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Yasso's Donation to Colorado Healing Fund, Rallying Other Boulder Brands

Reacting to the tragic shooting at King Soopers, the Yasso team has sprung into action. Yasso, Inc. will be making a $100,000 donation to The Colorado Healing Fund to support the victims and families of last week’s unfathomable events. All proceeds from both the Yasso and Jüve Pops online stores will be donated to the Colorado Healing Fund, now through May 31.

Yasso is calling other local brands and businesses in Boulder to join in supporting the critical needs of our community. They will match all additional donations from local businesses, up to $50,000, to the Colorado Healing Fund. Just email proof of your donation to kgill@yasso.com.

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New Mentor Program for Black Hemp Farmers Announced by Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web, Inc., a certified B Corp, recently launched "Seeding Our Future, Together," a mentorship program for Black hemp farmers and leaders. Charlotte's Web is partnering with 40-acre Cooperative, a growing organization with over 50 farmer members in seven states. 40-acre Cooperative is the first national cooperative to serve Black farmers launched in over a hundred years. The goal of the partnership is to begin to reverse the underrepresentation of Black farmers, businesspeople, scientists, and leaders in the hemp industry.

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Danone and Ingredion Commit to Sustainable Agriculture and Water Use

Three major agricultural giants, representing $43 billion USD in annual revenue, announced new commitments to improve water stewardship as part of the Ceres and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) AgWater Challenge. They include Danone North America, owner of iconic dairy and plant-based brands; leading sweetener and starch producer Ingredion; and global food, confectionery, and petcare company Mars, Incorporated.

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Hope Foods Adds New Vanilla Bean Flavor To Its Popular Cashew and Almond Dips

Hope Foods has expanded its popular Cashew & Almond Dip line with the release of its new Vanilla Bean flavor. Joining the brand’s Chocolate Cashew & Almond Dip, the new Vanilla Bean rounds out Hope Foods’ newest product category: dessert dips. All of Hope Foods' Cashew & Almond Dips are cold-pressed and made in small batches with non-GMO ingredients such as fresh almond butter and cashews, and are packed fresh at Hope Foods’ Louisville, Colorado facility.

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Cocktail Squad Continues to Expand Distribution of Premium Canned Cocktails

Boulder-based Cocktail Squad announces expanded distribution of its products to Connecticut, Vermont, and East Texas. Cocktail Squad offers a line of eight premium, ready-to-drink classic canned cocktails fresh from the Rocky Mountains and is one of the few brands in the nation with a product line crossing over four real spirits.

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Rowdy Mermaid Launches Mushroom-Based Adaptonic Line

Boulder-based Rowdy Mermaid announced this week that it is entering a new category with the launch of its Adaptonic™ immunity beverages. The launch of Adaptonic coincides with the release of a new Grapefruit Rise kombucha flavor, the brand’s first “energizing” kombucha, which, along with Adaptonic, will be available at Rocky Mountain Region Whole Foods Market retail locations. The majority of Rowdy Mermaid’s other kombucha flavors will soon be available at all Whole Foods Market locations nationwide.

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RoseBud Ice Cream Launches New Chocolate, Dairy-free Frozen CBD Treat

Denver-based RoseBud Ice Cream recently launched a new dairy-free Choco-Chill CBD dessert. Served in 5 oz. cups with 30 mg of CBD, Choco-Chill is three concepts rolled into one: a CBD dessert, a chocolate snack, and a dairy-free treat. After launching in 2020, RoseBud now features 10 SKUs with offerings available at a wide variety of retailers including Whole Foods and also available on DoorDash.

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DAZZ Cleaning Tablets Unveils New Hand Soap Product

DAZZ, the Broomfield-based manufacturer of home cleaning tablets, just released its new Foaming Hand Soap at the beginning of 2021. DAZZ creates non-toxic products in concentrated tablet form, with a mission to reduce plastic waste in the environment. The brand's Foaming Hand Soap, made to be dissolved in a reusable foaming pump bottle, is formulated with naturally-derived ingredients and is safe for sensitive skin. DAZZ Foaming Hand Soap bundles and refills are available for purchase on the DAZZ Cleaner website and on Amazon.

