HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE BEEF JERKY
We pride ourselves on producing sustainable, high quality beef jerky. Our jerky is 100% grass-fed and grass-finished using all natural marinade ingredients, and packaged in eco-friendly bags.
We have, and always will, take steps to ensure the best possible product for our customers and the planet. Check out our successful Kickstarter which made our eco-friendly packaging a reality!
MADE WITH 100% GRASS-FED, GRASS-FINISHED BEEF
Our grass-fed beef jerky is:
Raised on open pastures. These cows are never confined to feed-lots.
Naturally lower in total fat, and does not contain any antibiotics or growth hormones.
Higher in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is crucial to a healthy diet and can reduce the risk of many diseases such as heart disease.
Cleaner and healthier than conventional corn-fed beef.
I’m a jerky snob. Very very very picky about my beef jerky. BUT this is my new favorite jerky. I’m obsessed. Perfect texture, great flavor. Sweet and spicy.
Got this as part of my kickstarter pack for donating to getting the company off the ground and absolutely love it! I am a huge beef jerky fan of the peppered flavor already and this added a wonderful twist with the garlic.
I have always loved this flavor, spicy with a hint of sweetness. However, I think the texture is even better now, just a tad more moist. Perfect!
The GAIA Peppered Garlic Jerky is by far my favorite. I love this Jerky for when I'm hiking, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing or fly-fishing! Can't wait for the Stout flavored Jerky.
My favorite of the 3 types. Great flavor and a great balance of texture that wasn't too dry or brittle. Definitely will order again and eager for new flavors!
I’m thrilled to find good quality CLEAN beef jerky that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I love that there isn’t much sugar used and the taste is awesome.
Island Arc is a family favorite. Moisture is just right and the spices have been perfected so that you savor all the flavors in every bite.
The stout gives your that deep rich flavor. This one is solid for when you’re fishing with no worries and no where else to be so you can sit and appreciate the flavors!
Best jerky on the market 10/10
This was the first time I ever had the GAIA jerky. Man what a please surprise. I love the flavor profiles with each bite. The subtle heat from the pepper is a definite plus.
The guava habanero is by far the best flavor available. I was one of the few lucky enough to try them through their Kickstarter campaign. Will be buying more in the future!
Natural Resources: The interior layer is made from 100% renewable plant-based resources like sugar cane.
Waste Reduction: The new bags can help reduce waste as 60% of each bag can break down naturally in a relatively short period of time when left in the correct composting environment.
Climate Change: The plant-based components that make up our new packaging can absorb greenhouse gases through natural plant respiration prior to use in packaging.
Story: Stories capture the imagination and strengthen shared bonds. They are transferred through generations, standing the test of time.
Place: A sense of place is nothing less than profound. Places we hold dear become a part of who we are. Person and place, forever intertwined.
At Windward, we specialize in worldly flavors and stories. Our flavors began in the Hawaiian islands and quickly expanded around the globe, from mediterranean-inspired peppered jerky to sweet chili featuring stout beer. Take a tour of different flavors and galvanize your tastebuds.
THE WINDWARD TEAM
Food Lover | Hockey Coach | UCLA Alum
Windward, born from a family recipe, is a dedication to the fond memories, flavors, and stories passed on by his grandparents - Steve and Gloria.
MBA | Craft Beer Enthusiast | USC Alum
Anthony's work in the craft beer industry inspired him to develop Windward with an uncompromising commitment to quality.
Story Teller | Sports Fanatic | Fresno State
Amp, as he's known to all, brings more of the Largusa personality and story-telling to the fold, continuing the ode to Steve and Gloria.
Windward Brand Refresh
With our new eco-friendly packaging finished and a new batch of grass-fed beef jerky produced, we updated our site and relaunched our Crossroads flavor.
Packaging Is In And Jerky Produced
In December, our new eco-friendly packaging was finally in hand and we were able to produce our jerky after a long awaited pause. The wait was worth it to make our brand more sustainable.
Kickstarter 130% Funded
We finished our Kickstarter campaign with 233 backers and were 130% funded! A couple weeks later we finalized and ordered our new eco-friendly packaging.
We launched our Kickstarter campaign on September 10, 2019 and became 40% funded within the first two days!
Kickstarter Planning Begins
To help fund and marketing our new eco-friendly packaging, we decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign. The planning was a long process and we wanted to make the best possible campaign.
Eco-Friendly Bag Tests Finished
We finished our sustainable packaging tests and they were a success! Our jerky lasted an entire year with no issues. Afterwards we did a few more shorter term tests for texture.
We Decided To Pause
In January of 2019 we made the decision to pause production of our jerky to finish our eco-friendly packaging test. We didn't want to order more unsustainable bags.
Eco-Friendly Bag Tests Started
In May of this year we realized our ultimate goal was sustainable packaging. So through our manufacturer we started testing its viability with our jerky. We needed jerky to last one year in the bags.
Sold Into 35 States
By March of our second year we had sold into 35 states from our website!
Crossroads & New Bags Launched
On our one-year anniversary we updated our packaging to its second version and launched the first batch of our Crossroads Sweet Chili Stout jerky.
Sold Into 25 States
By August of 2017 we had sold into 25 states through our website!
Windward Jerky Launched
In January 2017, we launched the first version of our e-commerce website with our three original flavors - Alaka'i, Island Arc, and Gaia.
ALAKA'I: AN ORIGIN STORY
Founder's memories of the family recipe which sparked the flavor, which in turn inspired Windward's identity as a company and brand.
ISLAND ARC: AN ORIGIN STORY
Many years ago, on one of my family’s yearly trips back to the islands, I stumbled across a pulled pork sandwich with sweet Maui onions and topped with guava barbecue sauce. It was amazing.
GAIA: AN ORIGIN STORY
Gaia is our take on a traditional peppered jerky. Although the flavor profile is a variation of a classic, the concept of Gaia was born out of a desire to be different.