, including chocolate, cookies, pretzels, and even pet food.

Laura Scudder’s

Laura Scudder was one of the great female entrepreneurs of the twentieth century. She started her food company in 1926, a time when potato chips were usually sold by the barrel or tin, leaving them stale and crushed. She had the idea to sell the chips in individual wax paper (later cellophane) bagsLaura Scudder was one of the great female entrepreneurs of the twentieth century. She had the idea to sell the chips in individual wax paper (later cellophane) bags, and was the first to put freshness dates on food products. Scudder faced difficulty securing insurance on her delivery trucks from men who didn’t trust a woman to pay the premiums, turned down a $9 million buyout offer because the buyer couldn’t guarantee her employees’ job security, and eventually expanded into peanut butter and mayonnaise. She controlled an incredible 50 percent share of the California potato chip market at the time of her death in 1959.

Mrs. Fields

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Ubiquitous at malls throughout America, Mrs. Fields is in reality Debbi Fields, who started her company in 1977 at the age of 21. Hired to be one of the “ball girls” for the Oakland Athletics at the age of 13, she used the money she was paid (five dollars an hour) to buy ingredients and perfect the chocolate chip cookie recipe that would make her famous. She began franchising in 1990, sold the business a few years later, and remains the spokesperson for the company, which is one of the country’s largest retailers of fresh-baked cookies and brownies.

Fatburger

Beloved burger chain Fatburger got its start in 1947 with the name Mr. Fatburger. In 1952, Lovie Yancey, who named the chain after a nickname for her boyfriend, shed her business partners and the “Mr.” and set out to make Fatburger the successful chain it is today. She was a popular fixture at the original Fatburger, and in 1990 sold the company to an investment group.

Auntie Anne’s

The Anne behind Auntie Anne’s is Anne Beiler, who was born into an Old Order Amish family in Pennsylvania in 1949. She baked bread as a child and learned to make pretzels in the Amish style (doughy and soft), and when she started selling them from a Maryland market stand in 1987 they were a big hit. Within a year, there were eight stand-alone stores and one mall location; within two years, franchises started opening throughout Pennsylvania. Today, it’s ubiquitous.

Graeter’s Ice Cream

This beloved regional chain of ice cream and candy shops was founded in 1870 by Bavarian immigrants Regina and Charlie Graeter. At the time of Charlie’s death there was only one shop, but with Regina at the helm, it expanded to multiple locations and became incredibly popular in the Cincinnati area. Today there are more than 30 Graeter’s locations, the ice cream can be purchased at stores throughout the country, they’ll ship nationwide, and the company is still family-owned.

POM Wonderful

Lynda Resnick was already an established businesswoman and chairman of one company, Teleflora (which she owns with her husband), when she decided to start another one. Apparently, a plot of pomegranate trees on Resnick's property inspired her to fund the medical research of pomegranates that led to the founding of POM Wonderful in 2002.

Stacy’s Pita Chips

Stacy Madison launched her famous pita chip brand out of a sandwich cart in Boston with the help of her business partner. The cart began selling pita sandwiches and eventually Stacy started baking the pitas into chips for customers to snack on. The chips were such a success that she started packaging them and the brand took off. PepsiCo bought the company in 2005.


In this roundup, we’ll look at successful companies and their owners and founders from around the world, from large, historic companies to fast-growing small businesses run by young black entrepreneurs.

1. World Wide Technology

David L. Steward, WWT Founder and Chairman. Image source: WWT press kit

If we’re talking successful black-owned businesses, it makes sense to start with the IT behemoth World Wide Technology. With more than $10 billion in annual revenue and over 5,000 employees, WWT is one of the largest private companies in the U.S.

David L. Steward founded the company in St Louis, Missouri, back in 1990, and he’s still its chairman today. The company’s success is a long way from the poverty and discrimination he grew up with:

Today, his net worth is estimated at almost $4 billion, and his company topped this year’s BE 100s list of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses.

2. North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company

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Since this is Black History Month, let’s go back in time now to 1898, when North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company was founded by a group of black social leaders who pooled their own resources to create an insurance company for the underserved African-American community.

One of those founders, John Merrick, was born into slavery and then built up a successful barbershop business with branches throughout the Durham area before moving into insurance.

