You’ll want to save a spot in your pantry for these products.
Named for the Lower East Side barrio in downtown New York City, one of the hearts of Puerto Rican cuisine, Loisa offers organic sazon and adobo spice blends made with quality ingredients like oregano, cumin, coriander and achiote. They also have ready-to-heat rice products that are ready in less than two minutes.
This Mexican-American food company is a family effort in many ways. Veronica Garza is cofounder and president, and her brother, Miguel, is cofounder and CEO. Their grandma has even said that the company’s grain-free tortillas taste better than her own! In addition to tortillas, Siete Foods creates tortilla chips, hot sauces, dairy-free queso, enchilada sauce, and more.
Bounty and Full was founded by Kelis Rogers (yes, superstar goddess “Milkshake” Kelis). She personally sources ingredients for her sauces and draws inspiration for the flavors from her culinary experience, education, and travel. She has everything from jams to sauces and glazes, and she sells Gold Mine Boxes, which include an assortment of sauces, condiments, and spices. If you agree with the website’s tagline that “Everything is better smothered, dipped, or poured,” you’ll definitely want to bookmark the shop. While it’s totally sold out right now, they’re hoping to restock soon.
The number one selling salsa brand in Mexico, Herdez is a staple in homes throughout the United States, too. In addition to their mouthwatering salsas, they also have Mexican essentials like taqueria street sauces, dips, guacamole, tortilla chips and canned peppers. Each of these categories contain a variety of different products and some even have a range of spice levels.
This Los Angeles-based brand draws on Los Angeles and Mexican culture to create handcrafted chili sauces and spicy-hot condiments. Their products have unique flavor profiles like mango habanero pineapple and verde rebelde, which features serrano and jalapeno peppers. You can grab their products throughout farmers markets in LA (stay up to date on where they’ll be via their Instagram). If you don’t feel like cooking, they also offer prepared foods like black beans with epazote, tomato rice, stewed lentils and even homemade tortillas.
Born in 1946, this family-owned food company started out by making menudo, a popular Mexican stew. Soon after, they started producing other Mexican products and now, have expanded to offer a variety of soups, stews, canned meats and sauces. They also created a Pico Pica hot sauce line that offers a variety of spicy sauces and food products.
Founded by an NYC-native with Dominican roots, Pisqueya is a celebration of the rich culinary traditions in the Caribbean. The founder Maritza Abreu left her corporate job to lean into the family business, which her parents had already started as a Dominican restaurant. These hot sauces are a way to preserve family recipes, while experimenting with fresh ingredients directly sourced from farms in the Dominican Republic.
Somos was created by a group of friends who grew up in Mexico, and upon moving to the United States, missed their Mexican home cooking. The result is ready-to-eat foods that honor Mexico’s rich culinary traditions. Somos offers a variety of salsas, tortilla chips and impressive veggie options like cauliflower tinga and Mexican peacadillo. They also have kits that offer a variety of their different products at a discounted price.
Sommelier and mixologist Juan Coronado is the co-founder of Mijenta Tequila, a sustainable Mexican-based tequila brand that uses locally sourced glass and packaging to create quality products. Juan works with locals to preserve tequila farming practices that benefit the environment and the company has a number of sustainability initiatives. They offer blanco, reposado and anejo, and on their website provide creative cocktail and food pairing ideas.
A Latina-owned small batch business, Yola Mezcal is named after co-founder Yola Jimenez, who uses her grandfather’s recipe and distills the mezcal on her family’s farm in Oaxaca. The brand is dedicated to sustainability and incorporates these practices into planting, growing and production. They use low wood distilling, solar powder and rainwater catchment systems, and also support local reforestation funds.
A brewing company started by brewers in South LA and the San Gabriel Valley, Brewjeria creates quality ales with culture and community as key ingredients. They have over a decade of experience working with nonprofit organizations and are committed to supporting organizations that address disparities in historically excluded communities. Try out their Belgian-style passion fruit beer and serve it in custom made Brewjeria glassware.
Baudelio Rodriguez immigrated to the United States in the 70’s from Mexico and, using his farming experience, started a farm in 2005. Soon after, the family farm was converted to a vineyard and operations have continued to be family operated. Alumbra is big on sustainable farming practices and is intentional about being good stewards of the environment. They currently have five varieties of wine including Riesling, rose and pinot noir.
Eric Rivera is the chef behind a series of popup dinners called Addo. If you have a hard time finding Puerto Rican pantry essentials like adobo, sazon and annatto oil, you can order them through Eric’s website and they’ll be at your doorstep in no time. All items are made in small batches using quality ingredients.
In 2014, Brandon Peña and Sam Sepulveda purchased an abandoned coffee farm in Puerto Rico and taught themselves how to grow and brew coffee. Now they have coffee shops in Puerto Rico and throughout New York. You’ll find creative coffee offerings that reflect the region where the beans are sourced like rum infused coffee beans, which have tasting notes of cinnamon and dark chocolate. Pop into one of their coffee shops or order online.
Founded by a Colombian woman dedicated to opening up opportunities in the coffee industry to more women, Diana Hoyos is on a mission to support female leadership by organizing and promoting women owned companies throughout the coffee supply chain. Muchacha translates into young woman, and this messaging is integrated into everything from the mission to the branding. If you’re a dedicated coffee lover, the company also offers a monthly subscription.
Corinne Joachim Sanon Symietz has built Haiti’s first and only premier bean-to-bar chocolate company. She wanted to provide local Haitian farmers an outlet to sell their crops while showcasing elements of Haiti’s vibrant culture. Askanya chocolates offer a variety of dark and milk chocolates, with flavors like orange and lime chocolate.
Started by a mother-daughter duo, Capuli Tea started vending at farmers markets and pop-ups. After seeing so much fruit going to waste in markets because of minor imperfections, they decided to upcycle these fruits into refreshing drinks. Named after the South American capuli cherry tree, their company seeks to build community and promote sustainable habits. Whether it’s the velvet hibiscus, zesty cherry or mindful lavender, you’ll be able to find a variety for your palate.
Roasted fresh after harvest to preserve the robustness of green coffee beans, Quintal delivers a fresh and intricate product that mirrors the full flavors of Latin America. They offer coffee subscriptions and gift bundles with packaging that’s minimal and sleek. Quintal partners with local organizations like Guatemala’s National Coffee Grower’s Association to invest in education in coffee growing regions throughout Guatemala. Their goal is to create opportunity and drive innovation in the source of coffee industries.
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