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Company: Poppilu

Category: Chicago / Midwest, Crowdfunding, Current, Exits, Food / Bev, Kids

Location: Chicago, Illinois

An insatiable pregnancy craving for citrus led Melanie Kahn to create Poppilu — a healthy lemonade that delivers a strong hint of tart & tangy citrus and Vitamin C without all the syrupy-sweet sugar of traditional lemonade. Along the way she learned about aronia berries and was so enamored by their healthy benefits, the Midwest farmers who cultivate them, and the deep purple color of their juice that she decided to make them a key part of Poppilu.

Kahn is not a newcomer to the packaged food industry. Previously a brand manager at Kraft Foods, Sara Lee, and Beam, Melanie started Poppilu (named after her daughter, Poppy) which was one of five brands in the inaugural cohort Kraft Heinz incubator called Springboard. Poppilu can be found in more than 2,500 stores nationwide including Walmart, Target, Albertsons, Pete’s Market, and Jewel Osco.

Poppilu Acquired by American Beverage Corporation (Juicy Juice and SUNNYD Parent Company)

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