Popcorn & Beer

​We’ve always enjoyed beer with popcorn and we know we aren’t the only ones. So ​we decided to take...

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Recyclable, Compostable, Plantable

At events it’s fun to have something to hand out, but we didn’t want something that would just end...

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Cardboard, Glue, and Patience

The trade show circuit is a bizarre thing. For an obscene amount of money we get a tiny cube...

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Quinn, Now Ready to Eat!

A little over two years ago we launched Quinn Popcorn by reinventing microwave popcorn. At the time, fixing microwave...

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A New Home

Kristy and I arrived in Boston five years ago to an apartment rented sight unseen. We drove 18 hours...

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C.V.’s Fall Beer Picks

I set out to write a little post on summer beers, but we all know how quickly summer can...

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Quinn Goes Classic

A year ago we scoffed at the idea of making a butter microwave popcorn. To us, butter popcorn was...

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Small, The Unfair Advantage (Underdogs Counterpoint)

Our last post titled Underdogs dug into some of the challenges of being a tiny company in a marketplace...

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Underdogs

We have so much working in our favor and those are the things we focus on. Optimism, after all,...

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Minutia, Core, and Epic

A year ago I quit my job and went full time at Quinn Popcorn. It’s been an incredible year,...

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Hickory Smoked Cheddar + Olive Oil & Herbs

We are ready to release our first new flavors since we started Quinn Popcorn! We have a super scientific...

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Food Startup Friends

When we started Quinn Popcorn we had no food industry knowledge. It was just the two of us, newborn...

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Upcycled Biz Cards

We have new business cards. Is this a big deal? Nope. But we did it our way, and I...

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Thank You 2012

Just over a year ago Quinn Popcorn was an attic run experiment selling in a few local stores. Now...

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Quinn Crew Book Report

It’s never easy to make time for reading, but we are slowly building an QP office collection! These are...

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Sticker Shock

Before becoming an absolute food industry nerd I regularly experienced sticker shock. Holy sh*t. That jar of tomato sauce...

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Wood, Paint, and Band-Aids

Using my hands to turn an idea into an object makes me feel good. I build things whenever I...

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The New York Office

The Nets, The Islanders, Quinn Popcorn??? Well, it’s not exactly complete franchise relocation, but we do have a desk...

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Radical Transparency

A few weeks ago Kristy, Quinn, and I packed up to go our first concert in months. We all...

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Expo East Wrap Up

Two years ago Quinn Popcorn was just an idea, Kristy’s idea in fact. We knew nothing about the food...

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Raise Complete

A few weeks ago we got through the most stressful challenge yet. We took in investors and raised some...

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Let it Rain

Ken, a trustworthy, brilliant, master story teller, and investor in QP, asked C.V., Kevin, Coulter and me what we...

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Pulling It Together

These are our first business cards. Yup, it only took us 20 months. At first I would give an...

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Going Full Time

 Prior to yesterday I was working at IDEO, one of the most creative and inspiring companies in the world....

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The Summer Crew

This summer is going to rock. Literally. I know the blog has been quiet for a while, but we...

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Just Cheese Please

Quinn’s favorite food right now is cheese.  In the morning, “cheese pwease”, afternoon, “moe cheese”, evening, “cheese!”   I...

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Packing Past Dusk

I haven’t packed a single Quinn Popcorn box in weeks. We have hired a small army of packers to...

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QP’s Newest Addition

When searching for warehouse/office spaces I forgot one thing, a loading dock.  Well, I didn’t actually forget it, I...

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Edible Love

Edible Magazine:  Edible Manhattan, San Francisco,  Austin,  Chicago, Brooklyn, Seattle, just to name a few. Then there is Edible Boston....

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Genetically Modified Organism

I think it’s time to shed a little light on this whole GMO thing. As a techno geek, I...

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The State of QP

It’s been too long since we gave a overall update, so here goes. Last week we packed and shipped...

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PFOA FUBAR

We try to avoid too much discussion on the bad aspects of typical microwave popcorn. It’s just negative, and...

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With A Little Help From Our Friends

Launching Quinn Popcorn has been a ride. One minute we are hanging on a shooting star, and the next...

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Tiny Hands, Tiny Fruits

Staying on top of Quinn Popcorn has been making it almost impossible to find time to prepare a wholesome...

