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11 Black-Owned Food And Drink Businesses Everyone Needs To Know About

From premium rum to tasty, healthful ready meals – these brands are changing the game.

1. Las Olas

Last November Las Olas debuted it's first ever product – a premium spiced rum. Las Olas is in fact London’s very first premium spiced rum brand and is inspired by the melting pot of culture that makes this city so special. They use rum blends from the Caribbean, which are then spiced with cinnamon, vanilla, golden cherries and more, to give Las Olas rum its unique and distinctive flavour.

Price range: £25 - £30.

You can learn more about the brand here.

2. Füd Vitamin Energy

Philip founded Füd after struggling for many years with chronic fatigue due to Sickle Cell Anaemia – the UK’s most common hereditary disorder. Disillusioned by high sugar and artificially sweetened energy drinks, he decided to create something better – Füd Vitamin Energy. Made with no added sugar or sweeteners, just a tasty flavoured sparkling water drink with real fruit juices, natural caffeine, B-vitamins and electrolytes!

Price range: £1.79 for an individual can, to £18.99 for a pack of 12.

You can learn more about the brand here.

3. The Gym Kitchen

The Gym Kitchen set outs to provide nutritious macro-friendly meals to those with a busy lifestyle who want to ensure they meet their health goals. What makes The Gym Kitchen Special is that they make healthier eating easy and enjoyable by combining flavour with balanced macros (protein, carbs and fat). They’re now seen as the go-to ready meal for anyone that needs something quick and easy, whilst remaining nutritionally balanced too, and already has a range of six ready meals available in Asda stores across the UK!

Price range: £3.50 per 400g meal

You can learn more about the brand here.

4. Herby Box

Herby Box provides a soothing and immersive herbal tea experience expertly crafted to aid wellbeing. They put you in the driver’s seat involving you in the tea making process, from making the tea bags, to adjusting the tea’s potency. Their herbal blends are catered towards aiding different goals such as immunity, energy, gut health, sleep and focus, helping everyone benefit from nature’s gift – herbs!

Price range: £25.97 - £29.97 per box depending on subscription level.

You can learn more about the brand here.

5. Enjoy Rogue

Handmade in small batches, Enjoy Rogue challenges the traditional flavours of preserves with flavours that shake up the norm. Whether you’re looking for a Dark & Stormy Marmalade for your morning breakfast, or a Raspberry & Violet Gin Jam to take your home baking to the next level… there’s a Rogue for you.

Price range: £3.95 - £4.50

You can learn more about the brand here.

6. The Niche Co

The Niche Co is a disruptive wellness brand that makes teas from natural ingredients traditionally used for centuries to heal the body. Their luxurious and stylish range launched in Selfridges in 2017, and has been featured in many publications, including Vogue. I personally drink Niche myself when i’ve had a stressful day – it's my own self-care secret!

Price: £10

You can learn more about the brand here.

7. Chocofruit

Chocofruit is a street food and events business based in London. Their concept is delightfully delicious – they source the freshest fruit and cover it with the finest Belgian chocolate, not to mention customisable toppings, creating unique sweet treats that provide a magical experience to all their customers!

Prices start from £2.

You can learn more about the brand here.

8. Taino

Taino's products are a range of hand-made condiments based on recipes from across the Caribbean and their aim is to pay homage to their often forgotten legacy – the Taino people were the first indigenous Amerindians to populate many of the Caribbean islands – whilst honouring the cultural heritage and history of Caribbean cuisine in a fun and modern way.

Price range: £7.00 - £8.00

You can learn more about the brand here.

9. Uncle John’s Bakery

What makes Uncle John’s great is that it is a family run business providing freshly baked goods, giving you the taste of Africa and providing a home away from home experience. Uncle John's Bakery has some of the best bread I've ever tasted, I highly recommend it!

Prices start from £1.

You can learn more about the brand here.

10. Dapaah Chocolates

Dapaah Chocolates is another family owned business, and have been involved in the cocoa industry since the 1930s. The Dapaah chocolates brand is a rare combination of heritage, legacy and innovation. Their chocolate is also vegan friendly, they use organic coconut milk, and the majority of their ingredients are sourced from the African continent.

Price range: £7.99 - £19.99

You can learn more about the brand here.

11. Sunmo Snacks

Sumno snacks are a range of handcooked snacks, that unlike regular crisps offer something natural and nutritious. Not only are Sunmo snacks absolutely delicious and diverse in flavour, every pack sold goes towards helping local communities! Sunmo Snacks being in major retailers and being a trailblazer for brands with diverse founders serves as an inspiration – with every pack you buy you are championing a black business owner and sending a message to retailers that you want diverse products that reflect our diverse society.

Price range: 90p - £1.99

You can learn more about the brand here.