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Bobo’s Oat Bars Raises $5.5 Million
New investment doubles company’s capacity

Boulder-based Bobo’s Oat Bars closed a recent funding round led by Boulder Food Group and Ridgeline Ventures with $5.5 million in investment. The funding will be used to expand the bakery in Loveland, Colorado. Bobo’s gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, Kosher and soy-free bars are now found in more than 16,000 stores across the U.S., including Whole Foods, Albertsons and Kroger.

Charlotte’s Web Hemp Achieves
Distribution Milestone

Company obtains largest distribution through a single retailer
Boulder-based Charlotte’s Web, a market leader in hemp CBD extract products, announced its largest distribution to date through a single retailer, The Kroger Co. Kroger carries the company’s products in multiple states but plans to grow distribution to 1,350 stores in 22 states. Charlotte’s Web is now shipping to five mass retailers across 22 states and has a presence in over 8,000 United States locations.

Emergy Foods Closes $4.8 Million Funding Round

Undisclosed ingredient to produce new plant-based meat
Boulder-based Emergy Foods closed a $4.8 million funding round to scale production of plant-based meat alternatives that aim to recreate the texture of whole muscle chicken and pork meat using an undisclosed key ingredient. The soy-, wheat-, and pea protein-free products have the same amino acid profile as milk and eggs as well as the fiber content of vegetables. Emergy Foods will serve as a parent company to consumer-facing brands with a projected launch of September 2019.

Weller Raises $3 Million in Series Seed Round

Company plans to increase both food and beverage production
Boulder-based Weller closed its series seed round with $3 million in funding last month, including institutional investments from CanopyBoulder and personal investments from Justin’s founder Justin Gold and Presence Marketing CEO Bill Weiland. Weller plans to use funding to grow sales and marketing efforts, as well as to increase production of both food and beverages to meet new distribution, which currently exceeds 1,000 natural and convenience stores in 25 states.

Gelato Boy Closes Inaugural Funding Round

Company scoops up $200k
Boulder-based Gelato Boy closed its inaugural funding round with over $200k in investment. In the past year, the company changed its name (previously Fior Gelato), rebranded, entered Whole Foods Market, and announced plans for another Denver scoop shop location. Funds will be used to increase infrastructure to support grocery channels and explore additional scoop shop locations outside of Colorado.

Danone Debuts Oat Milk Yogurts

Plant-based yogurts diversify Silk’s Oat Yeah portfolio
Last month, Broomfield-based Danone North America introduced gluten-free, vegan oat milk yogurts with live and active cultures in Vanilla, Mixed Berry, Strawberry and Mango. The company reported that creation of an oat yogurt alternative was a “natural next step” after the success of the Silk Oat Yeah Oatmilk beverage launch earlier this year. Expansion of the oat-based portfolio is part of Danone North America’s greater plan to triple the size of its plant-based business by 2025.

GoodBelly and General Mills Launch New Products
Probiotic cereal and yogurts now available

Boulder-based GoodBelly Probiotics and Minneapolis-based General Mills partnered to launch probiotic cereal and yogurts. The yogurt debuted in six flavors – Wild Berry, Vanilla Bean, Peach, Coconut, Strawberry and Black Cherry – and the cereal debuted in one flavor – Peanut Butter Crunch – but both lines contain GoodBelly’s signature probiotic strain. Both product lines are now available at retail.

Unwrapp’d and PB Love CO Release Vegan
Protein Bites

Companies collaborate to accomplish shared goals

Denver-based Unwrapp’d and PB Love CO launched Peanut Butter Protein bites to offer consumers a plant-based protein bar alternative. The vegan, paleo bites have no added sugar and include 11 grams of plant protein per serving. The locally-sourced product is packaged in multi-serve, reusable and recyclable jars to reflect the companies’ shared values of environmental consciousness and local sourcing. The bites are available online and at Lucky’s Markets, Alfalfa’s Markets, Nooch Vegan Market and coffee shops and gyms in the Denver/Boulder area. 

Ethan’s Launches Line of Organic Energy Shots
Company expands beyond functional products

Last month, Boulder-based Ethan’s launched new organic energy shots nationwide at Whole Foods Market. The three flavors – Pomegranate Blueberry, Tart Cherry Ginger and Pineapple Aloe – obtain energy from B vitamins and caffeine sourced from green tea and guayusa. The products also include lion’s mane and cordyceps mushrooms to increase focus. The company expects the new energy shots to increase distribution to mainstream drug and grocery stores.

Microtea Debuts CBD Tea
Company expands functional teas portfolio

Boulder-based Microtea launched three flavors of full spectrum CBD-infused functional loose leaf teas. Each tin contains 400 mg of CO-grown, organic, vapor-distilled CBD and over 1,000 broccoli microgreens. Three functional flavors – Relax, Recovery and Energize – are now available online and will soon be distributed locally .

Waltz Debuts at Sprouts
New sparkling CBD beverage available in CO

Longmont-based Waltz launched in all Colorado Sprouts locations. The sugar-free seltzer line contains 25 mg of CBD per 12 ounce can. The three flavors – Lemon Lavender, Blood Orange and Lime Ginger – are free from artificial flavorings and obtain their taste 
from fruit juices.

FlapJacked Introduces Cookie Bars
Company debuts its first ready-to-eat product

Westminster-based FlapJacked launched new cookie bars in chocolate brownie, chocolate chip and chocolate peanut butter flavors. The company’s first ready-to-eat product contains prebiotics, probiotics and 10 grams of protein.
The cookie bars are available on the company’s website and Amazon and will soon launch nationwide.

Walden Hyde Ventures Launches Lark Naturals 
Ventures founders and herbalists join to reinvent intimate products

Boulder-based Walden Hyde Ventures and Front Range herbalists collaborated to launch two new natural intimate products, Nourish and Romp, under the brand Lark. The first-to-market plant-based intimate products are free from harmful chemicals, parabens, hormones, fragrances and dyes, and include hyaluronic acid and botanicals.

Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha Now In Aluminum Cans
Company ditches glass; expands distribution

Boulder-based Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha switched its packaging from glass to aluminum cans. The cans reflect the company’s commitment to environmentalism, as they are lighter to ship, require less energy to recycle, have a 40 percent greater recycling rate compared to glass and allow for 24-hours of refrigeration-free shipping. New packaging designs highlight wellness benefits from functional ingredients and promote the company’s brewing philosophy of “function before flavor.” The new cans achieved national distribution and expansion to 175 Walmart stores across seven states.

Coconut Cloud Achieves New Distribution
Company expands East to reach new consumers

Denver-based Coconut Cloud launched vegan, dairy-free hot cocoas in over 1,200 Publix stores in two flavors: Original and Toasted Marshmallow. The cocoas are made with dried coconut milk, cocoa powder and cane sugar. The new products are available on the company’s website, Amazon and at retailers nationwide.

Nummy Nibbles Grows Retail Presence
Indian cooking sauces available in King Sooopers and Lucky's Market

Denver-based Nummy Nibbles expanded its distribution of Indian cooking sauces to over 70 King Soopers' locations and five Lucky's Markets in Colorado. The three flavors of sauces highlight different regional flavors: Tikka Masala (Northern Indian), Kolhapuri (Western Indian) and Malabar (South Indian).

New Beat Foods Partners with Pollinator Project and Expands Distribution
Company supports pollinator preservation

Longmont-based New Beat Foods announced its partnership with the Pollinator Project to support the Bee Friendly Farming Program, which supports farmers in providing pollinators with exceptional habitat on their farmland. The company donates a portion of profits from every product sold to the program. The company also expanded its distribution to all Erewhon Natural Foods stores in California.

These Things Take Time Relaunches Pfizz
Sparkling probiotic beverage rebrands; switches to cans

Louisville-based These Things Take Time announced the relaunch of Pfizz, a sparkling probiotic beverage, in flavors Ginger, Turmeric and Beet. The beverages released in new 12 ounce cans and are available for purchase in Alfalfa’s Market, Lucky’s Market and independent grocers and cafes in the Denver/Boulder area. The company plans to focus on expanding the presence of Pfizz beverages throughout Colorado.

