Join us as we go beyond the label with food brands that we love at Martie. Today we chat with David Habib, Forbes 30 under 30 (Food & Drink) and Founder/CEO of Yo Mama’s. Inspired by...you guessed it, Mom...Yo Mama's is the food company that strives to bring everyone back to their roots through healthy and delicious pasta sauces, salad dressings, and condiments. Yum.
Grab your pasta sauces and condiments from Martie, here, and read on!
Martie: What’s the mission behind Yo Mama’s?
David: Our company is on a mission to bring the world back to the table through healthy and delicious foods. If it’s not an ingredient your mom has in her kitchen, it doesn’t go into our products - no gums, fillers, or preservatives. Since our start on Mother’s Day 2017 in Clearwater, Florida - we have grown to over 17,000 retail stores nationwide and a #1 best seller on Amazon for 5 years in a row.
David T. Habib, Founder and CEO of Yo Mama's
Martie: And we gotta know…tell us about the name, Yo Mama’s!
David: My mom and grandma are the main inspiration behind the brand. Growing up, they brought loved ones around the table through healthy and delicious foods which is exactly what we do today! They crafted fresh sauces and dressings without using any preservatives, gums, or fillers. This philosophy is important as it's the main root of our brand - if an ingredient isn't commonly found in Mom's kitchen, it won't go into our sauces!
Martie: Can we peep beyond the label and learn more about the food, and how it’s made?
David: Our motto at Yo Mama’s Foods is to only use ingredients your own mother would have in her kitchen. No preservatives or artificial ingredients. We source fresh ingredients from all over the US and use California grown tomatoes in our pasta sauces. Our customers love the fresh taste, fresh ingredients, and the lower sodium + no sugar added in our products. These time saving fundamentals allow families to eat healthier and cleaner, without having to spend a lot of time making delicious sauces and dressings.
Martie: What’s the best way to enjoy Yo Mama’s products?
David: For me, it's the Yo Mama's Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce, in one of my favorite recipes...Baked Ravioli. Recipe below:
- 1 jar Yo Mama’s Roasted Garlic Sauce
- 3 cups fresh ravioli (your choice of flavor)
- 2 cups shredded Italian Cheese
- ½ cup sliced mushrooms
- 2 cups fresh arugula
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp black pepper
- In an 11” x 7” baking dish, pour in ½ a jar of Yo Mama’s Roasted Garlic Sauce
- Organize half the ravioli over the sauce and sprinkle 1.5 cups shredded Italian cheese on top
- Top the cheese with sliced mushrooms, arugula and the remaining Yo Mama’s Roasted Garlic Sauce
- Place the remaining ravioli over the sauce
- Top with the remaining shredded Italian cheese and shredded cheddar cheese
- Garnish with black pepper
- Place in a preheated oven and bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly golden
- Out of the oven, let cool for 10 minutes
For more recipes from Yo Mama's, visit the Yo Mama's website, here.
Martie: What has been your biggest “aha” moment when building Yo Mama’s?
David: Customers are looking for better and healthier options that taste good and save time! It’s not enough to create natural foods. They have to taste good and save customers time. In today’s busy world, not everyone has 8 hours to cook a great sauce from scratch. That is where we come in!
Martie: What’s in the pipeline next for Yo Mama’s?
David: We are working on launching 2 new categories this year - stay tuned!
Martie: How did Yo Mama’s end up on Martie?
David: A Martie buyer reached out and explained Martie’s mission and we found great alignment with our company and mission.
Martie: Why is working with Martie important to Yo Mama’s?
David: Reducing food waste and giving all people access to healthy and delicious foods is why we are in business!
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