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August 2018

NEWS

1908 Brands Acquires Bundle Organics

Bundle Organics, pioneer of prenatal nutrition, available in over 2,000 locations
Boulder-based 1908 Brands announced the acquisition of Bundle Organics. Bundle Organics offers full-service nutrient dense solutions for women in their fertility, pregnancy and lactation stages of having a baby. 1908 Brands first invested in Bundle shortly after the startup brand moved its headquarters to Boulder in 2017.
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Yai’s Thai Goes National with Whole Foods Market

Yai’s Thai Coconut Curries and Chili Garlic Hot Sauce available nationwide
Denver-based Yai’s Thai announced that four of its leading SKUs will be rolling out into Whole Foods Market stores nationwide this summer.  Whole Foods Market has approved the brand’s Green, Yellow, and Red Thai Coconut Curries, along with their Chili Garlic Hot Sauce. The Chili Garlic Hot Sauce has already started to hit shelves, and the brand’s ready-to-eat curries will begin arriving to stores in late August. Another of the brand’s best-selling SKUs, Thai Almond Sauce, will be launching locally in the Rocky Mountain region this summer.  
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Little Secrets Receives Investment From Sunrise Strategic Partners

Company Hires Nestlé Vet
Boulder-based Little Secrets received an investment from Boulder-based Sunrise Strategic Partners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. With this new funding, the brand has already begun to grow its team with the addition of former Nestlé confection veteran, Jeremy Vandervoet, as president and COO.
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Ascendant Partners Advises Nature’s Organic Grist in Sale to Ceres Global Ag Corp

Company will continue to operate under Nature’s Organic Grist
Ascendant Partners, Inc. announced the acquisition of Nature’s Organic Grist, LLC, one of the largest food-grade organic supply chain managers in the United States, by Riverland Ag Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ceres Global Ag Corp. Nature’s Organic Grist is a supplier of organic and ancient grains, milled flours, and feed products and has served these markets since 2010. Nature’s Organic Grist will continue to operate under its current name as a subsidiary of Ceres.
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Good Karma Foods to Switch From Flax Oil to Certified Organic Sources

Company cleans up supply chain
Boulder-based Good Karma Foods announced a commitment to convert all of the flax oil used in its Flaxmilk and Yogurts to certified-organic sources by the end of 2018. As part of its commitment to inspire goodness, Good Karma is converting to provide added reassurance that its plant-based milks and yogurts are produced without the use of harmful synthetic herbicides or pesticides, including glyphosate, as the use of those chemicals are prohibited by the USDA National Organic Program. 
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Bobo's Introduces New Product Line and Website

Company continues product expansion and updates website functionality
Boulder-based Bobo's announced the launch of a new website on the heals of introducing the Bobo's TOAST’R, a nourishing toaster pastry. The new website and online store assist in growing the company's eCommerce presence.
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Coconut Cloud Launches Vegan Hot Cocoa

Company expands product offerings
Denver-based Coconut Cloud expanded its collection of plant-based, better-for-you products with the addition of Vegan Hot Cocoa. This instant, cocoa mix delivers the chocolatey experience expected from a traditional cocoa but is dairy free and vegan. Like all the rest of Coconut Cloud’s allergen friendly line, this hot cocoa boasts a clean ingredient statement and is gluten free, soy free, and non-GMO. 
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Sweetforest Superfoods Official Launch

Company rebrands from "Mana Cookies"
Boulder-based Sweetforest Superfoods, previously known as "Mana Cookies," recently rebranded to Sweetforest and expanded their line of nourishing treats.   Sweetforest Superfoods offers a line of unique superfood cookies made from simple earth-found ingredients and powerful adaptogen herbs
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JJ’s Sweets Goes to College

Company lands non-traditional distribution with Barnes and Noble
Boulder-based JJ’s Sweets lands Sea Salt Chocolate Covered Cocomel 2-packs in 490 Barnes and Noble College Bookstores. The 2-packs will be sold at the register at 490 college bookstores across the country.
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34 Degrees Finds Sweet Spot With Packaging Redesign

