Our Story

Our Story


The road all the way from there to here

Upton’s Naturals is an independently owned natural foods company with a focus on meat alternatives and vegan values since opening in 2006. Dedicated to simplicity and the use of real, recognizable ingredients, the Upton’s team takes foods that have been around for thousands of years and offers them to consumers worldwide. The company’s founder Daniel Staackmann pioneered flavored, wheat-based seitan and has now launched the first-to-market seasoned and ready-to-eat jackfruit in the United States.


"Upton's is part of a larger boom that's reshaping the $50 billion U.S. meat and poultry market. After decades on the fringes of foodie culture, plant-based proteins are pushing into the…

Crain's Chicago Business

"We used to label the package 'vegetarian/vegan' because we were afraid that not many people knew what the word 'vegan' meant."


"Upton’s Breakroom was opened in 2013 as an opportunity to interact with customers, neighbors, and fans of the brand outside of the grocery store shelf. Upton’s Breakroom has also created an…

Voyage Chicago

Are you in Chicago? Come visit us anytime at our factory cafe, Upton's Breakroom, where we serve delicious vegan meals to our community daily!

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We are always working on growing and expanding.

Who knows what we'll think of next!