Rob Fuglie selected as ‘Emerging Entrepreneur’Published 11:01am Thursday, April 18, 2013
It was less than two years ago that Rob Fuglie launched Fergus Foods, to create a snack alternative to peanuts, because of the peanut allergies that some people have, including his young son, Renner. Rob’s creation is called Nots…Nearly a nut, but it’s not.
Once Rob and his wife, Kim, found out about Renner’s peanut allergy, they introduced him to sunflower seeds. But they are so tiny, that they were hard for the youngster to handle. Rob sought help from the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, and the produce that emerged is rather similar in size, texture and taste to peanuts.
But of course, there are no peanuts. Sunflower seeds are joined with olive oil, cane sugar, syrup and brown sugar and roasted, to create the tasty snack.
What’s significant about them is that they avoid the “big 8” allergens, peanuts, gluten, dairy, egg, soy, fish and shellfish.
A commercial kitchen was available in the former PioneerCare and Productive Alternatives building in Fergus Falls, and Nots was on its way.
As sales have grown, Rob has begun expanding his product line to include various flavors.
Rob is originally from Chanhassan, but the Fuglies have immersed themselves in their new community of Fergus Falls.
Rob has championed community development assets and makes himself available to help foster greater community awareness of Fergus Falls’ business community. You can learn more about Nots at http://www.nots-snacks.com/
Two other area individuals will be honored at the annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards banquet Friday, April 26 at M State – Detroit Lakes Campus. Each represents a different entrepreneurial niche. They include:
•Community Entrepreneur (community, non-profit or public sector): Chuck Hofius, CEO of Perham Health,
•Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year, (outstanding display of leadership, success and accomplishment) Kenny Nelson, owner of KLN Family Brands in Perham,
Family, friends and business associates are encouraged to attend the banquet to honor these three individuals. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 at M State – Detroit Lakes Campus.
Contact Nicole Ballard at 218-844-5420 or Nicole/Ballard@minnesota.edu for registration.
The annual banquet is part of the ongoing Business and Entrepreneurial Services program offered at M State.