Growing up with a mom with high blood pressure and a dad with diabetes, finding great tasting snacks that have low sodium and no added sugars was very difficult, and still is today. Over 100 million Americans suffer from the same illness as her parents. The alternative and healthy snack food market is growing at over 10% year on year in the U.S. and the market is 90 B in the U.S. and 340 B USD globally. Fifty million African communities are excluded from the global export market which leads to 40% cross waste and life changing income losses.
Nikki started Chaku Food, in order to create food brands that not only care about what goes into your body but how it gets there. This mission is deeply personal for me due to experiences with my parent’s dietary needs and due to my desire to help build Ghana’s overall economy by developing the agribusiness sector. Paying farmers fair rates, and developing agriculture manufacturing in Ghana and across the continent will lead to better economic outcomes and more job creation. Chaku Foods launched its first brand “Nikki’s Plantain Crisps” in 2019 in-stores and online in South Africa with much success, and expanded to the U.S. market in 2020.
She gained extensive global experience in product, strategy, business development and merchant sales roles while working for Visa Inc, on teams based in the U.S., Africa and Central Europe Middle East & Africa markets. She attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, USA, and began developing Chaku Foods during her first year at Harvard Business School. Nikki loves cooking, gardening, weight lifting, and red red with plantain.
You can learn more about Nikki’s business at their website here: https://www.chakufoods.com