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Let’s Eat: Black-Owned Food Brands in Walmart


Charleston Gourmet Burger Company

Walmart is widely known for carrying products made by every company imaginable. Have you ever wondered how many of those companies are black-owned? If you shop with an appetite like us, next time you’re in Walmart try out some of our favorite black-owned food brands.
Cornbread RestaurantCornbread Restaurant

Where: 2351 Century Drive, Mifflin, PA (Tarentum, PA and Greesnburg, PA)

With the exception of the Walmart deli, the only place to grab a nearby bite to eat is typically a McDonald’s or Subway. However, those living in parts of the Keystone state are privy to a special treat – a soul food restaurant.

Owners Adenah Bayoh and Zadie B. Smith have partnered with Walmart and are expanding their signature New Jersey farm-to-table restaurant, Cornbread, to Pennsylvania. The first Walmart leased space Cornbread opened in Mifflin, PA on July 5th. Smith is a Georgia native with life-long culinary experience and Bayoh, a refugee who escaped civil war in Liberia as a child, has also built a $250 million real estate portfolio and serves on the Federal Reserve Bank’s Small Business and Agricultural Advisory Council.

Furlough CheescakesThe Furlough Cheesecakes

Where: District of Columbia, Maryland Virginia (DMV) area Walmarts

There’s the saying, “When God closes a door he opens a window.” The best example of these words is Jaqi Wright and her sister Nikki Howard.

While they didn’t lose their jobs, these two women from Maryland found themselves in jam during the partial government shutdown in late 2018, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. With bills due and their federal paychecks on hold, Wright and Howard came up with a plan to make ends meet – make and sell homemade cheesecakes. A few orders turned into thousands, resulting in having to rent industrial kitchen space and eventually a deal with Walmart. Wright and Howard have since left their respective federal government jobs and are now in the dessert business.

Charleston Gourmet Burger CompanyCharleston Gourmet Burger Company

Where: Select Walmart stores located in GA, FL, NC and SC

Chevalo Wilsondebriano and his wife Monique, along with their four children, moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 2008 and soon began trying out various sauces for burgers at family barbecues. Before long, the experiment morphed into something unexpected after several requests for their sauce. The Charleston Gourmet Burgers marinades, sauces and frozen burgers would soon be packaged and sold in Kroger’s groceries, Lowes Home Improvement, Whole Foods and Walmart stores.

The successful couple has been featured in the July 2018 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine, which includes a recipe for “Chevalo’s Marinated Burgers.”

Live Alkaline WaterLive Alkaline Water

Where: Northern Florida Walmarts

Founded by Dr. Shayla Creer and Robert McCray, this company is based in Jacksonville, Florida. Live Alkaline Water is 100% bottled alkaline water derived from the McCray family-owned natural underground spring in North Carolina. Alkaline water is believed to have extraordinary benefits such as detoxifying and managing acid reflux disease. McCray stated he got the idea after a great aunt approached him during church service and had him follow her outside to look out onto the fields.

She pointed out that the blood of his ancestors was crying out to him. McCray would later team up with Creer, who saw great potential by partnering with him in helping people maintain healthy lifestyles. The two pitched their idea to several Walmart stores not realizing Walmart’s regional manager would be present at one location. A deal was struck.

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