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How an Obsessive Movie-Goer Reinvented the Theater's Favorite Food

This entrepreneur turned his popcorn problem into a profitable business.

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This story appears in the December 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Bric Simpson was a genuine movie buff: He hit the theater about five times a month. That also made him attuned to the finer points of snacking, and he had some problems. "You pay a premium price for popcorn, but they only butter the top layer. An inch down, you've got almost a whole bucket of popcorn that tastes like cardboard," he says. In 2009, Simpson and his wife were shaking a popcorn bucket to distribute the butter when she said, "You know what we need? A lid."

Michael Friberg

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