CHICAGO, IL. – May 18, 2019 Smude Enterprises, a Minnesota-based food company dedicated to providing the highest quality, non-genetically modified sunflower oil, today announced that its Smude’s Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Sunflower Oil and Smude’s Brand Microwave Popcorn will be introduced during the Food Service Buyers Mission in booth #8065. The show will be held during the National Restaurant Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place, May 18 – 20.
Founded in Pierz, Minn., by Jenni and Tom Smude (smu-dee), the couple began bottling cold-pressed, high oleic, non-GMO sunflower oil on their farm in 2010; that process continues today. Due to its flavor, health and cooking benefits – having a smoke point of close to 380 degrees – the popularity of the brand quickly resulted in distribution to food service, groceries, co-ops, and mass-market retailers.
As a result of the brand’s versatility, Smude’s Sunflower Oil has become a home and foodservice kitchen essential. Its popularity is credited to impressive fatty acid content, which helps to maintain various elements of human health, in addition to being high in essential vitamin E and low in saturated fats, making it a healthy substitute for canola or olive oil.
“We’re delighted to introduce our original and eight flavor-infused sunflower oils, along with our newest product, Smude’s Brand Microwave Popcorn in regular and low sodium,” said Tom Smude. “Unlike commercially processed oils, our cold-pressed process ensures that the oil is not altered by high heat, which means both nutrient content and flavor are left intact and that our microwave popcorn pops with a light, buttery taste.”
During microwave popcorn development, the couple found that packaging their oil in a microwave bag came with challenges. “Engineering a paper bag that wouldn’t leak resulted in a period of trial and error. We succeeded in developing and securing a patent for the first microwaveable bag and seal that contains our oil and is completely free of chemicals, preservatives and artificial ingredients found in other brands,” said Smude.
- Smude’s Sunflower Original and Flavor-Infused Oils:
- Original oil in 2.5, 1.0, .5 gallon containers, ranging from $48 to $16
- Original Oil and Flavor-Infused at $9.95 for 16-ounces
- Smude’s Brand Microwave Popcorn at $4.99 a box - three individual bags per box. At 170 calories per serving, it is a guilt-free, 100 percent whole grain and gluten-free snack with zero grams of trans fats.
Smude products will be incorporated in the menu during the Food Export’s Culinary Event for international buyers the evening of May 19 at the Chopping Block in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.
About Smude Brand Sunflower Oil
Produced locally in Minnesota by the Smude family of Pierz, Minn., Smude’s Sunflower Oil products are light in taste and come in a variety of popular infused flavors, including: Hot Fiery, Lemon, Lime, Tomato Basil, Garlic, Garlic Pepper, Italian, and Mediterranean. In 2018, Smude’s Brand Microwave Popcorn was introduced, featuring an industry first, fluoro-free bag that pops the corn in the company’s non-genetically modified and gluten-free oil. Find Smude’s Sunflower Oil and Smude’s Brand Microwave Popcorn online at www.smudeoil.com and follow us on Facebook.com and Instagram.com