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Best Friends Create The First Black Owned Bread Brand

The search for a Black owned bread brand is officially over! Charles Alexander, Mark Edmond, and Jamel Lewis, three childhood friends from the southside of Chicago, have launched The Black Bread Co.

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Charles Alexander (from left), Mark Edmond, and Jamel Lewis, the founders of The Black Bread Company,

The inspiration for the company came after Mark tried, unsuccessfully, to find a Black owned bread brand on the shelves of his local grocery store.

“My wife gave me a grocery list, [and] at the top of the list was bread,” he said. “I wanted to buy everything that was Black-owned, and this huge bread aisle had absolutely no Black-owned bread. I literally was in the aisle for 35 minutes. Out of frustration, I left.”

Building on each other’s business skills, they were able to determine their company design, logo, create a website, select whole ingredients for their sliced bread, and hire a co-packer to help launch The Black Bread Company.

They went through numerous rounds of testing to make sure the bread was just right.

“There’s a certain level of pressure that comes when you’re starting something that’s never been done before,” Alexander said. “And the pressure for us was to make sure we got it right, and so we really took our time with the entire process.”

They currently offer honey wheat bread and premium white sliced bread but are looking forward to adding more products such as hot dog and hamburger buns, multi-grain bread, and brioche.

Since the company’s soft launch in February, it has received over 1,200 orders. They currently offer products online nationwide through pre-order. A bi-weekly or monthly subscription to the “Private Bread Club” is also available.

If you’re in the Chicagoland area, you can also buy in store at Dill Pickle Food Co-Op in Logan Square and the Sugar Beet Co-Op in Oak Park.

Source: 6ABC News

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Black Owned Vegan Dessert Brand Invests $1.3 Million to Keep Up With Demand

Freaks of Nature is a Black owned Vegan dessert brand based in the UK. Peter Ahye launched Freaks of Nature in 2016 after identifying a gap in the market for inclusive, delicious tasting vegan and vegetarian snacks.

In January of 2020, the company launched a new chocolate mousse product and the demand far exceeded their expectations. Sales soared by 200% in three weeks and have been strong since then.

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Peter Ahye

The company is now investing £1 million ($1.3 million) to expand its manufacturing capacity due to the growing demand for its vegan desserts. They also have plans to build a second production line and invest in larger, more eco-friendly equipment with the goal of increasing production capacity by 400 percent.

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“This investment is very exciting and marks a significant turning point in our business,” Freaks of Nature founder Peter Ahye told Foodmanufacture UK. “In the first quarter of this year our production volumes were up by 100 percent, despite being held back by COVID-19, and strong indications show they are set to continue.”

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“We had a fantastic year last year developing a number of great new puds, growing our production capacity and attracting some significant new retailers. We also won a number of leading industry accolades including The Grocers Best Start Up award. Following the really positive interest we have already received for our new mousse and the unstoppable rise in veganism we’re seeing here in the UK, I think this next year is going to be an even more exciting one for us!”

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All of Freaks of Nature’s desserts are produced in its purpose-built facility which is British Retail Consortium (BRC) grade A accredited and is the largest factory of its kind in Europe.


-Tony O. Lawson


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Black Owned Snack Brands You Should Know

The global snacks market was valued at $439.9 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% until 2025.

Rising health concerns along with changing lifestyles and diets have spurred demand for healthy snacking options. Let’s support these Black Owned Snack Brands so that they can get their piece of the pie.

Black Owned Snack Brands

Cremas Absalon


Freaks of Nature (UK)

Sanaia Applesauce

Black Owned Snack Brands

Azzizah’s Herbal Green Popcorn

Black Owned Snack Brands


Black Owned Snack Brands

Power Bites

Black Owned Snack Brands

Project Pop

Symphony Chips

Black Owned Snack Brands

Fineapple Vegan – Liquid Gold Cheese Sauce

Holmes Applesauce

Black Owned Snack Brands

Hella Nuts

AYA Raw Foods

Pipcorn Heirloom Snacks

Marjorie’s Beef Jerky

Wild Peanut Foods (UK)

Chikas Foods (UK)

Black Owned Snack Brands

Oh Mazing Food

Black Owned Snack Brands


Partake Foods

Brooklyn Granola


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Black Owned Packaged Food Brands For Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Demand for packaged food witnessed a surge as lockdowns were imposed. Panic buying and hoarding have led to a spike in the sale of frozen, refrigerated, and shelf-stable products.

