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Meet The Owner of The First and Only Black, Woman-Owned, Beef Jerky Brand

Meet The Owner of The First and Only Black, Woman-Owned, Beef Jerky Brand

Move on over Slim Jim! There’s a new beef jerky on the scene!

Michelle Timberlake is the owner of the first and only Black, woman-owned beef jerky brand, Marjorie’s Beef Jerky, Black Enterprise reports.

Timberlake launched her business in 1991, naming the company after her late mother, Marjorie Leona Dawson. It is Dawson’s face that’s on every bag of her beef jerky since it was her who convinced Timberlake to start the company and launch her beef jerky brand. 

“My mother knew how determined I was and I promised her that the world will see her face on every bag and that I would name the company after her. I owe this thanks to my mother, who told me that she wouldn’t live long enough to see my products come out on the store shelves,” Timberlake said. 

Since 1991, the beef jerky has sold hundreds of thousands of cases and now, the product is being distributed via the NFL and MLB. It’s the big break Timberlake has always waited for. “It took 27 years for someone to give me that break by believing in me, and now I am here with the biggest, tastiest beef jerky that money can buy!,” she said. 

Marjorie’s Beef Jerky can be brought in bundles or by the case. There are several different flavors to choose from including cracked pepper, orange teriyaki and the original flavor. The company also offers wholesale opportunities. 

“Our beef jerky is premium meat, high in quality, high in protein, with no MSG or preservatives outside of the soy sauce. Even more, it’s only 150 calories per bag,” said Timberlake. She encourages people to try her jerky, even if they aren’t a fan of the popular snack. She said that her version of the tasty dehydrated meat instantly gets people hooked. 

Her father, James Timberlake, helps her run the business, assisting her with various tasks and motivating her like only a father can. Timberlake said her father James has been a huge help and she has plans to use his BBQ sauce recipe in future MBJ products. 

“My mother is now gone and my father has stepped in and helped me to get my products noticed all over the world. Having my father by my side really helps me with the loss of my mother because he stays involved and talks to me about the company’s success and potential. I am so grateful to my father for that because I love that he is involved in giving me advice, and he always has uplifting things to say to me,” Timberlake said. 

To check out the products and order your packs of Marjorie’s Beef Jerky, check out the website here.

Congratulations Michelle! We can’t wait to taste this jerky!

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