Our Favorite Women-Owned Food and Drink Businesses

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Best Woman-Owned Businesses

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Want to support women in the food industry? Luckily, there are plenty of woman-founded and woman-owned businesses to choose from. Here, our editors and testers share their favorites, with offerings available online. These food and kitchen products include everything from quick-and-easy meals delivered straight to your door to kitchen cleaning products that are both eco-friendly and effective.

And if producing quality products wasn't enough, some of these woman-led brands are also focused on making amazing contributions to their local and global communities: S'well is helping to make clean water more accessible, dessert makers Partake and Eat Me Guilt Free provide initiatives for women in the food business, and League of Kitchens offers virtual cooking classes led by immigrant women from all over the world.

Eat Me Guilt Free

Eat Me Guilt Free

Eat Me Guilt Free

Registered Nurse and Certified Sports Nutritionist Cristie Besu founded the company in response to her clients’ late-night sweets cravings. Today, Eat Me Guilt Free comprises a team of highly skilled bakers that make everything from the decadent brownies that are Stangl’s go-to daily afternoon treat—which come in flavors like cotton candy, and red velvet cake—to protein bread and protein tortillas. Plus, everything is made from simple ingredients.

“I’ve been a monthly subscriber for nearly a year now,” says Editor Kristin Stangl, who is a huge fan of the original chocolate flavor but also gets the flavor of the month.

Price at time of publish: $39 for a box of 12

Our Place

Our Place Always Pan Zest

Our Place 

The mission of L.A.-based cookware company Our Place, founded by Pakistani immigrant Shiza Shahid, is to share the connective power of a home-cooked meal through its attractive and ethically made cookware. One of its best-selling pans, the Always Pan, is one of our favorites for good reason: The multi-purpose skillet is made of eco-friendly aluminum and its distinctive design, impressive performance, and ease of cleaning earned it high marks during our tests.

"The Always Pan can work as a nonstick frying pan, sauté pan, skillet, or saucier with ease," says Donna Currie, a product tester for The Spruce Eats.

Price at time of publish: $145

The Always Pan

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What Our Testers Say

"The French toast didn’t even think about sticking and scrambled eggs slid around the surface easily." Donna Currie, Product Tester

There’s a reason Omsom kicks off The Spruce Eats’ "On the Fly" series. Founded by fiery sister duo Vanessa and Kim Pham, daughters of Vietnamese refugees, Omsom (which means "rowdy'' in Vietnamese) launched its East Asian and Southeast Asian-inspired sauce and spice pantry kits in 2020. Each kit is crafted by well-known NYC-based chefs and includes high-quality ingredients imported from Asia.

“They did this with grace and determination, educating everyone who would listen on the culture behind their business, as well as fighting for social justice in their communities and others,” says freelance editor Lauryn Bodden

Price at time of publish: $85 for The 'IYKYK' Shaker Set


Best known for bedding and bath essentials, Parachute has lovely linens for outfitting tabletops, too. Founder and CEO Ariel Kaye set out to create a brand that offered comfort and quality at an affordable price. Parachute’s linen tabletop collection includes a waffle set woven with 100 percent European flax that is garment-dyed and washed. All of the company’s products are OEKO-TEX-certified.

"I love everything about my Parachute purchases," says Taysha Murtaugh, Editorial Director of Dotdash Meredith’s Commerce Food Group. "The colors and the texture feel like home, and the craftsmanship holds up to everyday use."

Price at time of publish: $129




Sarah Kauss started S’well in 2010 with the aim of helping reduce the use of single-use plastic water bottles. The result? The original S’well 17-ounce triple-insulated water bottle marries both style and function—the sleek bottle could keep cold drinks cold for up to 36 hours and hot liquids hot for up to 18. Today, S’well’s array of sustainable products also includes colorful tumblers, barware, reusable food bowls, steel straws, and more.

Mary Kate Hoban, Associate Editorial Director, says she carries her S'well water bottle with her everywhere, especially in the summer. "I love how cold it keeps beverages and the fact that I can throw it in a backpack or purse and it won't get condensation all over my stuff."

Price at time of publish: $35 for 17 oz in Geode Rose

Snow's BBQ Texas Monthly's #1 BBQ Brisket


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Just outside of Austin, Texas in a town called Lexington, you'll find Snow's BBQ and its founder, Tootsie Tomantez. Although she is 83 years old and serves food only on Saturdays, Ms. Tootsie starts preparing Friday nights then gets up at 3 a.m. the next day to craft the award-winning barbecue the restaurant has been serving since 2003. Long lines form every weekend for the 8 a.m. opening.

