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Date Established 07/2020
Founder Perteet & Fred Spencer
Headquarters Chicago
Press Contact Emerald-Jane Hunter


Jollof Rice
Jollof Rice $5.99
Cassava Leaf Soup
Cassava Leaf Soup $5.99
Egusi Soup
Egusi Soup $5.99
Puff Puff
Puff Puff $5.99
Chicken Yassa
Chicken Yassa $5.99
Waakye $5.99


Inspired by their Liberian family, husband and wife team, Fred and Perteet Spencer, launched AYO Foods in mid-2020 with the goal of making it easier for people to experience the food of the West African diaspora.  “After making extra trips to get the right ingredients, followed by hours of slow cooking to get just the right layered flavors, we knew there was a better way that would allow people to enjoy this incredible food anywhere, any time.” Perteet said.  

AYO, which means joy in Yoruba, features nutrient-dense, flavor-rich, frozen entrees that are conveniently packaged and easy to prepare. The dishes are a celebration of West African culture and food, which is significantly underrepresented in the US food and grocery landscape. 

Founding Story

In West Africa, Ayo means joy. So it was fitting that when a natural products industry vet and a serial entrepreneur combined their talents it would be a labor of love that inspired lots of joy along the way.

Anyone who knows them will tell you that nothing brings us more joy than sharing a meal with friends and family. So sit down, dig in, and join us as we celebrate the culture, the people, and the food that inspires us.


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