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Wellness Brand Amari Launches New Adaptogenic Formula, Everyday Calm

Amari, a Louisville-based wellness company focused on providing plant-based solutions to support leading a healthy lifestyle, has introduced its Everyday Calm formula, a blend of adaptogenic herbs and botanical ingredients. The formula brings together antioxidant-rich amla, passionflower, and lemon balm, known to promote a healthy sleep response, aid with stress and encourage calm. These botanicals are blended with the company’s proprietary blend of ashwagandha, turmeric, black pepper, and CBD.

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Snack-makers Ka-Pop! and Bubba’s Fine Foods Merge

Erie-based Ka-Pop! Snacks, makers of Ancient Grain Popped Chips & Puffs, and Loveland-based Bubba's Fine Foods, makers of Paleo and Keto-friendly snacks, granolas, and private-label goods, announced a merger agreement, operating as the new Awakened Foods. The new holding company for the brands will compete in the fast-growing healthy snacks market, worth $110 billion USD globally and the $38 billion USD global cereal/granola market.

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Cofo Provisions Marine Collagen Available at Whole Foods Ideal Market

Boulder-based Cofo Provisions Marine Collagen is excited to announce that their sustainably-sourced marine collagen can now be found in the newly created lifestyle and beauty boutique section of Ideal Market Boulder. Cofo Provisions' Unflavored, Cacao, and the recently introduced Lemon are all sourced from Alaskan wild-caught marine collagen.

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Boulder Pasta Brand Wins Two 2021 Good Food Awards

Founded in 2018 by Claudia Bouvier and Ted Steen, Pastificio Boulder is an independent dried pasta brand that has quickly gained acclaim for its organic and eco-friendly heritage grain products. Submitted under “Grains” at this year’s Good Food Awards, the brand’s Rigatoni and Garganelli were judged among 2000+ entries in the newly created category. Praised for their texture, mild nutty flavor, and accurate cooking times—as well as the brand’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility—both pastas ranked among the top high scorers across all categories.

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Events

NATURALLY NETWORK PRESENTS

2021 EARTH WEEK

April 12 - 16, 2021
In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, join Naturally Network affiliates across the country for a week of free webinars focusing on natural brands and sustainability. Join us for one session or all! Please be advised that these are separate “events” and you will need to register for each one to receive the proper Zoom link.
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Monday, April 12, 2021
Hosted by Naturally Bay Area


Collaboration: The Key To Scalable Packaging Solutions
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM MDT

Attendees will hear from experts on collaborative goal setting around scaling these sustainable materials and why compostables should be a part of your 2030 packaging goals. The speakers will share their blueprints around packaging, make connections to key resources and tools that your companies can use to set your packaging strategy, and update you on the milestones and successes the OSC Packaging Collaborative has achieved in the last few years.
 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Hosted by Naturally Boulder


Sustainable Lifestyles: Leveraging Brand Purpose to Shift Consumer Behavior
10:30 - 11:30 AM MDT

Brands, especially natural products companies, have a unique role when it comes to systems level sustainability shifts. Companies can not only use their platform to meet progressive consumers where they are, but deepen their commitment to sustainable business practices by leveraging their brand purpose to design products, services and campaigns that help mainstream consumers adopt healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. By making sustainable products equitable, healthy, affordable, and inclusive, the natural products industry can drive systemic change from a product and consumer behavior perspective.
 
Climate Justice: The Intersection of Equity and Environmental Justice
2:30 - 3:30 PM MDT

This webinar will feature panelists as they share their blueprints and key resources to integrate social justice into corporate climate action plans. We’ll dive into the recent launch of B Lab’s Climate Playbook and how industry leaders are leveraging their platforms to drive systemic change, and share best practices from key CPG brands about their respective approaches and strategies for their climate justice work.
 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Hosted by Naturally Austin

 

How To Start Your Carbon Neutral Journey
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MDT

Curious about the process of reducing your carbon footprint? Do you want to hear insights and stories about how becoming carbon neutral or negative is helping brands attract more customers? Moderated by Jeremiah McElwee, Chief Merchandising at Thrive Market, this roundtable will explore the carbon journey of carbon neutral or negative brands that you know and love.
 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Hosted by Naturally San Diego


Cooking Sustainably and Reducing Food Waste with Chef Maria
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM MDT
Featuring Chosen Foods | Interactive Session

Do you want to start cooking meals that are good for both you and the planet? Look no further! We have Chef Maria from Chosen Foods doing a LIVE cooking demo during our Earth Week programming! Get the recipe sent to your email upon registration and learn how to bring sustainability to your home kitchen. We will be covering what key components create a sustainable meal and why, followed by a short networking session with members from all over the country.


