BAO was awarded a "Clean Choice Award" by Clean Eating Magazine for our Sour K'chup.  BAO Sour K'chup is unlike any ketchup you have ever had. It is the only lacto-fermented Ketchup and has is made with Tomatoes, raisins, ginger, garlic, spices and salt. It has no sugar, or any artificial sweeteners, no GMOs, no stabilizers or thickeners. Our Sour K'chup is certified organic and is made at our home in New York City.

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December 07, 2012

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BAO Food and Drink Launches Product Line Changing Perceptions of Organic Food  

NEW YORK, NY, July 11, 2011 –  BAO, New York City’s local manufacturer of kombucha and fermented foods, today announced the launch of a new food line at the Fancy Food Show in Washington D.C..  The food line includes organic BAO RAW SLAW, organic BAO RAW HOT SAUCE, and organic BAO RAW K’CHUP.  All of these products are raw, live, fermented, probiotic, vegan, gluten-free, and unpasteurized.  They contain no added sugar and are made with local ingredients supporting the regional farming community whenever possible. 

At New York City’s only urban fermentation farm, BAO (rhymes with wow) uses the 7,000 year old process of fermentationBAO FERMENTED FOODto instill all its products with probiotics.  Fermentation is more familiarly associated with yogurt, bread and cheese; however, fermentation is used to create delicious flavors in a variety of foods while preserving the food’s nutritional value.  Probiotic literally means “for life,” and refers to microorganisms in food and drinks that have similar qualities to the helpful bacteria naturally living in our bodies.  When consumed, probiotics can break down sugars in food to make them easier to digest, can boost the immune system, and can aid in our bodies’ absorption of nutrients. 

“After 20 years in the food industry, I truly believe we have to do more to help people understand the importance of eating live and whole foods,” said Mike Schwartz, BAO co-founder and instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education.  “The food we feed our families should be living, as opposed to the pasteurized products with zero nutritional value, so common in the industrialized American diet.”

BAO set out to create a brand that salutes those who have a passion about choosing healthy and organic food as part of their lifestyle.   After forty years of growth, the organic food movement is no longer associated with hippies and tree-huggers.   Rather, it is a bold and responsible choice to insist on organic, healthy food and reject the constant barrage of advertisements promoting the sweet tasting, processed food and drinks that modern New Yorkers and urban families are bombarded with on a daily basis.

 “There is a huge market for more responsible and ethically produced food and we are excited to be part of it,” said Mike Brady, BAO co-founder, “The ketchup industry alone is expected to reach over $3.3 billion dollars in the next few years and we are happy to provide healthy, nutritious, fructose-free alternatives for families to choose from.”

BAO’s line of organic snacks and condiments will be available at grocery stores and health food stores throughout the Northeast.   Last year, BAO launched its line of BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA drinks, a sweet and sour, slightly fizzy, alternative to soda made of fermented organic tea. 

The launch of BAO’s food line will coincide with the creation of a new website at baofoodanddrink.com, Facebook page at BAO Food and Drink, and Twitter page BAOFoodandDrink.

Bad Ass Organics LLC. (BAO) was created by passionate New Yorkers who combined their expertise in organic foods and entrepreneurism to get great tasting and healthy products into their community.  BAO’s goal is to replace products that typically offer zero nutritional benefit (soda, snacks, condiments) with great tasting alternatives that are healthy, organic, and use locally-sourced ingredients and materials when possible. All BAO’s products are made by using the benefits of natural fermentation which instills them with probiotics (living bacteria).  The word bao in Chinese means “treasure”, which is what BAO strives to deliver with each batch of handcrafted products.  BAO is also an acronym for the company name, Bad Ass Organics, which is a salute to everyone with the bad ass attitude to reject the constant barrage of unhealthy food and drinks and commit to living a healthy lifestyle.

 

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Local New York City beverage manufacturer leveraging new technologies to launch delivery service bringing nutritious beverages to the people

 

NEW YORK, NY, March 1, 2011 –  Bad Ass Organics, New York City’s local manufacturer of kombucha and fermented foods, today announced the launch of its local kombucha delivery service and new e-commerce website (www.drinkbao.com).   Kombucha, packed with vitamins and digestive-aiding probiotics, is one of the fastest growing beverage trends in the country and BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA is New York’s first commercially-licensed local manufacturer. 

BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA is offered throughout stores and cafes in the Greater New York City area and is arriving at new locations every day.  “We know that everyone does not have access to a local market stocked with fresh vegetables and healthy drinks,” said Mike Schwartz, co-founder of Bad Ass Organics. “It is our goal to make nutritious drinks available for people that need them; including the person spending fourteen hours a day at their desk drinking too many diet sodas because it is the only option on hand.”

The new BAO website and Facebook page are launching today to support the delivery of BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA to any home or workplace in Greater New York.  The delivery service will cover anywhere in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island, as well as many counties in Upstate New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.  All seven BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA flavors are available and there is the option to buy a mixed case that is only available through the drinkbao.com website.BAO Kombucha Delivery Area

“New technologies make it feasible to execute on business strategies that were previously impossible to consider,” said Mike Brady, co-founder.  “By using affordable e-commerce and social media tools and partnering with a handful of delivery and courier services, we are able to make BAO available online and reach more customers in our local market than we could have solely through traditional distribution channels.”

BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA is made from a combination of organic black and green tea, organic cane sugar, and the kombucha culture consisting of probiotic bacteria and yeast.  Using a specially designed room in their New York City facility, the tea ferments in a warm environment for a period of time until almost all of the sugar has been converted to a slightly sparkling, refreshing drink containing vitamins, probiotics, enzymes, minerals and healthy organic acids.

