Clean, Delicious, AffordableOur founder, John, struggled with chronic hypertension and metabolic syndrome for 20 years. It seemed no matter what he tried, these illnesses would persist.
He reached out to a nutrition enthusiast friend that suggested he alter his diet. John started to clean up his diet and, for the first time in 20 years, he started to see a change in his blood pressure and lost 20+ pounds!
To do so, he had to start cooking all of his food, even making tortillas from scratch! He knew he couldn't be the only one on a journey to better health and wellness (nor the only one making food from scratch to eat clean)...
So, on June 28, 2017, Heritage Foods launched in Laramie, WY with a mission to provide clean, delicious, affordable food to the community and nurture a lifestyle of clean eating that fits into your unique schedule.
Since then, the company has grown to service Cheyenne and Northern Colorado and continues to grow while keeping our mission close to our hearts and infused into the food.
John Pope, Founder, President, CEO
Hometown: Bourbon, MissouriFor more than a decade, John has been a noteworthy leader in the entrepreneurial space. You may know him from one of the 11 companies he has worked for and built, but he can also be credited with his work at the University of Wyoming and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. A 3-time Inc 500|5000 awardee, E-Export Award (President Obama), and Business Person of the Year (Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce), John has been bringing a wealth of knowledge and innovation to Heritage Foods since its inception. He has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and a B.S. in Physics and enjoys skiing, rugby, music, shamanism, surfing, travel, food, intentional communities, and Burning Man. John likes Heritage Foods because it addresses the root cause (inflammatory nutrition) of many chronic physical and mental diseases in society with delicious, affordable food. You can find him at his desk or kitchen table eating biscuits & gravy, cheese crackers, or Italian chicken.
Skyler Joy, Operations Manager
Hometown: Laramie, WY
Skyler has been bringing his expertise in business management to Heritage Foods since early 2021. With a B.S. in Business Management and a previous Director of Operations, he's a master of logistics. In other words, he makes sure the wheel doesn't squeak. He likes Heritage Foods because it provides an opportunity for people to eat a clean version of foods they love while being affordable and convenient. When not working, you can catch him playing golf, and softball, watching UW sports, travelings, hanging out with his wife and 1-year-old, and eating Heritage Foods chocolate chip cookies, double chocolate brownies, or Mediterranean quiches.
Sarah D'Antoni, Community and Social Media Manager
Hometown: Hillsdale, NJ
Sarah joined Heritage Foods in early 2022 bringing a range of skills from her B.A. in Psychology and MsC. in Intercultural Psychology, her work as an English teacher abroad, a project manager & researcher, a VP of events, a private retreat chef, and a somatic psychotherapist. She was a Fulbright Scholar and is an RPCV (returned Peace Corps volunteer). When she is not managing the Heritage Foods community and socials she enjoys dancing, hiking, playing with animals, traveling, making food (baking), swimming, studying shamanism & plant medicine, foraging for herbs, women's circles, hosting events & festivals with friends, practicing earth conservation, and supporting indigenous rights. When asked what she likes about Heritage Foods she says, "The food helps you feel good. There's no crash, no sluggishness, and no need for after-food naps. My body feels happy eating this way." You can find her eating chimichurri steak, portobello mushroom quiches, chocolate coconut bombs, and coconut tarts.
Emma Cowdery, Finance
Hometown: Visalia, CA
Emma is an experienced finance manager and business administrator bringing her expertise as a financial counselor at Ivinson Memorial Hospital to Heritage Foods since August 2022. Though, what she takes the most pride in are her three children and her husband. When she's not running numbers and picking up phones, she is a true 'sports mom' enjoying taking her girls to cheer competitions and her son to soccer games.
Sean Seaton, Production Manager
Hometown: Laramie, WY
Sean joined Heritage Foods in 2021 as a production manager, bringing with him decades of experience in the kitchen. He has apprenticed under Chef Jake Bendrick, worked as an executive chef and an assistant general manager, and has published recipes in Wyoming Magazine. His passion for Heritage Foods is in the science-based, taste-tested approach, and loves the double chocolate brownies, all of the cookies, and cheesecakes. When he's not running production, he enjoys spending time playing guitar and hanging out with his two teenagers.