Smude’s Sunflower Oil is a family owned business located in central Minnesota. In the late 90’s, Tom Smude, owner and founder of Smude’s Sunflower Oil, bought a 120 acre farm located just north of Pierz, Minnesota. Being a farmer had been a dream of his since he was a young boy. He began raising beef cattle along with growing corn and soybeans. By 2005 he started to raise all natural Black Angus beef, which he continues to do today.
Tom received degrees in Sales and Marketing as well as Farm Business Management from Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN.
His first thoughts about growing sunflowers for oil started in 2007 when Minnesota was experiencing a small scale drought and the usual crops were not doing well. He researched high oleic sunflower seeds and found that sunflowers are a drought tolerant crop. Originally he saw an opportunity to produce bio-fuel but on more research he decided it would not be feasible so he started researching the nutritional value of sunflower oil and decided to produce sunflower oil for human consumption. By 2009 he had a business plan in mind and started planting high oleic sunflowers. By the fall of 2009 the oil plant was under construction and by January 1, 2010 he started pressing oil. On February 10, 2010 Tom bottled his first bottle of All Natural Premium Cold Pressed High Oleic Sunflower Oil.
Smude Sunflower Oil is committed to meeting the needs our customers. We strive to provide cold pressed sunflower oil that will allow people of all ages a healthy alternative to other cooking oils. As a company, we are committed to supporting our local economy and helping our community grow. Our goal is to continue to grow, produce and make available a product that is healthy, green and available to all.