Local gourmet popcorn company in demand worldwide

Apples, cherries, wine, chocolates, almond roca, and of course coffee are some of the many food and beverage items our state produces that are in high demand all over the world. And now we can add gourmet popcorn to the list. KuKuRuZa, a Seattle gourmet popcorn company headquartered in the International District, is finding that its popcorn is greatly desired overseas. It’s newest store in Tokyo, Japan has been hugely successful, so much so that the average wait is 2 hours and customers are offered tickets with a specific time to return.

The company has also franchised with Saudi Arabia and Egypt thanks to persistent requests by Middle Eastern investors – opening three stores in Riyadh and three stores in Cairo respectively. The owner of KuKuRuZa, Grant Jones, noted that they were careful in choosing overseas partners that already had experience in franchising American products and brands. He also works with these overseas stores in testing new flavor ideas – one of the Cairo stores helped develop an Egyptian mango flavor.

Congrats to KuKuRuZa on its international success. It makes this writer want to wander a couple blocks to their 3rd and Pike location to see what all the fuss is about…



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