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Strictly Business – The sweet taste of success

Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

Kyle Kanno had just turned 17 when his family took a trip to Texas.  The route home passed through Colorado and by a business called Honeyville. The name struck a cord, as the family resides in Box Elder County’s city with the same name.

They purchased some of the company’s product, which, of course, was honey.  Sampling some of berry-flavored variety in the car, Kanno began formulating a business plan.  By the time the family arrived home, The Honey Jar was born.

Now seven years later, Kanno is processing, packaging and marketing quality raw honey and wholesaling it to specialty shops, health food markets and Associated Food locations across Utah, as well as supplying a demanding website clientele.

“Who would have thought that a honey company could grow to this size?” Kanno said of his home business that is projected to gross $300,000 next year, and support three full-time employees.

Kanno said the initial seed money for his company, $1,000, came from his parents, Larry and Peggy.  “Kyle has always wanted to be in business,” his mother said, “and we thought this would be one we wouldn’t have to get involved in.”  She would later realize just how wrong she was.

Kanno contacted the Colorado-based company and asked to be a distributor in July.  By county fair time, he was offering the produce out of a commerical booth – and he sold out.  The same thing happened at Peach Days.  Then people started calling, wanted the jars of honey for Christmas presents.

Kanno was in business – at least for the next two years.

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