What's happening at Betty Lou's

There is always something happening here. Staying active is not only great for your body, it's great for your company. Visit this page for all things Betty and find out what we've been up to. Here you will find the latest Betty Lou's News!
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  • Healthy Breakfast BC Morning News

    Posted Friday, March 3, 2016

    Betty Lou’s Powdered Peanut Butter was on the Morning News in BC, Canada!

  • Betty Lou's and Food Factory

    Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Betty Lou’s was shown on “Food Factory” season 4 episode 17, called “Pepper Party”.

    “Planters cocktail peanuts are roasted in a giant oven called the ‘Big Daddy’; Betty Lou’s chocolate-covered snack bars contain freeze-dried vegetables; follow the assembly line that turns out 21 million crispy cream-cheese-filled jalapeno peppers every year; and, Old Montreal steak spice contains a secret blend of 20 herbs and spices.”

    Unfortunately the video isn’t easily available to watch online

    Canadian viewers can watch it here

  • Betty Lou's Oregon Lottery Commerical

    Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    The Oregon Lottery does good things, and sometimes those things taste good. Like Betty Lou's healthy natural snacks. With funding from the Oregon Lottery® Betty Lou's products have found their way from her home town in McMinnville to retail outlets worldwide. And by sourcing ingredients locally and employing over 100 Oregonians, Betty Lou's has perfected the recipe for healthy snacks, job creation and economic growth.

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  • Natural Selection

    Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    By Susan Hauser
    Once upon a time there was a single mother living in the little town of Willamina. At night her two little boys couldn't wait for her to read their bedtime story. But there was no Good Night, Moon for them. No Curious George or Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. “I read the book Sugar Blues to my boys,” confesses Betty Lou Carrier, president of Betty Lou’s Inc., a McMinnville manufacturer of healthy snacks. “They didn't want sugar after I read that to them.”

    Bedtime reading of a 1975 diatribe against sugar did the trick. Carrier recalls that her sons, now middle-aged men who are executives in her company, would even give away their Halloween candy, preferring to feast instead on their mother’s homemade peanut butter nut balls.

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  • Healthy snacks feed booming Ore. business

    Posted Thursday, July 25, 2013

    by Joe Smith, KGW business reporter
    Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM
    Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 7:30 AM

    MCMINNVILLE -- A mother's mission to help her children snack healthy has become a booming Oregon business...

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  • Betty Lou's Opens New Facility

    Posted Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Betty Lou's is opening a second facility, and the News-Register has written an article about it. Follow the link to read all about it.

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  • Betty Lou's Acquires Angell Organic Candy Bars

    Posted Thursday, March 29, 2012

    McMinnville, OR

    McMinnville, OR based Betty Lou’s Inc. announced today that they have acquired Angell Organic Candy Bars. Previously, Betty Lou’s had been the contract manufacturer for the bars, and will now add them to their portfolio of over 30 natural and organic snacks.

    Founder and CEO Betty Lou Carrier said of the purchase, “Everyone at Betty Lou’s has always loved Angell bars, and we’re very excited to add them to our catalog of delicious products. These bars are organic and all-natural and that is very important to us. We are looking forward to introducing the bars to an even wider audience. Look for new flavors to be added soon!”

    Angell Bars were founded in San Diego in 2008 by husband-and-wife team Christopher and Suzanne Angell, who longed for the candy bars of their childhood, but were not willing to compromise on the quality of the food that they ate. Said Christopher, “While the sale of Angell Bars is somewhat bittersweet, we couldn’t be happier about seeing them in the hands of Betty Lou’s. Like us, they are a truly family-owned and operated business. We have every confidence that they will continue our commitment to the finest ingredients and the highest integrity as they take the bars into the future.” After their formal launch in 2010, Angell Bars quickly found favor with customers who had grown up eating traditional candy bars, but were seeking a healthier, organic option without artificial ingredients. They are available in over 700 retail locations across the US, including select Whole Foods Markets.

    Betty Lou has always believed that there is a connection between what we eat and how we feel. She started out making all-natural snacks for her kids over 30 years ago. She was ahead of her time then and continues to be on the cutting edge with ingredients and product development. As always her passion centers on creating gluten-free, organic snacks.

