Hungry Bird Eats is a company on a mission to produce high-quality, delicious, healthy snack foods for kids and adults. Founded in Brooklyn in 2016 by Tina Diep, a Danish architect, designer and food blogger, Hungry Bird Eats takes inspiration from Scandinavian recipes and a philosophy of using only real ingredients.
Tina began her quest for creating a better snack after learning that her 1-year old son Ike was allergic to nuts and soy. Finding that most snack foods on the market were heavily processed and contained these allergens, she pushed to make her own. Inspired by the traditional Knækbrød (rye crispbread) of her native Denmark, she created an on-the-go snack variation and began sharing her creations with neighbors and friends. The result was the launch of her first Nordic Crisp product, Rye + Sea Salt, an addictive slow-carb baked snack made of organic rye flour, lightly touched with olive oil, and filled with superfood ingredients such as organic chia seeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Soon after, Hungry Bird Eats was launched commercially on the retail and wholesale market, followed by the addition of a second hand-made Nordic Crisp product, Multi-Seeds + Oregano, made entirely with gluten-free ingredients.
Unfortunately, Hungry Bird Eats was forced to halt production in fall 2018, when the Brooklyn food startup incubator and commercial kitchen PilotWorks unexpectedly shutdown due to lack of funding, leaving 175 food startup companies stranded without a workspace for production. Tragically, many of these companies suffered huge losses or closed down entirely.
Despite the challenge, Tina was determined to overcome this obstacle and used the time to reflect on the business and the approach to restarting it. She located a great spot to set up her own commercial kitchen, not far from her new home in New Jersey, nestled in a large historic building with a creative community of talented artists and makers of all types. Hungry Bird Eats commenced production again in January 2020, ready to continue its mission of introducing its tasty hand-made real-food Nordic Crisps to the world!