Making a name for oneself in any industry, particularly entertainment, is an impressive accomplishment in of itself. However, it’s often what an individual does once they have achieved notoriety that gives the public a better understanding as to what their interests truly are.
For some celebrities, giving back to the community is of the utmost importance – or at the very least – good for their public persona. Outside of charitable endeavors, there are a number of big named stars who are promoting healthy food products and lifestyle choices. In fact, some celebs have even gone so far as to start (or at least invest in) their very own food product lines.
While some entertainers have created products that focus on health, others have decided to share their own personal family recipes. Many of these famous entrepreneurs have chosen to attach their names to the products. Conversely, other stars have opted to invest in a product that doesn’t bare their name, but even in those cases, they are often very involved with the brand.
All this info might reasonably lead one to ask, what are these products and who are the famous folks behind them?
To answer this question, we have 20 excellent examples of celebrities who have decided to start or financially back some very interesting food products. Many of the items on our list will be immediately recognizable to most. On the other hand, there are also several products that, despite being associated with superstars, aren’t as easy to come by.
20 Jennifer Garner (Once Upon A Farm)
Jennifer Garner is an actress who has been featured in several popular movies and television shows. On the small screen, Garner starred in programs like CIA and Alias. As for her movie career, the Houston native has appeared in such films as Catch Me If You Can, Elektra, and Dallas Buyers Club.
In 2018, Garner co-founded Once Upon a Farm – a company that makes organic baby food. They have products for toddlers and older children as well. The ingredients used are Non-GMO Project Verified and are grown on local California-based farms. The Fairest of Pears and Wild Rumpus Avocado are examples of the many flavors available.
19 Maria Sharapova (Sugarpova)
Maria Sharapova is a tennis player and model who was born in Nyagan, Russia. As a singles player, the 6-foot-2 blonde has won every Grand Slam tournament, at least once. Moreover, the 31-year-old Russian has taken home more than $38,000,000 over the course of her career thus far – an amount that doesn’t include the money she’s earned from her many lucrative endorsement deals.
Back in 2013, the tennis megastar (with some help from candy guru Jeff Rubin) launched her company, Sugarpova. Sugarpova is a candy line that offers a wide array of gummies and chocolate. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Maria Sharapova Foundation – a charitable organization.
18 Giada De Laurentiis (Simply 7)
Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis was born in Rome, Italy and made a name for herself by creating dished associated with her homeland. She is perhaps best known as the host of the Food Network program Giada at Home. The 48-year-old also fills in as a co-host for The Today Show from time-to-time. In 2012, De Laurentiis officially became a member of the Culinary Hall of Fame.
Being that she’s a famous chef, it makes sense that Food Networks star would have her own line of products. Her brand, Simply 7, features Non-GMO snacks like Organic Veggie Chips, Hummus Chips, and various flavors of popcorn.
17 Katy Perry (Core Premium Bottled)
Pop star Katy Perry has made a quite a name for herself in recent years. Despite the fact that she’s still only 34 years of age, the Californian has already released several chart-topping songs. Some of her biggest hits include tunes like “Hot n Cold,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Chained to the Rhythm.” She also made Forbes list of highest earning women (in music) every year from 2011 to present.
Back in 2015, Perry invested in Core Premium Bottled Water. However, the pop artist isn’t the company's only high-profile backer. Juicy J, Diplo, and Max Martin also backed the brand as well.
16 Kristen Bell (This Bar Saves Lives)
Originally from Huntington Woods, Michigan; Kristen Bell is an actress who has starred in several hit movies and television shows. She first made a name for herself playing the lead role in Veronica Mar – a popular teen dram in the mid-2000s. The actress has also been in films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Boss, and Frozen.
Along with actors Todd Grinnell and Ryan Devlin, Bell founded This Bar Saves Lives – a granola bar company. The organization’s goal is to use their profits to battle hunger and malnutrition in 3rd world countries. Every time a bar is sold, This Bar Saves Lives donates food to kids in places like South Africa and Haiti.
