Angie Miller was born in Goshen, Indiana. She married Dan Bastian and raised their two children while also working as a nurse for 28 years. In 2001, Angie and Dan bought a kettle online and began popping corn at local events to teach their children the importance of hard work. They were also hoping to earn extra income for their college funds. They decided to gift the Minnesota Vikings players and coaches with bags of Angie’s brand kettle corn after a long day at training camp. The team was so impressed that they invited Angie’s to become the team’s official kettle corn. It soon became the Official Kettle Corn of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Timberwolves. Their strong business partnerships skyrocketed them from being a local sensation into one of the fastest-growing natural popcorn brands on the market.
Angie left her nursing career to immerse herself in innovation in 2010. A mere two years later, her products populated retail shelves in 49 states and had become the nation’s second-best selling kettle corn. The company had grown to 180 employees. By 2013, sales were $50 million and the company was producing more than 80,000 bags of popcorn daily. Today the Mankato-based Angie’s Artisan Treats, LLC produces nearly 350 different products and has 260 employees. Angie’s products are now sold in natural food, grocery, club and mass retail outlets nationwide, as well as in Canada, South Korea, Mexico and the Caribbean. Angie’s products are found on the shelves of major retailers including Target, Sam’s Club, Costco, Walgreens and Whole Foods.
Angie is a member of the exclusive Committee of 200, an invitation only membership organization of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. She and her husband have also won the Star Tribune Top Workplaces honor twice and the Girl Scouts recently honored Angie as a pioneering Trailblazer.