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Playing With The Big Boys

Over the past 16 months Coulter and I have been going full speed ahead trying to get Quinn Popcorn...

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A Little More DailyCandy Recap

Coulter and I just received some of the photos and video taken during the DailyCandy Start Small Go Big...

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The War Room

While I’m being facetious with that title, it’s actually not that far off. The battle begins anew every night...

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A New Year Ahead

Coulter and I rang in the new year watching Harry Pottery- Deathly Hallows.  We started Star Wars, but the...

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Live on Chronicle

Okay, so it wasn’t live, but there were no retakes so it might as well have been. About a...

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Lemon Rework

About 6 weeks ago, smack in the middle of trying to get Batch 2 underway at our co-packing facility,...

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Portland or Bust

Quinn Popcorn’s reach is slowly growing, and connecting with our consumers is getting more interesting (and challenging). We spent...

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One Busy Thursday

The Holidays are officially upon us and this week has been a total blur.   Today was particularly crazed,...

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QP Back Online

Wanted to quickly let you guys know that we have been packing nonstop so we can have QP available...

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Up & Running!

We have been pretty silent during the last few weeks, but a lot has happend! Batch 2 has taken...

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Mast Brothers Chocolate

Just after Quinn was born my office sent a gift hbasket filled with gourmet this and that. Incredibly nice...

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Red Rooster Harlem

If you live in NYC the Red Rooster is a hopscotch game away in Harlem. We visited the restaurant and...

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Batch Two – Light Speed is Too Slow

We are making a lot of popcorn this time. Four times more than what we did last time. That’s...

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Potential

That’s our new warehouse. It’s 1700 sq ft of empty right now. Ostensibly it looks like no more than...

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Calm Before The Storm

We have a few weeks until our next batch comes in. There is a ton of prep involved, but...

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Overdrafted

See that up there, that’s our second batch getting underway. Or at least that’s my slightly abstract interpretation that allows me...

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CEO,CFO,COO, C*%

I spent the better half of last night looking up internal structures of companies whom Coulter and I both...

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Interviewing In Pajamas

About two weeks ago I made a desperate plee for help on our local T.V station, NECN.   “Please,...

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Here We Go Again-Batch 2

Four months after going to production with Batch 1 we have pulled the trigger and mustered up the strength...

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Slow Is Smooth, Smooth Is Fast

A friend and one-time colleague reminded me of the above saying recently. Since then I have repeated it roughly...

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Quinn Popcorn + Liz Chatfield PR

When we first started Quinn Popcorn our parents were our biggest fans. It’s easy to watch your children take...

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DailyCandy & NYC

 (Me on 3 cups of coffee by 11am….. I crashed at 4pm* FYI.) Coulter and I attend the DailyCandy Start...

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Whoa, Amazon Sold Out

You guys cleared out our Amazon inventory! We blew through the pallet of popcorn in about four days. Running...

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An Ally In Whole Foods

Kristy started talking to Whole Foods well before we had a product. I think the first meeting was only...

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Batch Two – Bag Edits

All of the feedback we have received on the Batch One page, through email, and in person, has been...

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Amazon Is A Go

We have been working on this for a while and written several posts about it and now our popcorn...

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Don’t Fall Off!

This is exactly how I feel right now. I am trying to hold on…grasping to stay on this ride…...

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Happy Baby = Happy Quinn

I purchased HappyPuffs a few weeks ago and after opening the container something seemed a little off. Long story...

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Pallet Out

I felt like I was sending my child off on a school bus for the first time. I didn’t...

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A Snippet From Today’s List

If you have noticed, I tend to write updates when I am so overloaded I don’t know what to...

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Morning Show Debut

We were so cool and collected up until we stepped onto the set. This was another one of those...

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Demo Rhythm

We have only demoed Quinn Popcorn twice at Whole Foods, but the experience so far has been pretty awesome....

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One Year Old

 Our son Quinn just had his 1st  birthday, and Quinn Popcorn turned one a few days after that! This...

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Demo Done

So, that first demo went amazingly well. We were totally unprepared, our setup was generic at best, and we...

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Demo # 1

Tomorrow is our first demo. It will be at the Hingham Whole Foods from 11:00 – 1:00. I shouldn’t be, but...

