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KIND LLC
KIND Healthy Snacks
Private
IndustrySnack Foods
Founded2004
FounderDaniel Lubetzky
Headquarters,
ProductsSnack Bars, Granola Bars, Granola
Revenue5,000,000,000 United States dollar Edit this on Wikidata
Websitewww.kindsnacks.com
A STRONG & KIND hickory smoked almond protein bar

Kind LLC, stylized as KIND LLC and sometimes referred to as KIND Snacks, KIND Healthy Snacks or KIND Bars, is a food company based in New York City, New York. It was founded in 2004 by Daniel Lubetzky.[1] The company manufactures eight product lines.

History[edit]

Company founder Daniel Lubetzky founded KIND in 2004.[2][3] KIND reached one million dollars of sales in the first year.

In 2008, private equity firm VMG Partners invested in KIND.[4] The investment enabled the company to scale its sampling efforts to get more people to try KIND bars. When VMG got involved, KIND bars were only sold in 20,000 locations and Lubetzky’s sampling budget was $800.[5] By 2009, that budget was $800,000 and offering free samples became a large part of the KIND marketing plan.[4] In 2014, Lubetzky bought out all of VMG’s shares.[6]

Today, KIND Bars are sold at more than 150,000 stores in the United States.[7] In 2014, they sold over 458 million bars and granola pouches, almost doubling the sales of 2013.[8] The company now has nearly five hundred employees.[1]

In 2017 Mars brand purchased a minority stake in KIND. The deal valuated the company at over $4 billion. In 2017 sales had reached $718.9 million.[9]

KIND acquired North Carolina-based Creative Snacks in October 2019.[10]

In February 2020 KIND launched an expansion into frozen bars, refrigerated nut-butter bars, and chocolate clusters.[10]

KIND movement[edit]

Through the KIND Movement, KIND wants to create a thriving community of people who choose kindness and make kindness a state of mind. In the spirit of this movement, in 2009, KIND launched Do the KIND Thing, an evolving platform that empowers people to turn KIND acts into support for causes.[11] The KIND Movement includes KIND acts, #kindawesome cards, and KIND Causes. To date, KIND has performed, facilitated and celebrated over 1 million KIND acts and has been recognized by Time magazine as a "New Way to Make a Difference".[12]

Acquisition by Mars[edit]

In November 2020, Mars, Incorporated announced that it would increase its minority position (acquired in 2017) to full ownership.[13][14]

Products[edit]

KIND currently offers eight lines: KIND Fruit & Nut, KIND PLUS, KIND Nuts & Spices, KIND Healthy Grains Bars, KIND Healthy Grains Clusters, STRONG & KIND, KIND Breakfast, Pressed by KIND, and KIND Frozen (launched in May 2019).

In 2008, KIND launched KIND PLUS, a line of whole nut and fruit bars with nutrients like fiber and antioxidants.

In 2010, KIND launched smaller portioned, 100 calorie-range KIND minis. In 2011, KIND launched a line of KIND Healthy Grains Clusters granola, made from a blend of five super grains. In 2012, KIND brought in KIND Nuts & Spices, made with whole nuts flavored with spices that contain 5g of sugar or less per bar. In 2013, KIND launched a line of KIND Healthy Grains granola bars. In 2014, KIND launched its first savory snack line, STRONG & KIND, which has 10 grams of soy-and-whey free protein.[15] KIND also launched KIND Breakfast in 2016.

In 2016, at the Natural Products Expo West trade show, KIND announced an extension to their Nuts & Spices and Fruit & Nut lines, to now include Dark Chocolate Almond & Mint.[16]

Nutrition facts[edit]

All KIND snacks are gluten-free, made from whole ingredients and low in sodium. Currently, their KIND Healthy Grains and KIND Healthy Grains Clusters are certified by the NON-GMO Project.[17]

All KIND bars range between 180-210 calories and have healthy fats and protein. The KIND Healthy Grains bars are 140-150 calories with 18 grams or more of whole grains per bar. STRONG & KIND bars are all 230 calories each with 10 grams of protein.[18][19]

