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Maya French Bio

There’s a plant-based replacement for just about everything these days: chicken, turkey, burgers. But until Maya French created Koia, there wasn’t a tasty vegan protein drink.French came up for the idea in 2013 after she developed lactose intolerance and couldn’t find a good post-workout shake. She and her cofounder, Dustin Baker (now 37), had previously tried to market a juice from cold-pressed vegetables to local Chicago grocers; they switched to a nut-based protein drink they eventually named Koia (after Nicoya, the town in Costa Rica famous for long-lived residents). “Protein is on trend. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon,” French says. They now have shelf-space in Whole Foods, Walmart, Publix and Stop & Shop. Koia is now in roughly 4,000 stores in the U.S., putting it on pace for an annual run-rate of $10 million.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Maya French and other top speakers and celebrities.

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