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A New Kind of Networking

Naturally Bay Area has launched two new outdoor recreation groups—the Naturally Bay Area Running Group and Naturally Bay Area Cycling Group. These new networking events provide a way to connect with industry peers while getting a little bit of fresh air and exercise.

The Running Group’s first run kicks off this Sunday, 7/12, starting at Equator Coffee at Fort Mason in San Francisco at 8am PT. The Cycling Group will be heading out on their second ride Sunday, 7/19 along the scenic Paradise loop, starting at Equator Coffee in Sausalito.

Locations will vary by week. Details will be updated weekly on the Naturally Bay Area Events Page »

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Pitch Slam Alumni Join Forces to Make the World’s Most Sustainable Tortilla

Tia Lupita’s New Tortillas Made With Renewal Mill Okara Flour

Two Naturally Bay Area members have teamed up to release the first upcycled, grain-free tortilla! After meeting at this year’s Pitch Slam, Renewal Mill and Tia Lupita set out on a mission to transform Taco Tuesday with the world’s most sustainable tortilla. Made with Renewal Mill’s upcycled okara flour, Tia Lupita’s NEW grain-free cactus tortilla also features sustainable superfoods like nopales (cactus) and chia. “This partnership showcases the versatility of okara flour. It can play in every category of the store, adding environmental, functional, and nutritional benefits to our partners, while allowing them to tap into a new story that resonates with the eco-conscious audiences they are trying to reach,” said Claire Schlemme, Renewal Mill CEO.


Innovative Insect-Based Snack Line Launches in the United States 

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Winko Foods has officially launched into the U.S. market in April of this year. Their chips, made from amaranth and grasshopper flour, balance nutrition, taste, and sustainability.

Winko’s classic, high-protein Mexican snack is made with only six ingredients, then baked and flavored with dried chili peppers or lime and salt. A snack that is good for your body but also good with the environment.



Zen Basil is First-to-Market with New Superfood

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Move over chia! There’s a new seed in town.

Zen Basil is 1st to market with the most nutritious edible organic basil seeds. They are introducing the health benefits of basil seeds to the health and wellness industry.

For thousands of years, this superfood has been revered for its health-promoting properties by natural and ayurvedic healers. Basil seeds look like chia, but in a gram to gram comparison with chia, Zen Basil seeds have nearly 2X the fiber, calcium, potassium, and iron. Plus, they are packed with antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatories properties.

Zen Basil is a women-owned business created by Shakira Niazi and son to bring this beloved superfood from far east to the west. At Zen Basil, they believe the health of our humanity is connected as one, and we must be mindful of the world we share.


Bay Area Brands Giving Back

Our community has set a stellar example of giving back during this global pandemic crisis. Here are a few of the brands doing good:


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FREE Risk Management Support Through August 1st 

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The Leavitt Group has you covered

The COVID-19 Coronavirus is having a major impact on organizations throughout the world. During this challenging and uncertain time, the Leavitt Group is ready to support you.

The Leavitt Group has been very responsive to the need for immediate safety content for our clients regarding the Corona Virus through their online Risk Management Center. This resource is available to Naturally Bay Area members at no cost through August 1st.


Presentations & Articles

Explore our archive of recent webinars or Quick Bites lunch sessions in our RESOURCE CENTER HERE! Here are some of the most recent additions: 

  • SALES STRATEGIES with Elliot Begoun: Founder of The Intertwine Group (TIG)
  • CAPITAL RAISING Robyn Rutledge: Founder, SBG Growth
  • PRODUCT INNOVATION with Michelle Ferguson: EVP Innovation, CLIF



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