Go to drinkbao.com for more information on the product line, the growing number of retail locations across the New York metropolitan area, local delivery details, and company background.  To schedule a desk-side tasting and/or book an interview please write kimj@drinkbao.com. 

Find Bad Ass Organics on Facebook and Twitter – join the community today and share what you think of BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA!

About Bad Ass Organics, LLC

Bad Ass Organics (BAO) was created by two passionate New Yorkers who combined their expertise in organic foods and entrepreneurism to get great tasting and healthy products into their community.  The beverage aisle in any supermarket or deli is filled with sugary sodas and teas that add calories to our diet without any nutritional benefits. By using the benefits of natural fermentation, BAO instills all their beverages with probiotics (living bacteria) in low calorie, nutritious drinks.  The word bao in Chinese means “precious treasure”, which is delivered in each batch of handcrafted BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA.  BAO is also an acronym for the company name, Bad Ass Organics, which is a salute to everyone with the bad ass attitude to reject the constant barrage of unhealthy food and drinks and commit to living a healthy lifestyle.

 BAO is a trademark of Bad Ass Organics, LLC.


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Innovative Beverage Company getting delicious, low calorie, nutritious beverages into the hands of New Yorkers as a positive step in the fight against obesity

 

NEW YORK, NY, DECEMBER 7, 2010 – Bad Ass Organics, New York City’s local manufacturer of kombucha and organic drinks, today announced it is extending  its line of nutritious kombucha beverages to include four new flavors: Super Green, Mango, Grape and Spice (www.drinkbao.com).   BAO (rhymes with wow) FRESH KOMBUCHA has seen tremendous growth since launching in April 2010 as the first licensed kombucha brewer in New York State.  Using a 100% natural fermentation, BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA is a slightly effervescent, low-sugar beverage filled with probiotics that provides a healthy energy boost with a unique-tasting tart flavor profile. 

 

Different cultures have been drinking kombucha for thousands of years, but its popularity in the U.S. has recently exploded as more people recognize the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle.   “Providing people with healthier drink alternatives is essential to reversing the obesity trend in America.  The beverage business is a $50 billion industry with only a few companies truly mindful of the well-being of the community they serve,” said Mike Brady co-founder of Bad Ass Organics. “We have a triple bottom line at BAO that focuses on profits, people and planet, and our mission is to do good for people while making people feel good.”

 

“Fermented foods offer a goldmine of nutritional benefits, and the food and beverage industry needs to do a better job educating and informing people about them,” said Mike Schwartz co-founder and instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education.  “One of our newest flavors, Super Green, includes spirulina, which is a rich source of potassium as well as B1, B4 and vitamins A through D, and provides an incredible combination of nutrients when added to our kombucha.”

  

A typical soda or tea will have 140 calories in an eight ounce serving, resulting in many Americans getting more than 25% of their suggested caloric intake per day from drinks offering zero nutritional value.   BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA has under 40 calories per eight ounce serving, tastes great and provides functional benefits that aid in digestion, serving as a meaningful complement to any healthy diet. 

 

Moreover, BAO, with its manufacturing facility located in New York City, is filling a demand for local products that contribute positively to the community.  A recent Zagat survey found that 68% of participants thought it was important for the food they eat to be locally sourced, organic and sustainably produced.

 

Listed below are some interesting BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA Facts:

Kombucha is thought to have been first created over 2,500 years ago.

Kombucha is made from black or green tea and naturally fermenting cultures, called probiotics.  Probiotics, when taken regularly, have been known to have a multitude of health benefits such as improvement of the digestive system.

BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA is at the center of the biggest 2011 food trends as consumers focus on nutritious, locally made, and organic products that can be part of a healthy diet.

40% of Americans have gastrointestinal problems that can be improved with probiotics found in kombucha.  Digestive health is a top wellness issue for the food and beverage industry, with emphasis on probiotics, prebiotics, and fiber.

Americans consume more carbonated soft-drinks than any other country in the world and soft drinks are 55% of total beverage volume sold (i.e. 1 of every 2 drinks).  Fermentation causes kombucha to be naturally effervescent, which is a healthy alternative to any artificially carbonated soft-drink.

BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA is made fresh in Long Island City and delivered daily to leading grocers and restaurants in New York and surrounding areas (suggested retail price $3.49). 

 

Go to www.drinkbao.com for more information on the product line, the growing number of retail locations across the city, company founders and product details.  To schedule a desk-side tasting and/or book an interview please write kimj@drinkbao.com.  Find Bad Ass Organics on Facebook and Twitter at DrinkBAO– join the community today and share what you think of BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA!

 

About Bad Ass Organics, LLC

Bad Ass Organics (BAO) was created by two passionate New Yorkers who combined their expertise in organic foods and entrepreneurism to get great tasting and healthy products into their community.  The beverage aisle in any supermarket or deli is filled with sugary sodas and teas that add calories to our diet without any nutritional benefits. By using the benefits of natural fermentation, BAO instills all their beverages with probiotics (living bacteria) in low calorie, nutritious drinks.  The word bao in Chinese means “precious treasure”, which is delivered in each batch of handcrafted BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA.  BAO is also an acronym for the company name, Bad Ass Organics, which is a salute to everyone with the bad ass attitude to reject the constant barrage of unhealthy food and drinks and commit to living a healthy lifestyle.

 

BAO is a trademark of Bad Ass Organics, LLC.

 

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