We (Tom and Jenni Smude) started our enterprise in 2010 after a rough year for crops in 2007. Why sunflowers? We started looking for a drought-tolerant crop and this is where it led.
Our first goal was to sell by-products and the oil bulk by semi-loads. Three months later the we were faced with a hard choice when the price for bulk oil fell. So, with a positive mind, we decided to start selling retail oil on March 10th, 2012.
The word spread about the new product and soon retailers were calling us! Now our products are across the Midwest in retailers and hometown shops. The oil is also available online which ships across the country.
We would like to thank all of our customers, new or returning and loyal, for your support. Without you we would not be where we are today!
The Smude Family
All of Smude's products are made in Minnesota. The seeds are grown throughout the state and brought back to Tom and Jenni's farm to be pressed. The oil is then brought in 250 gallon totes to Pierz where it is bottled or shipped out in bulk.
Bottling is a time consuming process. Many companies have robots and other automatic machines to do the labor. Smude's Sunflower Oil takes pride in the hard work put into the bottling and labeling of the oil.