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15th Annual Pitch Slam & Autumn Awards
Applications are LIVE for Innovation Showcase and Pitch Slam

Naturally Boulder's 15th annual Pitch Slam & Autumn Awards is October 24-25! Applications are open for the Innovation Showcase, which will feature the newest products from nearly 100 member companies. Applications are also open for the Pitch Slam competition, where fifteen entrepreneurs will take to the stage to pitch their young businesses to a panel of industry experts and over 700 attendees. Click here to apply for Innovation Showcase, here to apply for Pitch Slam and here to buy tickets to the event.


 
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ONE Brands Acquired by Hershey
$397 million deal expands Hershey’s nutrition bar portfolio

Boulder-based ONE Brands was acquired by The Hershey Company for $397 million to increase Hershey’s competitive offering of nutrition bars. Hershey reported that the acquisition was a “strong strategic fit” given ONE Brands’ indulgent flavor portfolio and is part of the company’s plan to broaden its health-conscious snack offerings.
 
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RE Botanicals Merges with Palmetto Harmony
Companies unify to accelerate shared mission

Boulder-based RE Botanicals merged with South Carolina-based Palmetto Harmony to increase and diversify offerings of USDA certified-organic hemp CBD and to accelerate regenerative hemp farming. The company’s immediate plans are to grow Palmetto Harmony’s woman-centric brand offerings, ensure RE Botanicals price competitiveness and provide further transparency into the growing and manufacturing of its products.
 
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Charlotte’s Web Secures New Production Facility

Company moves into 137,000 square foot space
Boulder-based Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. announced its expansion into a nearly 137,000-square-foot office space at the Colorado Technology Center business park in Louisville, CO. The new space will enable the company to increase production, warehousing, and distribution, and to implement the latest extraction and post-processing refinement technologies to differentiate end-products.
 
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The a2 Milk Company Announces Record Revenue

Company achieves U.S. net sales of $23.2 million
The a2 Milk Company, which has its North American headquarters in Boulder, announced record NZ and US sales at the close of the company’s 2019 fiscal year,
with a total revenue of $1.3 billion (NZ$) and $23.2 million (US$). The company credited the 160 percent rise in sales from 2018 to increased investment in distribution and brand awareness. The company also achieved national distribution this year, expanding to over 13,100 stores including Costco, Walmart, Albertsons/Safeway, Whole Foods, Wegmans and more.

 
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Hope Foods Offers New Nut Dips

Cashew and almond dips soon available
Boulder-based Hope Foods diversified its plant-based dip offerings from hummus and guacamole dips to cashew and almond dips. The high pressure processed nut dips have an 84-day shelf life and are available in flavors French Onion, Avocado Ranch, Roasted Garlic, Roasted Red Pepper, Chipotle, and Chocolate. The company plans to launch in 4,300 stores by the end of 2019, beginning with Hannaford and Sprouts locations.  
 
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MindFull Inc. Unveils Hemp Protein Shake

DOSE beverage to debut at Expo East
Boulder-based MindFull Inc. announced its launch of DOSE Daily Hemp Nutrition organic shakes at Expo East this month. The ready-to-drink shakes are gluten-, dairy- and soy-free and contain no added sugar, 15 grams of hemp- and pea-based protein, six grams of fat from hemp seed oil, 18 vitamins and minerals and 150 calories per serving. Two flavors -- Chocolate Truffle and Spiced Vanilla -- will soon be available.
 
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RollinGreens Diversifies Product Offerings

Cauliflower wings now available in three flavors
Boulder-based RollinGreens expanded its product offerings from whole grain millet tot varieties to Cauliflower Wings. The gluten-free, vegan, allergen-friendly frozen products are available in flavors Spicy Green Buffalo, Teriyaki, and Sweet Mustard. Cauliflower Wings will expand nationally in 2020, but are now regionally available in Lucky’s Market and Whole Foods. 
 
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Colorado Hemp Honey Launches CBD Sweets

Hemp-blended honey sticks debut at Expos
Parker-based Colorado Hemp Honey announced the launch of hemp-blended honey sticks, plus a line of honeys and tinctures, at Southern Hemp Expo in Franklin, TN and Expo East in Baltimore, MD. The honey sticks contain 30 milligrams of full-spectrum hemp extract that is non-GMO, Colorado-grown, and third-party lab tested and verified.
 
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Fourpoints Expands Distribution
Company’s bars now available across Colorado King Soopers

Denver-based Fourpoints announced new availability of its energy bars across Colorado King Soopers and City Markets. The low-glycemic bars are the only to market using California prunes as a main ingredient, which enables the bars to contain macro-, micro- and phyto-nutrients claimed to support delayed hunger and stable energy throughout exercise. The company also announced its plan to switch from whey protein to locally sourced hemp seed protein by the end of 2019.
 
