With annual sales of his raw-foods snacks closing in on $20 million and investment experts suggesting that could rise to at least $100 million in the not-too-distant future, Doylestown-based organi-preneur Brad Gruno’s lesson is indisputable:
Mothers have been on to something all along with their “Eat your vegetables!” harping.
Gruno was smart enough to build a business off it – one that started in 2009 with a sales table at a Bucks County farmers’ market and now has shelf space in major markets such as Whole Foods and Wegmans and many specialty grocers.
His Brad’s Raw Foods product line has expanded from raw tortilla chips made of a dehydrated mixture of fresh vegetables, flaxseed, and buckwheat groats to include seasoned sprouted seeds, dried onion rings, and what is now responsible for 70 percent of sales: six flavors of crunchy kale.
A former bank manager’s claim that he couldn’t remember how he spent more than $547,000 that he’d stolen from elderly customers didn’t sit well with a Bucks County judge in Doylestown Monday.
Joseph G. Policare, 58, of Quakertown told Judge Jeffrey Finley he didn’t buy anything expensive or memorable with the cash, which he stole over 10 years.
“I was living a dream, what I thought to be a modest life,” Policare said. “Just not being the person I should be.”
Finley wasn’t satisfied. He pressed Policare, saying he couldn’t accept his explanation.
Outspoken rocker and PETA activist Pink is pregnant and returning to the Philadelphia area to celebrate with family and friends. Her baby shower will be this Saturday afternoon.
Pink, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, burst on to the music scene in 2000 with her hit single “There You Go”. Since then, Pink has released five albums and a greatest hits collection. Billboard ranks Pink as 13th on a list of Artists of the Decade and #1 Pop Song Artist of the decade. Pink has achieved 10 Top Ten US hits and received two Grammy’s and five MTV Music Awards.
Pink has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and is ranked as the 27th most powerful celebrity earning $44 million between June 2009 and June 2010 by Forbes Magazine.
Pink attended Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown and married motocross racer Carey Hart on January 7, 2006. Despite a rocky road, Pink and Carey have reconciled and are expecting their first child in the near future (the reason for the trip home).