We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Katleman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, how does your business help the community?
Make people’s lives happier and healthier by helping them transition away from sugar. Here at Bhu Foods, we’re about anchoring light on the planet and setting an example of what it means to be a conscious company. We do this by offering exceptional, healthy, low sugar, high fiber, clean label, delicious products while exceeding the expectations of our customers, honoring and meeting the needs of our employees and our community, and safeguarding the environment.
What should our readers know about your business?
We are all about making people’s lives happier and healthier by helping them transition away from sugar. Here at Bhu Foods, we’re shifting the health and consciousness paradigm on the planet by setting the example of what it means to be a conscious company. I started Bhu because I had a serious problem with sugar. Everything in my life revolved around sugar and my self-esteem plummeted. If I couldn’t control myself around sugar, how could I achieve anything in life? I felt like a waste of space on the planet. Finally, the experience of addiction was so painful that I decided to give sugar up altogether. Then, it occurred to me that I couldn’t be the only one with this issue. Other people must also be trying to cut back on or give up sugar. Because there really weren’t products in the marketplace to help people transition, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool to develop products made with ultra-healthy, organic ingredients that also gave people the “party in the mouth” experience? I could develop products that would embody the best of all worlds, that didn’t compromise on health or taste. Everyone deserves to have access to delicious, healthy, organic food.” From that moment, I got busy in the kitchen with my small team and one full year later Bhu was born. I’m most proud and excited about working with and developing my team. It’s a complete pleasure and honor to co-create with them every day. Getting Bhu to where it is today was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, with a huge dose of grace. My greatest challenge was to overcome the demons in my head. Once I realized that whatever happened, all I ever had to do was to continue to put one foot in front of the other every day, no matter the challenge or difficulty. If I did that, everything just worked out. The lessons I learned along the way are to always be transparent with your team, admit your mistakes even when it’s hard and feels humiliating, and it’s always better to be kind rather than nice.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Walking at Torry Pines on the cliff and ending with a beach walk, lunch at Coronado by the Hotel Del Coronado or a picnic at La Jolla Cove.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Father Jerry Katleman.