Clark County at Work: Nut-Tritious Foods
Monday, March 8, 2010
Business name: Nut-Tritious Foods.
Owner: Ken Condliff.
Address: Home office in Vancouver.
What the business does: Produces and distributes a variety of walnut, cashew, pecan, almond, chocolate-hazelnut, macadamia, sunflower and pumpkin-seed speciality nut butters. The fresh nut butters contain no dairy or glutens and are blended with sunflower seeds for increased nutrition and finished with agave nectar.
How has the economy affected your business: Condliff started his business during the recession. He said his fresh nut butters are a new product and have developed a following as more consumers are looking to improve their diet and overall health.
Greatest challenge: Getting consumers to look in the fresh foods case for nut butters. More health food stores are adding refrigerated food space to help sustain the healthy qualities of fresh foods.
What’s ahead: Condliff is optimistic about selling in more stores, farmers markets, locally owned health food stores and also expanding online sales. So far in 2010 his store outlets have more than doubled.
Year established in Clark County: March 2009.
Employees: Hires some contractors.
Note: Students at the Washington State School for the Blind apply the labels and heat-shrink the seal tops to the product.
Web site: http://www.nut-tritiousfoods.com.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.