Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC), located in Renville, MN is a major beet sugar extraction cooperative. SMBSC is a farmer-owned cooperative founded in 1972 who annually grow approximately three million tons of sugarbeets, producing up to 1 billion pounds of pure white sugar. SMBSC recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary!
A Local Appreciation Gift
As many businesses do during the holidays, SMBSC sends close business associates and vendors an appreciation gift. Liza Fagen, Executive Administrative Assistant at SMBSC since 2015, has been instrumental in organizing the appreciation gifts. Liza explained, “Several years ago, we sought out Mr. B’s Chocolates to provide our appreciation gifts because Mr. B’s is local, and their chocolate is wonderful! We needed to give Mr. B’s an opportunity to meet our needs... and now, our business associates look forward to their yearly gift of chocolate with the brown ribbon!”
Making 50 Years Extra Special
Being in business for 50 years is no small feat and should be celebrated. SMBSC celebrated its 50th Anniversary in December 2022 at its Annual Shareholder Meeting. The cooperative wanted to provide attendees with a special gift but didn’t want ‘just another thing’. The evening hosted SMBSC shareholders and spouses and honored SMBSC’s founding shareholders from 1972. Liza pointed out, “With the success of our holiday order and their area reputation, I knew Mr. B’s Chocolates would be the perfect option for our anniversary attendee gift. Who doesn’t love chocolate or know someone that loves chocolate?”
"With the success of our holiday order and their area reputation, I knew Mr. B’s Chocolates would be the perfect option for our anniversary attendee gift."
A Sweet Success
According to Liza, “The 50th celebration custom box was a SWEET Success! The chocolate customization will benefit us for years to come for our holiday order. Each guest received a variety box of Mr. B’s Chocolates that included customized chocolate molded sugarbeets and a custom logo bar tied together with a custom cover that pulled in our event graphics. The small details had a huge impact to our table place settings. It was a perfect addition!” One comment from a guest was, “This is the first box of chocolates I’ve eaten every single piece!”
Photo Credit: Kelsey James Photography
Making it Easy
It is important to SMBSC that everything goes smoothly with their appreciation gifts, and Mr. B’s Chocolates works hard to ensure that happens. Liza agrees, “The staff at Mr. B’s has always made ordering and shipping a breeze. I’ve never had an issue, which is a relief during my busiest time of year at the office. The quality of their chocolates is top notch. The process of customized molds was just as smooth and efficient.”
“The staff at Mr. B’s has always made ordering and shipping a breeze. I’ve never had an issue, which is a relief during my busiest time of year at the office."
MN Made Matters
Even though Mr. B’s Chocolates sells and ships chocolate nationwide, our Minnesota customer-base is vital to us. We are honored that other Minnesota businesses see the value in buying locally. We love Liza’s reminder, “We live in rural Minnesota. It is good to remind ourselves that we don’t need to go to a big city to find a high-quality product. We have business leaders in our own backyard that can provide these products to us – high quality along with wonderful customer service.”
Congrats to SMBSC!
Thank you to Liza and the team at SMBSC for putting their trust in Mr. B’s Chocolates and for keeping their business right here in Minnesota. We would also like to congratulate everyone at Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, including the shareholders and employees for the legacy that was created over the past 50 years. To learn more about SMBSC, visit their website at http://www.smbsc.com. You can also view pictures from their 50 Year Celebration on their Facebook page.
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