Sweet Crisps to come in resealable pouches
Denver-based 34 Degrees announced the launch of its Sweet Crisps line in resealable pouches to promote the product’s snackability. The Sweet Crisps, which are sweet like a cookie but crisp like a cracker, launched a year and a half ago in the same tall, narrow boxes as its savory cracker line. After over a decade and a half in business, the brand is exploring changes to packaging and branding in order to position itself in the sweet center of the snacking movement.
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Fresca Foods takes the Lead in Climate Action

Company joins the Climate Collaborative and commits to eight initiatives reversing climate change
Louisville-based Fresca Foods announced a commitment to reduce its environmental impact in association with the Climate Collaborative, a project of OSC2 and the Sustainable Food Trade Association, working to catalyze bold action among natural products companies to reverse climate change. Fresca  commited to climate action in eight of the nine areas of the Climate Collaborative, including initiatives around agriculture, packaging, food waste, energy efficiency and policy. By joining the Climate Collaborative, Fresca expects to both learn and share sustainability best practices with other Climate Collaborative members including Danone, Annie’s, Clif Bar, Stonyfield Farm, Honest Tea, and more.
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Fourpoints Energy Bars Increase Distribution

Greater distribution in the pipline
Denever-based Fourpoints announced statewide distribution through Safeway. The growing company received a boost last year when Backpacker magazine called Fourpoints “the slow-burn energy bar,” which helped them get into REI stores in Colorado and Utah. Now they are in many Colorado Safeway stores, and they hope to add King Soopers soon.
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Instagram Love for Naturally Boulder Brands

Naturally Boulder may help share your story
Do you have a better-for-you CPG brand that could use some social media love? Naturally Boulder would like to share your brand and story with our natural products community and beyond on Instagram. If you'd like to participate, please submit a striking photo of your product with a caption announcing your product launch, exciting new distribution, investment or other news to peter@naturallyboulder.org. Your post will be added to our content calendar and released accordingly, so let us know if the post is time-sensitive. The photo will need to be 1080px w X 1080px h, and the caption short and sweet. Instagram caption character limit: 2,200 characters. Instagram hashtag limit: 30 hashtags.

Volunteer Opportunities with Metro Caring this Summer

It's fun... for real!  Sign up today.
Naturally Boulder’s 2018 service projects with Metro Caring are off to a great start and we are looking for some more help throughout this summer. This is a great opportunity for team-building and collaboration, as you’ll work together to complete tasks and work toward a common goal. You will be building community among colleagues, while simultaneously serving your community. Last year Naturally Boulder helped with 285 service hours, 7,862 pounds of product donation and over $20,000 in cash donation.  Sign up for a service project today!  Email Kristine for more details. dirlacarey@gmail.com.  Dates available: July 18; August 8, 16; September 20, 22.
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NATURALLY BOULDER EVENTS

Networking Night:
Meet Companies at Different Stages


August 13, 5:30-7:30 PM 
@ NSF 



From hot and emerging startups to established and seasoned brands and everything in between, you’ll hear from their founders and executives to learn more about their story, their evolution and what they’ve learned along the way to help grow your brand. What else? Delicious, seasonal food and beverages from Alfalfa’s.  

Learn from the Experts



Andy Judd - CMO, ONE Brands
Betty Artes - Founder, Casa Alvarez
Craig Lieberman - Founder & President, 34 Degrees


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Education Series:
The Emerging CBD Market: Opportunities and Challenges


August 16, 6:00-8:00 PM 
@ Impact Hub Boulder



The CBD market is exploding, but faces regulatory challenges that make it hard to navigate. Come learn from experts including entreprenuers, accelerators, and investors.

Learn from the Experts

John Simmons – Co-Founder, Weller Snacks
Ashley Grace – General Manager, Stillwater Specialty Ingredients
Micah Tapman – Managing Director and Co-Founder, Canopy
Josh Long – Legal and Regulatory Editor, Informa
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The Haves and Have Nots: A Short Film and Real Discussion About Making Healthy Food Accessible

August 15, 6:00-8:00 PM
@ e-Town Hall



The Haves and Have Nots is a short, compelling documentary about bridging the divide between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ of the natural food world. This film focuses on giving a voice to those people who feel outside the natural food world, looking in, and how they can be reached. This segment is indeed growing and very much wants to connect with young brands.
 
