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Quinn Reinvents Microwave Popcorn

The Local Producer Loan Program was created to help small, local vendors grow their businesses.

Sometimes, we have the opportunity to help a start-up get their product out the door and onto our shelves. This was the case with Quinn Popcorn.

Simply stated, Quinn is microwave popcorn reinvented. Recently, conventional microwave popcorn has been in the news due to the concern that chemicals in the lining of the bag may get into the popcorn during the popping process. Once the founders of Quinn Popcorn learned about this, they set out to create a delicious and better version of a beloved snack favorite.

Husband and wife team Coulter and Kristy Lewis launched Quinn Popcorn shortly after the birth of their first child . . . Quinn!

Kristy’s passion for cooking and food combined with her desire to get things done makes her the perfect person to start a food company. In fact, this is a life-long dream come true! Coulter’s training as an engineer is the ideal complement to the team.

They knew they wanted to make a difference with their product and therefore started with the popping bag.

They developed a unique “Pure Pop” bag, made from recycled and compostable paper. We’re pretty sure that’s a first in the microwave-popcorn industry!

They also replaced the hydrogenated oils and artificial flavorings found in many microwave popcorns with expeller-pressed oils and simple, mouth-watering ingredients. And if that’s not enough, they use organic kernels that come from family farms in the Midwest. Using organic corn is the best way to avoid GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

After much trial and error — and tasting parties with family and friends — Kristy and Coulter settled on three flavors, one savory, one sweet and one salty:

  • Parmesan and Rosemary
  • Vermont Maple and Sea Salt
  • Lemon and Sea Salt

Their goal is to provide you with the best bag of microwave popcorn you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. And I can tell you from personal experience, Quinn Popcorn delivers on that promise!

Kristy and Coulter are wonderful examples of the type of vendor the Local Producer Loan Program aims to support. Their passion, exuberance and integrity is inspiring and we are honored to help them achieve their goals!

Quinn Popcorn is currently available at our stores in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine.

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Sandy says …

I say Kudo's to this bright, energetic young couple. Dreams can come true. And Kudo's to the Local Producer Loan Program. Now let's bring some of that popcorn to Nevada!!

Lyndsey@TinySkillet.com says …

I think this is a great alternative. I love the logo, and the flavors sound great. I would use this when I didn't want to get my pans dirty. :)

Marlene Dotterer says …

This is wonderful, but I have to rain on your parade. I've been making microwave popcorn myself for a while. I use the popcorn from the bulk bin, putting 1/4 cup kernals into a paper lunch bag. Fold it over, microwave for 2.5 to 3 minutes. It's perfect. It's beautiful. It's ready for whatever toppings I'm inspired to add. And it's very cheap!

says …

@Marlene That's great! How resourceful!

denise says …

Awesome!

Brian says …

The flavors look tasty and the packaging is simple yet eye-catching. Great job and the Local Producer Loan program sounds great!

Yogi says …

Paper is treated with chemicals. Although they are looking into fungi for pulping, the industry still processes paper in a non-environmentally friendly way with chemicals.

Microwave Egg Cookers says …

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Michelle Sykes says …

Hi ! Just wondering how difficult it is to obtain corn seed that is not a GMO ? I am reading how Monsanto would like to hold a monopoly on all corn seeds . I will not buy any corn any more . This GMO business has taken the pleasure out of eating fresh corn on the cob . I appreciate your taking the time to read this and hope you will share your thoughts on this .We love popped corn very much and like to make it often .It has become a huge worry for me to feed my grandchildren pop corn that may be a GMO . Thanks , Michelle ,Windsor .

tlsullie says …

"Inspiring" is a great word! Love this. This program is really impressive. I wish our WF in Arlington, TX carried this product!

Dennis Ricke says …

Can I order Quinn Popcorn from the Sarasota, Florida store? Is there a minimum/maximum amount that needs to be ordered? What is the cost delivered to Sarasota?

Patty B says …

Do you do mail order? I have a grandson named Quinn & would love to get some popcorn for him.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@PATTY - That would be such a cute gift! They have a link on their website to online stores where you can buy their products. Find it at http://www.quinnpopcorn.com/purchase/.

