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Naturally Boulder expands annual awards, honors more leaders

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Colorado's leading natural products nonprofit, Naturally Boulder, names annual award finalists in advance of Wednesday's awards ceremony.

Naturally Boulder, the state’s leading organization committed to promoting organic and natural products businesses, has announced changes to its annual Pitch Slam & Annual Awards. The 18th Annual Awards ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the historic Boulder Theater. Naturally Boulder will debut three new categories and reinstate a previously discontinued award to honor and support even more individuals and businesses in the industry.

Longtime sustainability advocate and Applied Ecological Institute Director Tina Owens will conduct a fireside chat with Naturally Boulder Executive Director Bill Capsalis on “How to nurture a global citizenship mindset.” New Hope Network Editor Todd Runestad will serve as master of ceremonies. The organization will host its usual competitive Shark Tank-style Pitch Slam on Feb. 23, rather than alongside the awards event.

This year's finalists

Naturally Boulder will recognize this year's Conscious Business Catalyst(previously called Climate Catalyst Award)and present the Lance Gentry Gentry, who died in 2012, was instrumental in scaling Justin's Nut Butter from a popular farmers market treat to a national brand. The award highlights a Colorado organization that has made significant innovation through a new product, packaging, service or process. 

"Some rare people come into your life and shift the trajectory of your business or change you personally. Lance Gentry was one of those special individuals. He significantly altered the arc of several local companies, including IZZE and JUSTIN'S. In his short but amazing life, we were lucky to have him as part of our community. We're pleased to honor his legacy with this award in his name,” Capsalis said. 

“From brand new companies that are finishing their first round of funding to brands with 40+ years under their belt, the breadth of the natural products companies who call Colorado home is staggering—and encouraging,” Capsalis said. “Our goal is to hold an event that really highlights the hard work of these people and their companies.”

Listed below are the finalists for the other awards that Naturally Boulder will present: 

  • Brand of the Year—Aurora Organic Dairy, Good Crisp and Quinn Snacks.
  • Emerging Brand of the Year—Byte Bars, Gruvi, Meati and Mortal Kombucha.
  • Service Provider of the Year—Creative Alignments, Holland & Hart and SRW.
  • Industry Leader of the Year—Catherine Hunziker, founder and president, WishGarden Herbs; Carlotta Mast, SVP of Natural Products, Informa Global Health & Nutrition Network; and Tom Spier, founder of BFG Partners.

In 2021, Danone North America won the Climate Catalyst Award; Cappello's, known for its grain- and gluten-free pizza, pasta and cookie dough, was awarded the Breakout Brand Award; and Justin Levy, executive director of Conscious Alliance, took home the Industry Leader/Community Champ award.

Naturally Boulder was established in 2005 to nurture and promote organic and natural products businesses to be a powerful force for positive change. The organization has since grown to Austin, Texas; Bay Area, California; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles,California; Minnesota;, New York; North Bay, California; and San Diego, California. 

Source: Root Marketing & PR

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