An alternative to high-carb cereals, Coco Bee & Nut helps strengthen your health without all the extra grains.
On a hot summer day at The Good Acre, Kathyrn shares stories about Coco Bee & Nut.
How did your company get started?
In late 2015, I made granola without oats for a friend who was having a hard time
finding a low carb breakfast option. All our friends said I should sell it! Then in 2016, I had the opportunity to go to Uganda and was inspired by other entrepreneurs to give it a shot. I also met my friend Betty in Uganda, a single mother of 4, who is one of the recipients of the 10% of our net sales that we donate to charity.
Can you tell us a bit more about your product?
Our slogan is Promoting Happiness through Health and Helping Out. We make our granola with ingredients that are naturally gluten-free and grain-free. We mix together protein-packed nuts and seeds, honey, coconut oil, and spices and bake everything in the oven. The result is a flavorful meal/snack/treat that makes you feel like you’re eating well because you are. We also donate 10% of all net sales to local & global charities.
How has Covid-19 impacted your company?
As an emerging local brand, we have relied heavily upon store demos and markets to introduce ourselves to customers. We have not been able to do these since the state shut down, but have been able to pivot towards some wholesale projects that have helped feed hospital frontline workers who are fighting COVID-19.
As a local brand, what are some of the greatest challenges you face?
I’d say the greatest challenge of being a local brand is effectively growing and being profitable. We seek to give customers a high-quality product, which means it’s not the cheapest to make. So, we’re always looking for ways to maintain profitability without compromising product quality or raising our prices. Neiibor Crate has given us an effective way to do this, as they help us connect with consumers.
What do you hope to achieve for your company?
Our ultimate goal/dream/vision is to become a company that employs people who
couldn’t otherwise find work, enact a strict 6-hour workday (not possible just yet), and become available to customers on a national level.
What are some of your favorite local brands?
Junita’s Jar – Tasty cookies with an amazing mission
You Betcha Kimchi – The best around!
Thumbs cookies – Tiny Cookies, the perfect bite for dessert
Isadore Nut co. – Spiced nuts; addictive
Bootlegger Kombucha – the smoothest tasting kombucha I’ve tried.
Where can your product be found and where can I learn more?
You can find us in the cereal aisle at Kowalski’s Markets, Lunds & Byerly’s, Lakewinds co-op, Mississippi Market, Seward Co-op, other local co-ops, select Hy-Vee stores, and Amazon. You can find more information about our company at https://www.cocobeeandnut.com/pages/about