Kevin Wong ’13, Co-Founder of Lunar, is pleased to announce that their product, a modern hard seltzer that is perfectly blended “in a delicious, harmonious way” with Asian flavors that the founders love, is now available at Whole Foods Market in New York City. In December 2020, Wong says, he walked into his local Whole Foods in Brooklyn “with nothing but a dream, a few Lunar cans, and the passion to share our mission of amplifying Asian American culture and flavors,” and from there built and gathered excitement and passion from consumers and store managers alike in their market. “From homebrewing in my studio apartment three years ago, to Whole Foods naming Yuzu as a top food trend of 2022, to seeing our cans on the shelf at our dream retailer, this is such a surreal moment,” Wong adds.
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Anna Peck ’13 is Founder and CEO at Chia Smash, which is now available in all Whole Foods Markets across the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Midwest, and Florida. “In mid-2020, we launched in a single Whole Foods in Manhattan; we spent every week there, getting to know the team, demoing, and keeping the shelves stocked and looking good,” she says. “Over time, we went from one store to three, then to five, and now two years later to over 200.”
Paola A. Castillo ’13 and Matthew T. Gregus ’13 (M.S. in Accounting ’14) celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary on May 21, 2022. They were married at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Washington, DC. The couple will be moving to Tampa, FL, with their one-year-old pug, Gnocchi, and continue to work for the federal Risk and Financial Advisory practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP.