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Naturally Boulder's Pitch Slam & Autumn Awards a Great Success!

Record-setting attendance as event grows to two days
Naturally Boulder hosted our 13th annual Pitch Slam & Autumn Awards on October 12 and 13.  The first day, drawing 600 attendees, focused on twenty companies pitching in the Pitch Slam Preliminaries as well as thirty companies exhibiting in our inaugural Innovation Showcase.  On the second day, drawing 700 attendees, the crowd heard an inspiring talk from John Foraker, judged five Pitch Slam Finalists, and enjoyed heartfelt talks from our winners of Breakout Brand and Industry Leader / Community Champ.  Here are the results!  And more photos

2017 Pitch Slam Finalists

The Honest Stand  FIRST!
Cusa Tea  –  Second
The Good Spread  –  Third
Beyond Broth

Breakout Brand
Goddess Garden

Industry Leader / Community Champ
Sylvia Tawse

Naturally Boulder thanks New Hope Network for serving as the inaugural sponsor of NB's Pitch Slam!

Naturally Boulder Releases "Think-Tank" Video on Two Key Industry Questions

Twenty interviews of top sponsors culminate in informative video 
This past summer, Naturally Boulder took a video crew to the offices of our top sponsors to gain their perspectives on two key questions for our industry.  We are pleased to make available all the interviews and the culminating highlight video here.  We thank Triple Threat Digital for exceptional service.  

The questions we asked: 

How can we as an industry ensure the products we produce are widely available to diverse economic and geographic populations, rather than being exclusive to those who can afford to eat well?

With the recent surge of investments into the natural products industry, and the increased interest from traditionally conventional CPG companies, where do you think this industry is headed in the next 1-2 years?

Naturally Boulder's Community Makes Big Impact with Metro Caring

Over $20,000 and nearly 4 tons of product donated
Naturally Boulder's inaugural Give Back project supported the work of Metro Caring, Denver's frontline hunger-prevention organization.  The NB community participated in service projects, provided product donations, and gave financial support.  The impact on our local community is significant, and we thank all who got involved.  Some results are listed below.  We look forward to continuing the program in 2018!

Service hours – 285 hours over 10 service projects
Product donations – 7,862 pounds of food donated
Gifts - $20,543

DanoneWave Plans $60 Million Expansion for Virginia Facility

Investment will significantly expand manufacturing operations
Broomfied-based DanoneWave will invest up to $60 million in its plant-based beverage manufacturing operation in Rockingham County, VA. The company will add new production capacity and expand its warehouse at the Mt. Crawford facility.

Fresca Foods Invests $3.4 Million in 34 Degrees

Investment to spur brand-building programs and product innovation
Louisville-based Fresca Foods. The $3.4 million investment is for a 10 percent share in 34 Degrees and marks the first outside capital the crisp brand has taken.  The expanded partnership and investment will allow 34 Degrees to increase investments in brand-building programs and product innovation to fuel continued and profitable growth.

Boulder Food Group Invests $2 Million in Caulipower

Investment fuels increased distribution.
Boulder Food Group (BFG) has invested $2 million in Los Angeles-based Caulipower.  The investment marks the first round of capital for the brand and will be used to expand manufacturing capabilities with co-packers and to grow the company’s sales and customer service teams.

Kerry Group Acquires Ganeden

Food giant’s global footprint to accelerate growth of booming probiotic sector
Ireland-based Kerry, a global nutrition and food conglomerate, has acquired Ganeden, an ingredient company focused primarily on gut health and probiotics. Ganeden holds more than 135 patents for technologies in the food, beverage, nutrition and supplement space. The acquisition will enable Kerry to innovate the gut health and probiotic categories.

Alpine Start Foods Secures Investment from VC Firm Slow Ventures

Instant coffee company will invest for growth in the rapidly expanding category
Boulder-based Alpine Start Foods, a premium brand of instant coffee for everyday adventures, announced a venture investment from Slow Ventures. As part of the funding, Slow Ventures will join the company’s team, adding to existing Alpine Start investors, including CPG veterans, Steve Hughes (Sunrise Strategic Partners), Hass Hassan (Greenmont Capital, board member Whole Foods Market) and Jane Miller (Formerly, Rudi's Organic Bakery).  Alpine Start Foods will allocate the funds to product innovation, including building out its suite of products for delicious, convenient, grab-and-go options, marketing programs, highlighting the new take on instant coffee, and building the team to support growth in new retailers.

Goddess Garden Transforming the Fragrance Category

Company launches clean, essential-oil roll-on perfumes

Boulder-based Goddess Garden introduced a new line of essential-oil roll-on perfumes. The perfumes are scented with pure essential oils and are free from synthetic fragrances, phthalates and mystery chemicals. The new line includes five scents: Lavender Sky, Citrus Sunrise, Wildflower, Amber Fire and Rainforest.  Each is made with certified-organic essential oils and curated specifically for scent and mood-boosting properties.


Know Brainer Accepted into TERRA  Food + AgTech Accelerator

Company also launches first-to-market Instant Ketogenic Coffee, Matcha Tea, Chai Tea and Hot Chocolate
Boulder-based Know Brainer, maker of ketogenic butter coffee creamers, was accepted into TERRA // The Food + AgTech Accelerator. TERRA brings together the industry’s most disruptive startups and progressive corporations to fuel cross-industry innovation.  Know Brainer also launched their first-to-market line of instant ketogenic coffee, Matcha Tea, Chai Tea and Hot Chocolate.

