Introduction

Batch was founded in March of 2014. We are on the Main street of Saxonburg, just 40 minutes north of Pittsburgh. Batch's name is derived directly from our style of cooking and the artisan-made goods that we carry - handmade in small batches. Our intent is to rekindle the simplicity of flavors we once enjoyed as children and that the generations before us enjoyed, too, but with a modern twist. We began with jams and jellies and then grew to make soups, breads and small batch meals. We still go to farmers markets and pop up markets with our jams which is still one of our favorite things to do.

These funds will go directly to help pay for our production costs and the re-branding of our jams and jellies. We will be taking three of our recipes, Black Blue and Bourbon, Monkey Butter, and Garlic and Hot Pepper, and having the Pittsburgh Pickle Co jar our jams in a much larger quantity. This requires a lot of upfront costs - testing, jars, produce, shelving, packaging, new label design and the cost of labor. The money will also be going towards redoing our website for e-commerce so that we can reach more customers.

We are looking to borrow between $10,000 and $16,300 at 10.75% over 60 months. Anyone who is 18 or older can invest.

 

 


About Batch

We (Meghan and Jessica) are two women with one dream, to live a life growing, creating, and eating. Almost all of the ingredients that go into our products are locally sourced, depending on the season. This makes our jams, jelly, and other foods taste fresh and burst with flavor. We began cooking out of a church kitchen and selling at farmers markets while working our full-time jobs. We loved the whole farm market scene in Pittsburgh and the response from customers on our unique flavors always left us feeling invigorated. We always knew that eventually, we wanted a home base and a retail storefront. We were always talking to other small business owners to see if they wanted to use or carry our jams. One day I stopped in my hometown of Saxonburg to ask the new hip coffee shop if they would want to carry our jams. That lead to meeting the owner and she suggested for us to check out the empty storefront down the street. It was perfect; small, relatively cheap, and had kitchen hookups already. Dreams were coming true!

 

 

So began the fastest and funniest five years of our lives. We outgrew that location in just three years and moved up the street to a much bigger space, including a whole new kitchen that we built. We created a space that I personally enjoy walking into every day, and I think that carries through to our customers. We are still very much involved in the farm market scene in Pittsburgh and I still love making it to each market. But now, we want to take our jams to the next level. To do so we need help from fellow small batch caners and fellow entrepreneurs. We need a bigger kitchen and experts who know how to make that leap while still keeping the hands-on quality of the product. We believe we found that in the Pittsburgh Pickle Company. 

 

 


Fast Facts

  • Batch has been in business for 5 years and has grown every year we have been in business
  • We have deep roots within the Pittsburgh food scene and have contacts in retail establishments and other markets
  • Joining forces with the Pittsburgh Pickle Company and their existing contacts will help us grow exponentially
  • We have been awarded the customer excellence award by Butler County Tourism
  • Investors of $500 or more will be entered into our Jelly of the Month Club, where you will get limited edition jams every month! 

 


The Project

The last few years we have put all of our time and energy into growing our brick and mortar store and the time has come to really grow beyond where we are now. The most common question we get at market is, “can I buy these online, or where else can I buy these?” In order for us to grow and evolve we need to reach more customers, and in order to do that, we need to be able to produce more at an economical rate. That being said, it took time to find a co-packer that was still doing things by hand and had pride in the finished product. When we met with the Pittsburgh Pickle brothers we knew we had found “our people”. We could increase our production but at a rate where we felt comfortable with and can still stand behind our name, Batch. We chose three of our top flavors to expand on; Black Blue and Bourbon, Garlic and Hot Pepper, and Monkey Butter.

Our 3 top sellers that are going to be the first to be co-packed!

We plan on building a new website that will have e-commerce for both retail and wholesale customers. I believe we can not only increase our first-time customer sales through the website but drastically increase repeat customers. We get many customers from out-of-state and out-of-country at our city markets that would buy again if it was available to them.

We also want to become a household name by being available on local retail shelves. We are in a few small retailers around Pittsburgh now, but we need to be in front of more eyes more often. By joining forces with the Pittsburgh Pickle Company, we will now be able to make contacts through them and expand our reach.

The money we are raising will be used for the upfront costs of producing on a larger scale. This includes paying the Pittsburgh Pickle Company for the labor, pallets of jars, produce, new labels, shelving for the finished product, and building out a new website.   

 

Tier 1

$10,000 Total

Start-up costs to begin co-packing and increase capacity 

Tier 2

$6,300 Total

Label redesign, website redesign 

$16,300 Total Total cost for Tier 1 and Tier 2  combined.

