Jyoti Natural Foods is a food processing company manufacturing Indian foods and is based in Pennsylvania in the U.S. All the products of the company are gluten and preservative free. It sells simmer sauces, traditional spices and condiments, and heat and serve food products.
Jyoti Natural Foods was founded by Jyoti Gupta in 1979. It was started as a mail order business aimed at providing authentic foods to a growing Indian population in the United States. Her products became very popular within a short period of time. Having a degree as a dietitian, Jyoti wanted a way to use her education, but also stay home to take care of her two children. Talking it over with her husband, Vijai, they decided to start a home-based food business. Seeing a lack of authentic Indian-based foods available, they outsourced canning of dishes based on Jyoti’s Indian recipes. In addition to providing a taste of their native India, Jyoti also wanted her products to be highly nutritious, low in fat and sodium. Although the company targeted the Indian community at first, interest in Indian cuisine pushed the company to begin distributing its products to retail stores like Marshall Fields, Whole Foods and Jamail’s stores around the U.S.
Over the years, the company held its own, but the business didn’t really take off until 1997, after they built their own factory and canning facility. With their own facility they had more direct control over the production of the food processing, rather than having to outsource production. As their products gained in popularity, Jyoti Natural Foods expanded its business and started distributing its products to major supermarkets, natural food stores, ethnic stores and specialty food stores. The company also continues to sell its products over the Internet. It also has become a major distributor of vegetarian meals to several airlines, such as British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airlines, Continental Airways, Air France, Delta Airways and United Airlines.
JYOTI products are all packaged in recyclable cans or shelf-stable foil pouches. Many are now dairy-free and halal certified. They also have recently begun offering chicken dishes to their lineup of traditionally Indian vegetarian dishes. They also added Indian condiments, spices, and serving accessories to its product line. In 2010, Jyoti Natural Foods celebrated its 30th anniversary in the food industry.
Company Headquarters: 300 Elmwood Avenue, Sharon Hill, PA, USA
Annual revenue: $20 to $50 million
No of employees: 20 to 49
Demography: Natural and Organic