72 New Items, 9 New Brands, Same Great Profit!

In 2019, MN Brands For Good helped groups raise $50,000+ for scholarships, uniforms, travel expenses, sports equipment, ect. through local purpose-driven products. In 2020, we are doing even more to support groups through a collection of 72 new items, 9 new brands and 50% of all items $2-$10. Our new catalog will kick off March 1st 2020 - in time for Spring + Easter + Mother’s Day fundraisers.  

Our 2020 catalog is made up of Specialty Food & Beverage, Gift & Home, and Self Care best-sellers.  Food & Beverage: Maddie & Maize, Sturdiwheat, Mr. B’s Chocolate, Here’s The Deal Spice Co., New Life Coffee, Triple Crown BBQ Sauce, Bare Honey and Winter Goddess Foods. Gift & Home: Nordic Ware, Vintage Studio, Gina B. Designs, MN Nice Enough. Self-Care: Kind Lips, Essence One

Learn the stories behind these brands below:

Maddie & Maize – Minneapolis, MN

We like to say our popcorn is gourmet. It sounds nice, but really it’s just a quicker way of saying, “We spend far too much time wondering if there are enough sprinkle pieces in this batch or if in that other batch, the sweetness of the bourbon isn't overpowering the smokiness of the barbecue.” Each one of these batches of popcorn is made in small quantities to make sure that we can live up to that big little word. No dyes or weird artificial stuff here. We’re Maddy & Maize, and we want you to have the most delicious, all-natural popcorn you’ve ever tasted.

Sturdiwheat – Red Wing, MN

Founded in 1939 on a farm in Red Wing, Minnesota, Sturdiwheat prides itself on processing only the highest quality wheat in order to retain the maximum nutritional value, reflecting our desire to offer natural, nutritious products.  These delicious baking mixes take the guesswork out making you look like a pro baker every time!

Mr. B’s Chocolate – Willmar, MN

Started in Willmar, MN in 1987, Mr. B’s chocolate was started by Dwight Barnes, the original Chocolatier.  Inspired by a trip to Antwerp, Belgium, Dwight happened on “the best chocolatier in the world,” Mr. Hans Burie.  Dwight decided it was time he became a Chocolatier himself and convinced Mr. Burie to mentor him.  Dwight spent three months in Belgium side by side with Mr. Burie who taught him how to make his finest chocolate from scratch. Mr. B’s has won several awards throughout the years including the “Taste Of Chocolate” in Bloomington and “Best Chocolate” by the Star & Tribune.

Here’s The Deal Spice Company – Plymouth, MN

Here’s the deal... We believe that food should be made with love. That’s why we crafted four, hand-blended spices that enhance your cooking experience and add chef-quality flavor to every bite. So that you love what you eat.

New Life Coffee – Rice, MN

New Life Coffee is an artisan roaster of specialty Arabica coffee.  We carefully roast all of our coffees in small batches in our Rice Minnesota roastery using only the very best single-source coffee.  We work hard to develop, delicious and unique flavors.  Coffee is our passion!

Triple Crown BBQ Sauce – Minneapolis, MN (RETURNING)

Triple Crown Organic BBQ Sauces are crafted with pride in Northeast Minneapolis.  They began with the Classic, a super versatile, sweet and smoky Kansas City style sauce; a three-time Minnesota State Fair Blue Premium winner.  Triple Crown BBQ Sauces were the highest ranked organic sauces at the 2018 American Royal, the largest and most prestigious of all BBQ sauce contests in the USA. All Triple Crown products are USDA Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO and Gluten Free.  Ideal for grilled meats. baked beans, salmon, roasted vegetables, pizza or as a marinade.  

Bare Honey – St. Paul, MN (RETURNING)

Husband and wife team, Dustin and Grace, founded Bare Honey out of their love for good food and the great outdoors. Not only are they whipping up tasty local honey but they also use their company to raise money for the needs of other local bee farmers. At Bare Honey we are whipping up the most delicious local honey Minnesota has ever tasted. In addition, we are raising awareness and funds for the growing needs of our pollinators, all while bringing together other local bee farmers who share the same important mission.

Winter Goddess Foods – Minneapolis, MN (RETURNING)

Built on the belief of three simple ideas; better eating, better living and thinking gloabally and acting locally. Winter Goddess Foods is the purveyor of comfort treats, snacks and beverage mixes always made with intent and love and never with artificial ingredients, chemicals or preservatives.

Nordic Ware – St. Louis Park, MN

Since 1946, Nordic Ware has been committed to making our famous bakeware in the USA while employing over 300 Minnesotans. As a family-owned company, we are dedicated to a vibrant community life and support artistic, cultural, health and educational organizations such as Transitions Plus, by providing on-the-job training to help differently-abled high school students prepare for real-world jobs.

Vintage Studio – Osseo, MN

Started by two friends with a passion for creating and all things vintage.  Inspired by the time we shared with our grandmothers in the kitchen baking cookies and helping with dinners. Our focus is Minnesota; a place that is filled with so many great destinations and several unique phrases that make it our home. We believe in supporting communities and work with several schools each year to donate product and work on anti-bullying campaigns with our Pocket Pals – SHARE-A-SMILE initiative. 

MN Nice Enough – Nisswa, MN

Get ready for compliments from friends and complete strangers, our great designs are all original artwork by Founder Biff A. Ulm.  The highest quality outdoor sticker confidently sticks inside or out. MN Nice Enough gives to organizations that support creativity, equality, the environment, and education.

Gina B. Designs – Plymouth, MN

It all began with Gina’s love of stationery and pretty paper as a young girl. In 1984 Gina founded Gina B. Designs, and today, 35 years later we still take great pride in brightening lives with beautiful art and simple, genuine messages. We are committed to providing our customers with stationery and gifts of exceptional art and design -delivered with outstanding service.

Kind Lips – Minneapolis, MN (RETURNING)

Kind Lips is a proud partner with nonprofit organizations that support the spread of kindness.  Each year 20% of their profits are donated to prevent bullying.  Founder Josh believes that Kind Lips and its message will inspire kindness all over the world one set of lips at a time.

Essence One – Minneapolis, MN (RETURNING)

The mission of Essence One is to help others restore a healthy life through the use of natural products and to bring awareness to natural mental health therapies.  At Essence One, they only use 100% pure essential oils and natural colorants - so you can trust they are only using safe, 100% natural ingredients in their products. Every year a portion of their profits are donated to organizations raising awareness for mental health.