May 1st is the start of Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. It's a time to celebrate historical accomplishments within the Asian community as well as to amplify current work being done by Asian creators, leaders, and business owners.
Good Food Brands is celebrating AAPI Heritage Month by curating uniquely delicious Asian-Owned food brands for you to discover. Each company has a unique story around why they created their products and the impact they’re making in the world.
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Pan's - Applewood BBQ Mushroom Jerky
Pan's Applewood BBQ Mushroom Jerky is sweet, smoky, and delicious. Made with shiitake mushrooms, Pan's Applewood BBQ is plant-based, vegan, high in fiber and vitamin D, paleo-friendly, Kosher, soy-free, gluten-free, and uses organic ingredients.
Michael Pan discovered this family recipe in 2006 during a trip to Borneo, Malaysia visiting his extended family. He grew up as a first generation American in Mississippi. During this particular visit, his cousin put a bowl of food on the table that he loved. He thought it was pork but was confused: because his family is Buddhist and follows a vegetarian diet, so how could they be snacking on something so meaty and satisfying? He finally realized… it was a mushroom!
Karma Nuts - Peri Peri Crunchy Wrapped Cashews
Karma Nuts signature "wrapped" cashews, which retain each nuts natural skin, packs an extra crunch together with the bonus of added nutritional value Ð there is twice as much fiber in a cashew with the skin on than your usual nut. A wrapped cashew also boasts significant amounts of antioxidants like catechins and epicatechins (the polyphenols also found in green tea). To preserve these skins, each cashew nut is carefully removed from its shell. Because more of the nut is used in the final product, there is also less wastage overall - another win. With an exotic blend of red pepper and chili spices, our Peri Peri Cashews are bold and flavorful and will liven up your taste buds.
Ganesh Nair developed Karma Nuts to combine his family's expertise in the cashew business with his own background in health and diabetes care. Created as an alternative to the oil-fried cashews that typically abound, Karma NutsÕ wrapped cashews deliver lower net carbs, thus making them an even more healthful choice. Above all, Karma Nuts are available in a selection of delectable contemporary flavors.
Omsom - Korean Spicy Bulgogi Starter Sauce
This Korean Spicy Bulgogi Starter Sauce is the perfect way to bring home those Korean BBQ flavors. Fire up Korean Spicy Bulgogi with everything from tofu to salmon in under 20 minutes! Each packet serves 2 people.
Sisters Vanessa and Kim Pham started Omsom to bring proud, loud Asian flavors to your fingertips any day of the week. No more diluted dishes, no more cultural compromise. Real deal Asian cuisine and communities are too damn delicious to deny.
Mighty Gum - Immunity Chewing Gum
This Immunity gum is a delicious blend of mixed berry and spearmint. You'll notice that the initial texture of the gum is a little crumbly because they use a unique patented cold-compression method to make the gum. And since they don't use artificial flavors or aspartame, it might take you a few pieces to get used to the natural flavors of the botanicals. Made with Vitamins, Zinc, and extracts from Elderberry, Reishi Mushroom, Ashwagandha, and Astragalus.
Mat founded Mighty Gum because he had a hard time remembering to take his vitamins, while he was a habitual gum chewer. The Mighty Gum mission is to help humankind reach its full potential by empowering the human body. We aim to accomplish this through our delicious products as well as our partnership with Vitamin Angels and their work to combat malnutrition in hard-to-reach communities around the world.
Twrl - Supreme Jasmine M!lk Tea
This Supreme Jasmine Milk Tea is made with tea leaves from century-old trees, then sun-dried and fermented. They then infuse it with the purest jasmine they could find. Just like a fine aged wine, the result is a supremely floral, smooth and complex Jasmine Milk Tea. Made with plant-based milk so it's vegan.
