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Naturally Boulder Finds A New Home at Kiln

We've forged a new partnership as Naturally Boulder recently moved into Boulder's newest co-working space, Kiln. Naturally Boulder and Kiln both focus on community which creates exciting opportunities for our shared future. Naturally Boulder members can look forward to exploring the environmentally-friendly space this summer as we resume in-person events!

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Yasso, Inc. Pioneers Functional, Frozen Refreshment with the Launch of First Incubator Brand, Jüve Pops

Yasso, Inc. recently announced the launch of its first incubator brand, Jüve Pops, a functional, vitamin- and electrolyte-packed water-based pop. After over a decade of innovating within frozen Greek yogurt, the company is continuing to identify opportunities within the category where they can deliver great taste and quality nutrition. The new brand provides pops made with real fruit and less sugar, blended and frozen with hydrating, energizing vitamins and electrolytes.

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Organic India Launches Six New Adaptogenic Supplements

ORGANIC INDIA USA recently launched six new adaptogenic formulas in retail stores across the country, including Essential Immune, Immune Aid, Full Breath, Energy Restore, Essential Female, and Essential Male. With their myriad of benefits, adaptogens are gaining traction during a time when consumers are being forced to face unimagined challenges and are looking to boost their immune systems.

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Quinn Snacks Creates ‘Band of Brands’ to Improve Supply Chain

With the launch of the working group Band of Brands, Quinn Snacks founder and CEO Kristy Lewis hopes she can help food and beverage companies have a bigger impact on the supply chain. The initiative aims to unite CPG brands seeking to utilize ingredients grown with regenerative agriculture processes. To start, the group will focus on cassava, sorghum, sunflower oil, rice flour and tapioca — all ingredients Quinn Snacks utilizes and has had issues, at times, obtaining from sustainable-focused suppliers.

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2x Consumer Products Growth Partners is Now Loft Growth Partners

2x Consumer Products Growth Partners, a growth investor for emerging consumer products businesses, recently announced its new name, Loft Growth Partners. Loft Growth Partners recently closed its third fund with investments from dozens of founders and current/former executives of leading companies in our industry, including Walter Robb, former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market; Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of Stonyfield Farms; Stacy Madison, founder of Stacy’s Pita Chips; Seth Goldman, founder of Honest Tea and executive chair of Beyond Meat, and more. The firm is actively investing in breakthrough emerging brands in food and beverage, home care, personal care, vitamins and supplements, and pet care categories. 

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NEW! Members-Only Slack Community

If you’re a Naturally Boulder member with the desire to connect with others like you from Boulder and beyond, join us!

Meati Secures $18 Million to Scale Production of Groundbreaking Alternative Meats

Meati Foods announced it has received $18 million in additional capital to finance construction and equipment for the company’s innovative “Urban Ranch” production facilities – putting the company on a direct path to a 2022 nationwide consumer launch for Meati’s category-defining, protein-packed alternative meats. The new debt financing will enable Meati to quickly scale capacity. The company expects to produce millions of pounds of Meati in the new Urban Ranch by next year – making it one of the first companies in the world to scale production of whole-cut alternative meat. In the meantime, Meati expects limited launches of some products this year while remaining focused on capacity growth.

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Colorado-Based, Woman-Owned Wingman Smart Energy® Launches at 180+ Circle K® Convenience Stores Statewide

Moonlight Beverage Company, the makers of Wingman Smart Energy, recently announced that its functional energy beverage is now available at all 189 locations of Circle K convenience stores across Colorado, including the Front Range. Wingman Smart Energy aims to shake up the energy drink category with innovative ingredients as part of the company's expansion plans for national distribution and growth. Wingman is a patented, immune-boosting beverage and is made without artificial ingredients and additives.

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Cofo Provisions Marine Collagen Available Online at Hive

Boulder-based Cofo Provisions recently announced that their sustainably-sourced marine collagen is now available online at the sustainable marketplace, Hive. Hive and Cofo Provisions are committed to providing quality ingredients to their customers that are both equitable and sustainable. Cofo's commitment to give back 1% of gross sales through their program, D’s Trees and Greens, aligns with Hive’s mission to connect people who want to shop their values with brands that live those values.

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DiNoci Dairy Free Launches 3 New Flavors for Spring 2021

Boulder-based DiNoci Natural Foods announced the launch of three new plant-based frozen desserts, including the company’s first foray into oat milk-based options. DiNoci’s new oat milk flavors are Strawberry and Oatmeal Cookie while Peanut Butter Chocolate was added to the company’s almond milk based lineup. DiNoci Dairy Free uses premium, non-GMO Verified ingredients and all of the company’s offerings are gum- and additive-free. DiNoci’s plant-based frozen desserts are also dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free. DiNoci is available in most Colorado Whole Foods Markets as well as a variety of other fine grocers and restaurants.

