First Black Owned Instant Noodles Brand

Ex-Convict Ron Freeman Launches First Black-Owned Instant  Noodles Brand

   While in prison, Ron Freeman learned that most prisoners love to eat ramen noodles and even use it as a currency. So upon his release, Ron decided to launch a company called Mama Pat’s Foods and is now known as the first Black-owned instant noodle brand.

   Ron's primary focus was creating a ramen brand that is a lot healthier than what his competitors sell. Ramen is typically high in sodium, and eating too much of it has been linked to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and hypertension.

   So, Ron decided to create an instant ramen product that would be a low-sodium and salt-free alternative, and it has been a huge success!!! To ensure that the packets taste is superb, he uses a secret recipe combination of spices. The available flavors (Lamb Stew, Chicken Fajita, Seafood Gumbo, and Chicken Taco) create a variety of desirable options.

  In 1996, Ron was sentenced to three years in Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego for possession of a controlled substance. While there, he worked as a prison cook and says he noticed that most inmates would eat three or four packs of ramen noodles a day.

   He also saw that ramen has become more popular than cigarettes as the most popular form of currency in prisons. So, he decided that when he was released from prison, he would launch his own ramen brand.

   It took him a few years to get if off the ground, but in 2009, he was finally able to launch the company. And guess who Ron's first clients were? You guessed it - prisons! In fact, to date, he is the distributor to several commissaries licensed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and privatized jails. It's about time black people are able to profit from the prison system that hunts black people for profit.

   Ron is changed man in many ways. Now 54-years old, he has no trouble with the law, and is committed entrepreneur and chef that is focused on taking his food products to the next level.

   Based in Los Angeles, California, his company supplies instant ramen noodles to various parts of the United States and also internationally to Canada and several African nations.

   As a way of giving back to the company, he prioritizes hiring ex-felons who struggle to find jobs after being released from prison. Ron says he is very thankful for the second chance that he was given, and believes that other ex-felons deserve a second chance as well.

   For more details about his company, Mama Pat's Foods, visit his official web site at

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