Rooster & Lark Launches YouTube Channel
Rooster Nation channel increases company transparency

Denver-based Rooster & Lark announced the debut of their Rooster Nation YouTube channel, which features operations and production videos, cooking demos and comedic lifestyle videos. The company reported its aim to connect with consumers in a raw and authentic manner. Interested viewers can subscribe at YouTube.

Moxie Sozo Wins Nielsen Design Impact Award
Company recognized for Icelandic Provisions rebrand

Boulder-based Moxie Sozo achieved global recognition as one of ten recipients of the 2019 Nielsen Design Impact Award, which acknowledges exceptional success in brand growth due to packaging redesign, for the company’s work with Icelandic Provisions. The new packaging doubled Iceland Provisions’ business and quintupled its trial and penetration rate. 

Naturally Boulder Welcomes New Operations and Administration Manager
Julie Zagars joins NB staff

Julie Zagars, who served as Program Support for Naturally Boulder from May to July, was hired full-time as the Operations and Administration Manager at Naturally Boulder. Zagars has 25 years of experience in the natural foods industry at Fresh Fields, Whole, Sutton Place Gourmet/Balducci’s, Sprouts Farmers Market, and various small manufacturers and large hotel brands as a retail and marketing consultant. Zagars will continue to manage MBArk, a program for progressive-minded MBA students, and FIELD, an executive education program for natural foods leadership, both of which she co-founded.

Sustainable Food Trade Association Hires New Executive Director
Naturally Boulder Board Member accepts new role

Alyssa Harding, Naturally Boulder board member and former Corporate Social Responsibility and External Relations Manager at Justin’s, was hired as the Executive Director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association. Harding will lead the organization’s efforts to scale sustainable business innovation.

Maty's Healthy Products Relocates to Boulder; Expands Team
Naturally Boulder Board Member named CEO

Rochester-based Maty’s Healthy Products, a leading producer of organic and natural cough syrups and topical ointments, announced its relocation to Boulder. The company hired Kyle Garner, Naturally Boulder Board member and former CEO of Organic India, as its new CEO. The company will soon be hiring for several new positions in their Boulder office.

Networking Night:
Healthy, Dynamic Communities Drive Healthy, Dynamic Business: Boulder Chamber of Commerce 
August 12, 2019 5:30-7:30 PM
New Hope Network (5541 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302)

The natural and organic industries play a vital role in Boulder's local economy. Outdoor access, a dynamic local foods presence and a love for active living have enabled many Boulderites to support the proliferating growth of these industries. Join us for an evening of networking and conversation on healthy, dynamic communities and businesses with the Boulder Chamber of Commerce!

Learn from the Experts:
Kate Brown
Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety,
Bobo's Oat Bars
John Tayer
President and CEO, Boulder Chamber of Commerce
Clif Harald 
 Executive Director, Boulder Economic Council
Tamar McKnee
Founder and CEO, Khala & Co.


Education Event:
Why Data is Worth the Investment
August 22, 2019 6:00-8:00 PM
New Hope Network (5541 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302)

With countless data metrics and service providers, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when trying to decide which data to buy, how much to purchase and how to put it to good use. In this session, we’ll explore the types of information available, talk through a variety of usage occasions for applying different data metrics and discuss how your company can leverage the information to drive decisions in product development, acquisition targeting, brand equity tracking and more.

Learn from the Experts:
Russ Forrester 
 SVP Insights & Analytics, Hain Celestial. Naturally Boulder Board member.
Jessica Lukas
Vice President of Consumer Insights, BDS Analytics
Denise Day
Director of Marketing, Good Day Chocolate
Shawn Edwards
Founder and Managing Director, Mindsight


Morning Mingle:
The Perfect Pitch

August 28, 2019 7:45-8:45 AM
Alfalfa's Market Cafe (1651 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302)

Regardless of your company’s age or stage, it is important to be prepared to communicate the key points of your company to someone you meet on the street, your peers or potential financial partners to maximize a small window of time with your audience. Learn the essential components of a compelling pitch, prioritizing those components, and how to develop a pitch that sticks!