Here are some Black owned packaged food brands that offer these items.

Black Owned Packaged Food

Blanket Pancakes & Syrup

Nana Foods

Mama Biscuits

Black Owned Packaged Food

Vicky Cakes

Iya Foods 

Black Owned Packaged Food

Michele Foods



A Dozen Cousins

Black Owned Packaged Food

Berhan Grains

Neilly’s Foods 

Yolélé Foods 

Egunsi Foods

Black Owned Packaged Food


-Tony O. Lawson

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Black Owned Vegan Spot in Atlanta Offering Free Food For a Day

Black-owned vegan fast-food spot, Slutty Vegan, is well-loved by locals and celebrities alike. This week, Lala Anthony, Ludacris, Chris Paul, and Gabrielle Union-Wade have teamed up to buy out the restaurant’s offerings for a day, when “free food will be [given away] in support of Pinky Cole’s business, and her community impact.”

Today, Tuesday, June 30th, the Atlanta location will be free all day thanks to the generosity of these celebs, who rallied around the founder Pinky Cole after her establishment was targeted and false online reviews claiming negative experiences were posted in response to her charitable deed a couple of days ago.

Last week, Cole decided to set up college funds alongside Clark Atlanta University for the children Rayshard Brooks, a Black Atlanta resident who was fatally shot by police at a Wendy’s on June 12th. Brooks is survived by four kids, who range in age from 1-years old to 13-years old. These college funds will cover the full cost of tuition and room and board for each of his children and are valued at $600,000 each.

Cole’s generous deed received praise online, but also quickly became a target of a negative online harassment campaign, as “Slutty Vegan’s Yelp and Google Business pages became inundated with false and negative reviews along with one-star ratings, claiming they had poor experiences at the establishment.”

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In response to this, loyal customers quickly came to Cole’s rescue, flooding the Yelp and Google Business pages with accurate, positive reviews, receiving over 18,000 positive Google reviews within a 72-hour time span.

To add to this push for positivity, a press release announced celebrities were also rallying around Cole: “This free food giveaway is LaLa Anthony, Ludacris, Gabrielle Union-Wade, and Chris Paul’s way of standing behind the popular brand that has done so much for the community since it’s inception in 2018.

“Slutty Vegan is located at 1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW. Free food items will be provided on Tuesday from 12noon – 7:30 pm. Social distancing will be encouraged and enforced.”

Source: The Beet

Related: Meet the Owner of Slutty Vegan, Atlanta’s Hottest Vegan Spot

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12 Year-Old Vegan Chef Omari McQueen to Release First Cookbook

Vegan chef Omari McQueen—who is only 12 years old—will publish his first cookbook in January 2021. Omari McQueen’s Best Bites Cookbook will feature 30 easy-to-make plant-based recipes crafted by the young chef. “I don’t want animals to die or be eaten so I teach people my age to be vegan,”

McQueen, who went vegan at the age of 7, said in a recent mini-documentary. McQueen created his own vegan brand Dipalicious at eight years old after starting a YouTube channel where he filmed himself making a vegan pizza served with his own Caribbean Kick dip. Last year, McQueen hosted a Dipalcious pop-up restaurant in Croydon, United Kingdom, where he served a variety of vegan Caribbean-inspired fare.

The book will be published by media brand Scholastic UK, which acquired world publishing rights from literary agent Oscar Janson-Smith at Kruger Crowne. “Omari McQueen is inspirational. At just 12 years old, he has achieved so much.