North Carolina Mutual was the largest black-owned business in the U.S. for much of the 20th century and is still thriving today, with assets of over $160 million, according to Wikipedia.

3. Blavity

Blavity founder Morgan DeBaun. Image source: Press kit

OK, let’s switch gears again and go to a recent startup that’s been making waves in the media world since its founding in 2014. Its rapid growth has attracted the attention of venture capital firms, who have invested almost $10 million in the company.

And here’s more detail from founder Morgan DeBaun:

4. Dangote Group

As promised, we’re not sticking to the U.S. for this list. So let’s head to Nigeria, where industrial conglomerate Dangote Group pulls in over $4 billion in annual revenue and employs 30,000 people.

Company founder and CEO, Aliko Dangote, was recently ranked by Forbes as the richest person of African descent in the world. His entrepreneurship started young:

5. Gardner Rich & Co

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If you’ve watched the 2006 Will Smith movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, you know about Chris Gardner, founder of brokerage firm Gardner Rich. (If you haven’t seen the movie, you should definitely watch it!)

The movie tells the true (well, only slightly adapted) story of Gardner’s struggles to become a stockbroker while battling homelessness and taking care of his young son. Having achieved great success with his firm, Gardner has since sold his stake to concentrate on philanthropy.

6. Millennium Steel Service

With more than $250 million in annual revenue, Indiana-based Millennium Steel Service is a worthy entrant on this list of black-owned business.

The company was founded in 2001 by husband-and-wife team Henry and Andrea Jackson, and Andrea is now running it alone since Henry’s death in 2007. In 2014, President Barack Obama paid a visit, a sign of the firm’s success. Jackson also runs another thriving industrial firm, Millennium Steel of Texas (MST) in San Antonio, TX.

7. Johnson Publishing Company

Ebony and Jet are two of the most famous magazines for the African-American market, and both were created and published by the Johnson Publishing Company.

John H. Johnson founded the firm in 1942, after working his way out of poverty via a stint as an office boy at an insurance firm. Johnson’s first publication, a magazine called Negro Digest, was an unexpected hit. According to Wikipedia:

8. Harpo Inc.

We all know that Oprah Winfrey is a popular media personality, but what made her into a billionaire was her business savvy and her company, Harpo Inc.

It was through Harpo that Winfrey managed to take control of her own show instead of having it owned by the network. Instead of being paid talent like most TV personalities, she was getting a large slice of the show’s considerable profits.

Harpo has since branched out into other media such as magazines and its own network, and although the Oprah Winfrey Show is a thing of the past, the business success of Winfrey and Harpo continues stronger than ever.

9. Atlanta Life

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Another long-lived African-American-founded insurance company, and the story here is very similar to that of North Carolina Mutual.

Like John Merrick, Atlanta Life founder Alonzo Herndon was born into slavery, and he got his first break in business by owning and running several barbershops in Atlanta before starting up an insurance firm.

That was in 1905, and since then Atlanta Life has expanded into asset management as well as insurance, and it’s still a black-owned business.

10. Voluptuous Clothing

After growing up as one of six children in a rough district of Toronto, Angela Samuels found work as a plus-size fashion model and achieved success, working with some of the biggest names in retail, like Sears and Wal-Mart. But then, while working with young offenders as a youth care worker, she said:

So Samuels founded Voluptuous Clothing, and it grew into a thriving plus-size online clothing store, with sales tripling in recent years.

11. Peotona Capital

South African investment company Peotona Capital was founded in 2005 by four women—three black, one white—and now runs a successful portfolio of investments.

But the investments aren't only about making profit—the company also invests in people and in the development of South Africa, both through partnerships with the firms it invests in and through its own mentorship programme, which currently provides individual mentoring and support to 66 young black professionals.

Not many investment firms have a vision that includes things like:

  • “Leaves sustainable footprints in communities”
  • “Contributes to the development of women in business”
  • “Is a model for empowerment in South Africa”

So Peotona is on this list not just a black-owned business, but as an example of a different way of doing business.

12. FUBU

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He achieved that, in part, by mortgaging his house in Queens to raise the money to make and sell his own tie-top hats with a group of friends. FUBU is now a global hip hop apparel brand, and its founder has expanded into consulting, speaking, a TV role on the business show Shark Tank, while still remaining as CEO of FUBU.