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Events

NETWORKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH NATURALLY BAY AREA

NETWORKING NIGHT

MAY 10, 2021 at 4:30 PM MDT
Join us for another afternoon of virtual networking at May’s Community Networking Night at Home with Naturally Boulder and Naturally Bay Area. With multiple breakout rooms designed to boost your opportunities for connectivity, you’re guaranteed to meet new professional contacts, reconnect with friends, and have a great time!

Attendees will rotate through three, 20-minute breakout rooms of your choosing. Rooms will be organized around functional areas such as:
  • H.R. Room – Hosted by Kathy Streeter of KStreeter Consulting and Jill Bagley of Fresca Foods
  • Legal Room – Hosted by Jeni Lamb Rogers of PSL Law Group
  • Finance Room – Hosted by Alex Kearns of Propeller Industries
  • Operations Room – Hosted by Janal Cruz of Guyakí
  • Supply Chain Room – Hosted by Ted Witt of Kinder’s
  • Sustainability Room – Hosted by Dan Kurzrock of Regrained
  • J.E.D.I Room – Hosted by Jenna Fitch of New Hope Network
  • Meaningful Connections – Hosted by Willis Davis of The Burbank Group
  • New Member Hangout – Hosted by Mary Tarczynski of Parabolic Agency
  • The New NEW Normal – Hosted by Kevin Cleary of Big Rock Growth Advisors

Late registration (5:01 p.m. MDT Monday, May 3 – 3:30 p.m. MDT Monday, May 10, 2021):
Naturally Boulder Members: $5
Non-members: $20 (plus $2.25 ticketing fee)

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Better For You Trends with Naturally Chicago

NETWORKING NIGHT

JUNE 14, 2021 at 3:30 PM MDT
What’s currently trending under the umbrella of “better for you”? What is the future of food in the natural and organic products industry? What emerging hot products caught your attention recently? Learn from trend experts Anu Goel, president of Client Growth Solutions at SPINS, and Blake Mitchell, Principal of Interact, then join rotating discussion groups with members of Naturally Boulder and Naturally Chicago. This interactive session will be a great opportunity to learn from and connect with industry leaders and trend-spotters from these two great food cities.

Early registration (before 5:00 p.m. MDT Monday, June 7, 2021):
Members: free
Non-members: $15 (plus $2.25 ticketing fee)

Late registration (5:01 p.m. MDT Monday June 7 – 2:30 p.m. MDT Monday, June 14, 2021):
Members: $5
Non-members: $20 (plus $2.25 ticketing fee)

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 NATURALLY NETWORK EVENTS 

May 5, 2021 1:00 PM MDT
Quick Bites: Category Review Trends with Top Buyers
May 21, 2021 8:00 AM MDT
Office Hours: Connect with KeHE
Community Events

A Community Conversation in Response to the Mass Shooting in Boulder

May 6 at 6:00 PM MDT

Mental Health Partners is offering a virtual community conversation highlighting how we might be impacted by the tragic shooting at King Soopers and strategies to help us cope. The discussion is led by Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, a licensed psychologist and a nationally recognized expert in traumatic stress, who serves as Director of Trauma Services at Mental Health Partners.

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Six Steps to Win Your Consumer on Their Path to Purchase

May 6 at 3:00 PM MDT

Are you looking for a roadmap that will engage your consumer on their path to purchase? Reserve your seat for this free education course. Brand Guide is sharing six areas of the consumer path you can leverage in your business: Discovery, Engagement, Trial, Conversion, Loyalty, and Advocacy. This webinar will outline key focus and impact opportunities.

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The Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute - Boulder 2021

May 5 – May 7, 2021

The Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute is a high impact 3-day boot camp. By offering a highly interactive, intimate venue for networking, storytelling, and problem-solving, the Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute offers a safe, stimulating environment for hundreds of for-profit and not-for-profit entrepreneurs to learn about financing, marketing, organizational challenges, managing change, and the many other challenges fundamental to growing an enterprise.

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Sustainability Series Pt. 3: Circular Economy

May 7, 2021 at 12:00 MDT

Hear from brands that have successfully decreased waste and the extraction of finite resources, while increasing innovation and longevity, by closing the loop on their value chains.
Moderator: Sean Ansett, President, At Stake Advisors

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12th Annual Boulder Startup Week

May 10-14, 2021

BSW is a free conference-style event with sessions at local venues in downtown Boulder that educate attendees and provide professional networking opportunities.

