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Kristy Lewis
32, cofounder, Quinn Popcorn

Her Product: Savory organic popcorn in flavors like Parmesan and rosemary, olive oil and herb, and hickory-smoked Cheddar, all packaged in paper-only bags.

Her Story: Two years ago, Lewis was torn between pregnancy cravings for microwave popcorn and her desire to avoid the unhealthy oils and chemicals often found inside the bags. After her son Quinn was born, she and her husband decided to reinvent her favorite snack, starting with the bag. "We wanted to take out everything bad," explains Lewis. They eventually found a European manufacturer that makes compostable, chemical-free paper. Quinn Popcorn, which comes in five inventive flavors and uses only organic ingredients, first became available in Boston, Lewis's hometown, and is now sold in stores nationwide. (quinnpopcorn.com) — Margaret Rhodes
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