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The Jackfruit Company

The Jackfruit Company

The Jackfruit company is a Colorado based food company offering a range of prepared jackfruit-based meals such as Tex-Mex Jackfruit, BBQ Jackfruit, Teriyaki Jackfruit, Curry Jackfruit and others.

The Jack Fruit Company, formerly known as Global Fruit Village, was founded by Annie Ryu in 2011 and is located in Boulder, Colorado. The Jackfruit Company works with local farmers to sustainably and ethically harvest jackfruit and has become a global leader in the global jackfruit supply chain.

Annie Ryu was inspired to start the company after travelling to India to develop a maternal and childcare program with her brother. During her time in India she became intrigued by the Jackfruit tree and began researching its ecological potential, nutritional value, and potential to be included in food products internationally. She discovered that much of the fruit produced by jackfruit trees was not being used by locals throughout India and other regions of South, and South East Asia where the tree is commonly found. She also learned a jackfruit tree can produce up to two to three tons on jackfruit annually with little maintenance. From this experience, Ryu decided it was time for her to start a food company that could bring the Jackfruit, and products made using the Jackfruit, to a broader international market.

The Jackfruit Company sources its jackfruits from thousands of farm across southern India and sells its jackfruit based products in over 8,000 stores across the United States.

Funding

Equity funding

In January, 2016, The Jackfruit Company raised $1,500,000 in equity funding from a group of investors that included a former executive at Walmart, and the Wild Oats supermarket chain, Roger Davidson.

Timeline

People

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Annie Ryu

Founder and CEO

David Bryant

Further reading

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How the Jackfruit Company Got Started

Neil Zevnik

Web article

The Jackfruit Company - Chic Vegan

Sarah Eastin

Web article

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

How Annie Ryu &qout;The Jackfruit Lady&qout; built a health food company in India

27 April 2017

Is Jackfruit a Good Meat Substitute?

April 16, 2017

Companies

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