With the Help of Packaging Company T.H.E.M., The Jam Stand Preserves
Persuades Million Dollar Buyer.
(Marlton, NJ – May 2016) T.H.E.M. (Technical Help in Engineering & Marketing), a leading provider of co-packing and flexible packaging solutions, was recently featured on Billion Dollar Buyer, CNBC’s reality TV program starring businessman Tilman Fertitta. In each episode, the self-made billionaire and CEO of Texas-based restaurant, casino and entertainment empire Fertitta Entertainment, travels the country to assess potential products for his businesses. T.H.E.M. participated in Episode Three of the program, assisting specialty jam company The Jam Stand with the development and delivery of a new packaging solution for their unique product.
Fertitta was initially impressed by The Jam Stand products, but was concerned that their 1.5-ounce glass jar package was too large for a single-serve condiment. Charged with quickly finding better packaging or forfeiting the chance for a deal, The Jam Stand co-owners Jessica Quon and Sabrina Valle found T.H.E.M. and inquired about flexible stick packaging as a single-serve alternative. The two owners met with T.H.E.M. CEO and President Neil Kozarsky and Executive Vice President Steve Belko, who assessed their needs and helped develop stick pack options for the product line. Quon and Valle, along with Fertitta, visited T.H.E.M.’s NJ headquarters to evaluate a trial run of the product in the new packaging; they left with a fresh direction for their brand, and a potential “deal” with Fertitta.
At the next meeting, Fertitta was very impressed with both the flexible stick packaging, as well as several new jam flavors, and elected to move forward with a lucrative deal. T.H.E.M. not only produced the initial order, but upon airing of the episode, The Jam Stand called back with a request to virtually double the initial run based on the immediate feedback and surging demand. Kozarky commented, “We were delighted to be a part of it all and play a supportive but key role in helping the Jam Stand go to the next level, and in this case win favor with Billion Dollar Buyer.” He added, “It was clear that Mr. Fertitta has seen his share of manufacturing facilities; needless to say, we were grateful for the kind praise he gave of T.H.E.M., and our overall operation.”