Taste The Bay: A Guide to The Bay Area’s Very Own Snack Startups
No matter where your day takes you, it's bound to be filled with some munching and snacking.
What better way to do that than to check out some local brands from our Bay Area home? It's always better to eat food that's locally sourced, so with that in mind, here are our top five favorite snack foods manufactured and distributed in the Bay area—dig in.
Bare is an SF-based brand that you've no doubt seen in your office cupboard if you're working anywhere remotely cool. The brand got its start at a local farmer's market, and their MO is to make "simple snacks that are simply delicious." They've got options consisting of fruit-based snacks or veggie based snacks -- everything from red apple chips with sea salt to toasted coconut chips. Consider your potato chip days to be a thing of the past. It's time to move on to something much healthier, if not tastier, for your afternoon pick me up.
If snacks are more your thing, then look no further than Siren Snacks. Recently launching a new product called protein bites, this startup offers all kinds of on the go food options. They've also recently landed their first round of funding from Pear Ventures, so you'll probably be seeing them soon in local grocery stores and markets. The brand's long-term vision is to build an array of products that "make healthy eating accessible, easy and delicious." They're also looking to reach customers through their online sales, so no matter if your snacking journey takes you to a store or on the interwebs, you know you'll have loads of healthy options at your disposal.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit less snack-y and more meat-y, Krave is your friend. The company is continually listed as one of the fastest growing San Francisco based food startups, and for good reason. According to their website, “KRAVE snacks are made with tender, gourmet cuts of meat and crafted flavors. We use elevated, yet simple ingredients, like pink peppercorns and real habaneros, in each of our innovative flavors.” Delicious and tasty and on the go. What more could you want?
If vegan options are more your thing, then look no further than Kite Hill, a company that manufacturers vegan milk products. And believe us, you won’t know the difference. Their yogurts are thick, creamy, and offer you everything you would get in a regular dairy product. As they say on their website, “Kite Hill is on a mission to make plant-based eating easy, enjoyable and great-tasting.”
If you’re up for a salty, crunchy craving buster, then look no further than the seaweed snacks New Frontier foods has to offer. They say their chips are “swimmingly delicious and nutritious. Our seaweed is organically grown without fertilization. Seaweed is known to have a carbon negative footprint, and our primary ingredient is seaweed.” Saving the environment on your snack break? We’re down.
No matter where your snacking adventures take you, you can find a whole host of fresh options that were ideated and manufactured right here in the Bay Area. Next time you’re in the mood to satisfy your mid afternoon cravings you can taste a bit of the heart and soul of the Bay area as well.
// Header photo courtesy of Siren Snacks