Our Story

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 food that has 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.

Press

"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

"Now, we love our pulled pork (and all types of BBQ), so we were a bit skeptical.  So, we decided to take Upton's Naturals BBQ flavor to the streets of New York City--and were kind of shocked by…

Fox News

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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Now

We are always working on growing and expanding.

Who knows what we'll think of next!

 

Our Team

Dan
DANIEL STAACKMANN

Owner & President

Daniel is a Chicago-area native and founder of Upton's Naturals. He is a vegan of over 20 years and passionate about sharing vegan food with the world.

Nicole
NICOLE SOPKO

Vice President

Nicole is the Vice President of Upton's Naturals and Owner of Nature Yoga Sanctuary locations in Wicker Park and Oak Park. She is also on the board of the Plant Based Foods Association.

UPTON

The Guy on the Box

Upton is the man in front of the man. He represents us well in stores all over the globe!