Luckily, you don't have to book a flight, an alarm, or have BBQ for breakfast. Merchandise and sauces, as well as BBQ Ribs, Pork Steaks, Briskey, Turkey Breast, and even a feast that serves 30 are available to order on Gold Belly.

Price at time of publish: $25-$480

All of this brand's household products are packaged in reusable bottles and contain only eco-friendly ingredients. Take the Clean Suite Kit, for example, which includes foaming hand soap, laundry detergent, powder dish soap, dishwasher detergent, multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, glass, and mirror cleaner, and all the stylish BPA-free containers that house them.

"I received this as a birthday present years ago and haven't looked back," says Commerce Editor Taylor Rock. "All it takes is one little tablet and some water to fill the hand soap and each bottle of cleaner, and the laundry tablets and powdered dish detergent work wonders. It feels really good to know that I'm not contributing to waste by purchasing a seemingly infinite amount of plastic bottles from the grocery store."

Price at time of publish: $40

The Black-owned company, founded by CEO Denise Woodard, came about when she found out her daughter was diagnosed with severe food allergies and she ran into a lack of tasty snacks that were also safe for her to consume. Partake makes non-GMO, vegan cookies that are free from 14 allergens, including peanuts, eggs, dairy, soy, and gluten.

Flavors range from crunchy Chocolate Chip and Birthday Cake to soft Cookie Butter. Three new flavors also just launched at Target stores across the country—they include soft Lemon and Snickerdoodle as well as bags of Crunchy Super Hero Sprinkle Mini Cookies in honor of Marvel's Avengers. "All three of Partake's newest flavors are sweet and flavorful," says Commerce Updates Editor Amanda McDonald. "You really don't miss any of the ingredients left out to make these allergen-free."

Price at time of publish: $5 a box

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest

Founded by Rachel Drori in 2015, Daily Harvest’s goal is to make tasty plant-based food more accessible. The foods are quick and easy to make, 95 percent organic, and free from fillers, refined sugars, stabilizers, and other additives—and they’re delivered right to your door.

"The soup and smoothie cups contain ready-to-blend fruits and veggies—great for a quick breakfast or lunch," says Commerce Food Group Editorial Director Taysha Murtaugh. "The gift box is one of my favorite things to send everyone from new parents to family members." 

Price at time of publish: $10 per Harvest Bowl, Black Bean + Cheeze

Fly By Jing

Fly By Jing

Fly By Jing

Fly by Jing owner and Sichuan chef Jing Gao wanted to share her unique twist on the flavors of her hometown of Chengdu, China, as well as its packed hole-in-the-wall "fly" eateries—"so good they attract diners like flies," she says on the company’s website. So Gao launched Fly by Jing in 2018, offering carefully crafted sauces, spices, kits, and more, with only 100 percent natural ingredients sourced from Chengdu.

Eric Handelsman, Senior VP of Dotdash’s Food and Drink brands, is a self-professed spicy condiment fanatic—so it makes sense that he got turned on to Fly by Jing from an Instagram ad for its chili crisp. "It had the chili crisp, Zhong sauce, and mala spice mix, and I was instantly addicted to all three," Handelsman raves. Why? "They go on everything from eggs to salads, ice cream to cheese. All three are distinctly delicious."

Price at time of publish: $15 for Sichuan Chili Crisp

League of Kitchens

League of Kitchens

League of Kitchens

Based in New York City, the immigrant women who make up League of Kitchens lead cooking workshops—and give you insight into their food traditions—directly from their homes (these classes are all offered online). These cooks come from all over the globe, from Lebanon to Nepal to Argentina. What makes these workshops even more special is they’ll be teaching you their beloved family recipes. All you need to do is choose a class from their website, and you’ll get a Zoom link, as well as a recipe packet, shopping list, and equipment list. You’ll cook, eat, and share cultural stories with other students, who will likely also be from diverse backgrounds, and the instructor.

Price at time of publish: $60 for Indonesian Cooking Online

Champagne Henriot Brut Rosé Millésimé 2012


Courtesy of The Wine Wave

"Champagne Henriot, not only makes delicious bubbly known for its luscious Chardonnay-driven style, but it has a rich history with women leading the way," says Commerce Drinks Editor Prairie Rose. This legendary champagne brand was founded by Apolline Henroit in 1808 and recently welcomed new cellarmaster Alice Tétienne.

