WE CURRENTLY PRODUCE OVER 1,000
CAKES A MONTH.......
WE NEED TO PRODUCE
Keeping You Sweet was started shortly after my Mom's passing. She was a caterer and an awesome cook and baker. One of the things that gave me peace and comfort during my grief, was seeing her handwriting in her recipe books. I started using her recipes to bake her favorite desserts. Sometimes, I would bake large quantities and give them to organizations to help them raise funds. I donated 450 mini cakes to an event being held at NJPAC called, "A Taste Of Newark" and after the event I received a strong demand for my all natural cheesecakes with no added sugar . I asked a friend, who owns a food business, if he could refer me to a restaurant or store that might carry my cakes. He suggested I reach out to a contact that he had at Whole Foods. I never in a million years thought that I would be in a supermarket, let alone Whole Foods. To make a long story short, they invited me to partner with them in one store, and 2 weeks later offered me 5 more stores. My products are now in 15 stores in New Jersey and New York and I am challenged to add 300 stores this year.
ABOUT KEEPING YOU SWEET
Keeping You Sweet (KYS) produces delicious all natural baked goods that are always gluten free with no added sugar and vegan options. KYS was founded in 2017 and the production facility is located in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Keeping You Sweet currently sells cheesecakes and brownies that are gluten free with no added sugar to Whole Foods Market. We are currently the only baked good item in Whole Foods that is gluten free with no refined sugar. We have introduced a vegan line to focus on the growing demand by customers for vegan desserts. In addition to adding more Whole Foods stores, KYS is also challenged to add more retail outlets currently totaling 100 stores and will grow to 300 by the end of the year.
KYS was founded by April Harris-Holmes who is 1/3 of the platinum-selling 90s girl-group Seduction. April's food business experience was nurtured by her late mother, Georgia Beatrice Harris, who owned a successful catering business. April earned a BA in Communications from Howard University and has studied Holistic Nutrition. She plans to continue her education by enrolling in The Institute for Integrative Nutrition this spring.
USE OF FUNDS
The funds that are raised will be used toward our first large scale production run and will be used in the following ways:
NON-GMO & KOSHER CERTIFICATION — 20% will go towards obtaining Non GMO Project Verified and Kosher certifications
CO-PACKER — 50% will go towards the cost of working with our co-packer and the purchase of raw ingredients, baking and packaging the product, testing done in the facility
R&D — 10% will fund the cost of Research & Development to scale our recipe from 1,000 units a month to 1,000 units an hour
SHIPPING — 5% will cover the cost of shipping ingredients to our co-packer and shipping the final product for distribution
CONSULTING AND LEGAL FEES — 15% will be needed to cover legal and consulting fees
Keeping You Sweets current funding has come from its Founder and 1 Investor. The Founder has funded 94% of the business and continues to reinvest.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!