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Midwest Pantry TOP Awards Smude's
Minnesota Manufacturing Awards

Smude's is up for the Best New Product award for the 2017 MN Manufacturing Awards. Announced soon:

Smude's Macaroni Kids Awards
Macaroni Kid - Gold Daisy Nomination

In the summer of 2016, Smude Sunflower Oil was nominated for the Gold Daisy Awards under the category of "Best Kept Secret."

Smude's - Best of Central Minnesota
Best of Central MN Nomination - Times Media

Smude's received an honorable mention in "Best Made in Central MN Product."

Midwest Pantry TOP Awards Smude's
Midwest Pantry TOPS Awards

Smude’s Sunflower Oil received the 2015 “Shelf Classics” from Midwest Pantry. Look at other winners including, Curly Girlz Candy and Mademoiselle Miel, just follow the link:


Biz Buzz

A mixed bag for business changes as March ends.

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Looking for the best trail snacks?

Don't take a hike: They're local.

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Star Tribune Smude's
Popcorn Pair

How the "pair" got started on popcorn from the original oil business.

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Star Tribune Smude's
Persistence wears down resistance

Long hours are starting pay off at the Smude's. 

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Star Tribune Smude's
Star Tribune Article
State's specialty foods industry is thriving

Neil St. Anthony dives into the state's best startups for specialty foods.

Star Tribune Smude's
Minnesota small food companies growing in an otherwise stagnant grocery industry

Tangled Up In Food Smude Review
The Taste of Success

Read Stacy's review on our regular and Mediterranean oils.

Minnesota Made Article Smude's
The Taste of Success

Find the article on page 27 about our own entrepreneur, Tom Smude and his triving success.

Beth Dooley Star Tribune Article
Sunflower Oil Serves as Standby in Kitchen

"Both flavored and the original blend of Smude's oil work like a charm." - Beth Dooley

SCTimes Smude Oil
Oil boom sprouts from Pierz company's sunflowers 

Watch the success story of Tom and Jenni. -Article written by Jake Laxen, SCTimes

Star Tribune Smude's
Star Tribune Article
St. Anthony: Homegrown sunflower oil business is at a crossroads

Writer Neil St. Anthony of the Star Tribune wrote a great article about the start up of the company. Read the article at:

Brainerd Dispatch Smude's
Local food hub sprouts Little Falls Former Crestliner Building Takes New Roots

You can find Jim Mattes selling our oil in Little Falls.

Star Tribune Smude's 2012
Growing a business from sunflower crops

A 2012 article on Tom Smude starting to launch Smude's:

Amy Klobuchar Approves Smude's
Klobuchar sold on Smude's Sunflower Oil

Smude's receive Amy Klobuchar's stamp of approval.

Maple Grove Farmers Market Smude's
Healthy Sunflower Oil at the Maple Grove Farmers Market

"For the first time, Smude Enterprises LLC brings its sunflower oil to the Maple Grove Farmers Market." - Wendy Erlien

The Heavy Table Smude's Sunflower Oil
Smude's Sunflower Oil
of Pierz

The Heavy Table's story of Tom, Jenni, and their family's new found business in 2011.


The Outdoor Report - Smude's
The Outdoor Report

Smude's Sunflower Oil is featured with Eric Osberg and his Savory Goodness cooking. Check out episodes 1-12. Episode 2 - Pike Week, shows Tom and his family enjoying the great outdoors and their day's catch!

TPT Smude Oil

TV airing on Smude Sunflower Oil – TPT MPLS. To learn more, please click the link below:

WCCO Smude's Nicollet Island
Home Grown Experience 
Nicollet Island

The summer of 2011 we were at Nicollet Island for the Home Grown Experience. Below is a link to the WCCO website with their brodcast:

Royalton Fish Fry with Smude Oil
Royalton Fish Fry

Tom visits the local Royalton fish fry at the Legion. They fry the fish using Smude's Sunflower Oil.

American Milestones - Smude's
Smude's Heart Healthy Cooking Oil

An overview of our oil from American Milestones. Watch the full video here:

AURI Smude Sunflower Oil

AURI visits Smude's Sunflower Oil's booth at the AURI expo in 2015.

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