"A brilliant and talented woman, she will contribute to growing the influence of Champagne Henriot, thanks to her culture of excellence and her strong spirit of collaboration with our partners in the vineyard. By appointing her, we also have a special thought for another talented woman, my ancestor Apolline Henriot, who founded our House in 1808," Gilles de Larouzière Henriot, the 8th generation of the Henroit family and the President of the company said at the time.

Price at time of publish: $125 for Brut Rosé Millésimé

Baked By Melissa

Baked By Melissa

Baked By Melissa

Any kind of mini food is adorable, but the bite-sized cupcakes from Baked by Melissa are unbelievably delicious, too. Founded by Melissa Ben-Ishay, this New York City-based brand is famous for its signature tiny cupcakes, which come in a fun array of flavors like Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chocolate Chip Pancake, and Tie-Dye. There are even vegan and gluten-free options to choose from, and the sweet treats can be shipped anywhere across the country.

Price at time of publish: $52 for Assorted Flavors, pack of 25 cupcakes




The quality of extra-virgin olive oil sold in stores isn't always the best—studies have found it's often expired or diluted with other types of oil—and this lack of quality and consistency is what drove Aishwarya Iyer to found Brightland. The direct-to-consumer brand offers authentic olive oils and vinegars made from ingredients grown at family-run California farms, and the products never contain fillers or artificial preservatives.

Some of the brand's best-selling products are its AWAKE and ALIVE olive oils, which are made from hand-harvested heirloom California olives, and Brightland recently introduced unfiltered California Orange Blossom Honey and Kauai Wildflower Honey to its product range, too.

Price at time of publish: $85 for The Mini Artist Series

Bee's Wrap Assorted Set, Three Sizes

Bee's Wrap - Assorted 3 Pack - Made in USA - Certified Organic Cotton - Plastic and Silicone Free - Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps - 3 Sizes (S,M,L)


While convenient for food storage, plastic wrap is far from eco-friendly. While looking for ways to eliminate plastics from her own kitchen, Bee's Wrap founder Sarah Kaeck created a washable, reusable, and compostable alternative for food storage, and it's been a massive success to date.

These are made from cotton fabric that's coated with a mixture of beeswax, plant oil, and tree resin. The resulting material sticks to itself when warmed by your hands, allowing you to wrap food and dishes for storage. Each Bee's Wrap can last up to a year with proper care, and the product comes in a variety of sizes and patterns to suit every kitchen. Our tester noted that these wraps are more pliable compared to other wraps by other brands she's used.

Price at time of publish: $19

Bee's Wrap

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What Our Testers Say

"I like the thickness of this wrap and how easy it is to wash. Its packaging is compact, as well, so I like how easy it is to store the remaining unused wraps until they're needed." Rachel Werner, Product Tester

Hedley & Bennett

Hedley & Bennett

Hedley & Bennett

A great apron is a must-have for every chef, but Ellen Marie Bennett wasn't pleased with the quality of her kitchen apron when she was working as a line cook. She went on to found Hedley & Bennett, a popular brand of professional-grade aprons that are backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Every Hedley & Bennett apron is designed with both function and quality in mind, and you'll be hard-pressed to find better craftsmanship. In addition to simple, classic designs for both everyday and professional use, Hedley & Bennett also offers fun collaboration with other brands, from "Sesame Street" to "Top Chef."

Price at time of publish: $85 for Midnight Blue Apron

Fancy Sprinkles

Fancy Sprinkles

Fancy Sprinkles

Why use regular sprinkles when you can use Fancy Sprinkles instead? The brand was founded in 2016 by Lisa Stelly, and its fun and fabulous sprinkle mixes are all the rage on Instagram.

The sprinkle mixtures are designed with the "modern baker" in mind and typically contain sprinkles in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors that will take any sweet treat to the next level. Whether you're looking for bold holiday sprinkles to elevate your Christmas cookies or fancy sugar for the rim of your cocktails, Fancy Sprinkle has the perfect product for you.

Price at time of publish: $12 for 0.5 cup jar

De Soi Can Variety Pack

De Soi Can Variety Pack

De Soi

"Katy Perry is so smart to partner with the brilliant Morgan McLachlan—the distiller behind a number of Los Angeles spirits brands. With a background in distilling and botanics and a foothold on the industry, DeSoi was already ahead when they launched," says Commerce Drinks Editor Prairie Rose. "While the nonalcoholic drinks space is already getting crowded, DeSoi sparkling aperitifs stands out. The flavors are fun and unusual, not too sweet, and easy drinking. There is a slight bitter bite that replicates alcohol but is its own thing. I’d go back for seconds!"

