Tanka Bars business model was soo good ... it was copied by Epic Provisions. Then that company was acquired by General Mills. As the influx of corporate money rushed into the meat bar business, Tanka suffered. Founder Mark Tilsen says he’s had to lay people off in the past couple of years, which is especially painful. “When you lay off folks in a community like this, it isn’t like there’s another job. It almost feels like it’s taking their dreams." From the New Food Economy blog.