This Black-Owned Vegan Grocery Chain to Open Stores in Every Major City By 2024

Black-owned vegan restaurant

Vegan Fine Foods, a Black-owned all-vegan grocery store based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is planning to open locations in every major city across the United States by 2024. The expansion will happen by rapidly opening both franchises and company-owned locations.

"I spent years living in food deserts with little to no accessibility to nutrient-dense foods and I see how damaging that can be for underserved communities," Vegan Fine Brands founder Steven Smith told VegNews.

That is what urged Smith to launch his vegan company in 2016 after leaving his engineering career at Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo. He aims to provide a one-stop shopping experience for vegan and plant-based products.

In 2019, Vegan Fine Foods underwent developments since they raised more than $1.4 million to purchase more equipment, implement a new point-of-sale and inventory management system, hire key staff, and create an e-commerce platform, which has yet been launched.

Now, Vegan Fine Brands, Inc. is comprised of a Vegan Fine Foods store, Vegan Fine Body product line, and Vegan Fine Cafe. It is currently hosting an equity crowdfunding raise on StartEngine, which has so far raised over $180,000.

"I'm competitive and driven and my extensive business background has given me the tools and connections to see this through. My commitment to increasing access to quality plant-based products for everyone deepens my conviction."

For more information about Vegan Fine Foods, visit

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