The three flavors of this non-alcoholic apéritif contain adaptogens and fresh fruit to create sweet sips meant to guide you into dinner, but that can last all night, too.

Price at time of publish: $70 for a variety pack

In addition to sharing her culture with the world, Copper Cow Coffee creator Debbie Wei Mullin wanted to ensure ethical treatment for the farmers in Vietnam who cultivate coffee beans. As such, each purchase from Copper Cow Coffee helps support the farmers and everyone in the supply chain. 

Create a delicious cup of Vietnamese coffee right at home with these easy-to-use pour-over kits. There are coffees, teas, and lattes in a variety of flavors, with popular selections including churro coffee, lavender latte, and chai tea latte. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try the mystery latte, which can also come free with purchases over $35.

Price at time of publish: $29 for 16-pack

Diaspora Co.

Diaspora Co.

Diaspora Co.

“Grown for flavor. Rooted in equity," is the motto of Diaspora Co. Mumbai-born Sana Javeri Kadri was inspired to found the company after visiting over 40 spice farms in India. Frustrated with the unfair wages of hard-working farmers and the complicated supply chain from harvest to consumer, Sana met with the Indian Institute of Spice Research, and a dream was born.

There are a wide variety of flavorful items to try. Some intriguing options include the Playing With Fire chili pack, the best-selling Pragati turmeric, Annamalai cacao, Kashmiri saffron, and Kerala vanilla to name just a few. Diaspora Co. even has cooking tools and company swag, such as aprons and totes, available. 

Price at time of publish: $12 for 2.29-ounce jar

Sips By is a monthly subscription box of teas from around the world customized to your very own tastes founded by Staci Brinkman in 2017. Whether you’re a tea novice or an enthusiast, it’s a great way to explore new flavors and partner brands of tea in a convenient and affordable way. It starts at just $16 a month for 16 cups of four different flavors. A dollar per cup is a pretty great bargain. The teas range from well-known global brands to smaller local shops.

Price at time of publish: $16

Pulp Pantry

Pulp Pantry

Pulp Pantry

Kaitlin Mogentale was surprised to learn that the pulp from making fruit and vegetable juice often goes to waste, so she founded Pulp Pantry and created a line of chips made out of that leftover pulp. To say it’s made an impact would be an understatement: Pulp Pantry has saved over 100,000 pounds of food in just its first two years in business, working directly with juice brands, such as Suja. It’s Certified Upcycled by the Upcycled Food Association, as well. Pulp Pantry’s veggie chips are made with an assortment of vegetables, including kale and celery, and come in tempting flavors, such as jalapeno lime, barbeque, and salt and vinegar.

Price at time of publish: $20 for 4-Pack, Jalapeno Lime

Tiny Fish Co.

Tiny Fish Co.

Tiny Fish Co.

The food trend that no one expected, tinned fish is about as hot as food trends get. James Beard nominee and Top Chef contestant Sara Hauman founded the Tiny Fish Co. to bring the tastes of the Pacific Northwest to grocery stores across the nation. The offerings are ethically sourced and sustainable, featuring seafood including octopus—the wild bycatch of Alaskan waters. Instead of the standard tinned fish varieties, Tiny Fish Co. focuses on less consumed and underutilized options. Selections include smoked geoduck with black pepper, rockfish in sweet soy, and smoked mussels in escabeche. With vibrant branding, Tiny Fish Co. is helping tinned fish become a mainstay on tables across the country.

Price at time of publish: $15 for Octopus With Lemon & Dill

Whether you’re in the market for a new cake stand, wine glass, or decanter, Estelle Colored Glass has you covered–and in gorgeous hues. Founder Stephanie Summerson Hall named the brand after her grandmother Estelle, who often used her own colorful glass pieces at Sunday dinners. The brand’s pieces are heirloom-quality and speak to Hall’s history with her grandmother, who loved to go antiquing.

She says, "I learned my first fundamental cooking techniques all the while spending invaluable time side-by-side with her in the kitchen and accompanying her on shopping trips." Pieces are crafted in Poland by artisans at a glassmaking company with over 100 years of history.