Pauline and Olivia are the founders of Twrl M!lk Tea. After a friend introduced Pauline to milk tea (aka bubble tea or boba) in college, she was hooked, but quickly realized that not all milk tea was created equal. There were no good-tasting plant-based options, most were loaded with sugar and some even used powder instead of real tea! After a career in branding and packaging design, Pauline decided to realize her dream to create a better-for-you milk tea that she could enjoy and not feel guilty drinking.
Root Elixirs - Strawberry Lavender Soda for Craft Cocktails
Succulent strawberry citrus and slight aromas of lavender. Drink on its own as a soda, mix with your favorite ingredients to make a mocktail, or add spirits to turn it into a cocktail.
Dominique Gonzales, has been in the biz for more than 12 years and lives for her passion of craft cocktails and spending time with the people she loves. With her mixology background and passion for next-level hospitality, she found a way to brew her favorite elixirs that could serve everyone–near or far. Dom and her team of three have made it their mission to deliver the magic in every order.
The Only Bean - Black Bean Fettuccine Noodles
This pasta is made 100% from beans. No wheat, flour, eggs, binding agents, or anything else is ever added! It contains 3x the protein, 6x the fiber, and 6x fewer net carbs than regular pasta. Cook's like any other pasta, except much faster! Simply boil for 4-5 minutes and rinse.
Brian Lai and Kristine Yang are cofounders of The Only Bean. Brian is a first generation Asian American who embraced the entrepreneurial spirit at an early age while helping his parents run their family business and Kristine grew up surrounded by a family of food scientists. Together, they were inspired to build an impactful food company with sustainable ingredients that are better-for-you. The Only Bean is a plant-based food company on a mission to unlock the potential of beans through innovative food products that are healthy, delicious, and sustainable. Our focus around beans comes from their exceptional nutritional benefits, sustainability, and potential to be implemented into a diverse range of food products.
Dang - Sriracha Spice Thai Rice Chips
Thai Sticky-Rice Chips - Khao Taen in Thai - are inspired by Northern Thai street food. We soak sticky-rice in fresh watermelon juice and coconut milk to bind the grains together, then crisp them up to bring out the flavor of toasted rice. These gluten-free, crunchy, mini rice cakes have 25-35% less fat than regular potato chips.
Dang was founded by brothers Vincent and Andrew to bring the flavors of Thailand to America. They created delicious snacks that blend together their Thai-American heritage. As a Certified B Corp, Dang meets rigorous standards of environmental performance and public transparency, and all of our farms follow ethical business practices.
Tea Drops - Whole Leaf Tea Shaped into a Drop
Dissolvable organic whole leaf tea shaped into a drop to make the perfect cup. This variety pack comes with 1 drop each of Matcha Green Tea, Citrus Ginger, Rose Earl Grey, and Sweet Peppermint.
Founder Sashee started Tea Drops in 2015 because she was looking for an environmentally friendly, convenient, yet high quality tea experience that simply didn't exist. By creating an assortment of bagless, organic, whole leaf teas, Tea Drops sheds about 15% less waste than a traditional tea bag. They support fair trade, organic harvesting, and with every box they sell, they donate a year's supply of clean water to those in need through the Thirst Project.
Teatulia - Iced Green Tea
A ready-to-drink iced green tea brewed to perfection. This Iced Tea is sugar-free filled with 12oz organic still iced tea. Simple Green, pure and clean. With absolutely no bitterness.
Teatulia was co-founded by Linda Appel Lipsius and Dr. Kazi Anis Ahmed to cultivate delicious Bangladeshi tea. Teatulia was born in a place where we learned to work with the land and people rooted in true tea taste to follow nature’s delicious lead. The results are certiﬁed organic teas with a unique, complex ﬂavor and smooth, satisfying ﬁnish. You don’t have to go to the ends of the earth for great tea ﬂavor—we did it for you. Taste where it takes you.
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All of our products adhere to our philosophy of:
Good For Your Taste Buds: We believe that food should be delicious and enjoyable and select snacks that taste great.
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