Natural Hapa launches Bamboo Bundles

BOULDER – The Natural Hapa, a Boulder-based food company, has launched Bamboo Bundles, frozen Asian meals.

Boulder chef Pat Hobbs and her husband, Kevin Hobbs, created the Bamboo Bundles. They are bamboo leaf-wrapped snacks filled with sticky rice and different flavors. Pat Hobbs enjoyed the meals as a child, which her mother cooked for her when she was a girl growing up in California. More recently, she made the meals for her own children, two of whom are now college students at CU-Boulder.

The privately held company is self-funded, Kevin Hobbs said.

The “bundle” choices include Indian, Mexican and Mediterranean flavors – Vegetable Curry with Sticky Rice, Kung Pao Tofu with Sticky Rice and Lentils with Brown Sticky Rice.

Bamboo Bundles are sold in Lucky’s Farmers Market, Alfalfa’s Market and Lolita’s Market in Boulder and in some coffee shops along the Boulder-Denver corridor, the company said in a press statement. The company plans to expand into other natural grocery stores in the region, Kevin Hobbs said.

“Sticky rice is a kind of comfort food … and it has that appeal. It’s also for the gluten-free crowd who are looking for something different,” Kevin Hobbs said. “The markets have been very receptive.”

The Bamboo Bundles are sold two to a box and sell for a suggested retail price of $6.49. The 5-ounce bundles have 230 to 280 calories and are vegan and gluten free.

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