||2323 Borden Ave
||Long Island City, NY, 11101 USA
||Michael Schwartz, Owner
BAO is dedicated to doing good for people while making people feel good. BAO (rhymes with wow) has seen tremendous growth since launching in April 2010 as the first licensed kombucha brewer in New York State.
We got our start in a small facility in Hell's Kitchen and expanded to Queens (Long Island City to be specific) in 2011. It is our mission to create a company that contributes to the community through not only the creation of healthy and nutritious products, but also by giving people jobs, purchasing local goods and supporting local retailers with affordable prices so they can continue to profitably provide healthy, organic and local products to our neighbors.
We are often asked what BAO stands for. In Chinese, BAO means “precious treasure” which is what we strive to deliver with each batch of our kombucha. BAO is also acronym for our company name, Bad Ass Organics (with a name like Bad Ass Organics, of course we got our start in Hell's Kitchen) . We salute everyone with the bad ass attitude to commit to living a healthy life (a.k.a., a bad ass) and reject the constant barrage of advertisements promoting the sweet tasting food and drinks that are horrible for ourselves and our families.
The bad ass carves his or her own path. He/she wears, drives, drinks, watches, and listens to what he/she chooses, when he/she chooses, where he/she chooses, uninfluenced by fads or advertising campaigns. Bad ass style is understated, but instantly recognizable: simple, direct, and functional. Be a bad ass. Drink kombucha.
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BAO Food and Drink produces certified organic fermented food and beverages. By using the 7000 year old art of fermentation, we instill all our products with probiotics (living bacteria) proven to aid in digestion. Probiotic means “for life” and that’s what we give our beverages and our customers.
BAO is the owner of The Organic Food Incubator, offering manufacturing solutions for small local food manufacturers. These include manufacturing space, consulting and co-packing services. It is the permanent home to 18 resident small food businesses and 35 ‘daily use’ micro businesses and co-packing clients.