AKUA

Meat-alt company making plant-based foods from regenerative aquaculture

Company overview

Date Established:
2019
Description:
Meat-alt company making plant-based foods from regenerative aquaculture
Founder:
Founders:
Courtney Boyd Myers
,
Matt Lebo
,
Headquarters:
New York, NY
Industry:
Food
Health
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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.

founding story

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

Bios

Courtney Boyd Myers
Co-Founder, CEO & CMO

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 Lebo
Co-Founder, COO & CFO

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.

Products

Spicy Chili & Lime Kelp Jerky
Kelp Jerky is a healthy and hearty, nutrient dense, high-protein, energy-supporting snack made with regeneratively ocean-farmed kelp, top quality shiitake mushrooms, and superfoods in Portland, Maine. High in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals with zero added sugar!

Spicy Chili & Lime Kelp Jerky

$
22.99
Description:
Kelp Jerky is a healthy and hearty, nutrient dense, high-protein, energy-supporting snack made with regeneratively ocean-farmed kelp, top quality shiitake mushrooms, and superfoods in Portland, Maine. High in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals with zero added sugar!
Details:
Kelp, Shiitake Mushrooms, Organic Coconut Aminos, Apricot, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Aminos, Pea Protein, Nutritional Yeast, Chickpea Flour, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Kosher Salt, Lime juice, Lemongrass, Ginger, Birdseye Chili, Garlic, Coconut milk, Turmeric, Cilantro, Cumin, Spirulina
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Sesame & Nori Sea Salt Kelp Jerky
Our #1 best selling flavor! Now with zero added sugar. Our Sesame & Nori Sea Salt flavor is made for ocean lovers, and fans of typical nori sheet snacks who want a more satiating and nourishing way to eat seagreens. Combined with nori flakes, sesame seeds, and sea salts, this slightly messy treat is packed with umami delight. Unlike most meat jerky, Kelp Jerky is soft and chewy.

Sesame & Nori Sea Salt Kelp Jerky

$
22.99
Description:
Our #1 best selling flavor! Now with zero added sugar. Our Sesame & Nori Sea Salt flavor is made for ocean lovers, and fans of typical nori sheet snacks who want a more satiating and nourishing way to eat seagreens. Combined with nori flakes, sesame seeds, and sea salts, this slightly messy treat is packed with umami delight. Unlike most meat jerky, Kelp Jerky is soft and chewy.
Details:
Kelp, Shiitake Mushrooms, Organic Coconut Aminos, Apricot, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Aminos, Pea Protein, Nutritional Yeast, Chickpea Flour, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Kosher Salt, Black sesame, White sesame, Sesame Oil, Nori
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Rosemary & Maple Barbecue Kelp Jerky
Our meatiest flavor packed with BBQ spices, organic maple sugar from Vermont, and a hint of rosemary.

Rosemary & Maple Barbecue Kelp Jerky

$
22.99
Description:
Our meatiest flavor packed with BBQ spices, organic maple sugar from Vermont, and a hint of rosemary.
Details:
Kelp, Shiitake Mushrooms, Organic Coconut Aminos, Apricot, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Aminos, Pea Protein, Nutritional Yeast, Chickpea Flour, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Kosher Salt Paprika, Chili, Garlic, Tomato, Yellow mustard, Rosemary, Hickory smoke, Chipotle
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Hibachi Teriyaki Kelp Jerky
Our smoky sweet flavor with Teriyaki seasonings and a hint of superfood Goji berries.

Hibachi Teriyaki Kelp Jerky

$
22.99
Description:
Our smoky sweet flavor with Teriyaki seasonings and a hint of superfood Goji berries.
Details:
Kelp, Shiitake Mushrooms, Organic Coconut Aminos, Apricot, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Aminos, Pea Protein, Nutritional Yeast, Chickpea Flour, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Kosher Salt Black Pepper, Ginger, Garlic, Onion, Smoke, Caramel, and Goji Berry
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Kelp Burger
A 100% vegan, plant-based, non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free burger created from ocean farmed kelp, cremini mushrooms, pea protein, black beans, quinoa, crushed tomatoes, and superfoods.

Kelp Burger

$
48.99
Description:
A 100% vegan, plant-based, non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free burger created from ocean farmed kelp, cremini mushrooms, pea protein, black beans, quinoa, crushed tomatoes, and superfoods.
Details:
Kelp, EVOO, Cremini Mushrooms, Pea Protein, Black Beans, Quinoa, Coco Aminos, Chickpea Flour, Potato & Pea Starch, Nutritional Yeast, Tomato Powder, & seasonings
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retailers

Erewhon Market
Forager's Market
Thrive Market

press releases

Press articles

Fast Company
This Burger Doesn’t Require Land or Fresh Water to Produce: It’s Made with Kelp
Kelp farms are enormous carbon sinks, so kelp jerky company AKUA is looking for ways to get people to eat more seaweed.
New York Times
The Climate-Friendly Vegetable You Ought to Eat
The Climate-Friendly Vegetable You Ought to Eat
Refinery29
The Kelp & Seaweed Snacks To Try If You're Over Kale
If you’ve reached peak CBD fatigue, and don’t care for kale anymore, allow us to introduce you to an equally leafy and healthy type of weed: seaweed.
Outside Magazine
6 Beef Jerky Alternatives That Are Actually Good
Jerky has gone beyond beef, and we are in love
Mind Body Green
Eco-Friendly 'Kelp Jerky' Is A Thing & We Tried It
We’re running out of land to grow enough food to feed a growing population, so a new crop of producers is heading out to sea.

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