20 Black-Owned Food and Drink Businesses You Can Shop Online

updated Jul 17, 2020
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Looking to bring new and interesting flavors into your kitchen and pantry but don’t know where to start? Try this list of 20 Black-owned food and drink businesses that offer high-quality pantry essentials, scrumptious snacks and treats, premium alcohol and lip-smacking beverages. Some of these companies may be new to you and some may already be on your radar — regardless, all of them are 100 percent delicious. So whether you’re looking to try a new coffee brew, spice up your weeknight meals or send a gift to the whiskey lover in your life, you’ll want to add these black-owned businesses to your shopping list.

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1. Basbaas

The only Somali line of hot sauces and chutneys available in the United States, Basbaas is the brainchild of Hawa Hassan, a Somalian refugee who immigrated to the United States at the age of seven. Currently, you can choose between her Cilantro Coconut Chutney or smoky Tamarind Date Sauce — or just add both to your cart.

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2. Guidance Whiskey

Distilled in Iowa and aged for two years in Nashville, Guidance Whiskey is an all-American whiskey brand founded by Jason Ridgel. A blend of corn and rye with a touch of malted barley, the whiskey also picks up notes of burnt caramel from smoked barrels that lead to the Moschino cherry and vanilla essence notes on your palate. It’s perfect for gifting the whiskey lover in your life.

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3. Partake Foods

Looking for a brand that delivers gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO cookies to your door? Denise Woodard’s Partake Foods’ cookies are perfect for you. Although they’re free from the top eight allergens and made using clean ingredients, there’s no compromise when it comes to taste. The brand stocks classic cookie flavors like chocolate chip and ginger snap as well as birthday cake.

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4. Capital City Co.

Founded by Arsha Jones, Capital City Co. is famous for its Sweet Hot and Mild Mambo sauces that pair with everything from wings to fries to pizzas. The Sweet Hot Sauce is a combination of cayenne and habanero pepper that creates a medium heat paired with a sweet tomato base, whereas the Mild Sauce has a sweet and tangy flavor that’s a major upgrade from regular BBQ sauces. They also sell a gallon(!!) of the Mambo Sauce, which is perfect for grilling enthusiasts.

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5. Iya Foods

Founded by Toyin Kolawole, Iya Foods is inspired by authentic African cuisine and is a one-stop-shop for all your pantry essentials. Stock up on delicious spices and seasonings; flours like cassava, plantain and fonio; dried flowers; and whole-food powders.

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6. McBride Sisters Collection

Founded by sisters Robin and Andréa, McBride Sisters Collection is the largest black-owned wine company in America. The sisters were raised apart in the wine countries of California and New Zealand, and their brand now reflects flavors from these two regions. You can shop for individual bottles or join the Wine Club and enjoy monthly and quarterly boxes filled with classic and seasonal picks.

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7. A Dozen Cousins

Inspired by traditional Black and Latino recipes, A Dozen Cousins is a food brand known for its fully cooked beans prepared in delicious sauces and curries. Everything is cooked in avocado oil and perfect for anyone looking to add flavorful additions to their regular meals.

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8. Sol Cacao

Indulge your sweet tooth in chocolate bars from family-owned Sol Cacao, which makes each bar in the Port Morris neighborhood of the Bronx. Sweet packaging illustrations aside, Sol Cacao bars are made with just two ingredients: fair-trade cacao beans and raw cane sugar.

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9. Me & the Bees

Mikaila was just four(!) when she started Me & the Bees, a lemonade brand that creates delicious flavors using real honey. It’s the perfect drink for summer and comes in five yummy flavors, although ginger and prickly pear are big favorites!

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10. Maison Noir Wines

Sommelier and winemaker André Mack founded Maison Noir Wines in 2007 and works with small Oregon vineyards to produce his distinctive blends. While the labeling and branding is cheeky, the wines themselves are high-quality, superior blends that are delicious and refreshing.

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11. BLK & Bold

Rod Johnson and Pernell Cezar founded coffee brand BLK & Bold with an intention to give back. Five percent of all profits are donated to initiatives across the U.S. that assist disadvantaged youths. Their coffee is fair-trade certified, and the flavors are bold, rich and absolutely delicious!

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12. Ten To One

Created by Trinidad-born Marc Farrell, Ten To One is a contemporary rum brand inspired by Caribbean flavors. Their dark rum is a blend of 8-year-old aged Barbados and Dominican column still rums, combined with high ester Jamaican pot still rum and Trinidadian rum; their white rum is a blend of still rum from the Dominican Republic and high ester pot still rum from Jamaica, combined to yield a beautiful extra-proof expression.

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13. Yolele

Founded by chef Pierre Thiam, consider Yolele your introduction to the ancient West African super grain fonio. For the unacquainted, fonio is an ancient grain that looks like brown sugar but has an earthy, nutty taste similar to couscous. Chef Thiam sources all his product from local farms in West Africa to support the rural, smallholder farmers who grow it.

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14. Golde

Cofounded by Trinity Mouzon Wofford and Issey Kobori, Golde is a Brooklyn-based superfood health-and-beauty brand that sells matcha- and cacao-flavored latte blends as well as sachet sets with individual packets. Their original turmeric latte blend is a favorite with Golde lovers, but the Matcha Turmeric latte blend is a close second.

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15. Ivy’s Tea Co.

A hip-hop-inspired brand that sells teas, honey, tea accessories and limited-edition china teacups, Ivy’s Tea Co. pays homage to song titles, lyrics and even one beloved rapper. Owned and operated by Shanae, a trained herbalist, the blends are carefully handcrafted for both taste and health benefits.

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16. Sankofa Beer Company

Although Kofi Meroe was born in the United States, he grew up in Ghana, which not only inspired the name of his brand but also his flavor choices. Currently, you can choose between two flavors — Hypebiscus and Harmattan Haze — but there are plans to launch a wider range of flavors soon.

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17. Milk + Brookies

Famous for their stint on Shark Tank, this LA-based brand combines two popular treats: cookies and brownies, aka brookies! Their flavor combinations in two unique textures are the major selling point here, taking classics (snickerdoodle, peanut butter and turtle, to name a few!) and giving them a unique brookie spin.

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18. Red Bay Coffee

Oakland-based Red Bay Coffee is known for its sustainably sourced, high-quality coffee. The brand is also committed to hiring and serving people of all backgrounds, especially people of color, the formerly incarcerated, women and people with disabilities. On the Red Bay Coffee website, you can purchase coffee, drinkware, brew gear, coffee storage solutions and accessories. You can also sign up for the company’s coffee subscription service.

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19. Swag Brownie Barz

Handmade and packed with familiar flavors and candies, the brownie thinz and blondies from this Texas-based brand are simply irresistible. The site is relaunching soon with a shopping module that will let you stock up on brownie barz from the comfort of your couch.

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20. Ellis Island Tea

Founded by Nailah Ellis-Brown, Ellis Island Tea is known for its signature Jamaican sweet tea made from hibiscus, a flower that grows wild all over Jamaica. The 100 percent all-natural tea comes in a sweet and unsweetened flavor and is sold at most major retailers.

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