Home Archives September 2007 Next: Gleukos

Next: Gleukos

| Print |  Email
Saturday, September 01, 2007

NEXTGleukos.jpg

It was the packaging that caught our eye. The squishy pouch that can be flattened once it’s empty to make room for other more important items in the backpack. True, you can’t toss it in the curbside-recycling bin when you’re done, but Mark Jenson, founder of Portland-based Gleukos, says you’re missing the point if you get hung up on that. He fell in love with the packaging concept when he traveled to Asia to study beverage markets. In Japan, he says, they just don’t have the room to deal with rigid plastic bottles. With less than 1% polyethylene terephthalate, Jenson calls what he’s doing with the Gleukos pouches “pre-cycling” because there’s less plastic involved in the first place. And Jenson figured he was on to something when he found out some runners fill baby-bottle liners with sports drink to make it easier to swig on the run. The pouches of “sweet wine” — that’s what Gleukos means in Greek — have a no-leak valve and retail for around $2.25 at stores such as Whole Foods and Wild Oats. Glucose-based Gleukos is free of the reviled high-fructose corn syrup that other jock drinks use. Which is why its marketing slogan is the sly: “See you later ’gator.”

CHRISTINA WILLIAMS

 

More Articles

Blips and trends in the housing market

News
Thursday, June 26, 2014
062614 thumb realestateBY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER

Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?


Read more...

The Scott Kveton affair

News
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
ScottKvetonBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Scott Kveton, the CEO of Urban Airship is taking a leave of absence from the company. As the story continues to unfold, here’s our perspective on a few of the key players.


Read more...

Why I became an Oregon angel investor

Guest Blog
Monday, July 14, 2014
AngelInvestBY TERRY "STARBUCKER" ST. MARIE

I really didn’t know that much about angel investing, but I did know a lot about the entrepreneurial spirit.


Read more...

Q&A: David Lively of Organically Grown Co.

News
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
OGCLogoBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.


Read more...

OB Video: Oregon MESA

News
Thursday, June 26, 2014

ThumbOregon Business hosts an informal roundtable discussion about the Oregon MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program.


Read more...

Oversight? Or gaming the system?

News
Monday, July 14, 2014
AmazonBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.


Read more...

OB Video: Dress for Success

News
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
DFSOBY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR

Dress for Success Oregon promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS