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October 2018


14th Annual Pitch Slam & Autumn Awards!
Oct 18 & 19
Registration closes October 16



Naturally Boulder’s Pitch Slam is sponsored by New Hope Network

Our biggest event of the year begins when 20 entrepreneurs pitch their young companies to a panel of experts and 600 audience members. It’s inspiring and unpredictable. But the goal is the same: get to the finals!  

At the Innovation Showcase, we feature 70 of the most cutting-edge innovations from our region’s natural products industry.  See what’s hot!  

The Judges  (biographies)

Luke Vernon, Managing Partner of Ridgeline Ventures
Melanie Judge, Rocky Mountain Regional Grocery Buyer, Whole Foods Market
Sarah Bird, CEO of Bhakti, Inc
Rich Clark, SVP of Sales at Perfect Bar

The Prize Pack
Over $100,000 in cash and services!  


Reception:  The magic of NB happens mostly in-person.  

Keynote:  Blair Kellison is the CEO of Traditional Medicinals, an independent company that embraces sustainability, ingredient purity, and social and environmental activism.  

Pitch Slam Finals & Autumn Awards:  we'll present awards in three categories.  
Pitch Slam; Breakout Brand of 2018; Industry Leader / Community Champ

Naturally Boulder Promotes Peter Mohr to Director of Operations

Naturally Boulder named Peter Mohr as Director of Operations. The group’s board of directors developed the new leadership role in response to the nonprofit’s tremendous growth and expanded scope.  With over 1,300 members, 140 sponsoring companies, and more than 5,000 event attendees over the course of last year, Naturally Boulder was well positioned to elevate Mohr’s role and responsibilities. Mohr will report to the Executive Director, Arron Mansika, and will oversee Naturally Boulder's operational growth, including its growing staff, communications, programming, and organizational strategy.

Bobo’s Receives Funding

Company plans to further grow production and team 
Boulder-based Bobo’s announced that the company received series B funding from repeat investors Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR) and Ridgeline Ventures. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. With these latest funds, Bobo’s is focusing on keeping pace with marketplace demand and increasing production capacity in order to meet its goal of tripling its business by 2020.

Little Secrets Secures Investment from Sunrise Strategic Partners

Funding to increase distribution and marketing
Boulder-based Little Secrets received investment from Boulder-based Sunrise Strategic Partners. The new funding will enable Little Secrets to increase distribution and marketing efforts. This marks the ninth investment for Sunrise, an accelerator that provides capital to early-stage wellness brands to support their growth.

Jackson’s Honest Launches New Product Line  

Grain Free Snack Puffs line focuses on more vegetables, fewer grains
Crested Butte-based Jackson’s Honest launched a new line of grain free puff snacks made from cassava root, sweet potatoes, and yellow peas. The three flavors of Jackson’s Honest Grain Free Puffs include Crunchy Sweet Potato, Cheesy Cheddar, and Spicy Cheddar and are available in grocers nationwide and online. 

Made In Nature Launches New Product

Veggie pops disrupts snacking category 
Boulder-based Made In Nature announced a new product launch, Organic Veggie Pops. The Veggie Pops are made with real, organic ingredients including kale, chickpeas, cauliflower, bell peppers, nuts, seeds and spices. Veggie Pops are USDA Certified Organic, plant-based, and made without artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. .

JJ's Sweets Launches Two New Seasonal Cocomel Flavors 

Cinnamon Spice Cocomel Bites and Gingerbread Spice Cocomels coming soon
Boulder-based JJ's Sweets released two new flavors of Cocomels for the holiday season:  Cinnamon Spice Cocomel Bites and Gingerbread Spice Cocomels. The items will be available on Amazon late October, and on shelves at Natural Grocers.

Hoplark HopTea Increases Distribution 

Hop-infused sparkling iced tea picked up by Whole Foods Market
Boulder-based Hoplark HopTea increased distribution with the partnership of Whole Foods Market. The first of its kind zero-calorie hop-infused sparkling iced tea was launched at Denver’s South Pearl Street Farmers’ Market in May 2018, and has spread quickly across the Colorado Front Range. Whole Foods Rocky Mountain Region has placed all five flavors in 16 stores across the region. 

