Bella Sun Luci Wins Tasty Award for Plant-Based Tomato Jerky; Mary Mooney Discusses
CHICO, CA - Bella Sun Luci recently brought home a coveted recognition from the TASTY AWARDS. Its Plant-Based Tomato Jerky: Teriyaki & Cracked Pepper was named the Top Artisan Plant-Based/Vegan Jerky of the year.
“Receiving yet another award for our Plant-Based Tomato Jerky in one year alone since launching has been exciting for not only the Mooney Family but our entire team!” said Mary Mooney, Owner of Mooney Farms. “We have worked very hard to bring consumers this plant-based snack in order to make snacking more inclusive for everyone, regardless of unique health restrictions. We look forward to introducing new flavors with possible collaborations in the near future.”
According to the release, Bella Sun Luci’s plant-based snack went up against jerkies from around the world in the tasting competition but was able to snag the Gold award in the International Artisan Plant-Based Jerky of 2021 category. The company noted that this award is an honor to receive for a small, women-owned business that focuses on producing a health-minded snack made from California-grown tomatoes.
This plant-based innovation is made through a time-intensive, three-step process that starts with whole halves of tomatoes that are dried in the California sun. Then, the tomatoes go through a proprietary flavor infusion process that mirrors the marinating stage in traditional meat-based jerkies before heading off to its final drying process. This results in a hand-crafted premium snack that boasts incredible texture and a deep, rich flavor.
While all products are plant-based, each variety is created differently. Bella Sun Luci notes it prides itself on using only premium ingredients to achieve the best flavor. And with the increase of plant-based diets, the Tomato Jerky couldn’t have chosen a more perfect time to come out on top with this award.
The brand will be showcasing its award-winning snack at the 2021 NACS Expo on October 6–8 in Chicago, Illinois, at booth #7788. Currently, Bella Sun Luci products are available at grocery retailers nationwide and internationally, including Costco, Safeway, Walmart, Albertsons, SUPERVALU, and online through Amazon.
Congratulations on this amazing win!