15 Justin Timberlake (Bai)
Justin Timberlake is a pop star and occasional actor out of Memphis, Tennessee. Before embarking on a solo career, he was a member of the popular boy band NSYNC. After deciding to go his own way, the pop singer was responsible for several hits including tunes like “What Goes Around… Comes Around,” “Cry Me a River,” and “My Love.”
Timberlake invested in the Bai – a company that offers low-calorie soft drinks. However, the brand was sold to Dr. Pepper back in 2016. While the former NSYNC star no longer owns a portion of the company, he is said to be actively involved with the brand.
14 Sarah Michelle Gellar (Food Stir)
Known to Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans as Buffy Summers; Sarah Michelle Gellar is an actress from New York City. Besides slaying vampires on television, she has also had a very successful movie career. Cruel Intention, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Scream 2 are just a few of the flicks shes appeared in.
With help from a few close friends, Gellar created Foodstirs. Foodstirs offers consumers a variety of organic baking mixes. The Celebration Rainbow Pancake Kit, Out of This World Donut Kit, and Celebration Chocolate Chippy Cookie Cake Kit are just a few of the products currently available.
13 Rachael Ray (Nutrish)
Rachael Ray is a celebrity chef and television personality who has appeared on a variety of programs over the years. The Glen Falls, New York product has hosted several shows for the Food Network including $40 a Day, Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels, and 30 Minute Meals. These days she hosts her own syndicated talk show, Rachel Ray.
There are plenty of stars creating food for humans, but who is looking out for our pets? The answer is Rachael Ray. The popular host has created her specialty brand of nutritious dog food, Nutrish. Best of all, a portion of Nutrish’s proceeds goes to helping animals in need.
12 Madonna (Vita Coco)
With a music career that spans over 4 decades, Madonna has earned her nickname, the “Queen of Pop.” Known for pushing the envelope and constantly reinventing herself – the singer also has the distinction of being the best-selling female recording artist of all-time – having sold over 300 million albums worldwide. “Like A Prayer,” “Take a Bow” and “La Isla Bonita” are just a few of her popular songs.
The “Queen of Pop” financially backed Vita Coca – a brand of coconut water. Vita Coca is a product that claims to replenish and re-hydrate. While Madonna invested in the company, it’s unclear how involved she is with the brand.
11 Beyonce (22 Days Nutrition)
Beyonce is easily one of the most talked about recording artist in the game today. She first gained the public’s attention as a member of the all-female pop group Destiny’s Child – before launching a successful solo career. The Grammy Award winner is behind such hits as “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” “Bad Boys” and “Crazy in Love.” The pop superstar is also the wife of rapper Jay-Z.
Beyonce and her man decided teamed up with 22 Days Nutrition to launch an online meal planning platform. 22 Days Nutrition is a meal delivery service that offers plant-based organic foods.
10 Joe Perry (Rock Your World Sauce)
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry was named one of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. The 68-year-old from Lawrence, Massachusetts has been a member of the band since 1970. Aerosmith’s hit list includes songs like “Walk This Way, “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and “Livin’ on the Edge.”
The music sensation recently launched his own Rock Your World Hot Sauce line. Boneyard Brew, a sauce that features onions, garlic, and habaneras was the first product to be released. However, their several other items to choose from including Perry’s Mango Peach Tango sauce, as well as his signature BBQ mix.
9 Demi Moore (Happy Family)
Demi Moore has been one of Hollywood’s leading ladies for several years now. At 56 years of age, the Roswell, New Mexico native has an acting resume that’s second to none. She has starred in motion pictures such as G.I. Jane, A Few Good Men, and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. The starlet’s famous ex-husbands include Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher.
Moore invested in Happy Family – a company that makes organic food for kids. The brand features products for children of all ages – from babies to school-aged children. Happy Family offers a wide array of items which include things like fruit snacks and bars.
8 Jon Bon Jovi (Bongiovi Pasta Sauces)
Jon Bon Jovi is a singer-songwriter who was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He is the frontman for the iconic rock band known as Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi’s extensive hit list includes songs like “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and “It’s My Life.” His band has sold over 100 million records worldwide.
