Ben Swanson

Ben Swanson

Ben is from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota and received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota. Ben works with clients to determine what AURI can do to advance their business or products, like conducting nutritional analysis and helping find suppliers and copackers.

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Popcorn Pair: Smude’s introduces microwave popcorn made with heart-healthy sunflower oil

Posted on October 11, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News, Success Stories

By Liz Morrison Business is popping at Smude’s Sunflower Oil in Pierz. Seven years ago, Tom and his wife, Jenni, central Minnesota cattle farmers, began working with AURI to develop Minnesota’s first cold-press sunflower oil manufacturing company. Now, Smude’s Sunflower Oil is expanding into microwave popcorn. The fast-growing company’s newest product is made with Smude’s […]


Growing Grocery Store Trends

Posted on October 6, 2016, in Ag Innovation News, News

Looking at what is available in the marketplace today is a great way to gauge the average consumer’s interests. Going to supermarkets, of various sizes and locations (urban and rural), can give the industry and others an idea of what consumers want along with upcoming trends.

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