Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Osso Good Co.
Education: Cellular molecular biology and Spanish bachelor’s degree; cardiovascular technology; ACTCM for acupuncture and herbology
Family: I live with my dog, Maui, while the majority of my family lives in Wisconsin.
WHAT WE DO: We are makers of ridiculously good superfoods, slowly cooked to help you handle today’s fast paced world. Bone broth is a rich, satisfying, nutrient-dense superfood that has been prescribed for centuries by physicians and grandmothers alike in traditional cultures to help heal the body from the inside out. Osso Good bone broths are made in the traditional way by slowly simmering the pastured bones with organic vegetables, spices, organic apple cider vinegar and filtered water for 12-24 hours. The process yields a thick and gelatin-filled bone broth full of collagen, protein, amino acids, minerals, and nutrients designed to leave you nourished, not just full.
Our sippable bone broths include flavors such as chicken, beef, turkey, signature and bison. Our paleo soups include flavors such as tomato basil, butternut squash, thai carrot and supergreen. We make the tastiest bone broths and soups, but don’t take my word for it!
What got you into the health food industry?
Working in health care helped me realize that while hospitals are necessary, they are not a place for healing. I struggled because I thought I could do more to help prevent people from ever ending up in the hospital in the first place. I was accepted into one of the top schools in the country for traditional Chinese medicine, and it’s there that I learned about bone broth. Without a single source of high quality bone broth available, I began to make my own. I suppose the rest is history.
How would you describe the growing demand for health food?
Incredibly exciting! One could argue that our largest power is as a consumer. We vote with our dollar with every purchase and Osso Good wouldn’t exist if people didn’t care about consuming food that’s made the right way. But, when you notice a positive change by incorporating something like bone broth into your diet, it’s hard not to tell your friends and family.
What do people look for in the health food industry?
People look for transparency, convenience and flavor. I think we make a product that encompasses all three. We source only the highest quality ingredients and cook them in small batches so you don’t have to. By focusing on the high quality of the sourcing and finished products, we create a very flavorful soup without having to add artificial ingredients or fillers to create flavor artificially or by using shortcuts.
What was the transition like from a job in the medical field to one in the food processing industry?
The transition isn’t as difficult as one would think. Because I worked in an operating room for cardiac care, I knew how to work quickly and efficiently. Both fields also require an understanding of cleanliness and safety measures to prevent the individual from encountering illness. Also, you are working side by side with a team of people that you need to rely on in order to have the outcome you want. All things considered, I suppose they really are quite similar.
What are some of the more creative ways people have used your product?
Great question! Everyone knows that they can use bone broths in soups and sauces. But, did you know that you can use it in waffles, cocktails or rice?! Aside from the health benefits of bone broth, it really is a chef’s secret weapon in the kitchen and can be used in place of water or stock in any recipe.
What are some of the biggest challenges facing your industry?
I believe that education is the biggest challenge. The majority of us need to become educated on what we’re eating and why. Not all food is created equally and different people require different foods for their optimum health. By reading labels and understanding what goes into a food product, we are able to support the businesses who are working to change the industry to be better.
What made you decide to bring your business to Fresno?
Because we knew we wanted to continue to make our Osso Good products in our own kitchen, we had to find a space that would allow us to find a good talent pool with room to expand. Our advisor, Jill Costelow, introduced us to what Fresno had to offer and we found it to be exactly what we needed. Fresno has delivered a great solution for Osso Good, as a small business looking to take their operation to the next level. We have accomplished many great things with the people and resources we have found in Fresno and we are incredibly grateful for our Fresno “family.”
What is next for Osso Good?
With such a versatile ingredient like bone broth and our own kitchen, it’s fun to play around with new products. Be on the lookout for a few that may surprise you. 😉
What was the best advice you ever received?
Life is too short to be anything but happy. 🙂
What was your first job and what did you learn from it?
McDonald’s at age 14. I learned all about the beauty of consistency, customer service, and how to master the perfect ice cream cone.
What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy hiking, the beach, cooking anything and everything, listening to music, learning, having a good hearted conversation, laughing, kayaking, yoga, road trips and photography.