“We wouldn’t sell it if five-year-olds didn’t eat it and love it! You know, that’s the ultimate test!” – Abe Kamarck, Founder of True Made Foods
In our latest Founders Series interview with Abe Kamarck, the mind behind True Made Foods and the winner of NIQ’s first annual Pitch Slam, we dove into the journey of transforming a family dinner struggle into a thriving business. Abe, a father of four, was motivated by the challenge of providing healthy yet appealing meals for his kids. He recognized the sugar overload in conventional ketchup and drew on his Italian heritage, infusing the condiment with vegetables like carrots and later apples to create a low-sugar alternative.
True Made Foods faced the common hurdles of premature expansion and unwise advice, but Abe emphasized the importance of a supportive team and strategic planning in navigating these challenges. Convincing retailers involved leveraging data to understand category trends and market gaps, ensuring a successful entry into the highly consolidated ketchup market.
Abe’s advice for aspiring founders combined humor with practicality, stressing the often-undisclosed role of substantial financial backing in success stories. He encouraged founders to generate revenue quickly while understanding the economic realities of the CPG industry. True Made Foods’ journey epitomizes the resilience and strategic thinking essential for building a successful brand in a competitive market.
We are now accepting applications for the 2024 NIQ Founders Pitch Slam!
The NIQ Founders Pitch Slam was built around helping the most innovative emerging brands supercharge their growth with the power of NIQ data and insights. The pitch slam winner and top finalists will be the most innovative brands on the market with the most significant potential for growth based on NIQ data, and on-trend for consumers.
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