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And The Winner Is…

About 3 days ago we were way behind in Daily Candy’s Start Small Go Big contest. Honestly, I had...

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Batch One

Our Kickstarter backers are just starting to get their popcorn, and we are just starting to get some feedback...

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Vote Vote Vote

We had almost given up on the Start Small Go Big competition but we just pulled into the lead....

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1st Shipment Out

We had plenty of boxes packed up over a week ago, but we finally got our first set of...

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Setting Our Course

Something I am asked a lot is, “How did you start this?” I think the assumption is that there...

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Courting Buyers

We have packed up about half of our initial run. A lot of that is going to the Kickstarter...

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Well, There It Is

We finally found it. There had to be a mistake somewhere on our packaging. Now we know there is...

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Still Packin’

We have been a little quite on the blog front for a few days. Essentially, if you don’t see a...

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Vote for us on Daily Candy

So, exciting news!  We have been nominated as one of the top three finalist in the food & beverage...

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Public Speaking in Boulder, CO

(photo above was taken by a friend of Alex Bogusky’s) We flew out to Boulder this past weekend to...

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Our Common Pitch

A few weeks ago, while we were high off our Kickstarter progress, we decided to take a chance and...

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Packing Popcorn

We started packing boxes three days ago. I have to say it feels pretty incredible to see all those...

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T-Shirt Indecision – What’s Your Pick?

  So, we need to have a load of t-shirts made for our Kickstarter friends, and I just can’t...

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Quinn Popcorn Kickstarted

alt=”Kickstarter_Complete” width=”640″ height=”421″ /> Quinn Popcorn Backers, we did it! We honestly can’t thank you guys enough!!!   Thank...

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One More Kickstarter Day

It’s been 29 days. That doesn’t seem possible, but it has. Now there are only 24 hours left until...

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Pallets of Popcorn

We received our first big shipment a few days ago. All throughout the last year we have eagerly met the UPS/USPS...

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Kick-Off Your Weekend With Kickstarter Projects

It’s Friday tomorrow, with a LONG working weekend ahead of us!  So I am taking a break right now,...

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We Found Our Space

Coulter and I have had this detailed vision of where we would put Quinn Popcorn together; of what the...

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In Search of Space

The next big step for us is packing up the boxes. We are doing it ourselves which will be...

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Quinn Press

  We have been getting some really great press lately, and I just realized we haven’t shared any of...

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Kickstarter Still Kicking

I have probably refreshed my browser a billion times in the last 15 days. Each time hoping to see...

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CoCoa Metro- Chocolate Milk Anyone?

  As I was opening boxes in our shipping facility the other day, sweating after moving one darn box,...

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Boxes In Hand

A few weeks ago I posted photos of our printer doing a test run of our boxes. Now they...

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I Passed!

( Coulter is obsessed with fireworks, he took the above photo a few years ago when we were in...

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Tuesday’s Test

I have been studying for two weeks and all day today for my ServeSafe Food Managerial test I am taking...

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Confidence & Momentum

The night we posted Quinn Popcorn on Kickstarter Kristy and I each went to bed with a lump in...

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A Long Painful Outtake

So it turns out that getting in front of a video camera is difficult, really difficult. We had to...

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Popcorn Bag Susceptor

We have said the word susceptor roughly 10,000 times in the past year, and finally I am going to...

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Where Do You Want To See Quinn Popcorn?

  Trying to get Quinn Popcorn into stores and onto shelves goes something like this:   Call a store,...

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KickStart Quinn Popcorn

We have officially kicked off Quinn Popcorn on Kickstarter! This is kinda a big deal for us and the response...

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Food Safety Test

In order for us to package our popcorn boxes in a shared kitchen I need to take the ServSafe...

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Kickstarter Video Woes

Making a compelling video has to be the most important part of a Kickstarter listing. We need a decent...

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Putting It All Together

We keep getting asked when we will have our final product.  We will receive all of our components during...

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KickStarter

There are a lot of cool things happening around funding for startups and Kickstarter is leading the charge.  Put...

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Hot Off the Press

  I spent this morning at our box manufacturer in Connecticut. They gave me the full tour, which, for...

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SoWa Open Market

Coulter and I drove to an open market in Boston this past Sunday.  The SoWa market is open every Sunday,...

