Drinks Media Wire – Chicago-Based Company ‘Enjoys’ Three-Year Sales Growth of 783% – Enjoy Life Foods, which makes great-tasting allergy-friendly and gluten-free foods, announced that it has been named to the 2007 Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held businesses in the U.S.(a)
This is the 26th year Inc. magazine has published its list, which in the past has included such companies as Microsoft, PowerBar, Gateway and Domino’s Pizza. Schiller Park, IL-based Enjoy Life Foods is ranked No. 361, with three-year revenue growth of 783%. It was one of only seven companies in the Food & Beverage category to make the list, and the only one in the category from the Chicago area.
“Our success is clearly indicative of the work of an extremely energetic team…a team that is highly sensitive to the growing needs of more than 45 million Americans who have food allergies, intolerances or celiac disease,” says Scott Mandell, President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Enjoy Life Foods. “Where others have tried, we have succeeded in developing products that serve as safe alternatives for those with food allergies and intolerances, and that taste great,” he adds.
Since being founded in 2001, the company has grown to be the leading allergen-free food company in the U.S. and Canada, offering more than 26 allergy-friendly and gluten-free products.
Now in its sixth year of business, Enjoy Life Foods continues to show rapid growth. In the past year alone, the company has:
– Nearly doubled its revenue growth
– Significantly expanded its management team with industry veterans
– Expanded retail availability in the western U.S. and throughout Canada
– Introduced three delicious new products and has two additional products scheduled to launch this fall
– Debuted on national cable television on the Food Network’s Unwrapped show
– Just this summer more than doubled its warehouse space by moving warehouse operations into a new building adjacent to its existing plant
“If you want to find out which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500,” said Inc. Editor Jane Berentson. “These are the most innovative, dynamic, fast-growth companies in the nation, the ones coming up with solutions to some of our most intractable ills, creating systems that let us conduct business faster and easier, and manufacturing products we soon discover we can’t live without. The Inc. 500 list is Inc. magazine’s tribute to American business ingenuity and ambition.”
Enjoy Life Foods offers 21 delicious products under its Enjoy Life brand including soft-baked cookies, snack bars, granola, bagels, semi-sweet chocolate chips and trail mix that are specially made to be gluten-free and free of the eight most common allergens.(b) They are also all natural, trans fat free and made in a dedicated nut- and gluten-free bakery. The company also offers 5 gluten- and nut-free cereals under the Perky’s 100% Natural brand.
Enjoy Life and Perky’s products can be found at many Chicago-area natural food and grocery stores, including Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Jewel Food Stores, Sunset Foods, Fruitful Yield, Sunflower Market and Meijer. Visit www.enjoylifefoods.com and www.perkysnaturalfoods.com for store locations and more.
About Enjoy Life Foods
Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC (d/b/a Enjoy Life Foods, LLC (ELF)) was founded in early 2001 with the mission of making great-tasting allergy-friendly foods that most everyone can eat freely. The company launched the Enjoy Life brand in late 2002 with a broad product line that is gluten-free and free of the eight most common allergens. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing consumer base, in late 2004 the company acquired Perky’s™ 100% Natural, a line of gluten- and nut-free cereals. Today, ELF offers 26 different Enjoy Life and Perky’s products that are sold in natural food and select grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.enjoylifenb.com.
(a)The Inc. 500 was announced in the September 2007 issue of Inc. magazine.
(b)The eight most common allergens are wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish, which account for 90% of all allergic reactions in the United States.
Name: Susan Schneider
Company: Enjoy Life Foods
Address: – Schiller Park
Country: UNITED STATES