13. Famfa Oil Limited

Nigerian oil company Famfa Oil has been so successful that its vice chair, Folorunsho Alakija, temporarily unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world in 2014.

Famfa is a family-run business, with Alakija’s husband, Modupe, as the chairman and other family members as the directors. It aims “to be the leading indigenous oil and gas exploration and production company in Nigeria.”

14. DC Design

DC Design founder Durell Coleman. Image source: Company website.

This list of black-owned businesses isn't just about the biggest firms or those that have made the most money. It’s also about young black entrepreneurs who are doing interesting or innovative things in the world.

That description certainly applies to Oakland-based DC Design, which describes itself as:

One example of what that looks like in practice is designing products to aid in the mobility of people with disabilities, and teaching high school students to design their own solutions to problems associated with health and disability. DC Design also works with everyone from government agencies and large companies like Sony and Oracle to refugees and low-income communities, with the same aim: solving problems through human-centered design.

15. Salamander Hotels & Resorts

No, Oprah Winfrey wasn’t the first African-American woman to be a billionaire. That distinction belongs to Sheila Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts.

She made much of her fortune as cofounder of cable TV network BET, and used some of it in 2005 to found Salamander, which runs not just the luxury Salamander Resort & Spa in Virginia but also a whole range of hotels and resorts.

16. AppsTech

If you want some inspiration combined with solid business advice, check out Rebecca Enonchong’s Medium article, How I built a global tech business with no funding .

In it, she talks about how she set up AppsTech in 1999 to provide enterprise software solutions, going up against some huge, powerful competitors:

The article lays out some of the obstacles she faced and how she overcame them to build a company that, 20 years later, has offices in three continents and a client list that includes some of the biggest corporations in the world.

17. Carver Federal Savings Bank

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Back in 1948, Carver Federal Savings Bank was founded in Harlem to serve African-American residents and businesses who were shunned by many of the existing banks at the time.

Seven decades later, Carver is the largest African-American operated bank in the United States. It’s still based in Harlem, and it still thrives by supporting the local community it serves:

18. Manna Inc.

There are some companies that you’ve never heard of, even though you’ve probably done business with them before.

One of those is Manna Inc., which is ranked at number 7 on the BE 100s list of black-owned businesses, with an impressive $875 million in 2017 revenue and 19,500 staff.

The company was run for years by former NBA basketball player Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., before he passed the reins recently to his son Ryan. The reason you’ve never heard of Manna but probably done business with it is that it acts as a franchisee, running hundreds of fast-food restaurants for well-known brands like Wendy’s and Chili’s.

The company itself keeps a low profile, with even its website giving little information, but those sales figures speak for themselves.

19. Sinclair London

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Savile Row is known as the snooty London home of traditional bespoke tailoring for men. Alicya Sinclair turned that upside-down by becoming “the first Savile Row trained female to launch a women’s only tailoring brand in 2013.”

Sinclair and her firm have since won awards, and their designs have been showcased at some of the biggest fashion events in London.

20. Systems Electro Coating

This last one is a reminder that most black-owned businesses, like most businesses in general, aren't glamorous or well-known, but they can still be very successful.

SEC bills itself as “a leading provider of electrocoating and related services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as well as stamping, machining, and other metal manufacturing job shops.”

To anyone outside the industry, that description may not mean much, but the company has thrived under CEO Toni D. Cooley, working on major contracts with auto giants like Nissan and Toyota.

Cooley says the company also works to help other minority-owned businesses succeed:


11 Things You Didn't Know About Richard Blais — Chopped All-Stars

Chef Richard Blais and basket, as seen on Food Network’s Chopped All Stars, Season 14.

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FN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Chopped All-Stars by introducing a competitor every day. Sixteen competitors including Food Network and Cooking Channel talent, renowned chefs, Chopped judges and celebrities are competing for a chance to win the title of All-Stars champion and a $50,000 donation to charity. Watch the premiere on Sunday, April 7, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes previews.

Richard Blais is best known for winning Top Chef All-Stars and his innovative take on cuisine. A native New Yorker, Richard relocated to Atlanta in 2000, where he founded Trail Blais, a creative culinary company that has consulted on, designed and operates some of Atlanta's most-popular eateries, including The Spence, Flip Burger Boutique and HD1. His first cookbook, Try This at Home: From My Head to Your Plate, was recently released. But there's more about Richard that you don’t know ‑ for example, he loves chicken wings for a late-night snack. Find out more about Richard in his Q&A below.

