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Popped Culture


popcorn with a purpose

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Popped Culture


popcorn with a purpose

popcorn with a purpose

We arrest street culture at Popped Culture by pairing at-risk high school kids with college mentors in a safe environment. Both entrepreneurs learn hands-on business skills and life skills while having fun selling popcorn at our stand. It's Popcorn With a Purpose.® 

How it all started

Popped Culture started in June 2015 with a promise to donate popcorn to local, Harrisburg School District kids staying for after school care. The Company promised to donate one bag of popcorn for every bag the company sold. After donating over 1700 bags of popcorn within a year and a half, Popped Culture realized it could do more.

partner

Dave Lloyd from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Mark Wieder, owner of Popped Culture, leave the Broad Street Market with popcorn donations.

opportunities

Dave and Mark head across the Street to Benjamin Franklin Elementary School to deliver over 100 bags of popcorn. All of the students at Ben Franklin qualify for free or reduced meals.

popcorn

The popcorn is simple and delicious. It's white butterfly popcorn, canola oil, and salt.

Our Goals


creating the most desirable and competitive snack company in the region

pop on by

Our Goals


creating the most desirable and competitive snack company in the region

pop on by

Popped Culture use sustainable strategies and smart business principles to help those in need. Specific Goals, Policies, and Strategies help us pursue our mission. Popped Culture defines Goals as the primary areas around which the Company will implement its vision and form the basis of its operations. Policies are statements of intent. Strategies represent approaches for implementing Polices and should evolve over time as new tools emerge, new processes are designed, and the benefits and risks change.

Goal 1: Support social change.

Policy 1.1: Provide low-income or underserved children and youths with beneficial products or services.
Policy 1.2: Promote education and professional skill development.

Strategy 1.1: Engage local non-profits, schools, and key stakeholders about kids’ needs.
Strategy 1.2: Partner with local learning institutions.
Strategy 1.3: Increase the capacity of entities with a public benefit purpose.
Strategy 1.4: Effectively communicate company values immediately and at a glance.

Goal 2: Deliver thoughtful, high quality popcorn products.

Policy 2.1: Quality is of utmost importance.
Policy 2.2: Ingredients showcase local tastes.

Strategy 2.1: Use unique flavor combinations.
Strategy 2.2: Customers feedback dictates direction.
Strategy 2.3: Provide exceptional service.
Strategy 2.4: Assessed through consumer reviews.
Strategy 2.5: Build strong relationships with suppliers.
Strategy 2.6: Standardize processes to ensure consistency.

 

Goal 3: Steadily monitor sustainability initiatives.

Policy 3.1: Follow the 3P framework (people, planet, profit).
Policy 3.2: Commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation.

Strategy 3.1: Determine pros and cons of using local products.
Strategy 3.2: Potential to label products as organic, non-GMO, dairy free, and gluten-free.
Strategy 3.3: Operate in a waste-reducing manner.
Strategy 3.4: Minimize the use of nonrenewable resources.
Strategy 3.5: Build partnerships with key stakeholders in the community.

Get


get Popped Culture artisan kettle corn, caramel corn, popcorn, and apparel online

Get


get Popped Culture artisan kettle corn, caramel corn, popcorn, and apparel online

KETTLE CORN

(popcorn, cane sugar, canola oil, salt)

Caramel Corn

(popcorn, cane sugar, light brown sugar, canola oil, salt)

POPCORN

(popcorn, canola oil, salt)

merch

(limited edition apparel & accessories)

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Our Team


meet the team

Our Team


meet the team

mark (chella) wieder

the poprietor

Likes to get things poppin'. That's why they call him the "Popcorn Kid"!

katie (keke) harnish

the chief poperating officer

If you see a good idea, it was probably Katie's.

Casper THE GHOST DOG

barketing maven

Social media tycoon. Usually not doing things. IG @CasperNotDoingThings

cheryl (mom) Wieder

the queen of pop

Moral support and official taste-tester.