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Quinn Reinvents Microwave Popcorn

By Heather Kennedy, March 17, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Heather Kennedy

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.

Category: Local




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!
03/17/2012 8:00:02 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Marlene That's great! How resourceful!
03/19/2012 9:10:12 AM CDT
Brian says ...
The flavors look tasty and the packaging is simple yet eye-catching. Great job and the Local Producer Loan program sounds great!
03/22/2012 1:29:05 PM CDT
denise says ...
03/22/2012 1:30:46 PM CDT
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.
03/23/2012 11:21:30 AM CDT
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!!
03/28/2012 11:23:20 AM CDT
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. :)
03/30/2012 6:06:00 AM CDT
Microwave Egg Cookers says ...
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09/12/2012 12:18:46 AM CDT
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 .
09/26/2012 10:40:40 PM CDT
tlsullie says ...
"Inspiring" is a great word! Love this. This program is really impressive. I wish our WF in Arlington, TX carried this product!
09/28/2012 10:33:14 AM CDT
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?
10/20/2012 10:53:41 AM CDT
Patty B says ...
Do you do mail order? I have a grandson named Quinn & would love to get some popcorn for him.
12/05/2012 9:03:51 AM CST
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/.
12/06/2012 1:15:07 PM CST
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.
12/09/2012 6:23:09 PM CST
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.
12/10/2012 11:11:09 AM CST
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!
03/02/2013 10:50:10 AM CST
Gayle says ...
Does the Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA carry Quinn popcorn?
03/02/2013 4:30:07 PM CST
phyllis wilk says ...
when will the denver area stores have quinn popcorn.
03/02/2013 4:57:55 PM CST
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.
03/04/2013 12:34:25 PM CST
pauline Smith says ...
Can you purchase this popcorn in Canada and if so where. I am trying so hard to eat organic everything.
03/18/2013 5:08:56 PM CDT
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!
03/18/2013 5:14:35 PM CDT
Stacey Porter says ...
Your popcorn is definitely the best microwave popcorn out there!
03/27/2013 1:10:44 PM CDT
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?
08/29/2013 9:49:37 PM CDT
Patricia Gonzalez says ...
When is Quinn Popcorn coming to the Wheaton, IL store?
11/19/2013 2:38:36 PM CST
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.
11/20/2013 12:15:29 PM CST