CHICAGO, Sept. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Yishi Foods, a Chicago-based maker of Asian-inspired oatmeals, announced it has expanded distribution to all U.S. Whole Foods Markets locations, totaling over 500 stores.
Founded by Chinese immigrant Lin Jiang in 2019, Yishi is inspired by the childhood memories of her mother’s homemade breakfast porridge. After moving to the U.S. and noticing a lack of crave-worthy oatmeal options, Jiang began making her own hot cereal based on her mother’s recipes to bring Asian flavors to the American breakfast sector. She is now blazing a trail with the first Asian-inspired oatmeal brand to be available in the breakfast category nationwide, breaking out of the ethnic aisle and bringing Asian flavors into the mainstream.
“More than ever, shoppers are increasingly demanding breakfast cereals in innovative and delicious flavors that provide a multitude of functional benefits,” says Lin Jiang, CEO and Founder of Yishi Foods. “We’re thrilled to expand the availability of our nourishing products to Whole Foods Market across the country, continuing to capitalize on our phenomenal growth momentum and market traction. We’ll continue satisfying our loyal fans with second-to-none delicacies.”
Made with culturally relevant flavors, ancient ingredients like matcha and taro, and zero added sugar, Yishi’s oatmeal functions as a fun, yet nutritious alternative to the monotonous assortment of products typically lining the breakfast aisle — perfect for busy, on-the-go consumers looking for quick nourishment or back-to-school snacks. These oatmeals come together easily whether you mix them with hot water, refrigerate them for refreshing overnight oats, or simply microwave them. They are available in three mouthwatering flavors in Whole Foods Markets and other reputable retailers across the country, including Mom’s Organic, Central Market, Bristol Farms, and Gelson’s, as well as five total flavors online. All varieties are USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, and Vegan.
Now available in Whole Foods Market:
- Taro Bubble Tea — A satisfying blend of ingredients including taro, black tea, blueberry and chia to replicate the taste of the trendy namesake beverage
- Matcha Latte — As nice a treat as a cafe drink, it’s made with nourishing ingredients such as matcha, flaxseed, and dairy-free coconut milk
- Toasted Black Sesame — Nutty and hearty toasted black sesame with chia seeds, walnuts, and flaxseed – Yishi’s original flavor inspired by Lin’s mother’s recipe
Expansion has been impressive for a company that has just officially launched over a year ago: Yishi has sold over 250,000 servings of oatmeal, and will become available in more than 1000 retail stores by the end of this month. Yishi has received high praise from publications such as Forbes, New York Magazine, and Bon Appetit, and won industry accolades such as the NEXTY award for “Best New Pantry Food” at Expo East and two KeHE OnTrend awards in a row.