Madeline Haydon is the Founder & CEO of nutpods, the best-selling non-dairy creamer brand, and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019. Madeline developed nutpods based on a personal need: a rich and creamy, dairy-free coffee creamer without artificial ingredients or sweeteners. In four short years, nutpods has grown to the #3 brand in the exploding plant-based, non-dairy creamer category by cultivating and leveraging a passionate consumer following. Initially launched as a Kickstarter project, the early supporters of the brand have become evangelists for the clean label, Whole30 Approved creamers making nutpods the #1 selling brand on Amazon and fastest-growing brand of refrigerated plant-based creamers in national retailers. nutpods is also #13 in this year’s Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America. The brand’s success is driven in part by Madeline’s unconventional route to market: starting with direct to consumer prior to expanding into traditional grocery.
nutpods selection as “Editor’s Pick” at the Natural Products Expo in 2015 and subsequent online sales success has made Madeline a popular speaker at the Specialty Food Association Conferences, Natural Products Expo West, Natchcom and others. Her approach to seeding brands and nutpods’ success has been covered in publications including Forbes, BevNet, Seattle Business, Food Navigator, and One Green Planet. Madeline holds a BS from the University of Washington and an MBA from Seattle University.