His passion for food and cooking is irresistible,” Scholastic UK Publishing Manager Leah James said. “Children everywhere have been busy learning to cook during lockdown; we can’t wait for Omari to share his recipes, tips, and enthusiasm with a generation of children and their families. Omari is leading a new generation of ethical minded foodies into a more sustainable future.”

McQueen took to Instagram to thank all of his supporters for making his new cookbook possible. “I would like to thank everyone for all your love, support, and encouragement. I would also like to say thank you to the one and only @oscarjansonsmith you have had my back for years, you believed in me from the beginning and @krugercowne, @scholastic_uk for giving me a chance to share my passion to the world,” McQueen said. “Mummy and daddy, you’re the best a boy like me could have. Thank you to my siblings and family for being you—perfect 100 percent.”


Source: VegNews

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Bowie State University Opens Food Pantry Lounge That Feeds Students For Free

Bowie State University, working with Food Lion, announced Monday it is opening a new on-campus nutrition lounge supplying free and healthy foods.

Through Food Lion Feeds, the retailer donated $10,000 to get the space up and running.

“This gift from Food Lion Feeds, along with the ongoing partnership of Food Lion and Capital Area Food Bank, will make an incredible difference for our Bowie State students, who sometimes struggle to afford healthy food options,” said Brent Swinton, vice president of institutional advancement. “The Bowie State Nutrition Lounge is emblematic of the university’s mission. This campus community provides wraparound support to empower our students to reach their full potential. The nourishment and healthy foods provided in the Nutrition Lounge will empower our students to advance their academic success and personal well-being.”

The Bowie State Nutrition Lounge will give students a specific space, especially for commuters, to relax, study and access healthy foods.

The university partnered with a local Food Lion store and Capital Area Food Bank to keep the lounge stocked regularly.

Many of Bowie State’s students only eat one meal per day, according to a university press release, so they believe a lounge will allow the students to get a healthy snack during a school day.

This is the sixth space Food Lion Feeds has established at a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association school since 2015.

“As the official Grocery Partner of the CIAA and deeply committed to Bowie and the greater Baltimore community, we’re excited to join with Bowie State and help nourish students right on campus,” said Jason Bullock, Food Lion director of operations in the Bowie, Md., area. “Students should be focused on learning, not where their next meal will come from. Caring for our neighbors in the towns and cities we serve is important to us, so we’re excited about this new space to help nourish the Bowie State community.”


Source: ABC


Black Owned Businesses That Most Likely Serve Better Fried Chicken Than Popeyes

I must admit, when I started to see posts here and there about Popeyes, I thought it was odd but random. Then I noticed that this past week, there’s been growing pandemonium about fried chicken sandwiches and people are both overjoyed and MAD about it.

Folks have been comparing the mass hysteria to minstrelsy. Personally, while I actually think it’s comical and don’t feel a need to be up in arms, I still acknowledge the importance of SHOPPING BLACK whenever possible.

So here’s a list of Black owned restaurants and chefs who are serving up their own juicy fried chicken sandwiches. And S/O to BlackFoodie.Co for gathering most of this info!
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Roots Chicken Shak (Plano, TX)

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Bellis Bistro (Milwaukee, WI) 

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken (Multiple locations)

Country Cookin (Philadelphia, PA) 

Taste This (Baltimore, MD)

Ms Carters Kitchen (Baltimore, MD)


Soule (Chicago, IL)

Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles (Detroit, MI)

Papi Cuisine (Baltimore, MD)

Sunnyside Cafe (Baltimore, MD)

Yo’ Mama’s (Birmingham, AL)

Jacob Restaurant (Harlem, NY)

Soul Bowl (Minneapolis, MN)


We Shukin (Miami, FL) 

Comfort LA (Los Angeles, CA)


Nana’s Chicken & Waffles (Conyers, GA)

Smitty & Mo’s (Newark, NJ)

South (Philadelphia, PA)

The Crabby Shack (Brooklyn, NY)

-Tony O. Lawson (@thebusyafrican)




Black Owned Restaurant Partners with Walmart to create over 30 Jobs

Cornbread is a unique Black owned restaurant that is creating jobs and a space where traditional soul food dishes are prepared using ingredients that are free of steroids and hormones.

