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Black Pound Day: The best black owned food and drink companies to support

Black Pound Day was started by So Solid Crew member Swiss in June 2020. It’s a “solution-based, community-empowering campaign and motivating endeavour that will leave a better infrastructure for the next generation to walk into”. It occurs on the first Saturday of each month, with a focus on supporting Black owned enterprises.

This month, being huge foodies ourselves, we are focussing on Black British Businesses which enhance your culinary experience – from pre-made sauces to cook books to start from scratch, you’ll not be disappointed!

It’s our mission to lead our followers to a wide range of UK Black Owned businesses and to shine a light on Black British culture – check us out on @afro_leads.

Storm Cupcakes by Leilani @stormcupcakesbyleilani

We regularly have bought from Leilani (the 17 year old entrepreneur and master baker behind the business) be this for business or personal events. Each time we are greeted with professionalism, creativity and of course the amazing taste and quality of delicious cupcakes! Have a look at her Instagram page – you’ll be ordering before you know it!

Goodness Milk @GoodnessMilk

This organic plant-based milk product is made by hand and delivered straight to your door. Their mission is to redefine the way we consume plant-based beverages by making it fun, accessible, sustainable & extremely tasty! Currently available in 100% recyclable glass bottles and in the following yummy flavours: almond, oat & coconut milk.

The Gym Kitchen @TheGymKitchen

The Gym Kitchen provides high protein, macro friendly ready meals for health conscious on-the-go individuals living and working in today’s ever more fast-paced society. Segun Akinwoleola is the founder of the business, and has cultivated a variety of on the go meals suitable for meat eaters and vegans. Check out www.thegymkitchen.com or look out for the products in Asda or Co-Op.

Sunmo @SunmoSnacks

We are big fans of plantain in all forms, but these Sunmo snacks are extremely popular in our household. These healthy plantain crisps are tasty and come in a variety of flavours, including: Smoked Chilli, Naturally Sweet, Sea Salt and Sweet Cinnamon. Fun fact: the Nigerian term for people coming together to share food, laughter and life is “Sunmo”!

JamNVegan @jamnvegan

Jam N Vegan bring varied vegan food and convenience to you… and we are here for it. You get to choose from the 12 vegan meals available, confirm if you want the meals ready to eat or “ready to freeze” and then they are delivered to your door! Simple as that! The mouth watering options include: Rasta pasta with coconut sambol, lentil shepherd’s pie, and East African bean stew with jollof rice. Yum!

The Black Farmer @theblackfarmer

The man behind this brand has an incredible story, and his representation within the British farming industry is powerful. Launched shortly after purchasing his farm in Launceston, a wide range of produce is available direct from the farm via there online shop and also in supermarkets across the nation. We can personally recommend the sweet chili chicken sausages – absolutely delicious, and gluten-free!

Afro Vegan Cookbook by Zoe Alakija

This is a delightful, inspiring collection of recipes which reflect the British-Nigerian author’s dual heritage. We are intrigued to try out interesting fusion recipes such as the jollof arancini and plantain chocolate brownies. The images within the book are gorgeous and enticing.

Füd @drinkfud

For those in need of “a natural alternative to artificial energy drinks” look no further than Füd! This beverage is low in calories with no added sugar or sweeteners and derives its natural caffeine from guarana – an ancient Amazonian berry. The brand is the brainchild of founder Philip Udeh whom developed it as a natural solution to the chronic fatigue he experiences from his sickle cell anaemia. Available in Pineapple Ginger or Berry Coconut flavours.

Bepps @bepps_snacks

How about trying something different, nutritious and delicious such as Black Eyed Pea Puff Snacks – BEPPS! Low GI, vegan, gluten-free, dairy- free and GMO and MSG free, these snacks were created by Mumpreneur Eve Yankah. Available from Tesco, Asda, Ocado and Selfridges in cheese, sweet chili, and good old salt and vinegar flavours. Check out their new popped varieties too.

Jamaica on Ice @jamaicaonice

Want a taste of authentic, quality Jamaican food at your convenience? Well, if you reside in the London area, look no further than Jamaica on Ice – the UK’s premier Caribbean frozen ready meal line. Founder and chef Mark Richards began this venture to initially prepare delicious meals that would last for his beloved Gran. Word soon spread and now a vast array of meals are available. Mark and his team cook, freeze, pack and deliver the meals to your door- if that door is inside the M25!

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