Colorado Food Works dives into the stories behind some of Colorado’s best known and most successful food and beverage companies and their leaders. The Entrepreneur Spotlight Series highlights the journey and stories of entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry veterans shaping the Colorado food and beverage industries. Learn more about Steve’s journey building Boulder Brands and his impact on the greater Colorado natural and organic products industry including the ups, downs and every point in between. Steve touches on what’s relevant in today’s climate including funding, the future of retail, and how businesses of all sizes can succeed.
Stephen Hughes is the Co-founder and CEO of Sunrise Strategic Partners. A pioneer and veteran executive in the natural and organic food and beverage industry, Steve has more than 30 years of experience leading and growing legacy brands. Most recently, Steve served as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Boulder Brands, a publicly-traded natural food and beverage company with a portfolio that included EVOL, Udi’s Gluten Free, Glutino and Earth Balance. Steve currently serves on the boards of Kill Cliff, Kodiak Cakes, Maple Hill Creamery, PACT Organic, Perky Jerky, Sunrise Strategic Partners and Teton Waters Ranch.