Our Story: Jeff was just a hungry teenager in the 1970’s when he realized his favorite on-the-go snack had the potential to be so much better. That summer, he bought a dehydrator from the county fair and he was fascinated with the process of how the flavors intensified by using flavorful marinades during the dehydration process. Over the years he spent thousands of hours experimenting with recipes, intent on making beef jerky the way that he envisioned it could be… intensely full of flavor, soft and tender with the taste and texture of a fine steak but without the chemical preservatives. Jeff’s relentless quest for culinary flavor perfection kept him researching different cultural influences and refining and innovating new fusion recipes for more than three decades before he ever offered his jerky for sale to the public in 2010. Soon people from all over the world were enjoying jerky perfection and the Jeff’s Famous legacy continues today.
The Jeff’s Famous brand is a nationally registered trademark, privately owned by Jeff’s Famous Foods, Inc. “We are proud to say that we have sold over one million bags of Jeff’s Famous beef jerky … and our brand has seriously arrived.” says CEO, Jeff Richards. “We continue to grow by leaps and bounds as we expand the Jeff’s Famous brand through many growing channels of distribution. In 2013, we were one of the first to bring high quality gourmet bacon jerky to the marketplace. The competition has tried to replicate our product, but there is only one original. We are proud to offer mouth-watering, delicious, innovative flavors of jerky and provide the best service in the industry.”
Founder | President | CEO
A career that spans over 30 years of corporate management, business development and consulting experience in a variety of industries including more than 20 years in the food service industry. As the founder and co-founder of several businesses, Jeff has extensive experience in business start-ups, business development, corporate training, product development, strategic planning and innovative advanced techniques for rapid business success.
Jeff Insists on Being Accessible. “We have to keep open communication and listen to our customers… it is the only way that we can keep growing, by serving them well.”
Jeff’s Philosophy Regarding Competition: “We don’t worry about the competition, because we only compete with ourselves, always striving for new levels of excellence and integrity in every facet of our business, relentlessly every year.”
Jeff lives in the pristine, four-season, mountain community of Big Bear Lake, California with his loving vibrant wife, energetic toddler son and two spoiled cats. He enjoys cooking and great food and quality time with family.
Award Winning Gourmet Beef Jerky …Over One Million Bags Sold
The best beef jerky is in the details and we take the quality and taste of our beef jerky extremely seriously. That starts with a superior cut of American beef that is tender and full of flavor. We use the best ingredients and fine-tune our own marinades and recipes over and over until they reach culinary perfection. Many of the recipes were refined for three decades before we ever produced them commercially and even then it took two years to fine-tune our commercial process so that we could really deliver extraordinary flavor and quality to our customers. Some of our competitors may be satisfied with using shortcuts and standard ingredients, but that is no way to make a superior product. Every aspect of our quality goes beyond expectation to produce a mouth-watering, tender, superior, bold-flavored gourmet jerky that our customers love.
And did we mention GOURMET BACON?… Five years in development; there are no short cuts in creating the best for every customer! We are fortunate and humbled to have received many awards and much recognition for excellence in quality and taste. Watch the video clip below if you want to witness our crowning of “Best Beef Jerky in America, 1st Place Winner” for our signature Black Pepper & Sea Salt flavor, from a 6 week, 64 brand, elimination-style beef jerky competition, but otherwise just grab a bag and try it for yourself! Get some from our website or use the Store Finder on our homepage to locate a retailer that carries our brand.
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