Price at time of publish: $185 for a set of 6 colored stemware wine glasses

Raised in Texas on junk food, Sabeena Hadha spent four years in the marketing departments of PepsiCo and Diamond Foods before setting out on her own to create a high-quality cookie dough. Partnering with a naturopathic doctor, she created Deux, a line of nutrient-enhanced cookie doughs designed to be eaten straight from the container.

These cookie doughs include a range of functional ingredients, such as immune-supporting zinc and vitamin C, and stress-relieving ashwagandha. You can bake the cookies up in the oven or indulge raw by the spoonful. With flavors including birthday cake, brownie batter, cinnamon roll, and peanut butter cup, even the best intentions of baking require a few bites first.

Price at time of publish: $16 for one jar

SKINNYDIPPED Lemon Bliss Yogurt Covered Almonds

SKINNYDIPPED Lemon Bliss Yogurt Covered Almonds


Four women are at the heart of the SkinnyDipped brand—a mother-daughter duo and two best friends. Starting in founder Val Griffith’s own kitchen, the women hand-dipped each almond to get an even, but skinny, coat and perfected the recipes before growing the brand. 

One of the popular flavors is the SkinnyDipped Lemon Bliss Yogurt Covered Almonds, which features roasted almonds coated in nonfat yogurt, dusted with lemon juice powder, and sweetened with a bit of maple syrup, with some sea salt for added flavor contrast. The result is an incredible combination of sweet, salty, and tangy goodness. "I am utterly obsessed with the Lemon Bliss Almonds," says staff writer Allison Wignall. "I always tell myself to eat a few at a time so they last longer, but then in a blink they’re all gone."

Price at time of publish: $5 per 3.5-ounce bag

Material Kitchen The Iconics

Material Kitchen The Iconics

Material Kitchen

Eunice Byun practically grew up in the kitchen of her parents’ restaurant. Now CEO of Material Kitchen, Byun aims to honor both the past and the present with quality kitchenware. Material Kitchen offers a host of products, ranging from full tableware sets to copper pots and pans, to placemats and tablecloths. It’s a well-rounded place to shop for anything and everything kitchen-related. 

The Iconics set features a plethora of handy kitchen tools, all stored in a gorgeous walnut, maple, or beech wood base. The tools include an 8-inch chef’s knife, a serrated 6-inch knife, a 4-inch paring knife, stainless steel tongs, a wooden spoon fit for both left- and right-handed people, a metal spoon that doubles as a measuring cup, a slotted spatula, an air whisk, and a large slotted spoon. Each knife is made with Japanese high-carbon and stainless steel, and the wooden base has magnets in it to hold the knives in place while protecting the blades.

Price at time of publish: $275 for The Iconics set

Früling Original Superfood Snack

Früling Original Superfood Snack


Each pouch of woman-created Früling's Original Superfood Snack contains walnuts, almonds, mulberries, Brazil nuts, golden berries, roasted cacao, and more from farms in Sicily, California, Peru, Iran, Belize, and Brazil, and is packaged in New York City. It is also super portable and resealable to keep everything fresh.

Price at time of publish: $36

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Fran Sales is an Associate Commerce Editor for The Spruce Eats. She consulted The Spruce Eats editors for their favorite woman-owned brands and spent hours researching and writing this list. As a vegan with a sweet tooth, she loves Partake’s crunchy chocolate chip cookies and plans to add them to her after-dinner cookie rotation.

Ariane Resnick is a special diet chef, certified nutritionist, and bestselling author. She has more than 20 years of experience in the food and writing spaces and believes in a joy-filled approach to health and wellness.

Allison Wignall is a writer who focuses on food and travel. She’s always in the kitchen trying to recreate recipes from around the world. Her work has been featured in publications such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.

Taylor Rock, an Editor for The Spruce Eats, was gifted a Vinebox through Sugarwish and was impressed with the easy ordering process, robust amount of selections, and trendy packaging. Taylor also loves her S'well and Blueland products.

Amanda McDonald is an editor at The Spruce Eats and has over seven years of experience researching, writing, and editing about all things food — from what new products are at the grocery store to chef-approved hacks that keep tricky leftovers fresh for days. She updated this article to include the most up-to-date information.

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Ariane Resnick is a special diet chef, certified nutritionist, and bestselling author who takes great joy in shattering the image of what, and how, nutritionists eat.
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Allison Wignall is a staff writer for The Spruce Eats who focuses on product reviews. She has also contributed to publications such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.

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Taylor is an editor on the commerce team, where she creates and edits copy for The Spruce Eats. She joined Dotdash Meredith in November 2020, but her admiration for food and drink is lifelong.
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