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Exploring Life & Business with Reggie Kelly of KYVAN Foods

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reggie Kelly.

KYVAN Foods is a line of specialty products created by Former NFL Player Reggie Kelly. We have products that can cater to your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs. Products such as Honey Apple Salsa, Honey Apple Butter, Various Wing Sauces, Salad Dressing, Jambalaya Sauce and Seasonings. Our products are unique, full of flavor and made with LOVE. “One taste and you will appreciate the Goodness!”

Reggie ‘took to heart’ his family’s advice, especially when He and his wife Sheila held football camps in their hometown of Aberdeen, MS. The football camps were designed to reward the kids who have excelled academically in the classroom. He also invited fellow NFL stars & coaches to volunteer and make the events special for the kids. True to form, after the camps, Reggie’s family cooked for the volunteers and they raved about the flavor and goodness of the meals. “Their responses were overwhelming and brought a smile to my face when they expressed their enjoyment of the meals and the difficulty of finding flavorful meals like these anywhere else,” said Reggie. Those compliments started the ‘wheels to churn’ in my mind and a light bulb flashed, prompting my wife and I to ‘come up’ with a great idea… a Soul Food Line!” KYVAN is a combination of my two kids’ names.

“It’s my goal to pass down to my kids (Kyla & Kavan) and to everyone the gift passed down to me. An Appreciation Of Good Food.”

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a smooth road because we centered ourselves our some great mentors to teach us the game. The biggest challenge, if we had to say so, would be brand awareness. Getting the consumer to know the brand, taste it and usually once they taste, they are sold and we have long-term fans.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
KYVAN Foods is a line of specialty products created by Former NFL Player Reggie Kelly. We have products that can cater to your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs. Products such as Honey Apple Salsa, Honey Apple Butter, Various Wing Sauces, Jambalaya Sauce, Salad Dressing and Seasonings. Our products are unique, full of flavor and made with LOVE. “One taste and you will appreciate the Goodness!”

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
In the next 5-10 years, our desire is for KYVAN Foods to be a household name. Where our products can be found on every retail shelf and therefore it will be easy for our products to be included in everyone’s meal.

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