The FDA submitted a warning letter to the company in April 2015, which stated that four of its products did not meet the requirements to be labeled as “healthy.”[20] The KIND bars specified by the FDA were: Kind Fruit & Nut Almond & Apricot, Kind Fruit & Nut Almond & Coconut, Kind Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein, and Kind Plus Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants.[21]

In December 2015, KIND filed a Citizen Petition asking the FDA to update its regulations around the term healthy when used as a nutrient content claim in food labeling.[22] The petition requests a better alignment between food labeling regulations and both the latest nutrition science and federal dietary guidelines. The petition includes support from public health experts, public policy experts and nutritionists.[22]

In May 2016, the FDA reversed its position, allowing KIND to use the term 'healthy' on its labels. The FDA told KIND that it could return to the original language of its wrappers which stated that its products are “healthy and tasty, convenient and wholesome, economically sustainable and socially impactful.”[23]

Without any notice, in 2019, Kind began replacing its Plus line of bars containing added antioxidants, such as vitamin C, with ones containing the same ingredients without the antioxidants while using the same product identification numbers. Vitamin C is fragile and often lost in the processing of otherwise healthy ingredients that normally contain it.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ready, Lauren. "The amazing story behind that KIND bar you're eating". USA Today. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  2. ^ "The Way I Work: Daniel Lubetzky of KIND". Inc. Magazine. 2010-01-12.
  3. ^ "Holding fast to a mission, even now". Crain's New York Business. 2008-12-15.
  4. ^ a b Fairchild, Caroline. "Why Kind bars are suddenly everywhere". Fortune. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  5. ^ Bond, Shannon. "An appetite for the greater good". Financial Times. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  6. ^ Best, Dean. "How Kind aims to continue growth". Just Food. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  7. ^ Kind Healthy Snacks Goes From Small to Big." Bloomberg Business. 2013-02-21.
  8. ^ Friedman, Gabe. "How a Holocaust legacy helped launch the Kind bar brand". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  9. ^ Sorkin, Andrew Ross; Merced, Michael J. de la (2017-11-29). "Snickers Owner to Invest in Kind, Third-Biggest Maker of Snack Bars". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  10. ^ a b Dua, Tanya. "$4 billion snack maker Kind says it will spend 'tens of millions of dollars more' to market its new frozen and refrigerated products, and hit $1.6 billion in sales in 2020". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  11. ^ "Depending on the KIND-ness of Strangers". The New York Times. 2010-06-12.
  12. ^ Caplan, Jeremy (2009-09-10). "New Ways to Make a Difference". Time.
  13. ^ "KIND and Mars Announce Next Step in Partnership to Build a Kinder World and Bring Healthy Snacks to People Worldwide Mars to acquire KIND North America; Partnership will build on growth across geographies and categories". Press Release. Mars, Incorporated. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  14. ^ Hirsch, Lauren (17 November 2020). "Kind bars will be acquired by Mars, the maker of Snickers". Article. New York Times. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  15. ^ "KIND Introduces STRONG & KIND Savory Snacks". Natural Products Insider. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Nutrition Bar Update". Nutritionaloutlook.com. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  17. ^ "KIND Healthy Snacks". NON-GMO Project. 2015-01-01. Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-02-06.
  18. ^ "KIND Nutrition". Calorie Count. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  19. ^ "KIND Snacks". Fat Secrets. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  20. ^ Wheeler, Lydia. "FDA tells KINDSnacks to remove 'healthy' from label". The Hill. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  21. ^ LUPKIN, SYDNEY. "Some KIND Bars Not So Healthy, FDA Says". ABC News. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  22. ^ a b "KIND Healthy Snacks files petition to change FDA's definition of 'healthy'". IFT. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  23. ^ Kowitt, Beth (10 May 2016). "In Reversal, the FDA Says 'Healthy' Can Return to Kind Bar Packaging". Fortune. Retrieved 10 May 2016. But it seems the FDA has had a change of heart. In an email seen by Fortune, the FDA has said that the company can return the original language to Kind Bar packaging that says its products are “healthy and tasty, convenient and wholesome, economically sustainable and socially impactful.” It was that reference to “healthy” that the agency took issue with.

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