We had the good fortune of connecting with Moji Okuyemi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Moji, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Have you ever been curious why there are different names for sugar (sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, etc.) amongst the lists of ingredients on jars of spreads or condiments? In addition to this list of ingredients that you can’t even pronounce, are the fruits, which are meant to be the main nourishment. Do they even make up the bulk of the product or is it the manufactured and artificial ingredients making up the larger percentage?
These were some of the questions I couldn’t get answers to when my daughter Pearl asked me for a PB&J. As a mother who is into a healthy lifestyle and very particular about what I put into our bodies, I knew I couldn’t bring myself to feed my child that kind of food. In the quest for finding alternatives, Pearl Honey Spreads was born.
What should our readers know about your business?
No, it hasn’t been a walk in the park. There are highs and lows but all worth it because in every mess, there is a message, and that helps to keep us on the path to greatness.
One challenge that I would highlight, that we are currently still figuring out, is manufacturing. We are currently making all our products in small batches by hand at a commercial kitchen. Now that the business is growing, we are looking to partner with a co packer that will be a real partner and understand the vision of the brand. We hope they will work with our recipes without wanting to add their twist. Being able to work within our budget is very challenging. We are working through it, currently vetting and hopefully, soon production issues would be a thing of the past moving on to the new challenges that come with expansion.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am more of an introvert, however when I do go out, I love going to Top Golf to unwind, watch movies, go dancing and enjoy each other’s company.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First to God for the strength and creative ideas to keep the brand growing and finally to my daughter Pearl for teaching me patience, because that is needed in abundance in this entrepreneurship journey.
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