Annie RyuCEO and FounderThe Jackfruit Company

The Jackfruit Company story began in India, where our founder, Annie Ryu traveled in 2011 on a medical student mission. She saw her first jackfruit at a local market. A closer inspection and taste piqued her curiosity about the fruit in the Indian diet. She learned that the majority of jackfruit grown there went to waste, and despite its various uses, the fruit wasn’t fulfilling its potential. Annie felt there had to be a way to use it to improve health, farmer’s livelihoods and our eco-footprint – so she did.

Annie is a social entrepreneur – a business developer with a conscience. She used her new knowledge about jackfruit to develop it into a healthy main dish for vegans, vegetarians and anyone looking for nutritious meat replacements. It is soy, gluten, nut and cholesterol free. It is low calorie and rich in fiber, too. Because it is harvested before it ripens, there’s no sugar in the fruit. It adapts to spices and flavorings and looks like shredded meat, but it’s cruelty-free!