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Always Be Closing

  Our boxes are printing, our pouches are getting filled, and a pallet of popcorn bags is ready to...

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The Amazon Jungle

Since Quinn Popcorn won’t necessarily be available at a store near you right when we launch, we want to...

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Blind Corners

We get a lot of questions about how we are so sure this is going to work. We aren’t. If...

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Why I Paid $8 For Tea

I have become obsessively introspective when it comes to food purchasing.  Bear with me on this one.  So, what did teapigs...

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Burn Rate

That’s a screen shot from our Mint.com account. (If you haven’t tried mint.com go do it!) As you can see, our budgeted spending...

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First Bags in Hand

A few of our first bags arrived yesterday via UPS overnight.  Really this shouldn’t be a big deal.  I mean, we...

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Status Update – Production Craziness

The final days of putting this all together means total chaos over here.  Okay, total chose might me a...

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Package Design Wrap Up

I posted the box dieline yesterday, but it’s impossible to get a feel for the package from that.  This...

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COGs Isn’t My BFF (Repost)

Sorry for the repost but this post mysteriously disappeared from our site. So strange. Anyway, it’s more relevant now...

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Graphic Design Iron Man

Yup, that’s it.  That’s the final dieline.  This (and the two other flavors) will go to the box manufacturer...

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Organic Red Tape

As I was checking over my list of requirements this afternoon, making sure we are doing everything by the...

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Logistical Fun

Well, we knew things were going to come up closer to our deadline, but I kinda hoped that they...

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Planogram Shmanogram (oh, and please vote!)

My goal here is probably becoming clear. I will continue to post about the package design until you are...

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Box Evolution Continues

A friend and talented graphic designer lent me a hand today. I took his suggestions as well as a...

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Early Box Layouts – And My Eyes Hurt

It’s midnight and I have been working on the box layout all weekend.  I’m friggin exhausted.  I just have...

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Colored Husks

Each of our flavors will have an associated color.  The colored husks on the front of our packages will...

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Launching With These Three Flavors…

There are many reasons why we have chosen the below, but among all of them, we chose them because...

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Micromanaged…by My Wife

I need and want to write more posts that contain really hard to find industry knowledge.  This isn’t that....

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Food Startups In & Around Boston

Starting Quinn Popcorn just outside of Boston has been pretty ideal.  We have a ton of idols that began...

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Status Update – 6 Weeks!?

Coulter took the above photo on a trip to Munich. It looks like a vacation. Toasted bread with Brie and...

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Pretty Busy Little Saturday

I have become a popcorn peddler.  We are handing out popcorn samples as quickly as we can make them.  It’s...

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Rosemary Square Groupers

A few weeks ago Kristy wrote about her little Rosemary breakdown.  Following the discovery of a few insects in...

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Purely Lemon?

For those of you who have been keeping up with our posts, my ultimate goal has been to find...

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In Search Of Parmesan

We found our cheese!   It’s amazing how hard it was to find a cheese free of recombinant bovine...

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And the Winner Is…

Thanks to all of the comments on the bags, we now have what we hope is the final layout....

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Narrowing In On Bag Graphics

Of all the million little pieces that must come together to make a box of our popcorn, the bag...

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We Need Your Brain, All of It

This is the part where I ask you for ideas.  Our bag needs a name.  Yes, we will use...

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The Perfect Mixture

That image above cracks me up and it’s the reason I decided to write this post.  Kristy is often...

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A Brief Fish Taco Vacation

In the 7 months that we have started Quinn Popcorn I have yet to take a break. Yes, I...

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Hormones & Spiders

When we think we have it all figured out… we don’t.  While on the hunt to find milk that...

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Speed Bumps

Remember when we said that we were cruising along at high-speed… well, we have run into a few roadblocks...

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Coffee Break?

If you ask me to stop for one second, even to breath, I will tell you that you’re out...

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Friends and Family Feedback

For us one of the big advantages of engaging a broader audience this early on is that all of...

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From Maple Trees to Maple Sugar

From Sap to Maple- the process of turning sap into syrup and then into sugar. microwave popcorn

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Maple Isn’t Just For Pancakes

Sourcing our maple sugar

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Papers Papers Everywhere

Completed paperwork is pretty satisfying. It means that we are that much closer to getting Quinn Popcorn on the...

