Pie-O-Neer Pies and Proud Source Water are now discussing subsequent measures to get their products and solutions on Walmart cabinets.

These two organizations just lately gained a “yes” throughout Walmart’s annual Open Contact occasion, the place 1,200 companies from all-around the region, which include nine from Idaho, pitched their organization strategies June 28-29 to several executives and merchants. By acquiring a yes, Pie-O-Neer Pies, which manufactures handheld pies, and Very pleased Source Drinking water, which bottles spring drinking water with a target on becoming eco-welcoming, are now in talks with Walmart about acquiring their items on Walmart cabinets in stores across the country and on the net by way of Walmart Market. Other collaborations might be viewed as as nicely, this kind of as all around sustainability practices, which is the case for Very pleased Source H2o.

Representatives from the two companies shared their reactions to the party, and a peek at what is up coming.

Business owners collect for the supplier expo throughout Walmart’s Open up Call 2022. Nine Idaho organizations pitched their business enterprise ideas during this year’s celebration. Photograph courtesy of Walmart

Pie-O-Neer Pies: ‘It could not have absent far better.’

Janna Bell, firm companion and associate of revenue, claimed Pie-O-Neer Pies’ story went a prolonged way, and she thinks the product’s timeliness contributed to Walmart’s help. Now, the business is working on a ton of the abide by-ups and what this new marriage will seem like. These possibilities will take time and operate to transpire and be at a amount in which the businesses can generate mutual results, Bell spelled out, introducing appreciation for Walmart placing on the Open up Contact. 

Participating in the Open up Contact also gave Pie-O-Neer Pies strategies on how to even further tailor the solution for specific audiences and activities. 

“It could not have long gone improved,” Bell mentioned. “It was just definitely amazing to be amongst other suppliers … every person was so keen to share their tale, what worked, what didn’t it was definitely motivating and inspiring. It just felt like everybody was supporting just about every other, and that felt very good.” 

When requested what is upcoming for the enterprise, Bell claimed that right now, the company is really concentrated on exactly where it at present has distribution regionally, and a few other crucial parts. 

“We are generally focused on the purchaser and creating the most effective darn meat pies in Idaho building them in this article and currently being the most effective in America,” Bell included. “That will hardly ever transform.” 

In general, there is significantly pleasure for the potential, as Bell explained. And, there is deep gratitude for the journey.

“To get a yes from retailer every person knows as a single of the best ones in the U.S. was pretty humbling … it lets us know we’re on the ideal keep track of, we’re undertaking it,” Bell explained. We are seriously energized to have been picked in the Walmart Open up Call. We want to thank our prospects and supporters who’ve been with us we can’t thank them enough!” 

Happy Resource H2o: “Next methods smart, it is really exciting.”

Cole Pennington, co-founder and director of product sales for Proud Resource H2o, described the Walmart Open up Call practical experience as being quite exclusive, not just an additional “meet-and-greet for 30 minutes, pitch your item and walk away.” Instead, it was quite partaking: There ended up understanding sessions with executives, possibilities to converse one particular on a single with men and women from marketing strategies, sustainability initiatives, even with significant-stage associates from partnering industries.

Pennington said Happy Source Water and Walmart engaged in conversations about partnering on sustainability initiatives, this kind of as assisting Very pleased Resource H2o take out “all virgin materials” from its supply chain Walmart will be passing supplemental companions together to Very pleased Resource H2o, and vice versa. And, there had been discussions about innovating packaging and the attainable foreseeable future of that market. 

“We do have some innovation coming out that we did mention (at the Open up Contact),” Pennington reported, including that, sad to say, he can’t share it however. “It’s a thing we’re keeping a small restricted to the vest, but we do have some innovation coming out and they (Walmart) did align with it, which is amazing to listen to as well. They’ve been terrific companions in regards to supporting us and telling us, ‘you’re on the correct track retain accomplishing what you’re doing we feel in Proud Supply Drinking water.’ Future methods wise, it’s truly enjoyable.”

Very pleased Source Drinking water will be added to Walmart’s mod for resets occur April 2023, which means that merchandise will be in all Walmart suppliers that spouse with Happy Source Water’s distributing companion PepsiCo (presently about 1,100 merchants in Texas and onward west until finally then, Very pleased Source Water and PepsiCo will sell to Walmart outlets one particular at a time. 

“The takeaways that I took away were the truth that Happy Supply and Walmart align in quite a few methods, not only from a mission and sustainability standpoint, but from a quality of product standpoint, to a U.S. company standpoint, to supplying again and supporting tiny city United States metropolitan areas,” Pennington stated. “It was fantastic for me to place faces to these a substantial corporation and realize that they in truth treatment … these employees and crew associates about at Walmart truthfully do care they are stewards of the world. And they’re just quick to work with.” On top of that, concerning statements Walmart has designed all over supporting U.S. manufacturers, Pennington mentioned Walmart “backed it up in a significant way, which was magnificent.” He also praised Walmart’s commitment to creating circularity — from production and recycling standpoints — inside of the United States. Very pleased Source Drinking water is heading to be permitted to acquire and provide back again its bottles and other collected aluminum cans and bottles to turned straight back again into Very pleased Supply H2o bottles. 

“It’s a really remarkable endeavor, an initiative that both equally Very pleased Supply H2o and Walmart have been working to, very well, since Proud Supply Water’s conception,” Pennington claimed. “Walmart’s unquestionably been working with associates for a long time now to develop this, but it is actually thrilling for me to know that there is a evidence situation and that Walmart, staying so large, is inclined to be that proof scenario for Proud Supply Water.”