TBA picHot cereals have long been part of the healthy breakfast. Most doctors recommend them as essential for good health, and a tasty alternative to the American standard of bacon and eggs. There are a variety of hot grain cereals to choose, from iconic Quaker Oats and the classically packaged John McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal. But we love finding something different and tasty.

New consumer brands, especially when they are independently owned, have a difficult time getting established simply because the retail shelf space is already overcrowded. This limits and even prevents great new brands from making it to your store shelves. As we have said in many previous posts, distribution trumps everything: your quality, your price, your package – because “if it ain’t there, they can’t buy it.”

The alternative today for small artisan brands is to sell the consumer directly over the Internet. But physical products aren’t really delivered over the internet. You can pitch, build community, and collect orders. But physical direct-to-consumer products must be shipped, and it’s costly – so costly in fact that if the item is weighty or inexpensive, the shipping cost will be too high for you to justify an on-line purchase, and you may settle for what they have at your neighborhood store.

But if you did, you’d miss out on some really incredible products, one of which is a hot breakfast cereal called Purple Sunrise. Although this brand is beginning to appear in a few stores, for most of us it’s still an Internet purchase. And is the cost of delivery worth it? You bet! When we first were introduced to the brand, it immediately became a staple in our home. We are part of the brand discovery process because we tell all our friends about it, knowing that they will thank us. Then we see it at their house!

So why are we suddenly hawking “mush” in our brand blog? It fits. Everything about this brand fits our basic brand essentials:

1. Positioning. Purple Sunrise is marketed as an upscale, artisan, gourmet whole-grain superfood breakfast cereal addressing a cross-section of several smaller specialty niches, including Organic, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, and Kosher. By satisfying the strict requirements of these dietary factions, it establishes a base that helps sustain sales while providing a high-quality product that the majority of folks can enjoy.

2. Branding. Their name, “Purple Sunrise,” combines its unique color, presumably from the “Forbidden Rice” ingredient, with the time of day it is generally eaten, morning. The logo captures the purple sunrise over Mount Baker in Washington State, near the Puget Sound area where the mill is located. The catch phrase, “Freshness You Can Taste – Energy You Can feel,” appeals to those who are looking for something better.

3. Packaging. High quality queues abound. Freshly milled cereal is immediately packaged the high-quality anti-oxidant re-sealable foil-lined grain-colored bags complete with oxygen absorbing packs. The colorful label depicts an inviting bowl of Purple Sunrise adorned with a ripe strawberry and banana slices. The cardboard delivery carton is strong and clean. The enclosed list of ingredients depicts colorful images each of the 9 grains. The packaging screams QUALITY and VALUE!

4. Brand Promise. We have been enjoying Purple Sunrise for years. We buy it by the case so we can share it with our friends. The product has demonstrated consistent quality over time, the ultimate measure of brand promise. The real advantage to strict quality control is that we feel confident recommending it, and our friends thank us for turning them on to mush, no less.

Okay, here it is: www.CamanoIslandMills.com. Bon Appetit!

 

Who We Are

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey Barefoot Wine Founders

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey co-authored the New York Times bestselling business book, The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand. The book has been selected as recommended reading in the CEO Library for CEO Forum, the C-Suite Book Club, and numerous university classes on business and entrepreneurship. It chronicles their humble beginnings from the laundry room of a rented Sonoma County farmhouse to the board room of E&J Gallo, who ultimately acquired their brand and engaged them as brand consultants. Barefoot is now the world’s largest wine brand.

Beginning with virtually no money and no wine industry experience, they employed innovative ideas to overcome obstacles, create new markets and forge strategic alliances. They pioneered Worthy Cause Marketing and performance-based compensation. They built an internationally bestselling brand and received their industry’s “Hot Brand” award for several consecutive years.

They offer their Guiding Principles for Success (GPS) & Shelf Smarts courses to help consumer product brand builders achieve success. Their book, The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways To Engage and Empower Your People, helps corporations maximize the value of their human resources.

Currently they travel the world leading workshops, trainings, & keynoting at business schools, corporations, conferences. They are regular media guests and contributors to international publications and professional journals. They are C-Suite Network Advisors & Contributing Editors. Visit their popular business site at www.thebarefootspirit.com.

To make inquiries for keynote speaking, trainings or consulting, please contact sales@thebarefootspirit.com.