The film premiered at Esca Bona 2017 and we are fortunate to share it with our community. It is presented by the founders of Boulder Strategy House, Ashley Alsup, Chief Strategist and Kim Johnson, Chief Documentarian. A robust Q&A with the filmmakers will follow!


Learn from the Experts

Carlotta Mast - Naturally Boulder Board Chair
Catherine Walsh - Naturally Boulder Vice President
Kim Johnson, Founder, Chief Documentarian
Ashley Alsup, Chief Strategist, Boulder Strategy House
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Morning Mingle:
Winning on Amazon


August 29, 7:45-8:45 AM 
@ Impact Hub Boulder 



Ecommerce has been described as the new frontier and the future of retail. How brands are selling, innovating and ultimately winning on Amazon greatly defines their success. Hear from experts and brand leaders who battle on the new retail frontier day in and day out.

Learn from the Experts

Nicole Pavlica
 – Director of Integrated Marketing, Boulder Brands
Dave VanderJagt – Director of Client Solutions, Amplio
Paige Mitchum – Director of Marketing, Purely Elizabeth

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

START-UPS: COMPETE TO WIN $10,000!

The Boulder Chamber is excited to announce the kickoff of the 2018 Esprit Venture Challenge and give you the chance to earn $10,000 for your business.

The Esprit Venture Challenge is a pitch competition for aspiring start-up businesses less than three years old. The competition consists of three qualifying rounds, including online public voting, an expert judging panel and the final, live pitch in front of a full audience and panel at the Boulder Chamber’s Esprit Entrepreneur event on November 8, 2018 at Embassy Suites in Boulder. The winning start-up will take home a grand prize of $10,000.

The submission deadline is September 14, 2018.
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CU's MENV Seeks Capstone Partners

Add capacity 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 myles.maland@colorado.edu for more information. 
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Win a Ticket to Esca Bona

Enter the Force for Good Giveaway
Esca Bona is giving away 10 FREE badges to Esca Bona 2018 to those who enter their Force for Good Giveaway.

All you have to do is write 50-100 words on why you want to be at Esca Bona - a participation-first conference focused on working together to amplify positive change. The submission deadline is August 10, 2018.
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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Shake It Up: Cocktails and Cuisine

August 7, 6:00-9:30 PM

 
Shake it up with friends at the Flatirons Food Film Festival during their fundraiser. Enjoy superlative food, drinks, live jazz, and silent and live auctions on the beautiful rooftop deck of Boulder Brands in downtown Boulder.

Blackbelly, Bramble & Hare, Emmerson, Local Table Tours (cocktail only), and Pastifico Boulder (pasta only) will serve bites and custom cocktails. Plus, a Fortuna Chocolate dessert cocktail; additional noshes; cocktail presentation from award-winning mixologist Bryan Dayton from Corrida and OAK at Fourteenth; Cocktail Punk and Bougie Syrups cocktail education; and short cocktail films. And, there will be beer, wine and a mocktail. $75 for advance tickets, $85 at the door.

Tickets HERE
NatchCom 

October 5-7
@ Galvanize Boulder

 
The Naturally Boulder community receives 10% off with code: NB10

NatchCom is an event and community designed to connect the power of digital with the $180 billion natural products industry. The three-day event is designed to be a hands-on, interactive experience to help industry professionals take their ecommerce and digital marketing efforts to the next level. 

Register here.
Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate

December 5-6
@ CU, Boulder
The Naturally Boulder community receives 25% off until August 17, with code: RES25

This event, a production of At the Epicenter, raises the bar on regenerative and organic agriculture by inspiring 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 guided by peers will challenge assumptions and stimulate new thinking to drive industry collaboration on big issues impacting ecosystems and communities while also growing profitability.  The incredible Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia, is the Keynote!

Register here.

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