After spending well over 20 years in brand and innovation marketing roles with household brand names like Lysol, Kellogg’s and Slim-Fast Foods, Ernie Pang decided to bring a new concept to consumers. In 2011, he created Simply Eight with a philosophy of providing minimally processed packaged foods for consumers who want simplicity and familiar kitchen pantry ingredients. With his cross-functional team of former CPG industry executives, he created four new products in the Simply Eight family that are now sold in select Kroger, Meijer and Spartan bannered retail stores. Current offerings include chewy granola bars and cookies that are all Non--GMO Project Verified.
6:00 Networking and Food 7:00 Fireside Chat 8:00 Networking
Hosted By John Mueller, Kalamazoo Chapter Director
John Mueller is an assistant professor at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo where he teaches entrepreneurship. Prior to working on his PhD in Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville, he started and ran several businesses in the software industry, including GolfSolutions.com. His work experiences have allowed him to live and work in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He enjoys being involved with exciting businesses in the startup community. Email: [masked]
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