BOULDER – Local startup Frau Fowler won the top prize at Naturally Boulder’s 12th annual Pitch Slam, with former Rudi’s Organic Bakery CEO Jane Miller and Boulder-based grocery chain Lucky’s Market also taking home honors.
Naturally Boulder, a trade group dedicated to promoting natural and organic products businesses along the Front Range, hosts the event each year, with winners taking home some $60,000 in cash and prizes this year.
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Boulder-based Frau Fowler makes natural tooth powder and other dental care products. First place in the Pitch Slam netted the company $5,000 cash, a suite of business services, and a free exhibit booth at Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural and organic products trade show.
Littleton-based SaltiSweet Ice Cream Factory, which makes organic ice cream pretzel pops, and Boulder-based Evo Hemp, for its role in advancing healthful hemp foods nationally, took second and third places, respectively, at the Oct. 27 Pitch Slam.
Lucky’s Market was named Breakout Brand of the Year after a year in which Lucky’s Market secured a strategic investment from grocery giant Kroger Co. to help the local company expand into new markets.
Miller, meanwhile, was given the Industry Leader/Community Champ Award for her contributions to the natural and organic products business community.