Andrew Kincheloe '12 portrait

Andrew Kincheloe '12

Major
Entrepreneurship
Hometown
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Occupation
Buddy’s Small Batch Nut Butters

Founder and president of Buddy’s Small Batch Nut Butters, Andrew was 16 when he decided he was going to be an entrepreneur. He got the nudge he needed to remember that dream from his St. Thomas entrepreneurship professor Dr. Alec Johnson, who was teaching Andrew’s capstone course.

After a year and a half in business, Buddy’s is in 300 stores across five Midwestern states. Andrew plans to expand to 400 stores and reach $250K in revenue by the end of this year. With sales growing steadily and showing no signs of slowing down, life as a peanut butter entrepreneur may not be getting easier for Andrew, but it’s definitely getting more exciting.

Among his achievements is being named a semi-finalist in the Food/Beverage division of the University of Minnesota/Carlson School of Management’s Minnesota Cup, the largest business concept challenge in the United States.

Buddy’s also caught the attention of Food and Wine. The magazine will profile Buddy’s in an upcoming issue. Kincheloe personally delivered his peanut butter to the magazine’s New York office.

Despite his growing success, with 6,000 to 8,000 jars of Buddy’s now distributed per week, Andrew still strives to put a face to Buddy’s – the nickname his mom has called him since he was a little peanut. It’s not out of the ordinary to spot Buddy himself at a local retailer handing out samples, often introducing himself as “Buddy.”

In 10 years or so, Andrew hopes to sell Buddy’s – a common entrepreneurial path once a business proves itself a solid, consistent moneymaker – and open a small café or bistro. “Something small and not stressful,” he said. “But I don’t focus on those dreams now, or I get farfetched. I live today with the end goal in mind because it keeps me busy and focused.”

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