Annie Ryu is on a mission: She wants to replace meat with the world’s largest tree-borne fruit: the jackfruit. Given that this 26-year-old was recently named as one of Forbes Magazine’s 2017 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs, I am confident she will make great strides in achieving her goal. And, yes, you read it correctly: the jackfruit. It’s the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, with some weighing in at 100lbs or more. By transforming the underutilized resource into a meat substitute, The Jackfruit Company is providing income for Indian farming families and diminishing the carbon footprint associated with meat-consumption. Annie is the visionary leader responsible for bringing this ancient commodity to the world market and I can hardly wait to hear her story, her dreams and her plans for going global with the jackfruit. This show made possible due to the generous support of The Chapman Automotive Group.
- The mission of The Jackfruit Company is to transform healthy eating, farmer’s livelihoods, and humanity’s eco-footprint – for the better.
- Jackfruit is the biggest fruit that grows on trees, on the planet!
- Jackfruit is native to India and is very abundant – one tree can yield up to 3 tons of jackfruit a year.
- Annie’s inspiration for starting The Jackfruit Company is phenomenal – listen to this podcast to learn about her “why” – and by the way, she was 20 years old when she started the company!
- Two of the biggest contributors to global warming are the meat industry and deforestation – jackfruit can be an answer to both of those.
- What are the steps to bring a product to market in today’s world? What role does the Internet play as a tool for entrepreneurs? Annie shares a few insights into the process of bringing her business to life.
- There is such a shift in the amount of meat that people are consuming – there is a decrease happening…especially in the USA. 25% of US consumers decreased their meat intake from 2014 to 2015 and meat alternative sales nearly doubled from 2011 to 2015.
- The Jackfruit Company not only purchases the product from the farmers they are working with, they benefit their lives by using a portion of their profits to gift the farmers each year. Learn what gift the farmers received this past year and how it transforms their lives.
- A really important question to explore when building sustainable communities – what systems can be put into place, within a community, to prevent illness in the first place (rather than focusing on treating disease)? There are factors involved (like owning a phone) that you might not even consider. Annie explores this question during this podcast and shares her experience building sustainable communities around the world.
- Annie sees The Jackfruit Company being a driving force in the culture shift that is already happening to a plant based diet.
- The Jackfruit Company can be found in about 5,000 stores around the United States – give it a try today and continue to do the good thing for the planet.
- Learn more at The Jackfruit Company website; like them on Facebook, follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Pintrest
- Read Annie’s blog
- Check out the Forbe’s article and the Pacific Standard article – Annie is one of their 2017 30 under 30 honorees!