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AKUA is a mission-driven company using ocean-farmed kelp to make meat-alt foods. They create foods that can feed the planet sustainably, while reversing climate change, and restoring health to the world's oceans. All of their products are made from ocean-farmed kelp, which is one of the most healing and healthy foods on the planet. AKUA is in the business of making seagreens taste delicious.
AKUA creates delicious, protein-packed, meat-alternative products from the most sustainable source of food on earth: ocean-farmed kelp.
Kelp sequesters carbon and nitrogen as it grows abundantly without the need for freshwater, dry land, fertilizer—making kelp farming a promising form of regenerative aquaculture in the fight against climate change. Bonus points? We source our kelp from majority women-owned ocean farms in Maine, USA.
Since our company's launch in April 2019, we have debuted three initial product lines: Kelp Jerky, Kelp Pasta, and now, Kelp Burgers. Our vision is to create a platform of clean-label, meat-alternative products - including Kelp Nuggets, Kelp Sausages, Kelp Crabcakes, Kelp Balls, and more - that are sold online, in retail, and through food service and restaurants around the world.
At AKUA, we are committed to creating products with superior nutrition. This means clean-label and locally sourced ingredients packed with vitamins, minerals, omega-3s, protein, and fiber. We offer foods that are free of all eight major allergens, binding agents, chemicals you can't pronounce, and can boast labels like "non-GMO" and "zero added sugar".
Our first product, Kelp Jerky, is made from kelp, shiitake mushrooms, pea protein, and superfoods, and comes in four delicious flavors: Sesame & Nori Salt, Rosemary & Maple BBQ, Hibachi Teriyaki, and Spicy Chili & Lime. With 10G of fiber, 10G of protein, and 70% of your daily value for iron, you'll be hard-pressed to find another vegan jerky on the market like it.
Our Kelp Pasta product is as simple as it gets: ocean-farmed kelp cut into noodle shapes and dehydrated into tangles that make it easy to eat kelp in its purest form.
And AKUA's next product: The Kelp Burger is a whole foods, plant-based burger that's non-GMO, non-processed, chews like a meat burger, and tastes DELICIOUS.
Courtney has been called the "superconnector saving the sea". Starting as a journalist, Courtney then entered the tech sphere before ultimately creating AKUA. She's from the northeastern coast and grew up understanding the importance of local, coastal farming on the community's economy and wellbeing.
Matt comes from a corporate finance background and decided to team up with Courtney to create AKUA because he wanted to make something that would change the world and shake up our food industry.
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