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Angie's Kettle Corn founders to speak at Schmitz Lecture

Kernel to craze

Angie’s Kettle Corn founders will tell how their product popped.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [11-22-11]

The owners of Angie’s Kettle Corn will explain how their kernel of an idea became a nationwide craze when they speak at the Minnesota State Mankato College of Business Richard Schmitz Executive Lecture Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Ten years ago Dan and Angie Bastian started selling bags of Angie’s Kettle Corn to earn money for their children’s education. Since then the North Mankato business has grown from 2 to 100 employees, producing 80,000 bags a day that are sold in all 50 states in Costco, Super Target, Whole Foods, Lunds, Byerly’s and SuperValu stores.

The Bastians will talk about “Entrepreneurial Simplicity: Ambition, Commitment, Relationships” at 11 a.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union. The Schmitz Executive Lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Retired food retailer Richard R. Schmitz, namesake of the annual lecture, grew up in Brewster, Minn., and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Minnesota State Mankato. He established the College of Business lecture several years ago.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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