Our Story

Changing the world one little peanut at a time.

our founder

Navyn Salem

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A Little Story

Back in 2008 I learned about Plumpy’Nut, a peanut-based therapeutic food that was revolutionizing the way humanitarian organizations could save the lives of malnourished children no matter where they were from. I realized that access to Plumpy’Nut and other portable, nutritious foods simply meant the difference between life and death for millions. I started Edesia in Rhode Island as a nonprofit social enterprise to manufacture these miracle foods that millions of children now rely on all over the world.

A Little Idea

Over the years, my own friends and family approached me with their own health challenges — whether it was my little nephew Henry who was just not growing at the same rate as his friends, or my best friend Annie who battled and survived cancer, or my own four girls who are always in need of something healthy in their backpacks. The list of problems to solve seemed endless and inspired me to start making foods like Little Nut for American families like yours and mine.

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A Little Nut

So that’s why we created a healthy on-the-go protein source that is also an easy way to introduce peanuts to little ones, which is now more important than ever based on the latest scientific research.
Creating Little Nut is just the beginning of my team’s adventure to create more yummy and nutritious foods for your family.

our people

Little Nut Team

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A Global Family

At Edesia, where Little Nut is made alongside our humanitarian foods for UNICEF, our diverse team of 70 hail from over 20 countries. In this video Navyn Salem shares what this means to her and everyone at Edesia.

Little Nut Advisors

Whitney Evans, PhD, RD

Dr. Laura Jana

Dr. Elizabeth Lange

Dr. JJ Levenstein

Dr. Wayne G. Shreffler

Lucinda Wright

Whitney Evans, PhD, RD

Dr. Laura Jana

Dr. Elizabeth Lange

Dr. JJ Levenstein

Dr. Wayne G. Shreffler

Lucinda Wright

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Little Nut Gives Back

100% of proceeds from Little Nut help Edesia end malnutrition worldwide, which helps create a more resilient world full of possibility and hope.

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Our Impact

Edesia helps nourish 1.4 million children each year.

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Our Giving

Every $50 Edesia receives helps save one more life.

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Our Story

Watch the video of Edesia’s life-saving mission.