 

 NATURALLY NETWORK EVENTS 

April 2, 2021 9:00 AM MDT
Fundraising Bootcamp
April 8, 2021 5:00 PM MDT
Pitch Slam
Naturally Network on Clubhouse
Join us for real stories, networking, and to catch up with others in the industry.
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Community Events

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce 2021 Business Awards

April 14 at 11:00 AM MDT

Hear stories of innovation, challenge and triumph from every corner of our community. The 2021 Business Awards, presented by BOK Financial, will highlight outstanding local businesses in the categories of small nonprofit, large nonprofit, minority or woman-owned business, small business, start-up business, and disruptor.

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Yes We Can: Perspectives and Strategies for Success in 2021

April 7 at 2:00 PM MDT

Innovating in the Age of COVID
Featuring Seth Goldman, Founder, Eat the Change

 

April 14 at 2:00 PM MDT

Working with Independent Retailers
Featuring Mike Cianciarulo, Chairman, Earth Fare

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Regenerative Earth Summit Session 4

April 20 - 21 at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM MDT

The 4th in our Regenerative Earth Summit Series will focus on the Regenerative Narrative: Media, Messaging, Education, and Research. Attend to dive into the underlying narrative that serves as the baseline for regenerative practices and to examine how to use this narrative with research and storytelling to educate consumers and amplify authentic regenerative engagement. 

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Virtual Dinner Party in Support of School Gardens

April 22 at 6:30 MDT

In honor of their 15th anniversary and Earth Day 2021, Garden To Table is hosting a Virtual Dinner Party featuring Marta Loachamin, Boulder County Commissioner, and other community leaders in a discussion about equity in health, education, and environment. Attendees will have the chance to win exciting door prizes such as a Farm Dinner for Four at Black Cat Farm ($450 value) and a $200 gift certificate to the Boulder County Farmers Market.

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Hunger Hurts the Whole Community Virtual Fund and Food Drive

April 30 - May 2

Support the 33rd annual Hunger Hurts the Whole Community Virtual Fund & Food Drive Food hosted by Community Food Share, a Feeding America food bank serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties. As the pandemic continues to impact our neighbors facing hunger, this is your opportunity to stock the shelves of more than 40 local food pantries and meal programs ending hunger from the frontlines.

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Six Steps to Win Your Consumer on Their Path to Purchase

May 4 (11:00 AM MDT), May 5 (1:00 PM MDT), or May 6 (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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Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute Boulder Online 2021

May 5 - 7

Attend three days of a highly interactive, intimate venue for networking, storytelling, and problem-solving. Day 1 is dedicated to Financing and Cash Flow; Day 2 is dedicated to Telling your Brand Story and E-Commerce; and Day 3 is the popular Pitch Day for thirteen companies to pitch for capital with an esteemed panel of investors.

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Community Announcements

Member Discount: Save 20% on DoneGood.com

New Naturally Boulder member DoneGood is extending an exclusive discount just for the Naturally Boulder Community. Members save $20 on their next purchase of $100 or more at DoneGood.com. Use the code NB20 at checkout. Offer is valid through May 15, 2021.

DoneGood is the online shopping platform where you can shop tens of thousands of products that all do good for people and the planet. Everything on DoneGood is made by companies that are paying living wages, empowering communities, and fighting climate change with highly eco-friendly practices.

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Nude Foods Market is Looking for New Products

Nude Foods Market delivers local, organic groceries, meals, and household products in zero-waste, reusable containers to your door by bicycle.  

If you're a plant-based product (or non-plant based but from a regenerative farm) and are willing to offer your products in bulk without packaging to be divided into reusable mason jars, then please reach out to verity@nudefoodsmarket.com.

You will be asked to provide samples to share with a customer board, and if approved, your product will be featured in the Nude Foods store.

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

This six-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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Techstars Boulder Company Launches Product to Help DTC brands Optimize Pricing

IntelliGems helps to improve margins for Shopify brands by allowing them to A/B test different offers and pricing strategies in their store. The two co-founders previously built the dynamic pricing system at Via Transportation, a carpooling-centric rideshare company. The company is wrapping up the Techstars Boulder program and would love to have some locally-based beta customers. Sign up at the website to be one of the first to test this new Shopify tool.

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