What's your Achilles' heel ingredient, one that you hate to work with or encounter in someone else's dish?

Richard Blais: I don't hate to work with anything!

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?

What was your most memorable meal? What, where, who? Details, please.

RB: El Bulli restaurant in April 2006. I was on my honeymoon and somehow got a reservation. It was amazing and even more so since my wife and I were celebrating our marriage.

Is there one dish that you always order out and never make at home?

RB: A big steak. My family doesn't eat red meat, so I rarely cook one up for myself at home.

If you weren't in food, what career would you like to have tried?

RB: I would have loved to have been a professional baseball player.

RB: Spaghetti and meatballs. Chocolate milk. What! I slid three things in there! It's my LAST supper. :/


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Styles come and go, but men's attention to their grooming and clothing should be long lasting. It's important to women from the first flirtation through the honeymoon and beyond. "You've got to figure out if there's a certain look that she likes," says Kirschner. "If she likes a guy in tight jeans, you wear tight jeans."


8 of the Best Direct Selling Companies to Earn Extra Cash

If want to make a little extra cash on your own terms, there's a whole industry out there waiting for you. It's called direct selling. You sell a product&mdashranging from gourmet foods to accessories and everything in between&mdashfor a percentage of the sales during personal meetings, parties or shows. You'll need to purchase a start-up kit of products and are typically provided some training. Companies often help you set up your own online shopping site, too (though there may be a monthly fee). Generally, flexibility is the biggest perk because you create your own hours. You'll typically earn purchasing discounts, too. If you eventually recruit others to be representatives, you'll earn a percentage of their sales as well.

For many people, direct selling is a way to supplement their incomes, although some people transition successfully to full-time gigs. When considering taking the plunge, read the fine print and ask a lot of questions before committing most won't refund your investment cost if you change your mind. Here are a few companies to investigate.

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Your mom and even your grandma may have shopped with Avon, as this venerable company has been around since 1886 (years before women had the right to vote in the U.S.!). It's such a well-known brand that you'll never have to explain what it is. Offerings include makeup, skin care, bath and body products, fragrance, jewelry, fine silver jewelry and fashion, so it's basically one-stop shopping. Kits to get you started begin at $25, and you can earn up to 40 percent on sales. A KickStarter program helps you earn commissions faster if you meet specific sales goals in a certain time frame.

Don't you hate having to buy a bottle of wine before you know if you'll like it? Most people do. This direct sales opportunity allows you to educate people about wine while creating your own wine business. As a Boisset ambassador, you purchase a flight of wines from the company, then enjoy it with friends at a tasting. You'll earn 25 percent commission from your sales, including online, and up to 35 percent if you build a team. Kits start at $149 for a 3-bottle mini-flight. Not a wine expert? You'll get coaching from your sponsor and weekly training calls from the home office. The collection includes something for every wine palate.

So, know anyone who doesn't like chocolate? We didn't think so. Cocoa Exchange offers exclusive products including chocolate candies, sauces, and gourmet treats, all made in the USA by Mars, Inc. Become a curator, and you'll earn 25 to 40 percent commissions, based on personal sales volume. Starter kits run $129 and include a tasting flight of products such as truffles, martini mix, and deluxe spices. You can add on specialty product brand kits for another $99, which feature unique chocolates and creative sauces, teas and rubs that feature, well, what else? Chocolate!

Finding attractive hair accessories&mdashwhether you have baby-fine hair, an abundance of tresses, or natural hair&mdashis never easy. Enter Lilla Rose, founded in 2008, which offers fun and functional hair clips, pins, bobbies, hairbands, and hair sticks. Start up kits are $49.95, but you can add on product to round out your party presentations or set up a booth at fairs. Commissions start at 30 percent and increase if you build a team. There's also a personalized website for online sales where you can upload your own images to customize the experience.

What's better than food for connecting with others? From cooking shows in your hostess's home to Facebook parties, which are completely virtual, Pampered Chef consultants earn 20 to 25 percent commission based on sales volume. That can increase to up to 31 percent if you build a team. Startup kits begin at $109 and include what you'll need to put on a cooking show including tools such as basting brush, knives, grill pans, and all kinds of other fun kitchen wares.

