My guest today is Nick Saltarelli, co-founder of the functional chocolate bar business, Mid-Day Squares. Nick started the company with his wife and brother-in-law a few years ago to build on a simple idea: if the big chocolate bar brands were to start today, what would they look like?
In our conversation, we discuss the importance of Mid-Day Squares’ $100 million revenue target, what’s wrong with the CPG industry today, and how to keep a long-term mindset while making the most of every day. Please enjoy this unique conversation with Nick Saltarelli.
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[00:02:01] - [First question] - What Mid-Day Squares is and how he started the business
[00:04:48] - Why they’re so publicly open about their company’s goals
[00:09:05] - Major lessons he learned from his father’s early passing and being around very successful entrepreneurs at a young age
[00:16:51] - What long term thinking unlocks for him in short term progress
[00:21:05] - Becoming unexpectedly close and learning from Rory Olson
[00:25:44] - What Rory taught him about deal-making
[00:28:35] - Lessons from Rory about raising capital
[00:33:25] - Opportunities in a seemingly oversaturated market like chocolate
[00:42:46] - An example of doing something contrarian that worked out
[00:47:11] - Their unique approach to marketing Mid-Day Squares
[00:57:33] - Lessons learned about building a manufacturing operation after years in China
[01:02:35] - What we can expect from Mid-Day Squares in the near future
[01:06:59] - The kindest thing anyone has ever done for him
[01:08:05] - Mid-Day Squares Uncensored Podcast