As Gourmet As Jerky Gets

At Country Archer, we make healthy food for people who care enough to get things done — and we’ve been doing it for nearly forty years. Although our jerky has been around since 1977, it’s been a bit of a hidden gem, sold mostly in roadside stands. Our current owners, Eugene and Susan Kang, discovered it on a road trip to the Grand Canyon and enjoyed it so much, they decided to track down the original owner. A butcher by trade and artisan by craft, Celestino Mirarchi was definitely a doer. In fact, he was so busy making jerky, he couldn’t devote much time to selling it. The trio became business partners and made it their mission to share the tasty secret with the rest of the world.

Today, Country Archer’s line of healthy jerky and meat snacks are sold nationwide. And although the company has grown, we’re still paying homage to Mirarchi’s decades-old tradition by making our snacks in small batches at our California facility using healthful ingredients and protein options like grass-fed beef, antibiotic-free turkey, and pork. Whether you reach for them in your pantry, backpack, desk or lunchbox, we hope Country Archer products make it easier for you to eat healthfully, while doing the things you love.

Country Archer
  • Eugene Kang


    Our fearless leader never has a problem keeping busy. Ironically, this avid outdoorsmen can be found most often in the test kitchen dreaming up new flavors, products and who knows what else. A recent convert to CrossFit, Eugene's love-hate relationship with burpees is ever evolving. Foodie, meat monger, serial entrepreneur... he wears many hats.

  • Susan Kang


    Susan hates waste whether that be food, money, or time. This translates to her hobbies. As an avid gardener, she gives high praise to her compost bin. In her eyes, why waste precious resources when they could be turned into black gold!

  • Jeremy White

    Chief Operating/Financial Officer

    This unapologetic carnivorous nerd has long sought to merge his two greatest passions: meat snacks and business optimization. His love of jerky – “freedom meats” as they're known in his house – is surpassed only by his love for financial models and lean manufacturing. When not at work, Jeremy is often a character actor for the Disney scenes his daughters recreate at home.

  • Tim Bateman

    VP of Sales

    Tim lives, breathes, and eats meat snacks. At the ripe age of 44, he’s still hitting PR's on the regular and gives his younger counterparts a run for their money at his local CrossFit. Burpees, double-unders, thrusters…he eats them for breakfast.

  • PJ Roustan

    Director of Marketing

    Part marketing ninja, part ADHD, PJ Roustan is constantly in search of a good fishing hole, intense workout, and misplaced cell phone. Since the 3rd grade he's been hell bent on finding the world's best breakfast burrito... which explains his addiction to Yelp! He's always up for a competitive game of anything, and is the reigning Country Archer table tennis champion.

  • Melissa O'Connor

    Director of Sales East

    Melissa is always on the run. She completes at least one marathon each year. When she’s not grilling beef to the perfect temp, you can find this Beantown super-mom cheering on her New England Pats.

  • Tom Walker

    Regional Sales Manager East

    Tom is a strong, highly competitive, solution selling strategist in the beef jerky world. Committed to an ideal of quality, combine resourcefulness with initiative and a drive for achievement. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending quality time with his family. Always working hard & playing harder

  • Pierre Taylor

    Regional Sales Manager - West

    Pierre Taylor is a smooth operator. In 1984, he moved to LA by way of Chicago on a music contract with a major record label. A legend at his local bowling alley, you can say turkey is his favorite jerky.

  • Eric Kim

    Accounting Manager

    HBO's the Westworld and a good workout help keep Eric's number crunching mind sane. Recently, he overcame his fear of heights ascending V5’s at his local climbing gym. The undisputed fashion guru of the office, Eric boasts a trove of limited edition collectible shoes that even Kanye West would drool over.

  • Francis Suh

    Director of Finance

    Francis is a number crunching book worm, and Excel wizard. But, don't judge a book by it's cover. Francis has climbed the peaks of Patagonia while surviving the brutal elements of a near deadly summiting exhibition. He's a no nonsense outdoor activist that finds just as much pleasure snowboarding and camping as he does collecting stamps.

  • Elena Pierce

    Plant Manager

    Elena grew up in the meat snack biz, which is why she runs a tight ship here at Country Archer. She is an avid mountain biker, and when she’s not on her steel steed you can find her at the firing range shooting clays. Our very own Annie Oakley!

  • Joe Stemmer

    Field Marketing Manager

    Behind a tradeshow booth or on a sales call, Joe is a brand warrior and field marketing mastermind. He lives for early morning surf sessions at Black's Beach and Trestles, and slays opponents at Connect 4, albeit with a hoppy IPA in hand. He was once voted “Most Likely to Flash Someone”... what can we say, he's got a knack for photography!

  • Alex Araiza

    Field Marketing Coordinator

    Alex is passionate about life and everything that it has to offer. He has an appetite for traveling and exploring other cultures. In his spare time Alex utilizes his creative talents playing sports, mixing beats, and camping with fraaannddss. 

  • Summer Barcenas

    Office Manager

    Summer does it all. When she’s not at work, she’s at her other full-time job…being Mom to her 2 boys and keeping fit. You’ll never find her home dirty, or her fridge un-stocked. She is the definition of a DOER.

  • Chris Lopez

    Customer Service Coordinator

    Chris loves a good beer. Whether it’s a Belgian, Amber, or IPA he’s got a favorite. He enjoys introspective conversation while on long hikes with friends. Fun fact: Chris has identical twin brothers… both vegan.

  • Joseph Gaite

    Marketing Coordinator

    Whether it's sitting at his computer or riding his bike, Joseph is constantly thinking about the sweet thrill of backcountry snowboarding. In those rare moments he isn't dreaming of the slopes, you'll find him re-watching episodes of Community or using telekinesis to pat his dog.

  • Darrell Barnes

    Warehouse Manager

    Darrell is a diehard sports fanatic who loves the Colts as much as he enjoys a rack of ribs. The former military brat turned warehouse honcho, credits his upbringing for crafting him into the father he is today. After graduating high school, he took off with his band for a nation-wide concert tour for 2 years. It lasted 3 months after the band split due to irreconcilable differences.

  • Teoti Sommerhauser

    Logistics Coordinator

    Teoti is a man’s man. He’s a mover and shaker which lends to his prowess as savage on the rugby field. He holds it down in the warehouse and puts in overtime at the gym. Don’t be fooled, this gentle giant is always leading the scrum.