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  • Great Gluten-Free Website

    Posted Monday, November 1, 2010

    Check out this website for great info on Gluten-Free diets.

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  • Betty Lou's In Grocery Stores

    Posted Monday, September 27, 2010

    Did you know you can get our products in the grocery?
    Did you know Betty Lou's products are available in many grocery stores?

    As Betty Lou's grows, we are positioning our products in more and more grocery stores. Check out the new "Grocery" link to view pictures of our products at grocery stores and see a listing of some of the stores where you can get our products.

    If you don't find our products in your local grocery store, ask the manager to stock them... and keep an eye on this site to see when new stores are added.

  • Betty Lou's Sampler Pack

    Posted Monday, August 30, 2010

    You've Gotta Try It!
    You can now try Betty Lou's great snacks without committing to buying an entire box of just one snack.

    Order the Betty Lou's Sampler Pack today and you will get 13 different great tasting snacks all in one box! This makes a great gift... or a great way to try our products and find out what you like best.

    Visit Here To Buy The Sampler Pack

  • Betty Lou’s New Just Great Stuff Bars

    Posted Thursday, June 3, 2010

    Full of Amazing Nutrition! Four new high-antioxidant bars have just been added to Betty Lou’s product line! These “Just Great Stuff” bars include: Superberry Acai, Cacao Acai, Fruit & Veggie, and Chocolate Covered Dream Greens. All of these bars taste so fresh and flavorful, that you wouldn’t believe they’re vegan, gluten-free, all natural, certified organic, and full of antioxidants! Betty Lou’s cares about quality and this new line of “Just Great Stuff” bars will satisfy all audiences, from children, to health-nuts, to those who love delicious junk food. But, these bars are definitely not junk food, so you won’t feel bad eating them!

    A lot of thought, care, and patience were put into the development of these bars to ensure the quality, taste, and nutrition would stay at top-notch. We’ve used all natural freeze-dried fruits and vegetable powders, organic dried fruits, unsalted natural cashews, organic soy-free dark chocolate, wholesome cacao nibs and other great ingredients. All of the fruits and vegetables are whole and pure with no unnecessary carriers and are packed with nutrients and flavor!

    Full of antioxidents, we tested the antioxident value of our Just Great Stuff Bars at a third party certified lab, Brunswick Laboratories. The Fruit and Veggie Bar tested out at 25,300 ORAC per bar, the Superberry Acai Bar tested out at 25,800 ORAC per bar, the Cacao Acai Bar came out at 34,100 ORAC per bar, and the Chocolate Dream Greens Bar ORAC value came out at 21,700 per bar. These will super-charge you and make you feel good!

    The Fruit & Veggie bar helps you achieve your daily quota of fruits and vegetables. These organic green bars are sweet and chewy, and packed with carrot juice, spinach, kale, broccoli sprouts, raisins, dates, and dried bananas! The broccoli sprouts are extra special, with concentrated levels of Sulforaphane, a healthy phytonutrient. The Chocolate Covered Dream Greens bar is our Fruit & Veggie bar coated in a rich organic dark chocolate for a “dreamy” and healthy treat! Our Superberry Acai bar is full of “super” fruits including raspberry, acai, goji berries, and dried cranberries. Each bar has 1 full serving of fruit! And last but not least, the Cacao Acai bar tastes like a fudgy brownie with crunchy cacao nibs and acai. The cacao nibs are an antioxidant-rich pure alternative to chocolate chips. Your body will thank you for these delicious and nutritious snacks!

    *These bars are truly “Just Great Stuff”! Great Quality, Great Ingredients, Great Taste, and Great Nutrition! Check out the Just Great Stuff bars under our product list for more details.

    Happy Snacking!

    ~The Betty Lou’s R&D department:
    Krista and Lisa Shepard, Betty Lou’s Inc. Nutrition Scientists and Susan Jeffries, Betty Lou’s Inc. Food Scientist

  • New plant facility and state-of-the-art machine

    Posted Thursday, June 3, 2010

    Published: November 14, 2009 in the News Register
    By Yvette Saarinen of the News Register

    Betty Lou's looking to the future

    Mothers are inventors out of necessity. So Betty Lou Carrier never imagined the sugar-free snacks she created for her kids more than 30 years ago would eventually provide the foundation for a company with an international client list.