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Loving EVOL

Kristy and I keep an eye out for emerg­ing food brands and con­tinue to build a list of the...

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Prototype Bags!

Big news for Quinn Popcorn!  Reinventing the bag has been a huge challenge for us and we are one...

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How Things Get Done

I just witnessed the reason why Quinn Popcorn is heading to market so quickly and I need to pass...

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How To Fill Our Pouches?

With a baby in one hand, and a cup of coffee in the other….  I wish it was that...

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Our New Husk

The graphic design or brand language of Quinn Popcorn is something we talk about all the time and have...

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Popcorn Yield

Since we are not using a susceptor in our bag there is some concern that we will end up...

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A Fun Status Update

We have started friends and family flavor testing. We have a ton of bags and pouches to fill and...

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Sea Salts & Mountain Salts

Before Quinn Popcorn, yes, I was a sea salt user, but now I am completely infatuated with it… admittedly...

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Developing Our Visual Brand Language

We have been working with a graphic designer to nail our brands design language. My current and previous...

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Flavor Poll

We have been working on sourcing the best ingredients and refining our recipes but there is another important dimension...

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Early Package Rendering

The graphic design for the box is not finalized yet, in fact it’s not even close. I...

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Bag Update – Getting There…

It’s been a while since we have written an update on the popcorn bag effort but a lot has...

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Popcorners via JetBlue

I have been meaning to give Popcorners a try and finally got my chance. They seem to have...

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Pitch Cards

Kristy wrote about her meeting with the local buyer for a national grocer in a recent post. The...

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Trademarking Quinn Popcorn

We need to federally trademark our logo and company name. For those of you unfamiliar with this, trademarks...

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Getting Started With Buyers

In order to qualify as a local vendor, you need to package your product in a facility not...

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My “Just Get It Done” List

I need to come up with a better way to write/say "To Do List". It is so...

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Justin’s Nut Butter

Kristy’s and I were in Boulder CO a few years ago and came across this amazing peanut butter at...

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Inside Out Bag Video

A quick recap on this experiment: I cut the top off of a regular microwave popcorn bag so...

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Defining the Brand

Foremost we want to emphasize that out product is natural, and unmolested. Microwave popcorn currently feels manufactured and...

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Extracting Oils From Plants

So I did some research and found that there are three main ways to extract oils from plants and...

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Just One Handful…

So at this point, I have a love hate relationship with it. Every time I test a flavor,...

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Status Update

There are just a couple other topics we need to tackle… Things like brand development, graphic design, launch...

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Finding the Right Oil

For all those butter lovers out there, we are not going to be using butter in any of our...

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Microwave Bag Experiments

I know I have already said this but we need the bag to be distinct. The bag is...

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Peanut Flour

I received peanut flour from a farm in Georgia today. I am A. really excited to try our...

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Bag Material Options

We want to avoid coatings such as plastic, wax, or silicones that are needed to make regular paper grease...

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Sales Seminar – The Best I Will Ever Attend

I not only took about 20 pages of notes, but was also able to take home a CD of...

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Pod Coffee…Really?

This leads me to the question, why is pod coffee so friggin popular? Making a good coffee is...

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Discovering Flavors

Between all the sourcing and problem solving we have been diligently trying out tons of flavor combinations. Over...

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Popcorn Bag Dissection

I wanted to pull apart a popcorn bag to see what makes it tick. It seems crazy but...

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Expo East

A friend of ours who started a food company a couple of years ago suggested that we attend The...

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REWORK

Okay, here is my take in a few sentences. Rework makes you more aware of all of the...

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The Preparing Experience

Microwave popcorn is a product that was designed and marketed for convenience. Instant coffee and Lunchables are also...

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The Popcorn Bag

The popcorn bag is going to be one of our biggest hurdles. The existing bag is optimized and...

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And A Little About Me, Coulter

The way Kristy and I work in the kitchen really sums us up.  With Kristy at the helm even...

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A Bit About Me, Kristy

Instead of sitting on the couch watching the Food Network all day (I would if I could but we...

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Why Popcorn

I grew up making Jiffy Pop on the stove.   I am sure you are all well aware that there...

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Quinn Popcorn Begins

With this post we officially announce Quinn Popcorn. I guess that makes it real in some sense, but it...

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