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Nummy Nibbles Increases Availability
Condiments now available at Whole Foods

Denver-based Nummy Nibbles expanded its distribution of condiments and cooking sauces to Whole Foods stores in the Rocky Mountain region. All of their products are certified vegan, dairy- and soy-free and the cooking sauces are Whole30® approved.
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MindFull, Inc. Achieves B-Corp Certification
Company passes social and environmental performance reviews

Boulder-based MindFull, Inc. obtained B Corporation certification after rigorous social and environmental performance reviews. The company’s current brands include GAIAM Organic Green Tea and VIBE Organic
Electrolyte Black Tea.
 
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Evo Hemp Stars in Hemp Documentary
Film chronicles Colorado hemp industry

Boulder-based Evo Hemp stars in "American Hemp," a film that documents the Colorado hemp industry for 2 years leading up to the 2018 federal Farm Bill legalizing hemp. Farmers, Colorado regulators, members of the Lakota Native American Tribe and founders of Evo Hemp shed light on how hemp has affected their lives and how it will revolutionize the U.S. agricultural economy.
 
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Ka-Pop! Announces New CMO
Former Danone VP of Marketing joins team

Erie-based Ka-Pop! Ancient inGRAINed Snack Co welcomed Christina Finkel, former VP of Marketing at Danone and wife of Ka-Pop! Founder, Dustin Finkel, to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. Finkel previously accelerated brands at various stages of growth with General Mills, Unilever, WhiteWave Foods and Danone.
 
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Colorado Kitchen Share Upgrades Packaging Division
Automated packaging services now available

Colorado Kitchen Share enhanced its packaging options for food and baking companies by equipping shared kitchens with extensive new machinery.  The company has 35 industrial kitchens in Colorado.
 
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Networking Night:
Meet the Investors
September 9, 2019 5:30-7:30 PM
Crestone Capital, LLC (1048 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302)

Different investors and firms have unique approaches to the size and type of businesses they seek to support. At this networking night, you will meet principals from a number of active investment firms and lenders in the natural products space and learn about their investment approach. Join us to discuss how to find an investment partner that best fits the age and stage of your business.

Learn from the Experts:
   
Duane Primozich 
Managing Partner, BIGR Ventures
Megan Bent
Founder, Harbinger Ventures
Josh Holmstrom 
Managing Partner, Ridgeline Ventures
Jay Hirsh 
 Managing Partner, Break Trail Ventures
Ben Fenton Partner, BFG Partners
Miles Cooke – Senior Investment Analyst, Crestone Capital, LLC


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Education Event:
Ensuring Product Safety
September 19, 2019 6:00-8:00 PM
New Hope Network (5541 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302)

Are you looking to develop a new product? Already have a product on the market? Considering a third party certification for your production? Regardless of the scenario, you want to be sure you are selling the safest product possible. Learn about various regulations, third party certifications, key protocols to optimize food safety and quality, how to handle a product recall and more at our Education Event this month!

Learn from the Experts:
           
Todd Woloson –
Trustee, Clean Label Project
Sam Kressler – Owner, Stir Consulting
Brandon Hernandez – Senior Partner, Whole Brain Consulting
Mike Gross – VP of FSQA, Fresca Foods


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Morning Mingle:
Responsible & Regenerative Sourcing

September 25, 2019 7:45-8:45 AM
Alfalfa's Market Cafe (1651 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302)

The health of our soil and food systems is in decline as the large-scale, monoculture agriculture operations compromise biodiversity, rely on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and pollute water and soil. However, while agriculture has been the problem, it can also be the solution. Join local thought leaders, farmers, academics and community members to discuss local regenerative agriculture efforts and their global impact.

Learn from the Experts:
           
Seleyn Deyarus – Co-founder and Executive Director, At the Epicenter
Nicole Civita – MENV Instructor, CU Boulder
Marcus McCauley – Founder, Picaflor Live Culture; Farm Manager, McCauley Family Farms
Alyssa Harding – Executive Director, Sustainable Food Trade Association


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Share Your News with Naturally Boulder

Naturally Boulder members and sponsors are doing incredible work! We love to help showcase our community, so we created a new form our on website so that you can submit latest news, freshest photos for the 'gram and tweets worth talking about for the chance to be featured on Naturally Boulder's Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. (Don't worry; this doesn't replace the form to submit newsletter content by the 25th of the month!) Please send inquiries about features to susan@naturallyboulder.org.

Donate to Cornucopia 2019!

In addition to Naturally Boulder's Summer of Service with Metro Caring, it is Naturally Boulder's goal to again achieve the Gold sponsorship level for Metro Caring's signature fundraising event of the year: Cornucopia. Held each fall on September 25th during Hunger Action Month, Cornucopia celebrates those working towards hunger alleviation and community empowerment. Please consider a donation of any amount to help us reach our $!0,000 goal!

Partner with CU Masters of the Environment

The Masters of the Environment (MENV) Graduate Program at CU Boulder is seeking organizational partners in the natural foods and CPG industries to work with teams of graduate students on their capstone projects. By partnering with a team of students, your company can add capacity to business operations and gain functional solutions. Please contact Myles Maland, MENV Assistant Director at myles.maland@colorado.edu if you are interested.