Mighty Mike’s Foods Moving to Boulder

Company relaunches with new look and new products
Mighty Mike’s Foods, formerly known as Kulture Superfoods, has a new look, new products, and has relocated from Denver to Boulder.  The company relaunched with new Kale Chip flavors, Broccoli Crunchers,                            and a Kale/Trail Mix..

New Resource Bank and P2Binvestor Partner to Give Pre-profit Companies Access to Capital  

Two lending partners create the first of its kind lending solution
New Resource Bank has partnered with P2Binvestor, a fintech platform, to enable mission-driven, pre-profit businesses access to capital at preferred rates. U.S.-based companies generating at least $1 million in revenue and with accounts receivables and/or inventory to secure a line are eligible for a revolving line of credit up to $10 million.  See if you qualify.


Education Series:
Authentic Leadership in the Workplace

November 8, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
@ New Hope Network
(5541 Central Ave, Boulder)

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You will learn the principles and practices of Authentic Leadership, and new elements you can incorporate into your own leadership skill set. Whether you’re leading a team or have ambitions of leading your own company, this presentation is open to all levels of aspiring and experienced leaders, and will combine an educational discussion with hands on small group exercises to hone in on the day-to-day competencies of authentic leadership.

This session will provide actionable takeaways you can incorporate into your own organizations, and your own life, and will be an inspiring educational opportunity.

Learn from the Experts

Sheldon Romer - 
Co-founder and former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery
Susan Skjei - Director, Authentic Leadership Center of Naropa University

Learn more.

Networking Night:
Meet Mission Driven Organizations and Companies that Give Back

November 13, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
@ Sterling-Rice Group
(1801 13th St #400, Boulder)

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Learn from the Experts

Brook Eddy - 
Founder, Bhakti
Kate Brown - Founder, Boulder Organic Foods
Cat Zummer - Training and Development Specialist, Organic India
Kelleen Zubick - No Kid Hungry/Share our Strength
Judith Ackerman - MetroCaring

Learn more.

Morning Mingle:
Trademark and Brand Security

November 29, 7:45-8:45 AM
@ Impact Hub Boulder
(1877 Broadway #100)

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So, you’re building a strong brand with a recognizable logo and a great tag line. But how do you legally protect it all? Learn the in’s and out’s about trademark and brand security directly from legal experts, with ample time for Q&A.

Learn from the Experts

Justin J. Prochnow - 
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Scott Havlick - Holland & Hart, LLP

Learn more.



Companies Sought to Work with CU Boulder Graduate Students

The Masters of the Environment (MENV) Graduate Program at CU Boulder is looking for organizations in the natural foods industry to work with teams of 3-4 graduate students in the Sustainable Food Systems track on year-long Capstone Projects (January – December).  Organizations can add capacity and gain functional solutions to the real challenges they face.   Learn more.

Co-working Space Just Steps Away From Sanitas

Join a community of natural products companies in a shared co-working space at 3rd and Mapleton that overlooks Mt. Sanitas. Good Spread, One Degree Organic Foods, and Hempower Nutrition are looking for a few folks to rent reasonably priced desk(s) in the shared space that has a kitchen, conference room, and storage. Reach out to Lauren Piscopo at or Robbie Vitrano at

​Commercial ​Kitchen for Rent

​Shifts available in a clean ​​​shared commercial kitchen​​.​​  ​Equipment available​: ​​gas ​​ro​tating rack oven​,​ walk in cooler/freezer​s​, ​mixer,​ hot plates,​ ​speed racks, ​cool and dry storage.​​  ​Flexible schedule with main tenant​s​. Rate $​8​-18/hr depending on schedule and usage. Includes utilities​​​, storage ​and ​basic​ cleaning​ supplies​.​  $​25​0/month minimum rent preferred, plus deposit.​  Your operation needs to be insured and licensed.  ​ ​References requested.  Convenient ​Table Mesa​ shopping center​ location with many amenities​.  Call 303 415 1916 (no texts​ pls​).


Regenerative Earth Summit: 
Food + Climate + Culture

November 6 - 7
@ Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex, CU, Boulder

Attend this summit in Boulder, Colorado, for two interactive days with fellow influencers, innovators and leaders in the natural, organic and regenerative food and agriculture movement, soil carbon sequestration community, farmers, investors, and local food and civic leaders to work across sectors to build strategies and story-telling that drive adoption of practical, regenerative agriculture methods in our food system.

NB community: save 20% until September 20! Code is: NaturallyBoulder

Techstars Startup Weekend Food + Tech Boulder 

November 17-19
@ New Hope Network

Techstars will host its first food themed start-up. It aims to be the perfect platform to take entrepreneurs’ ideas to the next level.  Attendees will learn more and sign up: Startup Weekend Food + Tech. Enter promo code "naturally" for a sweet discount at checkout. You'll meet like-minded innovators, pitch ideas, form teams, and receive support from some of the best entrepreneurs in the natural food and tech startup worlds. No startup, food, or tech experience required. Only requirements are an open mind, commitment to the weekend, and a desire to stir it up!











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