First Real Hit Peppermint-flavored Momints Bold Liquid Mints debuted in 7-Eleven stores in summer 2003 and shot straight past Altoids, Certs, and Tic Tacs in sales.
Reasons for Success "It's hard to innovate in this category. Momints is clearly unique and we were first with a liquid center mint," Shurman says, calling this eye-catching breath mint the next new thing in breath fresheners.
Initial sales have been boosted by selling into nontraditional channels of distribution, such as Ricky's (a hip chain offering beauty and health products and funky novelties), thereby avoiding direct competition with much larger brands of breath fresheners. He also credits creative (and inexpensive) buzz-building campaigns, like giving away free samples to Hollywood and TV makeup artists, whose close proximity to the stars makes them heavy users of breath mints.
Latest Offering Cinnamon-flavored mints packed five to a tiny tube that sells for 50 cents. Shurman hopes his newest innovative packaging and lower price point will again shake up the industry.
ONE BIRTH BEGETS ANOTHER Baby Einstein Company
Year founded 1997
Headquarters Glendale, CA
Start-up funds $15,000
1st year sales $100,000