November 26, 2021

Category: Food

How Maud Borup CEO Christine Lantinen Grew Sales 50% During a Pandemic
COVID-19 leadership, Entrepreneurism, Family Business, Food, Leadership, Manufacturing, Retail

How Maud Borup CEO Christine Lantinen Grew Sales 50% During a Pandemic

One year after her first One Take interview, Christine Lantinen returns to discuss how Maud Borup weathered the pandemic; how its attracting and retaining talent both in the Twin Cities and Le Center, Minn.; why it’s looking to expand capacity yet again after just adding 70,000 square feet last year; whether employees are required to […]

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Tastefully Simple’s Jill Blashak Strahan on Lessons from Quick Success, 7 Years of Losses & Return to Profit
COVID-19 leadership, Food, Leadership

Tastefully Simple’s Jill Blashak Strahan on Lessons from Quick Success, 7 Years of Losses & Return to Profit

Tastefully Simple Founder and CEO Jill Blashak Strahan shares during in a brief interview what it was like to grow her 1995 startup into a $143 million-a-year business, and then lead through seven consecutive years of losses before Covid-19 hit. Ironically those recent tough times forced her organization to return to being scrappy like it […]

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Northern Ingredients CEO Robert Schafer on Placing Workplace Culture Before Profits
COVID-19 leadership, Entrepreneurism, Family Business, Food, Leadership

Northern Ingredients CEO Robert Schafer on Placing Workplace Culture Before Profits

Founder and CEO Bob Schafer created a highly successful bakery supply business from scratch all from operating cash flow; no debt. Mixing and/or distributing 150 million pounds a year of ingredients to food manufacturers, this Minnesota Family Business Award-winning company has weathered three recessions since its founding in 1991. Thus far it is handing the […]

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Restaurant Technologies is Not Only Surviving Covid-19 but Planning for Growth, says CEO Jeff Kiesel
Economy, Food, Jobs, Leadership, Restaurants

Restaurant Technologies is Not Only Surviving Covid-19 but Planning for Growth, says CEO Jeff Kiesel

In this week’s episode of One Take CEO Interviews, Restaurant Technologies chief Jeff Kiesel shares how his business prepared for and then adjusted to a drop in business due to Covid-19 shutdowns, and is now gearing up for growth. His Mendota Heights, MN-based company is the nation’s most efficient fry-oil business, providing everything from fresh […]

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Maud Borup’s Christine Lantinen on Finishing a $6 Million Expansion, Altering Marketing & Leading During Covid-19
Economy, Family Business, Food, Jobs, Leadership, Manufacturing, Retail

Maud Borup’s Christine Lantinen on Finishing a $6 Million Expansion, Altering Marketing & Leading During Covid-19

In this week’s unedited One Take interview, Maud Borup’s Christine Lantinen talks about leading through the Covid-19 economy, how she and her team have changed marketing tactics, production processes and more, plus their need to hire more than 100 hourly employees and her thoughts on how business leaders can best deal with the stress created […]

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Is Your Business Pivoting?
Agribusiness, Aviation, Banking and Finance, Brewing, Business Ethics, Commercial Real Estate, Communication, Corporate Governance, Economy, Education, Entertainment, Entrepreneurism, Environment, Family Business, Food, Health Care, Investing, Jobs, Leadership, Manufacturing, Medtech/Biotech, Mining, Oil and Gas, Residential real estate, Restaurants, Retail, Technology, Transportation, Travel

Is Your Business Pivoting?

During extremely challenging times and setbacks, successful businesses often find ways to pivot toward new opportunities, focusing more on what’s possible rather than what didn’t work. During the COVID-19 economic slowdown, if you’ve found a way to pivot, let us know and we’ll share it on this site and elsewhere as we talk with others […]

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