OIA Future Leadership Academy Applications Open

Applications are open for Outdoor Industry Association's Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy until September 15. The 6-month program prepares the next generation of outdoor industry leaders by teaching them to champion the causes that are critical to the industry’s longevity. Naturally Boulder and OIA are seeking to build a bridge between these two like-minded industries to further collaboration for a healthier, more sustainable planet. Click here to learn more and here to apply.

Espirit Venture Challenge Applications Close Soon

Applications are open for Boulder Chamber's Esprit Venture Challenge until September 13. The pitch competition is open to companies 3 years old or younger; community members vote in person or online to determine which company will receive the grand prize of $10,000. The selected finalists will compete in a final-round pitch competition at the Boulder Chamber's signature Esprit Entrepreneur event on November 14th at Embassy Suites in Boulder.

CanopyBoulder Applications Open

CanopyBoulder is accepting applications from hemp/CBD startups for their 13-week, Boulder-based accelerator program. Get up to $120k in funding, access to the networks and support from seasoned industry experts. Applications are open until October 25 and class starts January 13. Go to canopyboulder.com/apply for more info.

Gluten-Free Kitchen Space Available

New Beat Foods is seeking a gluten-free food company to share a commercial kitchen space. (It is not a commissary kitchen.) The Longmont-based facility is ~2,400 SF, has a separate shipping and receiving area and shared use of conference room. Utilities and Wi-Fi included. Space includes a Revent, single, rotating rack oven, multiple stainless steel tables and 60 quart Hobart Mixer. Incoming tenant is responsible for all licensing requirements, insurance, etc. Incoming tenant is also responsible for any additional equipment needed to craft product. The space is available on Fridays and Saturdays. Rent is $500 - $1,500, depending on use. Three month minimum lease; month-to-month thereafter. Please email info@newbeatfoods.com if you are interested. 

United Natural Products Alliance PCQI Training

September 4-6, 2019 training in Westminster
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires food, supplement and hemp companies to have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) in each of their facilities to establish, implement and manage the required, written hazard analysis and food safety plans for all food products and ingredients. This United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) PCQI training is 2.5 days long and satisfies this requirement.
 
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Business After Hours

Lily Farm Fresh Event Center, September 6
Join Lily Farm Fresh Event Center and the Southeast Weld County Chamber as they host Business After Hours. Come out for an enjoyable night! 
RSVP to Dana at dana.lilyfarmfresh@gmail.com.
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Food Waste Awareness Week
September 9-15, 2019 throughout Boulder County

The Boulder County's Food Waste Committee and its partners will host a series of events to bring awareness to the issue of food waste in our community, country and across the world September 9-15, 2019. The keynote event will be a panel discussion and networking event on the future of food waste on September 13.
 
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7th Annual Food Rescue Feast
Boulder Food Rescue dinner September 20

Join Boulder Food Rescue for their 7th annual fundraiser, The Food Rescue Feast, on September 20 at the Boulder JCC. Enjoy an Indian buffet and appetizers prepared by local chefs at Boulder Kitchen Collective, Pastificio Boulder, Three Leaf Catering and Black Cat. Dance to live Latin Reggae music from Mono Verde Collective, participate in a silent auction, enjoy local brews and more!
 
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Redzone Community Awards
Annual celebration dinner at Pack Expo 2019

Join Redzone at Pack Expo 2019 to celebrate the achievements of over 450 member plants. Nominate a regional team to become Redzone's "Plant of the Year" winner! Obtain a free ticket to Pack Expo 2019 courtesy of Redzone by entering code 83Q22 when registering.
 
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Cornucopia 2019
Metro Caring's signature fundraising event September 25

Held each fall on September 25th during Hunger Action Month, Cornucopia celebrates those working towards hunger alleviation and community empowerment. New this year is a culinary trip around the world through the Food Startup Showcase, which features graduates of La Receta, an intensive training program that teaches food entrepreneurs the necessary skills to be successful in running a food business.
 
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NatchCom BootCamp
Digital marketing and e-commerce bootcamp starts September 30

This 5-day Bootcamp will show you where to put your money to get results, improve customer retention, and get a better ROI. Each day is a 4.5 hour deep dive into details of Amazon, email, Social Media and Google analytics to fine-tune your online strategy. Learn from digital experts and brand best practice examples. We guarantee you will come away with insights and action for your brand success. Limited space is available so register today!
 
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Flatirons Food Film Festival
Food, wine and films October 10-13

The Flatirons Food Film Festival will take place in Boulder on October 10-13, 2019. Enjoy 4 days of films, international food and wine tastings with local and national chefs and Master Sommeliers, lectures and art on the plight of bees, and more!
 
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3rd Annual Regenerative Earth Summit
October 29-30, 2019 at CU Boulder SEEC

The third annual Regenerative Earth Summit, produced by At The Epicenter, is returning this October to convene global leaders from across industry sectors, agriculture, academia and civic service to tackle climate change by utilizing business to influence and accelerate systemic change. Through panel discussions, Regenerative Slams™ and work sessions, participants will focus on how their companies can contribute to consumer engagement, market incentives, policy and supply investment that maximize benefits to people and planet. 

Naturally Boulder members receive 10% off Corporate, Entrepreneur and Day Passes with code "NatBoulder10"
 
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