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Food Funded 2021 JEDI

May 12, 2021, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM MDT


Food/Ag enterprises and investors convene to catalyze investments for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in our food system.

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The Power of the Organic Consumer: Join Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association


May 12, 2021, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM MDT


Industry veterans and co-hosts of Compass Coffee Talk Bill Capsalis and Steven Hoffman will chat in real time with Ronnie via Zoom, as he shares his perspectives on advocating for a healthful food system.

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Colorado Proud "Growing, Evolving, and Thriving Colorado Agriculture: Small Businesses" Virtual Roundtable


May 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM MDT


The informative Growing, Evolving, and Thriving Colorado Agriculture Virtual Roundtable will feature a panel discussion and Q&A about Colorado agriculture's physical, operational, and cultural growth after a complex year, sharing lessons to help guide ag professionals, small businesses, and communities.

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Brandamentals Academy Workshop: How to Position Your Brand for Success with Consistent and Authentic Messaging

This 6-week workshop will help clarify your brand vision and create brand messaging that builds trust and connection while outlining a successful roadmap for consistent and authentic messaging. This workshop will focus on the development of your company’s Vision, Mission, Reasons to Believe, and Brand Character. Set up your company for success and accelerate your business awareness! The workshop starts May 17, 2021.

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Natural Products Expo West Virtual Week

May 24-27, 2021

Expo West 2021 is going virtual! Expo West Virtual Week will feature virtual booths, a comprehensive sampling program, networking opportunities, curated retailer/buyer programs, and conference programming focused on product innovations and trends. If you are a buyer of natural and organic products, Expo West Virtual Week is designed to meet your needs, whether you’re an independent natural retailer, a large chain prioritizing natural, or a buyer looking to break into this increasingly important CPG segment.

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A Call to Action: Increasing Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in the Natural Products Industry (in partnership with J.E.D.I Collaborative)

May 26, 2021 at 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Come learn about the J.E.D.I. Collaborative in 2021 and facilitate relationship-building to empower, inform, and connect the natural products industry in its support of issues related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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Community Announcements

Last Chance for Packaging Survey Plus Gift Card

It's your last chance to take the Boulder County packaging survey and receive a $25 Downtown Boulder gift card (limited amount remaining; first come first serve).
 
Boulder County and Resource Recycling Systems are conducting a brief survey of Boulder County food and beverage manufacturers. The results of the survey will inform the development of an incentive-based pilot program aimed at supporting Boulder County businesses in the transition to sustainable packaging. The survey closes Friday, May 7.

The program hopes to launch the pilot in the Summer of 2021. If you are a local food and beverage manufacturer and are interested in collaborating, participating, or learning more, please email Sustainability Specialist Deandra Croissant at dcroissant@bouldercounty.org.


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Call for Packaging Story Submissions

OSC is working on a Summer Packaging Campaign in June and July that seeks to create a platform for action and generate awareness around the reduction of plastics in our products, packaging, and personal lives. The 8-week campaign will include consumer and industry calls to action, advocacy channels to influence policy and infrastructure, and brand storytelling to share best practices and stories of progress from CPG brands across the globe.

OSC wants to highlight the milestones and progress across our industry, and requests that you share your stories that you'd like to be featured in the below survey. Have you transitioned to PCR? Made the jump to compostable films? Are you using sustainable fibers, or innovative bioplastics? Maybe you are working on a light-weighting project to reduce the impact of your packaging portfolio? All these and more are milestones to celebrate, so help OSC elevate your work this summer.

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Are You Prepared for the Coming Frontline Worker Shortage?

The labor market for manufacturing production line workers has been competitive--actually depressing--for the past many years. And the technology market's answer has been something called digital transformation, which advocates questionable investments in bleeding-edge technologies that are intended to automate humans out of production with little more to show than pilot purgatory.

What if your own people — the ones "they" think can't adopt continuous improvement methodologies — were the productivity engine you need, and are right under your nose? Check out the Redzone Production System's recent Productivity Benchmark and join over 700 plants who have achieved, or exceeded, 22% productivity improvements in just 90 days.

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New US Scientific Study Suggests a2 Milk® May Cause Fewer Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance Amongst American Adults

A new clinical study conducted by Indiana’s Purdue University Meredith Professor of Nutrition, Dennis Savaiano, indicates that some people who suffer stomach discomfort after drinking conventional milk may have significantly reduced symptoms if they consume milk that contains only the A2 beta casein protein type and is A1 beta-casein protein free. The report published in the European based Nutrients Journal1 also reported a significant difference between milk containing only A2 protein (and no A1 protein) compared to conventional milk with lower levels of A2 protein.

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Food Service Sales Territory Manager (Colorado) at Sherpa Chai

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