Emmy's Organics Blog

Thursday, January 27, 2011

WE DID IT!


Wow, what an awesome month this has been so far! We reached our goal for our campaign!!! What an amazing experience. To simply ask and then receive. I am blown away every time I look over our list of contributors! It brings tears to my eyes knowing how many people support our business (emotionally and financially)! We have been busy preparing the "gifts" that our contributors receive as a thank you for their donation. Its been really fun putting them together and writing notes to everyone! A very special thank you goes to the list of contributors below: thank you for making such a difference for us. We are grateful for your generosity and encouragement!!

ZIA ANGER
BILL GAFFNEY
SUSAN LEE
KATE JAFFE
LARRY KAPLOWITZ
ANNE EARDE
SIMEON MOSS
CHE BROADNAX
CARY MOSIER
CHRISTOPHER OCHS
SUSAN STILLMAN
LISA BLOOM
KATE FRASCA
STEPHEN ABRAMS
SARA BENSON
WM LAWSON
DANAE RINGELMANN
MICHAEL COLDWELL
JENNY SWIFT
SAVERIO CASTELLI
KRISTINA GENOVA-NILSEN
JOBY JOSEPH
SHAUN BEYMOLLA
CHAYA SPECTOR
CODY CURRIER
BARBARA TAYKAN
ANDREW RHODES
SARA FAY
ARIELLE WEBB
PATRICIA WOODY
FIONA WOODS
AYA MEGAN MARIE
CHRISTINA LAMOTHE
TONDRA LYNFORD
HILARY DAVIS
SARAH COLDWELL
JESSICA SCHNEIDMAN
TOBI FELDMAN
CATHERINE FREEDMAN
AARON MORRIS
WILLIAM MARSHALL
TEDDI ROGERS
MARGARET FARADAY
FENG MU
SUSAN NAGLE
RAVEN PRICE
JEFFREY TITTLE
BRADFORD KRAKOW
DANA ZALAZNICK
KATHARINE KELLY
LAUREN FRASCA
ETHAN ASH
RICHARD J SMITH
CAROL CHERNIKOFF
JILL WOLFE
DONALD BARTOLONE
MERRY ANN JACKSON
KATHLEEN HAGENDORF
TONI DESROSIERS
GAYLA DEBOSE
JAMES GOULD
RALPH CUTLER
JENNIFER TT CAMBRAS
COLIN SMITH
BRIDGET O'CONNOR
EMILY DEAN
ERIN CALLAHAN
JASON DESMARIS
VANESSA WILLARD
MEG YOUNGER
KEITH GOULD
MARIA ROSAS
KIRSTEN ABRAMS
VICTORIA LYNFORD
AMY COHEN
ELIOT RICH
JESSICA ENGLISH
BLAKE MYERS
BILL LAM
SOPHIE SIDHU
GEOFF HOWELL
KAREN LAMBERT
TRACY MCQUAY
CONOR GAFFNEY
TRISTAN PRETTYMAN

That's not even everyone (there are some anonymous contributors!). We have chosen a different designer to re-brand our company. We are very excited to work with Megan, a young and talented designer based in San Francisco. Her work is amazing and we are confident that she will help us take our look to the next level.
In other news, we have been working with our dear friend Juliana who is an expert in food safety. She is helping us with our application to get Organic Certified currently. Wow, it is so much tedious work. They really need EVERY kind of documentation possible. From suppliers to a map of your production facility to a list of the soap you use on your dishes! We are grateful for Juliana and her wisdom, this project would not be underway without her. Thank you!!
We also just bought our tickets to Los Angeles in March! We will be attending the grand opening of Cafe Gratitude in LA. This will be a longer trip for us, almost 12 days! After the opening we will be headed to the bay area to set up some new accounts, do some demos at whole foods (where we should have product by then!), meet with our designer and see Ian's Dad! THEN we will be attending the Natural Products Expo in Annaheim. We decided not to exhibit there this year as the cost is SO high. We are going to walk around, get inspired, talk with some of our suppliers and make connections. It's going to be an awesome trip, I am so excited.
As Valentines Day approaches, we have created a special gift bag for the occasion please visit our STORE and pick up a Goji Love Bag for yourself or a loved one.
I love you, thank you so much for your support.
Samantha



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy 2011!



Hi Everyone!
Happy New Year! We are so excited for this upcoming year. I have been thinking a lot about all of our growth this past year and what happened. Some highlights to list are that we:

Went to our first expo
Got a new big mixer
Took out our first loan
Purchased our macaroon machine
Moved into our new space
Took on national distribution
Passed on our bag labeling to Challenge Industries
Created our Chocolate Chili macaroon flavor
Hired our first employee
Entered our SECOND Whole Foods Region
RE-Designed our Website
Purchased 3 large commercial dehydrators
Started our first campaign (its still going!)

These are just to name a few. There is a picture above of one of our new equipment purchases (provided by daniel k, packaging extraordinaire!). Who knows what 2011 will bring? I am excited about our new branding and packaging design project. Our campaign is going so well!! We have just over two weeks to collect $1738. I am so blown away by the support network that we have. We are both so grateful and excited every time someone contributes. Its a little celebration each time. What an honor, acknowledgement and awesome way to bring in the new year. Thank you for sharing, contributing and just being who you are!
Aside from the re-branding project that the campaign is supporting, I am looking forward to an awesome kitchen staff, west-coast distribution (being a NATION WIDE brand), some more trade shows, custom designed boxes to send to stores, organic certification, non-gmo certification, an Emmy's newsletter and new product pictures....to name a couple.
What are you creating for your 2011? Business or Personal? Share on the blog or send an email. Setting an intention for a day, month or year is a powerful tool. The more times you share your intentions with others the stronger the creation is. The more people you have "on board," the more of a support system you have of people who will keep you in the game. We support you and your intentions, just as you have done for us. Feel free to share them!!
I LOVE YOU. Happy New Year.
Samantha