Missouri Business Flash: Former MU athletes expand waffle company
COLUMBIA - Two former MU athletes are reinventing a breakfast favorite: waffles. Start Right Foods is a food brand focusing on high protein waffles to fuel your day. Now, the company is expanding with the launch of a new product, their protein packed breakfast sandwich.
Kyle Rood '12 and Clint Matthews '04 launched the company in 2015 after coming across the waffle recipe formulated by MU researchers.
"As athletes we've been looking for higher protein stuff that isn't just protein shakes and protein bars and I bet a lot of other people would be to," Rood said. "So, we learned how to cook the waffles from them and slowly formed a company and started selling.
Now, after two years of making waffles, Rood says the company will be launching their breakfast sandwiches in stores January.
"We’ve been making waffles for a long time and one thing that is also convenient and high in protein in the morning is breakfast sandwiches," Rood said. "We always thought that it would be great to make because every breakfast sandwich out there is not very healthy."
A lot of the breakfast sandwiches out on the market are high in fat and sodium, according to Rood.
"They're not appetizing for someone trying to eat healthy," he said. "We thought we could do better."
Start Right Foods products currently include frozen waffles, waffle and pancake mix, and sprayable maple syrup. Rood said the products are in about 150 stores across Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas.
The company has plans to get their products into Lunds & Byerlys, a Minnesota grocery chain, in January.
"We started in two grocery stores selling a couple boxes a week....and now we're in about 150 stores." Rood said. "We are selling in palette quantities rather than box quantities."
The company's waffles and sandwich products are made with whey protein designed to keep the customer full until lunch.
"We want everyone to start their mornings right," he said.
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