 


Perks

 

Early Bird

 First 20 funders will receive a Batch T-shirt

$500+

Jelly of the month club! Receive one 4oz. jar of limited edition jelly each month 

 

* All perks are cumulative and shipping is included for any products you qualify for

 


About the Owners

Meghan Pohl (right)

I have a bachelors in Fashion Design/merchandising and minor in marketing from IUP. However, I have worked in the horticultural industry and retail since I was 14 and that is where my heart has always been. I wanted my own store ever since I can remember and as I got into my twenties the idea of my own place consumed my thoughts. I was taking entrepreneurial classes at Pitt when I met Jess and everything just seemed to be telling me to just do it. By combining her knowledge of the food industry and my knowledge of retail we made a good team.  In the last five years since we started Batch Jess and I have become like family and both of our girls consider Batch a second home.

 

Jessica Brewster (left)

I have a bachelors in graphic design and am a natural artist. However, I have worked in the restaurant industry since the age of 14 and use our food as an outlet for my creativity. I also knew from a young age that I wanted my own place to create and “feed people”. I come from a very Italian family that expresses their love through food and I have taken the torch up for that. My husband, Ben, has had a huge part in the building of Batch and has been my rock.  

Both of us knew going into this that we not only wanted a store but we wanted to create a community within its walls. We wanted it to feel like Grandma’s kitchen when you walked in but hipper and cool. We wanted it to be a space that was warm and welcoming and that you wanted to come back to over and over again. I believe we achieved that.  Our customers have become like family and we wake up excited to get to work for them. Our goal is always to broaden our community and customer base and by branching out to retail shelves and online we can broaden even more.

 


The Location

Our current location is our main money maker. However, we want to able to rely more on income from outside our small town. I believe that creating an online store will be huge for us. So many customers buy from us at market and want to know where they can get our jams, if not right there or in Saxonburg. Online sales are only going to continue to grow. It is how people find and buy all of their items now, including specialty food products. We have to make our jams easily accessible to more customers. While online sales are my main focus, I also want to expand into new farmers markets and on to more retail shelves. By joining up with The Pittsburgh Pickle Company and having them co-pack our jams in a greater volume I will not have to worry about keeping up with production in our small kitchen. They are already helping us with FDA approval and nutrition labels. We are a like-minded company when it comes to the quality of our product, we both have high-quality standards, and we believe we can help each other grow.

We will begin with just three of our top selling flavors, Black Blue and Bourbon, Monkey Butter, and Garlic and Hot Pepper. We believe that these three flavors represent our uniqueness and our variety in flavor profiles. We will be redoing our labels starting with these three flavors, making them retail ready complete with SKU codes and nutrition labels. We began printing our own and tying them on, then redoing our look working with a small local print shop and now moving to machine wrapped jars. Always growing. Always evolving.

 


Deal Summary

Issuer

Batch LLC

Security Type

Unsecured Loan

Loan Purpose

Upfront costs for co-packing and design of e-commerce website

Offering Amount

$10,000 - $16,300

Interest Rate

10.75%

Payments

Monthly, Disbursed to Investors Quarterly

Maturity

60 months fully amortizing

Personal Guaranty

Yes

Security Interest

No

 


Your Earnings Potential

If you choose to invest, you will make a one-time investment via ACH that will be transferred to a secure escrow account. If the campaign successfully reaches its target, the funds will be distributed to Batch.

For more information on the mechanics of Honeycomb’s crowd investing platform, please review our Education Materials.

Investment Amount

One-Time Fee

Potential Quarterly Repayments*

Potential Total Repayment*

$100

$2.85

$6.48

$129.70

$500

$14.25

$32.42

$648.53

$1,000

$28.50

$64.85

$1,297.07

$5,000

$37.25

$324.26

$6,485.38

*Individual payments may vary slightly based on rounding. Potential repayments include principal and interest, they do not include the one-time fee which is assessed when you make your investment. These amounts are calculated as a fully amortizing loan: principal and interest are paid down starting with the first payment. There are no prepayment penalties and Batch may pay down their loan early which may impact your earnings potential. Please note, returns are not guaranteed and investors could lose some or all of their investment.

Your ongoing responsibilities from investing are very limited. Each year over the life of the loan you will receive a 1099-INT, this is a simple tax document similar to what you receive for most savings accounts.

When Batch pays as agreed, you will receive quarterly payments directly into your bank account. In the event of a default, you will be contacted by the Administrative Agent to manage the collections process on investors' behalf.

 


How Honeycomb is Compensated

Honeycomb charges Batch a $250 posting fee and a 8.0% loan origination fee on the total amount funded.

Additionally, to cover expenses associated with each investment, Honeycomb charges a 2.85% investment fee capped at $37.25 per investor.

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