Our Story

Meet the Makers

 

Meet Matthew & Gretchen - the founders of Münki Food Company.

Münki - the plant-based snack food company is here to kick off a Tastebud Evolution! What does that mean? It means bringing innovative, globally-inspired flavors to our customers - all delivered with a "cheeky monkey" attitude. 

Based in Asheville, NC, Münki released an exciting new Superfood Granola line in 2019 (vegan, refined sugar & gluten free) that compliments the original Trailmix gang that started it all in 2015. What's next you ask? Gretchen (the chef) & Matthew (the greedy taste tester) can always be found in the kitchen experimenting with fresh ideas and are already working on the next snack that will evolve your tastebuds. 

How it all started - Our story really starts when Gretchen decided to be a lifelong vegetarian at the ripe age of 12. At that age, Matthew was only thinking about skateboards and BMX'ing ... but Gretchen (little did she know) was already crafting food choices that would later inspire her to make the Münki creations we know today.

Now, it must be said at this point, they are from different countries. Gretchen was growing up in Orlando, FL while Matthew was causing trouble in South London, England - but like all good love stories - it soon came time for a Limey & Yank to become inseparable. Matthew moved to The States (at the ripe age of 21) and they met at Wet 'N Wild water park where they worked as life guards in that hot summer of '94.  

Let's speed through their 20s & 30s (when they got their shit together) and finally took a leap of faith and started Münki. Here's a quick rundown of what happened at that time: Gretchen had a decade or so of learning the good, the bad and the ugly of an Englishman's tastebuds... and how she had to evolve them! Never satisfied with the snacks he could get over here, she started experimenting until the bloody Brit was satisfied... and 2 cheeky monkeys created Münki.

Münki is an extension of what they love in life - good food, music, animals, art, travel, global culture & just plain fun. They say… do what you like. Well, we love what we do and we hope it shows.

Now get out there and Evolve Your Tastebuds™

Fancy a nibble for a good cause? A portion of the proceeds from every bag sold goes to the Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville (a cause close to our hearts), so grab a bag & help a life.