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

Overview

Date Established 04/2019
Founder Courtney Boyd Myers, Matt Lebo
Headquarters New York, NY
Industries
Food
Website https://akua.co/
Press Contact Eve Palmer
Social

Products

Hibachi Teriyaki Kelp Jerky
Hibachi Teriyaki Kelp Jerky $22.99
Kelp Burger
Kelp Burger $48.99
Rosemary & Maple Barbecue Kelp Jerky
Rosemary & Maple Barbecue Kelp Jerky $22.99
Sesame & Nori Sea Salt Kelp Jerky
Sesame & Nori Sea Salt Kelp Jerky $22.99
Spicy Chili & Lime Kelp Jerky
Spicy Chili & Lime Kelp Jerky $22.99

About

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.

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. Launching May 20.

Bios

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Courtney Boyd Myers

Co-Founder, CEO & CMO
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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. 

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Matt Lebo

Co-Founder, COO & CFO
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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.

Press

VegNews 10 VEGAN JERKIES THAT PROVE PLANTS ARE THE ULTIMATE PROTEIN SNACK

Vegan jerky is as versatile as it gets. Here’s why you’ll want to add it to your plant-based snack routine.

Pop Sugar Is Kelp the New Kale? Try This Nutritious, Sustainable Kelp Jerky and Decide For Yourself

Allow us to draw your attention to kelp. Ever thought about eating it? Maybe not raw — but how about dried?

Fast Company Kelp Jerky Is Your Next Delicious Meat-Alternative Snack

Kelp grows quickly and sustainably, is incredibly good for the ocean environment, and–with a little food science–can pack a nice protein punch.

Outside Magazine 6 Beef Jerky Alternatives That Are Actually Good

Jerky has gone beyond beef, and we are in love

New York Times The Climate-Friendly Vegetable You Ought to Eat

The Climate-Friendly Vegetable You Ought to Eat

Sweety High Curious About Akua Kelp Jerky? We Tried and Reviewed All Four Flavors

AKUA Review.

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.

Saveur Extra-Umami, High-Protein Kelp Jerky is Your New Beef Jerky Alternative

This animal-free, sustainable seaweed snack is designed to taste savory and delicious without beef's high environmental impact

Forbes How Courtney Boyd Myers Is Building The Next Superfood Craze With Kelp

Here’s what I learned from speaking with Boyd Myers about her quest to help build a consumer market for sea greens like kelp — or as she puts it, “hustling sea vegetables.”

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.

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.

Edible Manhattan This East Village Business Wants Kelp Jerky to Be Your New Go-To Snack

Beyond the Shoreline is betting seaweed will be the snack of the future.