Our first guest is Eric Evenson of the Old Trapper Beef Jerky & Products Company. He tells us the story of the history his family business of Old Trapper from their famous Old Fashioned beef jerky that was born 50 years ago in the back of a small roadside grocery store on the outskirts of Tillamook, Oregon. After years of hard work and sacrifice, Old Trapper had grown to become a favorite among local jerky lovers and connoisseurs nationwide, but the best was still yet to come.Thanks to their superior product and a relentless commitment to quality, the legend of Old Trapper beef jerky continued to grow. As their retail footprint expanded nationwide, so did demand. In 2016 they embarked on their most ambitious expansion yet when they broke ground on a new 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility at our headquarters in Forest Grove, Oregon. To order product or to find out more about the company go to https://oldtrapper.com/
Our second guest is Lisa Rowland Brasher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jelly Belly Candy Company. Four generations of the family before her have made candy in America. She leads all executive and operational activities for the company. She oversees the three manufacturing plants and the company’s operations in China, Germany and Thailand. She is a company spokesperson on television, radio and print media and has appeared on major TV shows. With 33 years of experience in the day-to-day operations of the company, Brasher has broad experience to lead the company into the future. Brasher, along with her brothers, brother-in-law and sister, represents the fifth generation of the candy-making family. Her great great-grandfather, Gustav Goelitz, came to America from Germany and became the first known candy maker in the family in 1869. Jelly Belly Candy Company was founded in 1898 and began making Jelly Belly® jelly beans in 1976. Today, Jelly Belly products are sold all over the world and the company remains family owned and operated by the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of the candy making family. For more information about Jelly Belly and its confections, visit https://www.jellybelly.com/or call 800-522-3267. Connect with the company online on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Our last guest is Tom Keogh, founder & Managing Director of Keogh’s Crisps. He covers the role of general manager for the Keogh family business which comprises of both potato growing & potato packing enterprises. Tom lives beside the farm in his native North Co. Dublin with wife Eimear, son Peter Jr, daughter Heather and beloved dog Crystal.
The family been farming the fertile lands of North County Dublin for over 200 years. Fast forward to today and our family has grown to include more than just flesh and blood; they’ve got an amazing team at the farm and some very special collaborators who supply them with the unique Irish flavours, all of whom they consider as family none-the-less. the family love working with committed and inspiring people to create something their grandparents would be proud of. From their proud family heritage, hard work and passion for quality, the Keogh’s farm are committed to producing Ireland’s finest potatoes, crisps and snacks that are truly…Grown with Love in Ireland. Keogh’s is now available in the US for more information on the company go to https://www.keoghs.ie