16 Food Companies We Had No Idea Were Owned By Celebrities

This story was originally published on November 10, 2015.

Need the perfect place to go on a romantic date? Ryan Gosling has got that figured out for you. Need to throw an epic party? George Clooney knows just the thing. Any takers for sipping sweet tea while talking about revolutionary politics? No? Aw, darn it — Rush Limbaugh will be disappointed. Here are 16 celebrities and their food and drink companies that we never knew existed.

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Marilyn Manson & Mansinthe
So apparently Marilyn Manson has an absinthe brand — who knew/is that not surprising at all? Despite owning the brand, he’s pretty open about the fact that he doesn’t indulge in the green fairy beverage anymore. Why? "I stopped drinking it myself out of vanity’s sake," he told Noisey. "I just felt like it really restricted me from being fit enough to kick someone’s ass. Also, you know, when you’re fitter, "it makes your cock look bigger.” Alrighty then!
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Courtesy of Mansinthe Absinthe.
The illustration on the cover of the Mansinthe bottle is supposed to be Marilyn Manson when he is a very old man. Seriously.
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Kyle Maclachlan & Pursued By Bear
Who knew that Trey from SATC is such an oenophile? While many celebrity wines are not known for their quality, Maclachlan's has gained a lot of respect among wine connoisseurs of the world: Wine Spectator gave his wine a 91 out of 100, meaning it is “Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style.”
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Courtesy of Pursued By Bear.
Pursued by Bear's name comes from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, and is meant to be a nod to the actor's theatrical roots.
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Rachael Ray & Nutrish Pet Food
Rachael Ray’s pet food line, Nutrish, debuted in 2008 and it’s been a growing brand ever since. Ray’s commitment to animal welfare goes above and beyond that of many better known pet food companies. Not only does she donate 100% of the proceeds to animal welfare charities, she has even admitted to taste testing the dog kibbles herself.
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Nutrish Pet Food is available online and basically everywhere.
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Drew Barrymore & Barrymore Wines
Drew Barrymore says that she was involved in every step of the way in creating Barrymore Wines, and she is clearly proud of her endeavor. Press reviews of her wines have been all over the place, however: BuzzFeed rated it as a "Drink — Only In Case Of Emergency” wine, while her Pinot Grigio won gold at the prestigious Le Challenge International du Vin in France.
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Courtesy of Barrymore Wines.
Drew recently induced major envy when she Instagrammed her Barrymore Wines "research trip" throughout France's wine country.
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George Clooney & Casamigos Tequila
Interestingly, George Clooney and his friend Rande Gerber didn’t set out to start a tequila company, they really just wanted some tequila for themselves. But when their distillery told them they were consuming about 1,000 bottles per year, they were “forced” to get a license and go legit. If that is really how much tequila they are consuming, I would love to ask Clooney his cure for a serious hangover!
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Courtesy of Casamigos Tequila.
The Casamigos Tequila commercial is meant to be funny, but am I the only one who thinks it's a little weird?
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Rush Limbaugh & Two If By Tea
I am both surprised and totally not surprised that Rush Limbaugh has a sweet tea beverage company, and the brand is steeped in idealized American Revolutionary history. Limbaugh’s beverage company name, Two if by Tea, is a riff on Longfellow’s famous poem about Paul Revere. I'm not sure I’ll ever enjoy this tea myself, but I have really enjoyed reading some of the product comment chains! Here is a great example: "I am sure the weak-ass, Communist-loving, social-parasite liberals won't try it. But it is delicious!" (Also, is this video for real? Like, for really-real?)
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Courtesy of Two If By Tea.
Loving that Rush is fashioning himself as Revere on his Two if by Tea bottles — so modest! I wonder how much someone could sell his confidence for if it could be bottled? Hmmm....
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Jay Z & Armand de Brignac
Leave it to Jay Z to start a blinged out bubbly brand in retaliation for some shade thrown his way. Here’s what went down: Jay Z’s former favorite bubbly was Cristal, but when the managing director of the brand made some side-eye-worthy remarks, Jay Z banished Cristal from his nightclubs, called for a consumer boycott, and “latched onto Armand de Brignac” according to Bloomberg. In his “Show Me What You Got” video, you can see him waving off Cristal and impressing a girl with Armand de Brignac instead. OH SNAP! Last year, Jay bought the whole damn Armand de Brignac brand, and recently launched an all pinot grape Champagne that goes for $760 (only 3,000 bottles are to be released).
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Courtesy of www.Wines.com.
When it comes to owning a Champagne company, like Armand de Brignac, it doesn't hurt to have a flashy bottle or a wife like Beyoncé to place your product in videos with Nicki Minaj.
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Anthony Kiedis & Vita Coco
