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Naturally Boulder Community Unites Virtually for the 16th Annual Pitch Slam & Autumn Awards

Nearly 30 innovative Colorado brands and services were brought to the online stage, with hundreds of guests participating from across the country

Natural products industry members from across the nation came together online via New Hope Network's Spark Change platform for Naturally Boulder's 16th annual Pitch Slam & Autumn Awards last Thursday, October 29. Attendees explored the online Innovation Showcase, featuring nearly 30 hand-picked companies, and cheered on 10 entrepreneurs in the Pitch Slam competition. First place winner Grüvi won a free booth at Expo East 2021 and automatic admittance into the Expo East 2021 Pitch Slam, as well as a suite of business services sourced from Naturally Boulder's sponsor community. In the Autumn Awards, the Breakout Brand of 2020 was awarded to Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, Climate Catalyst of 2020 was awarded to Organic India and the Industry Leader/Community Champ was awarded to Bill Capsalis. Missed the event? The on-demand recording will be available soon, courtesy of New Hope Network!
16th annual Pitch Slam & Autumn Awards
Pitch Slam & People's Choice Winner: Grüvi
Pitch Slam 2nd Place Winner: Mortal Kombucha
Pitch Slam 3rd Place Winner: Bloombox Foods
Breakout Brand of 2020: Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha
Climate Catalyst of 2020: Organic India
Industry Leader/Community Champ: Bill Capsalis

Alfalfa’s Market Opens in Longmont
Store features new brand design with over 4,000 local products and debuts Produce Lab

Boulder-county based Alfalfa’s Market, a pioneer in providing customers with delicious food discoveries, has opened its first store in Longmont. The 23,000 square-foot store is the retailer’s third store in Colorado and showcases the grocer’s new concept and modern, minimalist design aesthetic allowing the store’s star, its food, to take center stage. 

Farm&Oven Acquired by Dewey's Bakery
Co-founders to join management team

Boulder-based Farm&Oven Snacks is being acquired by Dewey’s Bakery, a clean-label cookie and cracker manufacturer based in North Carolina. Simultaneously, Eurazeo Brands is investing in Dewey’s Bakery. Farm&Oven’s co-founders, Mike Senackerib and Kay Allison, will join the Dewey’s management team.

Ancient Harvest Launches Gluten-Free Veggie Pasta
One full serving of veggies per 2 oz. portion

Boulder-based Ancient Harvest launched Veggie Pasta, a blend of green lentils, kale, spinach and cauliflower bound together with natural tapioca starch to produce an al dente-like bite. The new pasta line provides a full serving of vegetables and 12 grams of protein in a 2 oz. portion with no wheat and just five clean ingredients, and is available as penne, rotini and spaghetti.

Lily's Releases New Holiday Items
All the seasonal flavor, none of the sugar

Boulder-based Lily’s launched a variety of holiday offerings. New bar flavors include Gingerbread Milk Chocolate Style Bar, Mocha Hot Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate Bar, and Peppermint White Chocolate Style Bar. New baking chips include Peppermint Flavor White Chocolate Style and Pumpkin Spice Flavor.

Grüvi Adds Bubbly Rosé to Lineup of Non-alcoholic Beverages
Grüvi Rosé is fruity on the nose and pours a light pink hue

Denver-based Grüvi, a leader in creating alcohol-free beverages, launched Grüvi Rosé a bubbly, alcohol-free wine. Grüvi Rosé is available in select retail stores in Colorado, Michigan and Ontario.

Danconias Truffle Brownies Announces Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Brownies
Each purchase supports programs addressing homelessness

Boulder-based Danconias Truffle Brownies has launched Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Brownies. Each brownie is handcrafted by Community Table Kitchen, part of the Boulder Bridge House non-profit. Each purchase helps individuals in a revolutionary program working to end homelessness. 

Yasso Launches Direct-To-Consumer Shop
Shipping process uses biodegradable, insulated containers 

Boulder-based Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt, the world's first frozen Greek yogurt bar and fastest growing novelty brand, announced a new direct to consumer option. Consumers can choose from Yasso's variety packs or build their own delivery selection. Yasso's shipping process uses a biodegradable insulated container with dry ice to keep product frozen during transit and through delivery.

34 Degrees Initiates New Direct-To-Consumer Capabilities
Brand unveils new website

Denver-based 34 Degrees, makers of light, crunchy crisps, launched a redesigned website along with a new direct-to-consumer platform providing access to the brand’s full portfolio of products. The addition of the e-commerce site complements the company’s expansive retail presence.

Quinn Snacks Launches New Film, New Initiative
Be Better. Do Better.

Boulder-based Quinn Snacks is furthering its transparency by working directly with farmers to implement regenerative agriculture practices. Quinn made a short documentary showcasing its ten-year journey. Its "Be Better. Do Better." mission provides an opportunity for farmers to try something new in improving the health of their soil while Quinn integrates the crop into its supply chain. You can see the film at the link below. 

