About Us

Mark Masterton, left, chair of the Scotts Bluff County Commission, gives KaiYen Mai, owner of KYS Foods and Cayenne LLC, pointers on ceremonial digging during the groundbreaking for the new jerky processing plant. Scotts Bluff County was the sponsor of the state grant which helped land the plant which will create 20 new jobs. Next to Mai is Saiho Yeung crouching with shovel, CFO of KYS Foods, Howard Olsen, past president of Twin Cities Development and Mike Downey,
president of First State Bank. Photo by Rick Willis

“Destined For Jerky Greatness”

KaiYen Mai was born into a family passionate about the delicate art of creating traditional Asian jerky by cultivating unique flavors with a soft and tender texture. For nearly 50 years, Mai’s family honed their craft and developed successful family recipes that have been passed on for generations.

Born
2006

“The Adventure That Sparked An Idea”

Mai began to travel the globe, journeying far and wide in search of new cultures and experiences. One such journey brought her to the heart of Africa.

While scaling the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, high-protein snacks were essential as fuel for optimal performance on this grueling feat.

Faced with sub-par flavors and textures of protein-rich bars and mixes, Mai realized the opportunity in the market for Fusion Jerky. The idea for an all-natural, high-protein, low-sodium delicious tasting gourmet jerky made without gluten, preservatives or nitrites was born.

2006
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“And So It Begins”

To ensure the products are of its highest quality, Fusion Jerky is vertically integrated with its own manufacturing plant Fusion Ranch. Mai built her very own state-of-the-art USDA facility in Nebraska in 2012. Held to the highest standards of quality and taste, Fusion jerky is made only using US whole slices of premium meat cooked to perfection and seasoned with the finest flavors and artisan ingredients.

2012
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“Fusion Jerky Hits Shelves”

After months of testing and tweaking, Mai finally finalized eight of the flavors. Blending the innovation of American flavors with the soft consistency of Asian-style jerkies, Fusion Jerky offers a taste and texture experience unlike anything else. We are the first to launch an all-natural chicken jerky, leading the industry to new heights. Fusion Jerky launched 2014.

2014