A long time ago, I’d bought some jam and fruit syrup from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. The quality of the product was outstanding. The branding wasn’t nearly as good. So I approached the maker and negotiated a deal whereby they would produce for me under a brand that I would create for a niche market – the tourist and gourmet trade. To make a long story short, I created a little business under The Black Bear Fruit Company brand name. But due to other interests and priorities in my life, I didn’t work at developing this business, so it became a hobby.