Founded in 2006, Steeped Tea allows you to share your love of tea with others through tea parties and online selling. You'll earn 25 to 39 percent commission, based on sales volume and other consultants you've sponsored. Startup kits run $99. The products contain no artificial colors, flavors, or added sugars. Of course, you'll find your favorite flavors such as chai and matcha, but there's a whole world of deliciously different flavors including pumpkin banana bread, strawberries and cream, and sweet date marzipan.

Founded 10 years ago, this company sells a range of unique accessories including an array of fun jewelry, pieces, trendy tunics and scarves, clutches and cross-body bags. There's also a line of fine jewelry featuring diamonds and white or yellow gold. Stylists earn 25 to 35 percent commission on sales. Starter kits to demo products run $199 for basics. You get to choose the accessories and jewelry you want for your kit, so it's completely personalized to your tastes. Sister companies, Keep Collective and EVER Skincare, offer other direct selling opportunities.

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The gift company Thirty-one was founded in 2003. They offer a huge number of attractive home organizing and personalized products including storage bins, purses and totes, wallets, lunch and picnic thermals, and customizable pillows and wall art. Consultants make 25 percent on every sale through face-to-face, online, and catalogue parties. Starter kits are $99. If you become a leader to new consultants, you'll earn a percentage of their commission as well. There's also a monthly subscription fee for a personalized website and emails to customers.


Travel to Hong Kong with chef May Chow’s dumpling recipe

“The pleating represents on the outside the amount of care that's been put into this food,” she explained. “We made them as a family. Seeing the pleats that my mom or that my grandfather added to the dumplings would remind me that they were the ones who prepared this food for me.”

Brooklyn Delhi is also rooted in Agrawal’s family traditions.

“My father's mother, we were just very close,” she said. “I can still remember the food that she would give me. I can still taste it. They're food memories from when I was really young, and those continued on as I visited her every year in India. Every trip, we would be in the kitchen.”

The decision to leave their jobs wasn’t easy, but their deeply personal connections to their businesses have helped.

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“It was a really scary time because I had been working for over a decade in positions where I had benefits, I had an ongoing salary that I could count on,” Agrawal said. “What ended up happening was that my priorities changed.”

“Our public sales tend to sell out within a few minutes. One time it sold out in less than a minute,” she continued. “It's been great because more people want to try the flavors that we're putting out there and want to learn more about Indian food and culture.

“Everything that I really learned how to make, I learned from different family members. In some sense, the Brooklyn Delhi recipes also are a way for our family recipes to live on.”

Bi recalled: “I left Google in the fall of 2019, and already that year I was starting to make dumplings, send them around to friends and family. When I decided to really start in earnest was in February 2020, conveniently one month before the pandemic hit.”

“Everything shut down. I didn't have a steady job or an income at that time,” she added. “Whenever I had a spare moment, I'd fold dumplings, and then I would stay up all hours editing footage and putting it up on Instagram. We were just trying to survive.”

Now, Dumpling Club is a reminder of the opportunities that her family worked so hard to provide her with.

“When my parents came to the states, they really came here with nothing, and I'm super cognizant of that now,” Bi said. “It's a huge privilege to be able to do what I love, to go after what I love, and that has come from years of sacrifice and hard work from my parents. Knowing that, I want to take that privilege and make sure I do something really positive with it.”

Maura Hohman is a Brooklyn-based weekend editor and reporter for TODAY Digital who joined the team early in the coronavirus pandemic. While she happily writes about a range of topics, from pop culture to politics, she has a special interest in in-depth health coverage, especially COVID-19 research, women's health and racial health disparities.


The Campbell Soup Company

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Campbell's was started in 1869 by Joseph A. Campbell, a fruit merchant from Bridgeton, New Jersey, and Abraham Anderson, an icebox manufacturer from South Jersey. The duo got their start by producing canned tomatoes, vegetables, jellies, soups, condiments, and minced meats. Thanks to an MIT chemist named John Dorrance, Campbell's was one of the first companies to develop a commercially viable method for condensing soup, which put them on a path to success. In fact, Campbell's was so successful its brand portfolio eventually included Pepperidge Farm's breads, cookies, and crackers, Franco-American's gravies and pastas, V8 vegetable juices, Swanson broths, and Godiva's chocolates. Talk about "mmm mmm good!"


