From the center of the natural products industry comes Naturally Boulder’s Networking Night!
July 10, 5:30-7:30 PM
Celestial Seasonings (4600 Sleepytime Dr, Boulder)
Naturally Boulder’s Networking Nights are THE place to meet, connect and collaborate with 150-200 of the most passionate, pioneering leaders and companies in the Colorado natural products community.
Networking Night + Meet Supply Chain Superstars & Tour Celestial Seasonings!
Meet Supply Chain Superstars: From sourcing raw materials and reducing costs to maximizing productivity and maintaining product quality, your supply chain partners are integral to your businesses success. So come meet some of Colorado’s most savvy brand operators, co-packers and operational consultants to get insider tips and tricks of the trade that will help you take your company to the next level.
PLUS, Sign Up To See Celestial Seasonings’ Operations In Action! Only 90 tickets available!
Right before our Networking Night kicks off, Celestial Seasonings will take 90 lucky Networking Night attendees on a behind-the-scenes guided tour of how tea is made. From raw ingredients to finished product, you’ll get to experience the magic of operational excellence first hand as they show you how they mill, blend and package their beloved teas into their iconic boxes. There will be two, 45-minute tours available and each tour can accommodate 45 people. Tours will end just in time for Networking Night to kick off at 5:30. First come first serve – RSVP for the tour here!
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Celestial Seasonings Tour #1 (reservation only)
4:45 – 5:30 PM- Celestial Seasonings Tour #2 (reservation only)
5:30 – 7:30 PM – Networking Night
- Todd Dutkin, CEO, Fresca Foods
- Andrea Blau, Director of Operations and Business Acquisition, Natural Food Works
- Jeff Greenberg, Founder and President, Kitchen Coop
- Ashley Colpaart, CEO, The Food Corridor
- Christin McKinney, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Hope Foods
Members: FREE Non-members: $10
Todd Dutkin, CEO, Fresca Foods
Since 2003, Todd has helped transform Fresca Foods from a small frozen foods manufacturer into a paradigm shifting supply chain partner, and now toward a vision as a fully integrated food company. During this time, Todd has led Fresca to 45%+ annual growth each year. This growth has primarily been achieved through enabling start up brands to quickly grow, scale and reach their revenue and margin potential. Todd has experience growing brands from their nascent stage of development through to the acquisition stage and understands the complexity involved throughout every stage of the process. Prior to joining Fresca, Todd was a senior executive in the telecommunications industry working for Fortune 500 companies. He managed a diverse range of commercial disciplines including Business Development, Corporate Strategy, P&L Management, Product Development and M&A. This broad experience in well-run and highly respected corporations was good preparation for developing the professional management and quality infrastructure that lies at the heart of Fresca’s success. Todd immensely enjoys spending time with both his family and his work. His other favorite things are reading and running.
Andrea Blau, Director of Operations and Business Acquisition, Natural Food Works
Andrea Blau is the Director of Operations and New Business for Natural Food Works LLC (NFG) with manufacturing facilities in the Denver and Boulder regions. NFG is a co-packer for natural and organic brands specializing in granola, snack bars, mixes, sauces, High Pressure Processing (HPP) and more. We make real food for the real world and pride ourselves on our quality and safety practices. She has over 15 total years in the food service industry, spent extensively in supply chain/distribution as well as significant accomplishments with cost saving initiatives, promotions execution, and project management.
Jeff Greenberg, Founder and President, Kitchen Coop
Jeff Greenberg founded The Kitchen Coop in 2012 to fill the void between commercial kitchens and large scale co-packers. Prior to The Kitchen Coop, Jeff consulted with food companies, ranging in size from $200K – $32M and 3 – 350 employees, helping build lean, flexible, sustainable operations. Jeff’s project with Colorado based MM Local – which cans local, organic fruits & vegetables – gave Jeff the idea that growing food companies need both operations advice and capital assets from a manufacturing parter. That experience inspired Jeff to develop The Kitchen Coop as an ideal facility for upstart food producers. Prior to founding ergility, Jeff was the VP of Operations for Circle Graphics, a pioneer in the digital printing industry, and a consultant for PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Jeff has a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a BS in Economics (Real Estate Finance) from the Wharton School of Business, and an MA in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Colorado where he studied judgment and decision-making.
Ashley Colpaart, CEO, The Food Corridor
Ashley is co-founder and CEO of The Food Corridor, a virtual food hub that connects food entrepreneurs to commercial kitchen space. The Food Corridor is the first food tech start-up aiming to regionalize food systems through reducing redundancy, increasing efficiencies, and providing a seamless interface for anyone seeking out commercial kitchens, commissaries, processing, co-packing and food storage spaces. At the same time, institutions and businesses can more effectively utilize their assets, providing additional revenue streams to commissaries, schools, food banks, churches, restaurants and more. Ashley is a Registered Dietitian and earned a Doctorate in Food Systems from Colorado State University and a Masters in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She has a unique systems understanding of food and human health in social, economic, and environmental spheres.
Christin McKinney, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Hope Foods
Christin’s passion for whole, natural foods was instilled in her at a young age by her mother and grandmother. In the country of South Carolina, her matriarchs taught her the importance of buying local and sourcing your own food (primarily from her mother’s backyard chicken coop and small garden). Christin spent time learning about Environmental Studies at the College of Charleston before moving herself to Boulder, a place that she’s always felt was home. In Christin’s career at Hope Foods, she has grown from the first employee of the company into her current role of strategic sourcing. She is passionate about sourcing quality ingredients from companies that share Hope’s value and even more so about forming strong connections with the farmers and producers of those ingredients. Christin believes that the best way to form strong sourcing partnerships is through understanding each supplier’s processes and valuing their success.