I knew that Madonna had some involvement in Vita Coco’s infancy, but I had no idea that Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman had also made a “significant investment” in its early days. In fact, the celebrity alignment has been credited in helping to pull Vita Coco back from the precipice of disaster in what is known as the “Coconut Wars” with its main rival, ZICO, to be snatched up by Coca-Cola.
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Courtesy of Vita Coco.
According to the Times, people love coconut waters like Vita Coco so much that there are online forums devoted to it.
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Armie Hammer & BIRD Bakery
I am never sure if owning a bakery would be the best thing ever (sweets all day) or the worst thing ever (sweets all day). If you're Armie Hammer and his wife, Elizabeth Chambers, then you own a bakery as your side project (you know, as one does). Chambers is an excellent multitasker: In addition to baking up delicious cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies, she is also the Human Rights Foundation’s chief correspondent. Armie, of Winklevii fame, is co-owner and "resident taste tester."
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Courtesy of Bird Bakery.
I am so hungry right now and the Bird Bakery Instagram is NOT helping.
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Beyoncé & 22 Days Nutrition
I think we all remember when Beyoncé made her big announcement that pissed everyone off, because it wasn’t really an announcement at all? Her "Bey hive" went a little ballistic, but she remains committed to her vegan meal plan service, which launched with her trainer, Marco Borges. Why the name? According to Bey and Borges, it takes 21 days to make or break a habit; 22 Days provides vegan meals to help “jump start nutrition and weight loss.” The verdict is out on whether this actually works.
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Courtesy of 22 Days.
Looks like you can have your cake and eat it, too, with vegan treats like this PB+Chocolate Chip Nirvana bar from 22 Days.
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Ryan Gosling & Tagine Restaurant
Gosling co-owns a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills. And while his place has earned some solid reviews, the internet has been sad that: A. Gosling does not show up at his own restaurant “enough” (though it seems if you are the L.A. Times, Gosling will be your waiter) and B. The restaurant websitehas a closeup shot of a light bulb instead of one of Gosling’s abs.”
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Courtesy of Tagine Restaurant.
Tagine looks like the perfect place to cozy up to Gosling for a date... Sorry! I mean, cozy up to your S.O., not Ryan Gosling. 'Cause who would want to do that, right?
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Justin Timberlake & Southern Hospitality Restaurant
Timberlake’s fast-casual restaurant has had a rocky path since it opened in 2007: Not only have the Times and New York magazine given it tough (though, I would argue, slightly grumpy) reviews, the restaurant also had to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit, and fight a PR battle against health code violations. Ultimately, it came out on top with an “A” grade and several locations based in NYC and Colorado.
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Courtesy of Southern Hospitality BBQ.
I mean, who doesn't need a little Southern Hospitality in the middle of NYC's busy, bustling, and often brusque theater district?
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Maria Sharapova & Sugarpova
Is it weird for a professional athlete to have a line of candy? There has been some criticism leveraged against Maria Sharapova for her candy brand, Sugarpova, but she remains unapologetic and committed to the project. In fact, she even considered changing her name to “Sugarpova” for the US Open to promote the candy, but ultimately decided against it.
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Courtesy of Sugarpova.
Like I mentioned, some people have criticized Sharapova for using her name to sell candy, but her love for sweets inspired her to start the brand and it's been smart business. Being that she has no competition in the confectionary space, she's seen a huge return on investment.
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Mark Wahlberg & Wahlburgers
In case you don’t already know that Marky Mark is part owner of a chain of hamburger joints, there is an entire reality show about it. And his burger joint is doing well — like really well: In December 2014, Eater announced a 27-location expansion of the brand, which hopes to have up to 300 locations nationwide and in Canada.
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Courtesy of Wahlburgers.
No fair alert: Apparently, owning a chain like Wahlburgers means part of your job is to do poutine tastings. Sigh.
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Demi Moore & Happy Family
Any investment is a risk, and I have heard people say that food companies are riskier than others. But next time you hear that argument be sure to think of Demi Moore, who was an early investor in Nurture, Inc. which owns the Happy Family baby food brand, which was reportedly acquired by Danone for more than $250 million in 2014.
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Courtesy of Happy Family.
The Happy Family brand has now expanded to include food for tots, bigger kids, and even expectant moms.
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Drake & Virginia Black Whiskey
Drake likes to "celebrate with class," he says. So for every legendary moment, he recommends his own Virginia Black Whiskey. It is interesting that he chose to go with Virginia spirits and not Canadian, when his home country is known for its excellent brew. This one must be truly epic — we'll all know "soon."
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We're still waiting on the bottle reveal for Virginia Black Whiskey, but the logo is already legendary.