#324 - From 1 Kitchen to 25,000 Supermarkets: How Loren Castle’s Cookie Dough Recipe Became a US Household Brand

June 13, 2024
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Guest Name:
Loren Castle
CEO and founder of Sweet Loren’s
Company Name:
Sweet Loren’s
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Guest Bio
Loren Castle is the CEO and founder of Sweet Loren’s, the #1 natural cookie dough brand in the US.


Loren Castle is the CEO and founder of Sweet Loren’s, the #1 natural cookie dough brand in the US. After surviving Hodgkin's lymphoma, she committed to healthier eating and founded Sweet Loren’s with a mission to create scrumptious yet nutrient-rich convenience food.

In this episode of DTC POD, hear from Loren herself as she discusses the growth of her cookie dough business, the strategy that goes into launching new product lines, and the importance of combining personal passion with business acumen for successful entrepreneurship.


Loren Castle is an entrepreneur and the founder of Sweet Loren's, a brand specializing in ready-to-bake cookie dough that is plant-based, gluten-free, nut-free, and non-GMO.

After being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 22, Loren Castle was motivated to create a line of sweets that aligned with her own desire for healthier, less processed treats made from real food ingredients. Baking served both as her therapy and a means of creative expression during her challenging times.

Sweet Loren's began in Loren's kitchen after her homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe received high praise, leading her to realize the potential of her products. Her business has grown significantly over the years, and she has successfully led the brand to offer a broad range of products catering to health-conscious consumers. Sweet Loren's products are now available in over 25,000 supermarkets.

This episode of DTC Pod explores how Sweet Loren’s became the #1 natural cookie dough brand in the US. We cover topics like scaling product production, identifying business opportunities, and integrating customer feedback into product development stages. Learn about their success from startup to leader in the CPG market.

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On this episode of DTC Pod, we cover:
1. Tips for Scaling Product Production
2. Key Considerations for Product Line Expansion
3. Strategies for Successful Product Launches
4. How to Identify White Space Opportunities
5. Customer Feedback Integration in Product Development
6. Business Decision-Making and Growth

04:14 Starting Sweet Loren’s, the #1 natural cookie dough brand in the US
10:32 Discovering passion, becoming an entrepreneur, finding purpose
14:11 From solopreneurship to business leader
15:46 Deciding between opening a bakery vs entering the CPG market
16:39 Product development, choosing cookie dough as the first product
20:54 Customer feedback and its role in product iteration cycle
22:32 Shifting focus to customer needs, scaling Sweet Loren’s
24:58 Changing products to cater to food intolerances and allergies
32:28 Early stages of funding, bootstrapping, scaling
34:36 Evaluating business opportunities based on personal alignment
35:52 Figuring out the top five SKUs that are gonna sell
38:03 Launching Sweet Lauren’s first shelf-stable product
38:59 Launching other types of refrigerated doughs
41:16 Considerations for expanding Sweet Loren’s product offerings
43:14 Researching, identifying opportunities, developing products
46:55 Why team, experience, expertise, and data are vital for startup success

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Ramon has Co-Founded Trend. It is a curated marketplace of creators and brands. We help brands source high quality custom content. We love working with new, innovative companies that are changing the game.

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Blaine Bolus is the Co-Founder of OmniPanel, the first software platform connecting CX & Internal teams.OmniPanel, backed by top Silicon Valley VCs, is building software infrastructure that powers cross-functional work, in an industry projected to be a $641 Billion Market in 2022.