Thursday, March 08, 2012

New life for custom cereals

One of the trends that I have been watching for several years is the rise of companies that create custom cereals according to customer demands. This innovative manner of making cereal had its beginnings in Germany and is led by mymuesli. Two U.S. companies, [me]&goji and MixMyGranola, tried to copy this model here. At first this looked very promising.

Last summer, however, it appeared that this approach might not being having the intended success. [me]&Goji announced that they would be shutting down. In the fall, MixMyGranola entered into a partnership with Element Bars, a food bar company, although it does not appear that relationship is still intact. Just this week, however, Element Bars announced that they were acquiring [me]&goji which had already ceased operations. Jonathan Miller of Element Bars says that they "share the same vision of custom, whole foods and hope this acquisition will continue our growth in the custom food space." It is not yet clear how the cereals will be branded.

One of the difficulties that these upstart companies faced was breaking into the large cereal market. Perhaps their future will be brighter if they are part of a company with more resources. We will continue to watch.

3 comments:

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Julius said...

Hi nice blog you have here. Best whishes and good luck from Iceland.

Bob kelly said...

Are there any cereal restaurants around any more? They used to have mixes or custom cereals...