5. Pistachios

Pistachios, like other nuts, are often left by the wayside when it comes to weight-loss diets because they're high in calories and fat. But the truth is that they're a triple threat when it comes to losing pounds. They're one of the lowest-fat, lowest-calorie nuts (49 pistachios is a serving), and they have a shell, which helps slow down your snacking. Pistachios are also unique in that they are the only nut to have lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that help to reduce age-related macular degeneration, a condition that is more common in women than men and impacts 14 percent of people 55 to 64 years of age and one out of five people 65 to 75 years old.

Pistachios, like other nuts, are often left by the wayside when it comes to weight-loss diets because they're high in calories and fat. But the truth is that they're a triple threat when it comes to losing pounds. They're one of the lowest-fat, lowest-calorie nuts (49 pistachios is a serving), and they have a shell, which helps slow down your snacking. Pistachios are also unique in that they are the only nut to have lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that help to reduce age-related macular degeneration, a condition that is more common in women than men and impacts 14 percent of people 55 to 64 years of age and one out of five people 65 to 75 years old.


A Dozen Cousins

Beans are having a moment right now, and A Dozen Cousins makes this pantry staple way more exciting. With pre-seasoned beans in flavors like chickpea curry and Cuban black beans, these options are sure to add plenty of flavor to your recipes. A Dozen Cousins provides a yearly grant to non-profit organizations to help people of all socioeconomic backgrounds access nutritious foods.


Emerging Women-Led Food And Beverage Companies Set To Make A Difference

Every day people are faced with challenges, for some it is the need to manage a health challenge and make each day as pleasant as possible. For others, it could be taking care of a loved one struggling with a medical problem.

For these people the struggle is real, the experiences are life-changing, some of the founders featured in this article have lived through these experiences.

People like Jacquelyn Turner-Haury who felt the pain but didn't allow it to stop her instead found her purpose and decided to create products she believe will help others.

These founders have different stories, different experiences but one thing in common they observed the need and bravely stepped up to create the change they want to see in the world.

Feramoringa - All in One Supplement For Daily Needs

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Jacquelyn Turner-Haury was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease while she was still in high school, during this time she struggled with the treatment options that were available to her. With support from her family she shifted her lifestyle and focused on a nutrient dense diet which included moringa. It was during this time that she discovered the importance of nutrition to health and well being. She believes consuming moringa relieved her inflammatory symptoms and made the disease more manageable. She started her company Feramoringa to share the richness of moringa with the hope of helping others. Her products are in stores in New York City and will be launching new line of products soon

Casa De Sante - Low FODMAP Products for IBS

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As a physician-scientist, health & wellness has always been of interest to Onikepe Adegbola. Her family member was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and found relief consuming a low FODMAP diet. “Unfortunately following the diet is a challenge because it was so difficult and time-consuming to find suitable foods in the store. I was inspired to start a healthy low FODMAP brand to take the stress out of eating and shopping for the 30- 45 million Americans with IBS.” said Adegbola

Her company Casa de Sante produce all-natural spice mixes, salad dressings, sauces and salsa. The company also provides nutritionist support, bowl tracking apps, meal plans and shopping list. According to the company, their products are tested in the laboratory by the FODMAP friendly program to ensure that the products are low in FODMAP. Onikepe, a physician also holds PhD degree from John Hopkins University and graduate medical education from Columbia University. Casa de Santes, founded in 2017 reported a 6 figure revenue within the first year.

Bonafide Provision - Drinkable Nourishment

Founder - Bonafide Provision

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Sharon Brown is a nutritionist and certified GAPS practitioner who has worked with several clients during her career. She actually discovered bone broth while taking of her son who was dealing with a chronic illness. “My passion for healing and nutrition coupled with a strong desire to see a shift towards a more nutrient dense diet is what set the ground for the company Bonafide Provision. Having walked so many clients through the GAPS program, I know the benefits of elixir. Our elixirs are soulfully crafted to taste creamy and indulgent. What you taste is what you get – the whole ingredients and herbs – that’s it. Since we don’t use gums, natural flavors, or thickeners, there’s no tastebud trickery," Brown explains.

