Mama Juana's Treats
Tell us about your business.As a lunch coordinator @a middle school I talk to kids all the time. One day I started talking to a 8th grader named Carla. She was little sad cause the doctor put her on gluten free diet. I told her I would work with her by ordering a gluten free lunch. We talked about how challenging and expensive the diet was. She said she bought a bag of cookies and it cost $9.00 and how they crumble. I asked her which were her favorite cookies. She said, Oatmeal cookies. I have been baking for over 40 years. I bake vegan/low glycemic but never gluten free. After many trial & errors, Carla's oatmeal cranberries with chocolate chips & chia seeds was born. She loved it. Gave to my co-workers and they loved it too. Gave it to the kids they loved. Came up with 6 gluten free cookies. Decided to finish the school year and make baking a full time business. Most popular is red velvet sandwich cookie made with organic red beets, 2nd is Carla's. My goals, branch out to other gluten free healthy products.
What makes your business stand out?My business is unique because the market does not have a cookie that is vegan/ gluten free/low glycemic. Is not made with fruit juice. All of our cookies are made with coconut sugar which is the lowest glycemic sugar in the market. Coconut oil which is heart healthy. Our cookies are made with products like organic beets, organic peanut butter and banana. All of our cookies made with flax seed. We want to care about what our young kids are eating today. We want to focus on our customers, who are looking for a great healthy treat. Our main goal is to always concentrate on the ingredients. No gmo's. only Organic ingredients. There are many cookie companies out there, but ours is different. We don't use xantham gum in our gluten free cookies. We only bake vegan/gluten free/ low glycemic cookies. We bake in a gluten free kitchen. We also don't mass produce our cookies. Our cookies are made in small batches. Our goal is to make sure our customer buy the healthiest treat in the market.
What's the best business advice you've received?I have received many good advice. The best one was a 6th grader on the last day said,"don't forget who inspired you". I will always remember that quote. I was going to retire as a lunch coordinator. I never thought I was going to bake for a living. All it took was one 8th grader who inspire me to bake gluten free. How awesome is that. She inspire me to challenge myself to bake a healthy treat that would not taste like cardboard or crumble. When I heard that 6th grader quote,I knew what she meant. Never forget your customer. Never forget why I am doing what I am doing and remember them because they are my future customers. They are the ones developing challenges, and I must meet their challenges. Always make the best honest product I can. Make sure that I stay honest and true to the product. I want to meet those challenges because a lot of my customers are going from childhood to adulthood. Is the time just like they inspire me I can inspire them. With honesty,loyalty and inspiration.
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