Black-owned grocery store NoPigNeva (“no pig nevah”) just launched with the mission of providing customers with hard-to-find vegan groceries. The Boston-based business was created by Stephania Bernard—who went vegan five years ago after learning about the inherrent animal cruelty of factory farming—and David Hue, who followed shortly thereafter for health reasons. NoPigNeva gathers vegan products from companies big and small from across the country in one place and offers nationwide shipping.
The store’s large selection of vegan goods are grouped in easy-to-navigate categories such as dairy, meat, candy, snacks, and pantry. NoPigNeva’s selection features unique finds such as vegan lobster made by May Wah (pictured); corned beef by Honest Pastures; and Baby Blue, an artisan cashew-based cheese made by Wendy’s Nutty Cheese. The store also offers staples such as JUST Egg (in pourable and folded formats), Miyoko’s Creamery cheeses, Impossible Burgers, and Abe’s Muffins, along with many more.
Making vegan food a priority
“The inspiration for NoPigNeva came from my frustration with the limited vegan options from my local grocery store. The pandemic really highlighted the fact that vegan options were not a priority to the big boys [grocery chains], so I decided to create a place where delicious, vegan food is the priority,” Bernard told VegNews. “Some of my favorite vegan foods are from small vegan companies who, for whatever reason, are not carried by all of the giant chains. I want to highlight those brands, not only because they’re delicious but also to support small businesses.”
NoPigNeva offers two membership programs: a $9.99 Monthly Explorer (which gives customers a 10-percent discount on groceries) and a $99.99 Annual Blockbuster Membership (which offers a savings of $20 compared to the month-to-month membership, a 10-percent discount on all orders, a tote bag, and exclusive updates on new products).