    Carrier is president of Betty Lou's Inc., maker of the locally renowned snack Betty Lou's Smackers. Son John Sizemore serves as vice president of sales and son Fred Brayton serves as facilities manager.

    The trio just oversaw a second major expansion of the business, with the acquisition of a new state-of-the-art slab and slit machine. Made in Germany and costing a "substantial amount," it positions the company for further expansion of its production when the economy begins to recover.

    The new machine is capable of processing high-particulate bars - ones that contain whole nuts or big chunks of fruit. Sizemore calls them "cool, fancy bars."

    The company had previously been limited to extruded bars, which required that all ingredients be broken up to ensure consistent size and weight.

    The new machine has a built-in enrober capable of bathing bars in chocolate or striping strudel. "There's nothing we can't do with this machine," Sizemore said.

    Last year, Betty Lou's purchased the former Skyline Corp. plant on Booth Bend Road for an undisclosed sum. It had been the site of manufactured home operations, so required extensive retrofitting to accommodate food processing.

    The company received assistance from the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership, through Executive Director Jody Christensen, and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, through Tom Fox, business development officer for Yamhill, Marion and Polk counties.

    The department offered technical assistance "from the bottom up," Fox said. The package included a grant from the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership to fund participation in lean manufacturing classes.

    The assisting agencies are banking that in an improved economic climate, Betty Lou's will expand its production and increase its workforce. For the time being, however, company officials are happy just to be holding on to their 75 existing workers.

    The company previously was housed in 32,000 square feet in the Granary District, off Fifth Street in downtown McMinnville. When it was obvious the company needed more space, Carrier said she was delighted to find a suitable location in McMinnville.

    Betty Lou's produces an extensive variety of all-organic, all-natural, corn-free, dairy-free, low-fat, low-carb, vegan, wheat-free, kosher and soy-free snack items. Carrier said the driver in that has been the company's in-house research and development lab, led by Susan Jeffries.

    Jeffries earned a bachelor's degree in food science at Brigham Young University. She has been with the company for five years.

    She is assisted by twin sisters Krista and Lisa Shepard, who signed on last year. They hold nutritional science degrees from Texas A&M University.

    Many of the company's customers have allergies or sensitivities to traditional snack ingredients. The lab has responded by developing products that work for people with gluten, sugar, soy or dairy intolerances.

    "When a new product is being developed, we always keep the customer in mind," Jeffries said. "We never use ingredients that we wouldn't feed our own families. We don't use genetically modified foods, refined sugars or any oils with trans fats."

    "In addition to our own product line, Betty Lou's Inc. processes privately labeled products for other clients. These clients may be doctors, fitness experts or moms cooking in their kitchens," she said.

    "What they all have in common is their genuine desire to bring new, healthy choices to the market. In the R&D lab, we create formulas that bring our client's dreams for their products into fruition, and working with these clients is one of the best parts of our job."

    As well as doing formulation work, the lab staff researches new, innovative ingredients and works with the quality control department to ensure that all new ingredients and recipes are safe and healthy. It also works with an organic certifier to certify new organic products, supervise production of new products, investigate production challenges and develop nutrition labeling.

    In order to retain its organic certification, Betty Lou's must undergo periodic inspection by the National Sanitation Foundation. The company scored 97 percent on its latest inspection - the highest rating NSF has ever given.

    Carrier's passion for health is actually how she got started. It led her to start making healthy treats in her kitchen for her two boys.

  • Governor of Oregon visits Betty Lou's Inc

    By Nicole Montesano of the News Register

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  • Betty Lou Carrier receives the Orchid Award

    Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    Portland Business Journal - April 2010

    The Portland Business Journal has honored McMinnville's Betty Lou Carrier, of Betty Lou's Inc., and Newberg's Joan Austin, of The Allison Inn & Spa, with Orchid Awards for 2010.

    The Orchids honor 25 women each year for blazing new trails in business. From that group, it will single out four as Women Executives of the Year.

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