Recently, the restaurant announced that they are working with Walmart to expand into three Walmart stores in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All three restaurant locations will open this year with the inaugural location set to open on July 5th.

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Cornbread’s mission is to passionately invest in its employees and in the communities where it does business. The inaugural location, in a leased space at Walmart, is expected to create approximately 35 new job opportunities.

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“This expansion is the culmination of two years of hard work by my co-founder, Zadie, and our amazing team. Cornbread was born out of a vision and belief that we could create a space where friends and family can enjoy soul food that is also healthy and where we invest in our employees. We also wanted to ensure that our food was accessible, which is why this collaboration with Walmart is so important,” explained Adenah Bayoh, co-founder of Cornbread.

“When I began my journey as a restaurateur, I was turned down by seven banks before I was able to secure the financing I needed to purchase my first restaurant. Now, 13 years later, my own signature soul food restaurant is expanding outside of New Jersey with the support of the largest retailer in the country.”

Adenah Bayoh and Elzadie “Zadie” Smith are the co-founders of the restaurant

Cornbread’s menu and flavor profiles were crafted by Zadie B. Smith, a native of Georgia with life-long culinary experience. Adenah Bayoh is a restaurateur who opened her first restaurant at age 29.


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Sisters’ Furlough Cheesecakes Will Soon Be Sold In Walmart

It was back in January when sisters Nikki Howard and Jaqui Wright found themselves furloughed and without income during the partial government shutdown.

Howard worked in human resources at the Food and Drug Administration, while Wright worked as an analyst for the Department of Justice.

“We had bills due and no paychecks coming in, including college tuition,” Wright said. “So we had to think fast.”

They quickly whipped up a plan to bring in extra income by selling homemade cheesecake.

“We took half a day to plan, and the rest is history,” Howard said.

Five months later, a lot has changed for the sisters behind ‘The Furlough Cheesecake’. Their story began to go viral shortly after ABC 7 first interviewed the pair in January. Then came an appearance on The Ellen Show, followed by online orders from all over the country.

“Almost instantly, we had thousands of orders,” said Wright. “I was trying to think how we were going to make a hundred, and then we got requests for thousands.”

The company grew so quickly, Howard and Wright were soon able to quit their jobs at the federal government. Not long after that, they started renting industrial kitchen space so they’d have more room to work and fill orders.

And now – their cheesecakes will soon be for sale at Walmart.

“We’re so very excited we’re able to share a little slice of smile,” said Howard. “Walmart! The Walmart! Our cheesecakes will be there in August!”

Starting August 18, their cheesecakes will hit the shelves of about a hundred Walmart stores throughout the DMV.

“These are small personal size, three inch size, not our full-size cheesecakes,” Wright said. “So those who’ve been asking for individual serving sizes, you can go to Walmart and get that.”

Their cheesecakes are also now featured on the menu at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club.

“I mean, if we had to write the story, I don’t think I have this much imagination,” Howard said. “We just went for it. And the blessing is, we had each other.”

Looking back, the sisters say there are a lot of parallels between perfecting a recipe and building a business. They say they’ve certainly learned some lessons along the way.

“When you’re building a recipe, you have to try some things and maybe it doesn’t work quite the way you wanted it, so then you tweak it and perfect it until it’s just right,” Howard said. “And with your business, there are times things don’t go exactly the way you want them to go. But, make a few tweaks and keep going. You learn!”

On Tuesday, they thanked friends, family members, and even strangers throughout the DMV, who supported their business along the way.

As for the name of their company, Howard and Wright say, “The Furlough Cheesecake” is here to stay.

“Because it means something,” Wright said. “You know, we were furloughed, but now we’re in control of our destiny. So we couldn’t let go of the name.”


Source: WJLA

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