Business is popping at Smude's Sunflower Oil in Pierz.
Seven years ago, Tom Smude, and his wife, Jenni, central Minnesota cattle farmers, began working with AURI to develop Minnesota's first cold-press sunflower oil manufacturing company. Now, Smude's Sunflower Oil is expanding into microwave popcorn.
The fast-growing company's newest product is made with Smude's heart-healthy sunflower oil. Tom and Jenni Smude launched Smude's Brand Microwave Popcorn in August and it's already available at major grocery store chains, including Coborn's and Lunds & Byerlys.