Melanie Kahn says she founded Poppilu, a new lemonade brand, after experiencing a powerful craving for citrus while pregnant with her daughter, Poppy.
Poppilu is one of five brands in Kraft Heinz’s new Chicago-based incubator for startups — and the only one owned by a woman. Kahn isn’t bashful about being a 40-year-old mother of two young children, despite the harsh reality that entrepreneurship often favors those who are young enough to have nothing really to lose.
“This is obviously a very personal business. … I do this business in large part so I can have flexibility with my children,” Kahn said. “I have to embrace the fact that this is who I am.”
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