Evo Hemp Partners with Pine Ridge Farmers

New line made with hemp grown by Native American hemp activist, Alex White Plume
Boulder-based Evo Hemp has a new line of CBD extracts and soft gel capsules made with organic hemp grown by Native American hemp activist, Alex White Plume, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota. Evo Hemp’s mission is to use industrial hemp to empower small U.S. farmers and revitalize poor farming communities. Partnering with the Pine Ridge Reservation, where 90 percent of Lakota residents live below the federal poverty level, is part of this effort. Evo Hemp currently has 10-acres of organic hemp crop under contract with the tribe and hopes to expand the partnership moving forward.

Heavenly Organics Wins Health Great Value Award from Woman’s Day 

Dark Chocolate Honey Patties takes home the prize
Longmont-based Heavenly Organics recently won the Simple Sweet Treat award in Woman’s Day annual Health Great Value Awards for its Double Dark Chocolate Honey Patties. 

"Real School Food Challenge" Expands Awareness of Chef Ann Foundation's Important Work

Naturally Boulder is proud to co-host!
Naturally Boulder proudly co-hosts the Chef Ann Foundation’s Real School Food Challenge on October 25th. Join us as five teams of natural food industry executives battle it out to see who can create the most inspiring school lunch on an average budget of $1.25 per meal.  Bring your tastebuds to the table — you be the judge!  Representing Naturally Boulder will be our own board member, Ben Fenton!

Ben Fenton, Boulder Food Group with Catherine Compitello, Beacon Fund
Justin Gold, Justins Nut Butter with Hosea Rosenberg, BlackBelly/Santo
Robbie Vitrano, Good Spread with Kelly Whitaker, Basta
Lizzie Ackerman & Matt LaCasse, Birch Benders
Baeta Pabian, The Jackfruit Company & Alan Murray, GoodBelly 

Over 30 million children eat school lunch every day, with more than 70% on the free and reduced lunch program. Schools are given an average of $1.25 per meal, per student — but what are they serving?

Boulder Valley School District is fortunate to have Chef Ann Cooper as Food Services Director, but other districts aren't so lucky. Chef Ann Foundation is dedicated to providing schools everywhere with the tools, resources, knowledge, and funding they need to serve real school meals to every child, every day. By supporting the Foundation through your ticket donation, you are helping children across the country gain access to healthy, fresh food.

Naturally Boulder's Community is Supporting Metro Caring

Please support our Give Back program!
Naturally Boulder is supporting Metro Caring's holistic approach to meet people’s immediate needs for nutritious food while addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Justin's seeded our financial campaign with $5,000!  We aimed to match it from the Naturally Boulder community.  Our friends at Danone North America wowed us by contributing $5,000! 
  • Will your company add to this total?!  
  • Every contribution is meaningful.
  • This campaign ends soon!
Naturally Boulder will accept Metro Caring's 2018 “Hungry for Change Award” at their annual Cornucopia event on October 4.  The award celebrates the work of those making a significant impact raising awareness for food justice and engaging the community to address hunger.

Natural Products Expo East 2018 Another Exceptional Gathering - All About Connecting

Watch this excellent, fun video!
Natural product brands and manufacturers of all sizes and types came from across the country to Baltimore, Md., last month for Natural Products Expo East 2018. From subtle product updates to category-disrupting innovations, Expo East gave attendees a chance to experience the latest industry developments first hand.  

Natural Products Expo is all about connecting. Connecting brands with buyers, entrepreneurs with investors, and experts with those striving to learn more. And then we take a step back to see how we are all connected by an industry driven by enthusiasm and passion.  
Watch this fun video!

Naturally Boulder Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainability

Naturally Boulder is a 1% for the Planet certified non-profit partner reinforcing its commitment to the environment. Through 1% For The Planet, Naturally Boulder is dedicated to expanding its environmentally focused programming and partnering with key community allies to establish and progress best practices within our community. Naturally Boulder is pleased to partner in the production of two exciting events this October focusing on sustainable packaging and Boulder’s CPG sustainability. Join us at both events that continue to lead our community in a positive direction.


