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Husband and wife team Fred and Perteet Spencer co-founded AYO Foods in 2019 to bring West African meals, ingredients, and flavors to the West. Fred Spencer is a Chicago native with over 20 years of entrepreneur, finance, and strategy experience for companies such as Best Buy, Sleep Number, and Ameriprise Financial. He holds a B.A. in Finance and Accounting from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management. Perteet Spencer, a first-generation Liberian American who learned to cook West African food from her father, has over 15 years of experience leading and developing high performance sales and marketing teams, including senior marketing positions at leading food companies General Mills, TreeHouse Foods, and SPINS. She holds a B.S. in Marketing and Information Systems from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management. 

Perteet Spencer and Fred Spencer

Perteet and Fred Spencer

AYO Foods celebrates the ingredients and flavors of the West African diaspora by bringing an inspired frozen food product line and shelf stable foods to everyone's grocery aisle. The Chicago-based company specializes in a range of ready-to-serve packed meals, shelf-stable sauces, and cuisines that feature authentic, traditional West African flavors and ingredients.



  • Founded in 2019


  • Inc. “Best in Business” for Food & Beverage category (2022)  

  • Nexty Award winner for “Best New Frozen Product” (2020) 

  • Products currently in 5000+ retail locations across the US including Whole Foods, Target, Kroger, Costco, and Sprouts  

  • Investors include Black Star Fund, Cleveland Avenue Supply Change Capital 

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