Dell Cove Spices & More Co creates a delicious, all-natural craft popcorn product line that destroys boring movie nights and brings joy to the lives of popcorn connoisseurs everywhere. And as part of that process, they offer a solution for eco-friendly consumers to give their packaging a second life, and help clean up the planet.
In good times and in bad, popcorn is a comfort food. The problem that they are solving: giving consumers an alternative to boring, unhealthy popcorn with weird ingredients and wasteful packaging.
In the past, people wanted extra-buttery popcorn like what they would get at the movie theater – which led to a flood of products that had artificial ingredients and a high calorie count. Now, with the growth of health-conscious consumers, coupled with a growing ‘foodie’ culture, the demand has shifted toward all-natural ingredients, cleaner labels and companies with an eco-friendly focus – which is where they come in.
Dell Cove was founded in 2010 by then-newlyweds David and Patricia Beets. Patricia's job in journalism was transferred from Chicago to California, making it a long-distance relationship as David maintained his engineering job in the Midwest. While David looked for jobs in California, the couple stayed connected by cooking meals "together" via Skype. They also began making edible gifts for loved ones. At a friend's suggestion, they began making and selling their family's popcorn spice blend online - and the rest is history.
Their products are gluten-free, nut-free and most are sugar-free and vegan friendly. They never use artificial colorings, flavorings or preservatives. They grow our popcorn kernels on our family's and friends' farm operations that produce their crops using sustainable farming practices. How the popcorn kernels and the ingredients they use in their spice blends are grown is important to us: they have deep roots in the U.S. farming community, as their families have been involved in agriculture for more than 100 years.
And this is one of the things they're most excited about right now: their new sustainability program. This year, they began partnering with a local recycling company in northeastern Indiana, to convert their used spice packaging into an ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel that is being used by farmers to run their equipment.