Psst! This is a great way to prepare for Naturally Boulder’s annual Pitch Slam this October (more details coming soon).

Learn from the Experts:
Marcus McCauley  Founder and CEO, Picaflor. Pitch Slam 2018 Winner.
Aaron Falber 
 Founder, Rooster & Lark. Pitch Slam 2018 Runner-Up.
Luke Vernon 
 Managing Partner, Ridgeline Ventures


Gluten-Free Kitchen Space Available

New Beat Foods is seeking a gluten-free food company to share a commercial kitchen space. (It is not a commissary kitchen.) The Longmont-based facility is ~2,400 SF, has a separate shipping and receiving area and shared use of conference room. Utilities and Wi-Fi included. A Revent rotating rack oven, multiple stainless steel tables and 60 quart Hobart Mixer are available for use. Incoming tenant is responsible for all licensing requirements, insurance, etc. of equipment before use. Incoming tenant is also responsible for any additional equipment needed to craft product. The space is available Thursdays, Fridays and weekends. Rent $500 - $1,500, depending on use. Three month minimum lease; month-to-month thereafter.

Please email if you are interested. 

Naturally Boulder members receive 25% off their first full year of Boulder Chamber membership 

Naturally Boulder and the Boulder Chamber have partnered to offer members more reasons to love being a part of the Boulder business community. In addition to benefits already enjoyed by NB members, the Boulder Chamber offers an exclusive opportunity for cross-industry networking, economic vitality, and business advocacy.  Contact a Boulder Chamber Member Relations Specialist for more information: or 303-938-2079.

United Natural Products Alliance PCQI Training

September 4-6, 2019 training in Westminster
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires food, supplement and hemp companies to have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) in each of their facilities to establish, implement and manage the required, written hazard analysis and food safety plans for all food products and ingredients. This United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) PCQI training is 2.5 days long and satisfies this requirement.

Food Waste Awareness Week
September 9-15, 2019 throughout Boulder County

The Boulder County's Food Waste Committee and its partners will host a series of events to bring awareness to the issue of food waste in our community, country and across the world September 9-15, 2019. Participate in Boulder County's events or support the cause by hosting your own food waste awareness event or highlight your reduction efforts over social media. Click through the link below for more info.

Corporate Social Responsibility Training
Applications close August 14, 2019 for CU Boulder certificate program

Dive deep into topics including diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, ethical leadership and environmental responsibility through a professional Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Boulder this fall. This Wednesday evening course designed for working professionals runs from September 4 through December 18, 2019 and includes in-depth discussions with highly engaged peers and industry experts.

Flatirons Food Film Festival
August 28, 2019 screening of the film Modified

Join us on the CU Boulder campus on August 28, 2019 for a screening of Modified, a documentary that questions why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada. Shot over a span of 10 years, the film exposes the cozy relationship between the biotech industry and governments. A panel discussion will follow. Co-presented by the College of Media, Communication and Information. Tickets are free but registration is required.

3rd Annual Regenerative Earth Summit
October 29-30, 2019 at CU Boulder SEEC

The third annual Regenerative Earth Summit, produced by At The Epicenter, is returning this October to convene global leaders from across industry sectors, agriculture, academia and civic service to tackle climate change by utilizing business to influence and accelerate systemic change. Through panel discussions, Regenerative Slams™ and work sessions, participants will focus on how their companies can contribute to consumer engagement, market incentives, policy and supply investment that maximize benefits to people and planet. 

Naturally Boulder members receive 10% off Corporate, Entrepreneur and Day Passes with code "NatBoulder10"

Metro Caring Summer Volunteer Days

Support Denver's frontline anti-hunger organization
Metro Caring and Naturally Boulder are joining forces for another summer season of volunteer days to support Metro Caring’s mission to end hunger at its root. Sign up for one of fifteen opportunities to be a cart attendant, re-stocker, garden specialist, or sorter at Metro Caring’s Fresh Foods Market in Denver.
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