Brand Guide and McKenna Daniels Design Form Collaboration
Ku Cha House of Tea Launches RTD Canned Tea 

Brand Guide and McKenna Daniels Design have partnered together with 40+ years of combined experience to offer brand messaging and design capabilities to emerging and growth-stage companies in the natural, outdoor, and personal care categories. The companies collaborated to work with Ku Cha House of Tea to launch their ready-to-drink (RTD) premium canned tea.

Will Your Brand Join the Sustainable Revolution?
Earthseed Co-Founders conduct 1-minute survey

Earthseed, a Boulder-based vitamin company that just won a NEXTY award, invites organic and natural brands and service providers to complete a 1-minute survey about introducing zero-waste, compostable packaging into their companies. 

Meati Foods Raises $28M in Series A Round
The capital will help expand production capacity to support commercial collaborations focused on both retail and food service

Meati Foods, a Boulder-based startup dedicated to bringing affordable, high quality and nutritious alternative meat to the masses, announced that it has raised a $28 million Series A. The round was led by Acre Venture Partners, with participation from new and existing investors, including Prelude Ventures, Congruent Ventures and Tao Capital.

Quinn Closes Series D Financing with The Hershey Company
The decade-old company sells its popcorn, pretzels and other snacks in more than 7,500 stores nationwide.

Quinn, a Boulder-based natural foods snack company known for reimagining classic snacks, announced it has closed additional Series D funding including an undisclosed minority investment, from The Hershey Company, as well as existing investors. The funding will support new distribution and product innovation.

Community Networking Night

Networking Event
November 19, 2020, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM MST 

Are you hungry for a little human connection? Are you craving new business contacts? Do you desire discussion opportunities around entrepreneurship, business growth, and the future of the natural and organic products industry? Join us for all that and more! We’ll host this Networking Night as a Zoom meeting, utilizing breakout rooms designed to boost your opportunities for connectivity. Grab a drink and join us for an afternoon of conversations and connections!

Members: Register free!
Members: Please know that we are charged a small fee for every registrant, so please register only if you truly expect to attend. Thank you! 
Non-members: $15 for early registration before 11/13 at 5:00 PM; $20 for late registration 11/13 – 11/19

Learn with Leeds: How to Provide a Great Internship

Education Event

December 2, 2020, 6:00 PM MST

At this event, you'll develop your management skills and discover best practices and resources for hiring graduate and undergraduate business student interns. Learn how to recruit students and structure a successful remote internship, optimized for this pandemic, with staff from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. This Zoom Meeting will also include breakout rooms for guided exercises and networking. 

Members: Register free!
Members: Please know that we are charged a small fee for every registrant, so please register only if you truly expect to attend. Thank you! 
Non-members: $5 + $2.25 ticketing fee

Naturally Network Events

November 6, 2020 8:00 AM MST
Hiring in Challenging Times - Office Hours

November 12, 2020 2:00 PM MST
Farm-to-You Local Food

November 10, 2020 9:00 AM MST
Beck Flavors Unveils Flavors of the Year 2021

November 18, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MST
Quick Bites: Insights for Digital Growth in the New Normal

Free Content Planning Guide From Brand Guide

Boulder-based Brand Guide is offering a free Authentic Content Planning Guide. The Naturally Boulder community may download the free video, workbook and calendar template to level up your content planning. 
Community Events

Let’s Bag Hunger Fund and Food Drive

November 6 - 8, 2020
Community Food Share's annual event stocks pantry shelves of more than 40 non-profits in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Community Food Share provides food to these partners at no cost. Every dollar saved on food is devoted to housing, healthcare, education, and other needs. Thanks to King Soopers and Premier Members Credit Union, financial gifts are matched, up to $17,000.

Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute

November 9 - 11, 2020
Join Gary Hirshberg with colleagues from New Zealand and the US online for the 4th annual Entrepreneurship Institute. HEI 2020 offers business leaders practical, hands-on advice about financing, sales, marketing, eComm, organizational challenges, finding personal balance, managing change, and key concerns that are fundamental to growing an enterprise in today’s COVID 19 competitive marketplace.

What You Eat Matters: A Series on Health and Nutrition

November 14, 2020
Presented by Flatirons Food Film Festival, the "What You Eat Matters" series includes "Sugar Coated" at 2:30 PM MST and "In Defense of Food" at 6:30 PM MST. Both programs include small group conversations and panel discussions.

Compass Coffee Talk with Former VP of Grocery for Whole Foods Market

November 18, 2020 9:30 AM MST
Errol Schweizer, former VP of Grocery for Whole Foods Market, explores the changing state of natural foods retail. Co-hosts Steve Hoffman and Bill Capsalis from Compass Natural explore how to succeed in a rapidly changing retail market.  
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