14th Annual
Pitch Slam
& Autumn Awards!

OCTOBER 18, 3-7 PM 

OCTOBER 19, 4:30-8 PM 

Register now – this WILL sell out!
Learn more.
Authentic Leadership For Naturals: 2-day Workshop

Dec 7-8 @ Naropa University, Boulder

Naturally Boulder is adding to what we bring our community of natural products professionals.  We proudly partner with Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership Center and other leading industry organizations to offer you Authentic Leadership for Naturals.  At its heart is a powerful approach to encourage you to bring the best of who you are into how you lead. 

Are you:
- A leader or future leader in this industry?
- Motivated to have a positive impact in the world?
- Wanting to enhance creativity in yourself and your team, even through challenge?

This experiential workshop provides practical methods for fostering self-awareness, inspiring and engaging others, and leading  teams through challenge and change with confidence and compassion.  Questions? 

Learn More.

Morning Mingle:
Engaging and Marketing to the Hispanic Community

Wednesday October 31, 7:45-8:45 AM @ Impact Hub Boulder (1877 Broadway #100 Boulder)

The Hispanic population is now 59 million people in the USA. Many are looking for healthy lifestyle alternatives, which is why it comes as a surprise that we don’t often hear about them as a ‘target’ for marketers and CPG professionals. Perhaps this is because of the daunting nature of this diverse population with a unique culture and language all to their own. We are bringing in experts who have spent their career marketing to this dynamic, growing population.

Learn from the Experts

Steve Garcia: Founder and President, Lynx Marketing
Mary K. Mathis: Founder and CEO, Latinarrific!
Richard Phillips: OTC and Health Beauty brands veteran

Learn More.



CU's Masters of the Environment Program Seeks Capstone Partners

Add capacity to your company's team and gain functional solutions to the real challenges you face
The Masters of the Environment (MENV) Graduate Program at CU Boulder is seeking organizations in the natural foods industry to work with students in the Sustainable Food Systems track on year-long Capstone Projects in 2019 (January – December). Organizations can add capacity and gain functional solutions to the real challenges they face. The MENV program will also host a series of networking events in Denver and Boulder this fall. Please contact Myles Maland at for more 

Find commercial kitchens for rent near you!

The Kitchen Door is a search engine for food businesses to easily find and connect with kitchens for rent across the country. Whether they need help to grow their business, a way to stay compliant with the health department, or just a place to cook, finding the right kitchen can accelerate a food business to the next level.


Boulder Sustainability Working Summit 

October 10th 9 AM - 5 PM

@ eTown Hall
Join the Naturally Boulder community for an inaugural meeting of round-tables and the development of three Boulder Sustainability Working Groups. The Boulder natural products community will gather to create sustainable change through collective action.  Join brands, retailers, suppliers and non-profits with a focus on sustainability and regenerative practices. The groups will include employees, executive team members and people with sustainability built into their role - all working at various companies collaboratively to foster long term, scalable change within the industry.  Tickets HERE
The Flatirons Food Film Festival 

October 11-14

The Flatirons Food Film Festival wants you to feast on reel food. Its sixth year brings four days of films, tasty bites, and engaging discussions on topics like Anthony Bourdain, craft beer, Cuban food, local food non-profits, children and family food traditions, young farmers, eating animals, and more. Tickets here 
Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Training 

October 9, 8 AM - 5 PM
@ SEEC, 4001 Discovery Dr, Room C120, Boulder

Use code NaturallyBoulder for a 10% discount.

Join 100 other Naturally Boulder members to focus on your packaging in a one-day training taught by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. October 9th 8:00am-5:00pm. This workshop is not often available to the public, so take it while it's in town. 
Tickets HERE
Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate

December 5-6
@ CU, Boulder

This event seeks to inspire a systemic shift in the status quo; supporting the food and fashion industries to reimagine sourcing as a path to empower healthy soils that enhance carbon sequestration.  Incredible panels, Regenerative Slams, and working sessions will challenge assumptions and stimulate new thinking to drive industry collaboration while also growing profitability.  Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia, is the Keynote!
Register here.











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