Tempe is known as a city with great taste. From pink champagne jelly to fresh Sonoran honey, from Szechuan orange spice pasta to ghost pepper salsa, Tempe is a place where local, organic and healthy food purveyors can succeed.
Arizona Cheese Company
Arizona Cheese Company processes up to 500,000 pounds of milk per day. With its opening in 2009, Arizona has become second only to Wisconsin in the total number of pounds produced of Blue-veined cheeses and is now the largest producer of private-label Blue-veined cheeses in the United States.
Beer and Spirits
Tempe is known for great beer from companies such as Four Peaks and The Shop Beer Co. Check out this list of breweries and distilleries that produce these beverages for local and national audiences.
Jams, jellies, pickles and sauces by a Tempe woman with a PhD in Nursing. The foods are preserved locally with no preservatives or additives, low sugar, low sodium, and low cholesterol in flavors such as Pink Champagne Jelly and Pumpkin Butter.
While primarily known in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area for its delicious restaurants, Chompie's also sells its locally-baked bagels, danishes, muffins and breads to more than 500 resorts, restaurants, grocery stores and caterers.
Coffee Roasters and Independent Shops
Maybe it's because we are a college town, but Tempe has an amazing number of roasters and gourmet shops. Check here for a list.
Cookies from Home
Cookies from Home opened in 1977 baking cookies for Mill Avenue visitors. Soon, customers began ordering gifts for friends, family and business associates near and far. Today, Cookies from Home ships custom baskets around the world.
Founded in 1945, Crockett Honey Co. operates 6,500 beehives in Arizona’s Sonoran desert. The product is 100 percent pure honey.
Handmade, flavored, vegan pastas that are all natural with no cholesterol and are low in sodium and fat. The pasta comes in unique flavors such as Szechuan orange spice, chili cilantro and many others.
From the North African country of Tunisia to a kitchen in Tempe, Doctor Hummus is famous for flavor without preservatives. The company creates 2,000 tubs of six flavors of hummus for groceries stores and operates a local restaurant.
Laura’s Gourmet Granola
Try Laura's trans-fat free, all natural, and artisan-crafted with flavors including Applicious, hot chocolate, pumpkin pecan and more. You'll want it for more than hiking.
Kettle Heroes Gourmet Popcorn
Kettle heroes makes beautifully packaged and delicious gourmet popcorn that you can find in their new factory store and in many stores, such as Sprouts. The popcorn is gluten free, nut free, kosher and best of all, 20 percent of all proceeds go to local charities and causes.
Mission Foods operates one of its major manufacturing plants in Tempe. Mission is among the world’s leading tortilla and salsa makers.
Sting-n-Linger Salsa Company
A variety of salsas, hot sauces, oils and marinara sauces made to produce a lingering sting. Products use fresh chilies, fresh peppers, fresh onions, fresh garlic, and fresh cilantro. No chemicals are used and everything is preserved with lemon juice, lime juice or red wine vinegar.
Originally a packing-house operation during the heyday of the Arizona citrus industry, Sun Orchard’s juice business was created by utilizing one of the principles of sustainability – finding a valuable use for waste. The company had been simply discarding citrus that was not quite attractive enough for grocery store shelves, but the riper fruit made a delicious juice so good that Sun Orchard dropped the packing-house operation to focus on making fresh-squeezed juices.
Tempe Farmers Market
While not a producer of a product, the Tempe Farmers Market sells many of the products listed above. The Tempe Farmers Market is a daily indoor market in downtown Tempe, featuring fresh, organic and locally grown produce; Arizona specialty foods, including bread, dairy, vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free, honey, cheese, hormone-free meats and more.