(HAVERHILL) – The Haverhill-based small business GoodieKrunch was recently recognized by State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) as part of the 6th Annual Manufacturing Month Awards, honoring manufacturers across the Commonwealth.
Founded by Haverhill resident HamdAllah Olona, GoodieKrunch produces its signature Yummy Coconut Snack, a crunchy combination of coconut, raisins, salt, sugar and vanilla extract that perfectly complements oatmeal, cold cereal, ice cream and yogurt, or can be eaten straight out of the bag for a quick snack.
GoodieKrunch, whose products are entirely gluten and dairy-free, has been a mainstay at Merrimack Valley farmers markets since its inception in 2017 and also sells its snacks online and at several local stores. Its creations take inspiration from the snacks Olona’s grandmother, a Yoruba woman of the Oyo Kingdom in West Africa, would make for family and friends.
“Local businesses like GoodieKrunch are truly the backbone of our economy,” said DiZoglio, a member of the Legislature’s Manufacturing Caucus. “I was honored to award this great company, an exceptional example of Massachusetts ingenuity that makes delicious and healthy products, for this recognition. Now more than ever, small businesses like GoodieKrunch need our support to get through what has been an unprecedented and challenging time.”
“I am very grateful to Senator DiZoglio for awarding GoodieKrunch as Manufacturer of the Year at the 2021 Manufacturing Month Awards,” said Olona. “I’m overjoyed to be able to represent minority women and women in general within the manufacturing industry. I hope to see many more women obtain success as manufacturers in the Merrimack Valley, as well as on the national and global levels.”