CHESTNUT HILL — Lorraine Thomson and Janice Crean arrive at the loading dock of the Star Market at 8 a.m., Crean nestling her Ford Flex station wagon alongside tractor-trailers. While deliverymen stack merchandise onto pallets, the two women pile cardboard boxes on a dolly and roll it to the door. Their cartons are filled with WunderSmoothies, fruit smoothies made solely from whole crushed fruits and packaged in squeezable pouches. The Brookline residents launched their business a year ago and work as a team to sell, merchandise, and deliver their fruit drinks.
Both natives of Scotland and friends for years, Thomson and Crean hankered to start a business together. “We dreamed about bringing a healthy product to the supermarket,” says Thomson. Crean, a mother of three young children, came up with the idea of a truly healthy fruit drink. When she would check ingredients of drinks marketed as healthy, she often found additives and felt misled. “We came up with the smoothie idea one night after we drank many glasses of wine,” says Thomson.