|Founder||Theo, Mike, Chris|
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, CA|
When KPOP Foods launched in 2017, it started with just one product, KPOP Sauce, a savory, rich, and full bodied chili sauce. In three years, KPOP Foods quickly expanded the line of sauces to include 3 other flavors as well as 2 roasted seaweed snacks. The key ingredient behind all of the sauces is the Korean fermented chili paste, or gochujang, a quintessential ingredient in Korean food that creates the depth of flavor in each of the sauces. The seaweed snacks are flavorful, easy-to-enjoy, and low in calories, making them the perfect healthy snack.
KPOP Foods' mission is to uplift spirits and bring people together by sharing Korean food and flavors in America.They aim to make these flavors more accessible to encourage discovery and exploration.
The sauce lineup includes: KPOP Sauce, KPOP XXX - the hotter, bolder version of KPOP Sauce; Honey Glaze - a beautiful blend of honey and jalapeños, which is perfectly sweet with a slight kick; and Kimchi Mayo their signature aioli inspired by the spice and tang of kimchi, it's creamy, silky, with a little kick. Their Original Sea Snacks are made with only 4 ingredients - seaweed, roasted sea salt, sunflower oil, and sesame oil. Lastly, their newest product, Kimchi Sea Snacks, are just like their original, but with a kick. Today, KPOP Foods is venture-backed, having raised over $2.0 million in capital, and grew its sales by over 300% in 2020. KPOP Foods can be found online at kpopfoods.com, Amazon, and in over 500 retail locations across the U.S.
When co-founders, Theo Lee and Mike Kim met in business school, they quickly became friends and many late-night group study sessions turned into late-night Korean BBQ. Seeing their friends' delighted reactions to the delicious and communal experience of Korean food sparked an idea. Using Theo's grandma's original secret recipe for Korean gochujang sauce, Mike and Theo created their first bottle of KPOP Sauce and KPOP Foods was born! KPOP Foods debuted on Kickstarter and successfully met the goal of $10,000 in under 8 hours and ended the campaign with nearly $40,000 from over 1,200 backers. Soon after KPOP Foods was launched, they caught the eye and tastebuds of celebrity chef Chris Oh. Chris's experience and energy made him the perfect fit to join the KPOP Foods team! With Chris at their side, they continue to push Korean cuisine and culture to the forefront, and hope to foster a community where people can discover and enjoy the uniqueness of Korean food and flavors!
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