Apr è s - Perfect Post Workout Snack

Darby Jackson and her co-founder Sonny McCracken believed that there wasn’t a protein product on the market that addresses the need of what they described as the “growing boutique fitness market.” As a former health coach, Jackson noticed that her clients continuously asked her for a post-workout snack recommendation but she didn't have a clean and convenient recommendation for them . After months of research and conversations with other fitness experts she designed Apr è s products.

“ undefined Après was developed for premium whole body replenishment with 13g of organic plant protein, 4g+ of organic virgin coconut oil and organic coconut water with 6g of sugar,” Jackson adds.

Apr è s reported enjoying early success selling out its first batch of products and ending up with a 2000 person wait list. The company recently announced closing a 1.1M seed round.

Snow Monkey - Superfood Ice Treat

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Rachel Geicke had an unhealthy relationship with ice-cream, she recalls indulging in ice-cream and feeling guilty afterward. “As a lifelong athlete, consuming ice-cream conflicted with my health values and nutritional goals. I believe what we eat should be delicious as well as nourishing to the body ” said Geicke.

Along with her cofounder Mariana Ferreira they decided to embark on the journey to re-invent America’s favorite snack when they founded Snow Monkey.

Founded in a college apartment in 2016, Snow Monkey has expanded to 400 stores and has been named one of the “Best Dairy-Free Low Calorie Ice Cream” by Women’s Health.Com

The Real Coconut: - Gluten and Grain Free Healthy Eats

Founder - The Real Coconut

Picture Credit - The Real Coconut

Daniella Hunter started creating new recipes as part of her own personal wellness journey . She created different coconut flour recipes such as coconut flour tortilla and coconut flour tortilla chips. Positive feedback from friends and family encouraged her to share product with a larger group as part of another business venture. She later launched The Real Coconut to provide consumers with gluten and grain-free solution to snacking

" As a result of The Real Coconut’s success with coconut flour, we have introduced plantain flour to our line of products in 2018 with a range of three flavors of plantain flour cookies" , Hunter mentioned. The Real Coconut debuted exclusively with Whole Foods Market in their 60 Southern Pacific Region stores, the line of coconut flour-based products can now be purchased nationwide in over 650 stores and will be sold online in 2018 through Amazon and Thrive Markets.

AKUA - Plant Based SuperSnack

The need for a consumer market for kelp became apparent to Courtney Boyd Myers while working as an adviser with Greenwave, a non-profit that works with fishermen and train them to be ocean regenerative farmers. Collaborating with chef friends, a line of products emerged and tasting events were hosted in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. After a year of research and development, AKUA kelp jerky is ready for the market.[/tweet_quote]

“What if we could replace the most sustainable and damaging form of agriculture on the planet- animal farming with the most sustainable and beneficial- ocean farming? For the past year we have been working to build a supply chain of sustainably harvested seagreens sourced from ocean farmers, which are zero-input crops,” Boyd explains. She is on a mission to create a new line of meat alternatives from one of the most sustainable sources of food on the planet

The company reported raising over $70,000 on Kickstarter and Pieshell.

Julia Olayanju PhD is a scientist, entrepreneur and strategic consultant.

She is the founder and President at FoodNiche Inc. a company that leverages thought leadership

Julia Olayanju PhD is a scientist, entrepreneur and strategic consultant.

She is the founder and President at FoodNiche Inc. a company that leverages thought leadership and strategic partnership to drive innovation towards a healthier food supply. The company which was founded in 2015 grew to a community of over 40,000 food enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and innovators before launching its event series.

FoodNiche Inc. promotes innovation in the Food Industry and is behind nationally recognized Disrupt Food Summit, and Food Health and Technology Summit along with other community initiatives. These national conferences bring leading scientists, food industry executives, food innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers together to facilitate learning and collaboration. Also, providing opportunities for thought-provoking conversation on shaping a healthier & sustainable food supply.

In late 2019 Dr. Olayanju founded a technology company Grubeasy Interactive Labs (GEIL). The goal with GEIL is to leverage sophisticated technology to educate and also make it easier for people to make healthier dining choices


In 2010, Taco Bell wrote the Federal Reserve a request to start printing $2 bills again. In an effort to promote its $2 menu and &ldquorally the nation around the new buying power of $2,&rdquo said former CMO David Ovens, Taco Bell created an online petition on Facebook and encouraged customers to sign.

To answer your question: no, the Federal Reserve didn&rsquot end up taking the PR stunt seriously.


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