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Upton's Naturals

Upton's Naturals

Upton's Naturals is a vegan food company founded in 2006 by Daniel Staackmann, and located in Chicago Illinois, focused on making plant-based meat alternatives.

Upton's Naturals was founded in 2006 by Daniel Staackmann and is located in Chicago, Illinois. Upton's Naturals is a vegan food company making plant-based meat alternatives using natural ingredients. To found Upton's Naturals, Daniel Staackman took out a $40,000 home-equity loan to finance the early stages of the company.

From 2006 to 2015 Upton's Naturals was making wheat-based seitan products in a variety of styles and flavors, and selling them across the United States. In 2015 Upton's Naturals launched the first ready-to-eat, and preservative-free, jackfruit products available to consumers in the United States. The jackfruit used by Upton's Naturals is harvested, seasoned, and packed in Thailand.

In 2006 Upton's Naturals was selling it's products to local restaurants in Chicago, Illinois out of a 2,500 square foot kitchen, and in June 2013 expanded into a new 9,000 square foot facility with a kitchen, vegan cafe, and community space after taking a Small Business Administration loan.

Products

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Bacon Seitan

Water, vital wheat gluten, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), whole wheat flour, natural hickory smoke concentrate, paprika, sea salt, onion.

Soy, wheat

Bar-B-Que Jackfruit

Jackfruit, tomato paste, vinegar, molasses, filtered water, onion, sugar, sea salt, garlic, black pepper, chili powder, paprika, liquid smoke.

N/A

Ch'eesy Bacon Mac

Durum wheat semolina, nutritional yeast, rice bran oil, vital wheat gluten, wheat flour, soy sauce (soybean, wheat, salt), corn starch, paprika, sea salt, liquid smoke, mustard, onion, gal, turmeric, sugar.

Soy, wheat

Ch'eesy Mac

Durum wheat semolina, nutritional yeast, rice bran oil, sea salt, corn starch, mustard, onion, garlic, paprika, turmeric, sugar.

Wheat

Chick Seitan

Water, vital wheat gluten, chickpea flour, whole wheat flour, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), nutritional yeast, sea salt, garlic, onion.

Soy, wheat

Chili Lime Carnitas Jackfruit

Jackfruit, onion, chili, vinegar, lime, sugar, sea salt, garlic, black pepper, cumin, coriander.

N/A

Chorizo Seitan

Water, vital wheat gluten, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), apple cider vinegar, garlic, guajillo, oregano, sea salt, onion, cumin, black pepper.

Soy, wheat

Classic Burger

Vital wheat gluten, eggplant, water, tofu (water, soybeans, calcium sulfate), sunflower, canola or safflower oil, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), wheat flour, nutritional yeast, sugar, onion, sea salt, garlic, natural hickory smoke concentrate, whole wheat flour, oregano, black pepper, paprika, parsley, marjoram, apple cider vinegar.

Soy, wheat

Ground Seitan

Water, vital wheat gluten, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), whole wheat flour, garlic, sea salt, onion, oregano, black pepper.

Wheat, soy

Italian Seitan

Water, vital wheat gluten, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), whole wheat flour, garlic, oregano, sea salt, onion, fennel, black pepper, red pepper.

Wheat, soy

Massaman Curry

Long grain rice, coconut milk, riceberry, curry paste (shallot, galangal, lemongrass, sea salt, chili, cilantro, garlic, cumin, tamarind paste, kaffir lime leaves, coriander seeds, nutmeg, cardamon, white pepper, cinnamon, star anise), peanut, tofu (soybean, salt), potato, carrot, green bean, sugar, tamarind paste, rice bran oil, sea salt, vinegar, roasted peanuts.

Soy, peanuts, coconut

Original Jackfruit

Jackfruit

N/A

Pad See Ew

Rice flour, sugar, carrot, Chinese kale, rice bran oil, tofu (soybean, salt), soybean, salt, sesame oil, sea salt, garlic, sesame seeds, sugar cane molasses, vinegar, roasted sesame seeds.

Soy

Sriracha Jackfruit

Jackfruit, sugar, chili peppers, garlic, sea salt, vinegar, tamarind paste

N/A

Sweet & Smoky Jackfruit

Jackfruit, onion, water, sugar, seasoning sauce (soy bean, water, sugar) sea salt, liquid smoke, paprika powder.

Soy

Thai Curry Jackfruit

Jackfruit, coconut milk, water, lemongrass, garlic, red chili, shallot, salt, galangal, coriander, kaffir lime peel, pepper, cumin, sugar, vinegar.

Coconut

Thai Curry Noodle

Coconut milk, wheat flour, red curry paste (lemongrass, garlic, red chili, shallot, salt, galangal, coriander, kaffir lime peel, pepper, cumin), vital wheat gluten, soy sauce (soybean, wheat, salt), tapioca flour, garlic, onion, tea salt, rice bran oil, winged bean, sugar, soybean, curry powder (coriander, turmeric, clove, nutmeg, star anise), vinegar, fired onion.

Coconut, wheat, soy

Thai Spaghetti

Durum wheat semolina, green curry paste (lemongrass, green chili, garlic, shallot, wild ginger, salt, galangal, cilantro, kaffir lime leaves, cumin, coriander seeds, white pepper), tomato, onion, tomato paste, rice bran oil, kaffir lime leaves, sweet basil leaves, sugar, cilantro, paprika, oregano.

Wheat

Traditional Seitan

Water, vital wheat gluten, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), whole wheat flour, garlic, sea salt, onion.

Wheat, soy

Timeline

People

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Colby Le Hew

Quality Assurance Manager

Daniel Staackman

Founder and Owner

Deric grain

Sales Manager

Lucy Morales

Accounting Manager

Nicole Sopko

Vice President

Richard Frye

Senior Food Scientist and Head of Research and Development

Further reading

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Meatless Monday: Upton's Naturals Knows Jack(fruit)

Ellen Kanner

Web article

Meet the World's Biggest Fruit – and the Company Using it to Change Vegan Food Options

Small Business

Web article

Vegan company finds fruitful opportunity for meat alternative

Rebekah Schouten

Web article

Vegan Jackfruit Meat Company Launches 60-Second Thai Meal Kits

Charlotte Pointing

Web article

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