ICT editorial team
Tanka Bars business model was soo good ... it was copied by Epic Provisions. Then that company was acquired by General Mills. As the influx of corporate money rushed into the meat bar business, Tanka suffered. Founder Mark Tilsen says he’s had to lay people off in the past couple of years, which is especially painful. “When you lay off folks in a community like this, it isn’t like there’s another job. It almost feels like it’s taking their dreams." From the New Food Economy blog.
Bison bars were supposed to restore Native communities and grass-fed ranches. Then came Epic Provisions | The New Food Economy
A Native-owned business invented the commercial bison bar. But Epic took credit, built an empire on a foundation of misleading claims, promised ranchers investment that never materialized, and left an industry struggling.