Naturally Boulder hands out flood relief

BOULDER – Five natural-food companies received $38,500 in flood-relief grants from Naturally Boulder, a nonprofit industry trade group.

The Naturally Boulder board of directors established a disaster relief fund to help companies affected by devastating flooding that happened in September over a several-day period in Boulder County and across the Front Range. The Boulder-based group formed a task force to administer the funds, with oversight from the Community Foundation of Boulder County.

Companies that received money from the fund were:
The Fresh Herb Co., Longmont: $18,000.
Sister’s Pantry, Lyons: $18,000.
Two Rivers Foods, dba SolBites Inc., Lyons: $1,500.
The Gluten Free Bistro,Boulder: $500.
St. Vrain Jam, Estes Park: $500.

Several Naturally Boulder sponsors and members contributed to the fund including:
Boulder Brands Inc. (Nasdaq: BDBD), Boulder
New Hope Natural Media, Boulder
Whole Foods Market Inc. (Nasdaq: WFM), Austin, Texas
WhiteWave Foods Co. (NYSE: WWAV), Broomfield
Quinoa Corp./Ancient Harvest in Gardena, California, with offices in Boulder
Celestial Seasonings, Boulder
Bhakti Chai, Boulder
Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Boulder
Madhava Natural Sweeteners, Lyons
Alfalfa’s Market, Boulder
Aurora Organic Dairy, Boulder,
Spins LLC, Schaumburg, Illinois
Kroeger Herb Products Co. Inc., Boulder
Hope Foods Inc., Boulder
and Teatulia Organic Teas, Denver.

People who served on the task force included Adriane Little from Boulder Brands, who also sits on the Naturally Boulder board and represented Naturally Boulder; Paul Repetto, a natural products entrepreneur; Linnea Simmons, a Naturally Boulder advisory board member; Susan Graf, business manager of Bhakti Chai; and Rich Lopez, Boulder attorney and a member of the board of trustees of the Community Foundation.

Companies represented on the Naturally Boulder board of directors were not eligible to apply for funds, the group said in a press statement.

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