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

"Jackfruit is just the latest breakthrough product from Upton’s Naturals. Based in Chicago, Upton’s Naturals is an independently-owned natural foods company that focuses on meat alternatives and…

Aabaco Small Business

“We use young, green, unripe jackfruit,” says Upton’s co-founder and vice president Nicole Sopko, “that hasn’t developed sweetness or seeds. People say its cooked texture is like that of shredded…

The Washington Post

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!