A brief history.
Andy and Rachel Berliner are the founders of Amy’s Kitchen. Here they recount a quick history of how Amy’s came to be and where it is now.
We didn’t set out to become the leading natural frozen food brand in the USA, or ever expect to be an international company. All we wanted to do was create a business that would allow us to earn a living by providing convenient and tasty natural vegetarian meals for people like ourselves, who appreciated good food, but were often too busy to cook "from scratch."
We started on a "shoestring," using our own house and ranch in California, USA, as headquarters. The founding meetings were held in the same room where we were married and where our daughter Amy was born.
This was in 1987, before the idea of organic, natural, and healthy food had become well known, and when there were very few frozen meals available for vegetarians to eat, either in health food stores or supermarkets. We were, however, very fortunate in being in the right place at the right time. The number of vegetarians had increased dramatically, as had consumer awareness of the harmful effects on their health and the environment of chemicals in the food supply.
Our first product, a vegetable pot pie, was an instant success.
Other products followed in rapid succession, and we made the amazing discovery that they were being eaten not only by vegetarians and those interested in natural foods, but by millions of people looking for easy to prepare meals that really tasted good.
Since then Amy’s Kitchen has created over 200 frozen meals and ambient products, including pizzas, pocket sandwiches, pot pies, entrées, snacks and whole meals. We also began producing a gluten free line for those with gluten intolerances, and expanding our vegan options. In 1999, we introduced a grocery line that now includes canned soups, beans and chili as well as jarred pasta sauces and salsas. These products are now available all over the United States in every grocery store and health food shop.
Although we have considerably expanded our production facilities and the number of people we employ, we have remained a family owned and operated business, sensitive to the needs of our consumers.