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Kay’s Naturals/Kay’s Processing

Idea to reality: Create healthy snack foods that meet the nutrition needs of diabetics, those trying to lose weight and a general population that needs healthier food.

AURI’s role: AURI scientists provided the business with product development and nutritional labeling assistance.

Outcome: Today, Kay’s Naturals and Kay’s Processing do annual sales in the seven-figure range, their products are in more than 9,000 stores nationwide, and they employ 25 people in the Clara City, Minnesota area.

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