Edward Nace says …

Any chance of Quinn Popcorn being available in your Richmond, Virginia store? I know I can order it online from QP, but I would like to save on the shipping cost. Thank you for your consideration.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@EDWARD - Since our products vary between store locations, I would suggest reaching out to the Grocery department at the Richmond location to see if this is something that is available in their Region. You can call the Short Pump location directly at 804.364.4050.

Sharon says …

I recently read about the dangers of the microwave popcorn bags and discovered that your product doesn't use those bags. I will now be looking for Quinn popcorn in my local Whole Foods store in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, CA. Thank you for being health conscious!

Gayle says …

Does the Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA carry Quinn popcorn?

phyllis wilk says …

when will the denver area stores have quinn popcorn.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@GAYLE & @PHYLLIS - Our products often vary between our regions/stores so I would suggest reaching out to your local store directly for product information! You can find a list of stores at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

pauline Smith says …

Can you purchase this popcorn in Canada and if so where. I am trying so hard to eat organic everything.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@PAULINE - You can look on their website to find a store near you at http://www.quinnpopcorn.com/store-locator/. It also appears they offer online ordering through their website as well!

Stacey Porter says …

Your popcorn is definitely the best microwave popcorn out there!

John Ficzere says …

How do you prevent your gluten free items getting cross contaminated by your gluten processes? Are your gluten free products safe for those with Celiac Disease?

Patricia Gonzalez says …

When is Quinn Popcorn coming to the Wheaton, IL store?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@PATRICIA - Since we are decentralized, buying is done at the store/regional level. Check with your local store to see if they plan to have this in stock.

Lori Smith says …

Just saw you on Katie Couric's show. Love popcorn and soo glad you have invented a better microwave popcorn product. Will you be available in Georgia Whole Foods.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LORI - Check with your local store in Georgia directly to find out if they have this in stock!

Julie LaFleur says …

I love Quinn Popcorn! An avid popcorn eater, I first tasted this delicious all natural popcorn over the holiday season, last December. I have a friend who runs a nonprofit food pantry and, being unemployed myself, she shared some with me from one of her donations. When money is tight, with little to no income, food purchases are few and far between and treats almost non existent. Quinn popcorn is so yummy and to know that it is also founded on healthy living, all the more desirable. The Lemon and Sea Salt is definitely my favorite. It's the perfect snack for me, as popcorn is one of my all time favorite treats. Now instead of other shelf brands, I crave Quinn. There's no other like it! Thank you for making such a quality product.

Lenora Gobert says …

It's too bad this product is only available in limited stores in the northeast. I currently live in New Orleans, LA and it's difficult to find healthy products here. I would really like to be able to buy non GMO microwave popcorn...preferably without all of the salt!

Jo-Anne says …

I have just read about you popcorn in Prevention magazine and I would like to know if your product is available in Canada. I tried ordering online but was unable to select a country outside of US. Thank you,

Megan says …

@JO-ANNE - On Quinn Popcorn's website, it looks like there are no stores that carry it in Canada. However, you can reach out to the folks there via their contact form, and hopefully they can help you get some! http://www.quinnpopcorn.com/connect/

Ken and Tina Winkley says …

We are absolutely in love with this popcorn. We cannot get enough of it! Thank goodness this lovely couple took the "plunge" and were so successful in making super-tasting products!

filomena says …

i live in new jersey and would like to purchase quinn popcorn for my grandchildren. How or where can i buy it in new jersey. thank you

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@FILOMENA - You can always check with the stores in New Jersey to see if they carry this: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list. If your local store doesn't carry this, you can find other retailers on their website at http://store.quinnpopcorn.com/.

Sonia Figueroa says …

I just had a taste of the wonderful Quinn popcorn, very much enjoyed it!! I believe you can eat almost anything but its all about the quality it makes a difference, major difference! What I would really love is to be able to make this popcorn the old fashion way...don't like microwaves :o(

Beth says …

love this popcorn!!! can we please get it in the new Davie, FL store, PLEASE