Apparently, Jon Bon Jovi’s dad had a reputation for making delicious pasta sauce when the singer was growing up. Using a recipe that has been handed down for generations, the family decided to produce Bongiovi Pasta Sauces. For those who may be wondering, "Bongiovi" is Jon Bon’s real last name.
7 Rush Limbaugh (Two If By Tea)
Rush Limbaugh is a conservative talk show host and television personality. He has also written New York Times bestsellers; The Way Things Ought to Be and See, I Told You So. He is best known as the host of The Rush Limbaugh Show, which first premiered back in 1988.
In June of 2011, Limbaugh officially launched Two If By Tea – a brand of tea that references Paul Revere’s historic ride. There are eight different flavors including Original Sweet, Diet Rasberry, and Peach. A portion of proceeds from beverage sales goes to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation – a charity group that helps Marines and police officers.
6 Nick Loeb (Onion Crunch)
Nick Loeb is a businessman and a member of the families that founded Loeb, Rhoades, & Co and Lehman Brothers respectively. In truth, the 43-year-old entrepreneur is probably best known for his high-profile relationship with Modern Family star Sofia Vergara. In fact, the two were even engaged at one point, back in 2014.
In 2006, he launched his company Loeb’s Foods and is also the owner of Crunchy Condiment Company. The latter company is behind Onion Crunch – a popular onion-flavored snack food. The brand also offers products like Pickle Crunch, Hummus Crunch, and Jalapeno Crunch – these products are available in stores and online.
5 Oprah (O, That’s Good!)
Oprah Winfrey is a media executive, television personality, and one of the wealthiest women on the planet – with a net worth of around $2.9 billion. She is arguably best known as the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Winfrey has also starred in several films including The Color Purple, The Butler, and A Wrinkle in Time.
O, That’s Good!, Winfrey brand of comfort food, is one of the more readily available lines on our list and can be found in many grocery stores in the US. Frozen pizza, soup, and side dishes like mashed potatoes are all part of the O, That’s Good! Lineup.
4 Elle Macpherson (WelleCo)
Elle Macpherson is a model who originally hails from New South Wales, Australia. She has been on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 5 times – more than any other model to date. She has also appeared, as an actress, in television shows like Friends and even hosted Saturday Night Live in 1996.
The model also co-founded the company WelleCO. WelleCo offers a variety of plant-based elixirs that can be eaten as snacks. According to the official website, these elixirs are packed with nutrients that promote both health and beauty. It’s sort of like an edible beauty product – making it somewhat unique.
3 Steve Schirripa (Uncle Steve’s )
An actor out of Bensonhurst, New York; Steve Schirripa is best known for playing the role of Bobby Baccalieri on the HBO hit television series, The Sopranos. He was also a cast member on The Secret Life of the American Teenager and appears on the CBS series Blue Bloods.
The Sopranos star recently started his own family run business, Uncle Steve’s. Uncle Steve’s produces organic, gluten-free sauces that are traditionally associated with the country of Italy. Their signature items include Uncle Steve’s Organic Arrabiata and Organic Marinara. The sauces are created using the same slow-cooked method that Schirripa’s mother used.
2 Jim Ross (JR’s BBQ Sauce)
Jim Ross (J.R.) is pro wrestling commentator and former executive for WWE. Prior to debuting in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Ross also called matches for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The 66-year-old is widely considered one of the best commentators in wrestling history. In 2007, he was officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
The proud Oklahoma resident has a fairly extensive line of food products. As food goes, he’s probably best known for his signature barbeque sauce. However, he has also released J.R. brand of ketchup and mustard. The wrestling legend even offers his very own beef jerky – which can be purchased on the company's website.
1 Paul Newman (Newman’s Own)
Shaker Heights, Ohio’s Paul Newman was an Academy Award-winning actor who starred in some legendary films. The Color of Money, Cool Hand Luke, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are among the movies he’s featured in. Sadly, the iconic actor passed away in 2008 – he was 83-years-old.
Of all the brands on our list, Newman’s Own is the oldest and probably the most recognized. The actor, along with author A. E. Hotchner founded the company back in 1982. While Newman’s Own is most commonly associated with their signature salad dressings, they produce several other products like popcorn and frozen pizza. The organization gives all their profits to charity.