The Great Plate
Beth Kuehl and Rick Kellow
Sick of battling the constant food spills that come with six hungry kids, Beth Kuehl and Rick Kellow created the one plate that does it all.
“We didn’t set out to invent a solution or develop a product.”
Life can be messy. And with six kids and a family that loves movie nights at home, Beth Kuehl and Rick Kellow found themselves living amongst the constant rubble of toppled soda cans, spilled popcorn and broken potato chips.
That mess seemed to follow them everywhere. Whether it was relaxing on the couch, having snack time with kids, enjoying a backyard barbeque, or hosting a cocktail party with friends, food and drink always needed to be juggled, resulting in frequent spills and messes. They knew they needed a solution.
A simple idea led to a sketch of a plate with a drink holder and the GreatPlate solution was born.
“Our first sketch was meant to be a ‘Hey, do you think we can find something that holds the drink in the center?’,” said Beth. “We didn’t set out to invent a solution or develop a product.”
But that they did. A chance meeting with an engineer friend and soon they had a prototype that their kids’ friends called “the plate” – and it was a hot item. In fact, they quickly saw that kids would ask for it over and over again when they came to the house.
Comfortable to hold, the 10” GreatPlate uses FDA virgin resin polypropylene so that the plates are microwave safe and safe to eat off of, while they tackle messy clean up problems with ease. It holds your beverage so you can eat, drink and socialize, minimizing spills. One hundred percent recyclable and even BPA free, it fits in a standard cabinet and clean up is a snap in the dishwasher.
Next thing they knew they were getting some small and then larger orders from local and national retailers. “It felt incredible when we sold thousands of them at a chicken wing festival. The people were clamoring to get one more for their friends to use at the event.”
The GreatPlate was an instant hit. And they’ve been hitting it out of the park ever since.
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