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Eco Shipping

Let’s start off by saying that we love sending popcorn to you. It’s exactly why we’re here – to clean up snacks, so you can enjoy them! The things is, sometimes those boxes have a lot of empty space inside. All those empty spaces take up space limiting the amount of boxes a truck can carry. This means more trucks on the road. We’d like to work together to decrease the amount of empty space in our boxes. And here’s how, a Quinn Popcorn Eco Shipping guide. Select an Eco order size and we’ll ship your order with as little empty space as possible. To make an Eco order of Microwave Popcorn, use the options below: 3 boxes 6 boxes 9 boxes 15 boxes 25 boxes To make an Eco order of Farm-to-Bag Popcorn, use the options below: 3 (6 bags) 6…

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California Olive Ranch

Since launching last year, we are so excited to see Farm-to-Bag Popcorn become a household go-to. We love the opportunity to talk to folks about our focus on ingredients. From healthy oils to non-GMO and transparency; we really do think food should be simple, honest, transparent, and convenient. The backbone of Farm-to-Bag is awesome ingredients and strong grower partnerships. Our California Olive Oil popcorn made with California Olive Ranch extra-virgin olive oil couldn’t be a better demonstration of this. California Olive Ranch, located in Northern California, has a climate like Spain and northern Tuscany (aka perfect for olive growing). Here they rely on time honored family traditions alongside sustainable innovations. At harvest time (a 45 day window) the short bushy trees are harvested quickly and carefully. Within in just a couple of hours of being picked, the olives are milled to maintain the fullest…

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Worse Than GMOs

I think we’ve all seen and heard the GMO food arguments and counterarguments. It seems like a pretty complex issue, but in reality, it’s dead simple. (If you need a primer on what a GMO is, check out THIS post.) First there are two distinct positions that keep getting mixed together. Advocating for the elimination of GMOs, and advocating for labeling of products that are made using GMOs. Advocating to eliminate GMOs: This is the position that’s making it look complicated. From emotional appeals to conflicting scientific reports, the argument for eliminating GMOs is complicated and eventually leads to a point for point quagmire. Yes, GMO’s impact on our health and environment is real, but it’s not the root of the issue. Even if you’re convinced that we need to stop growing all genetically modified food, there’s still a huge piece missing. Without labeling, the…

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Natural Flavors

(Here’s a promise from us, we’re always going to share exactly what’s in our product. No hiding behind natural flavors here – the photo above is some of our raw ingredients.) Nature and flavor might be two of our favorite things, so why is this word combo stirring up such a hullabaloo? For us, it comes down to one thing really, a lack of transparency. The words “natural flavor” on an ingredient list just don’t tell the whole story. Here’s how natural flavoring is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations: “essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy…

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Harvest in Nebraska

This is a quick story of where our corn comes from. Four years ago Quinn Popcorn was an idea that would have never been realized if we couldn’t find the right partners. Kristy spent the first year of Quinn Popcorn in her attic, Quinn in lap, and phone to ear. She was talking to everyone in our food system, trying to pull together all the pieces needed to make microwave popcorn in an entirely different way. Corn was a linchpin. It was a time of 99% dead ends. One of those calls was to Grain Place Foods. Dave, the owner, took Kristy’s call and over the next few weeks they talked corn and organic farming for hours. On our way to visiting Grain Place Foods we admitted to our expectations. Family run, deep passion for farming and food, and happy people doing their life’s…

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Don’t Eat Popcorn This Thanksgiving

Do you love Thanksgiving? Do you love popcorn? Well, we have created recipes that incorporate popcorn into all of your Thanksgiving dishes! Just kidding. Even though we are big fans of popcorn, we know there is a time and a place. Snacking? Yes definitely! Part of Turkey Day dinner? Probably not. For Thanksgiving this year, we are looking forward to trying some new things, buying some local stuff and drawing on Thanksgivings past. Here’s a peek into our plans for Turkey day. (The above photo is from a dinner out with the entire Quinn crew at the Gold Hill Inn in Gold Hill Colorado) > Turkey from Jodar Farms with stuffing and dressing. The Great Debate: Inside the Turkey vs. Outside the Turkey. Where do you stand? We are doing both this year! > Cranberry sauce a la can. Just like…

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Lemon is Moving On

Sometimes life gives you lemons. If you loved our Lemon & Sea Salt popcorn, then sometimes is today. Lemon was one of our first flavors and a favorite of many here at Quinn. Our special, additive free, dried lemon is no longer available and Lemon & Sea Salt is going the way of Old Yeller, Mufasa, Bambi’s Mom…you get the idea. It’s an untimely end to a terrific flavor. Lemon & Sea Salt was created in Kristy’s home kitchen when Quinn Popcorn was more vision than reality. In our taste tests, Lemon beat out Peanut Butter and became one of the three flavors that launched the company. From day one, Lemon was a polarizing flavor. Those who love it, REALLY love it. Most didn’t know what to expect and needed a push give it a try. The thing is, Lemon…

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Popcorn & Beer

​We’ve always enjoyed beer with popcorn and we know we aren’t the only ones. So ​we decided to take some time to really dig into the phenomenon. In other words, ​we stayed a little late Friday night, popped up some popcorn, and invited our friends from Sanitas Brewing Co. over to hang out. Pretty important stuff. Sanitas​ is a Boulder brewery that started up about a year ago. They happen to be down the road from our warehouse which has made for easy and much welcome trades. This past Friday they brought over two​ styles of​ beers and we popped up a bunch of popcorn. This is what we learned…   Beer and popcorn ​go great together – no big surprises there – but if you put a little forethought into your selections they can make each other even better (like any good relationship)….

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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 up in the trash. Charged with the task, I started looking for something USA made and recycled. That’s when I came across seeded plantable pins here. After doing some more research I learned that not only was the paper seeded with marigolds and zinnias, the backing was compostable, the pin part was made from scrap metal, and attached with compostable glue made from egg shells. It took me about 2 seconds to realize that they were a perfect fit for us. We are pretty excited about handing them out and getting to tell people they grow flowers too. After a pin has been totally worn out (and seen by tons and tons of people) … all you have to do is remove…

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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 of space to occupy for three days. Our crew spends way too much time behind laptops and suddenly we are on our feet and putting on a show. We actually put a whole lot of energy into these shows. The idea being, if we are going to do it, then let’s really do it. For our first year we basically built a small house. The display weighed over a ton and we moved it around with a rented U-Haul truck. Crazy. More on that HERE When figuring out how to make our trade show booth, how to build a diorama of Quinn Popcorn, my goal has two parts. First, I want to do something so cool that people bring their co-workers…