Bridgetown Natural Foods one of the 10 Fastest Growing Companies in Portland

August 17, 2015

It may be thousands of miles from New York and north of Silicon Valley, but Portland, Oregon, is its own hotbed of entrepreneurship. In fact, two of the city's startups made it into this year's Inc. 500, including Bridgetown Natural Foods.

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Bridgetown recognized nationally by Inc.

August 17, 2015

Bridgetown recognized nationally as #495 of Inc 5000 fastest growing companies list for 2015.

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Bridgetown Natural Foods one of 62 local companies

that grew enough to land on the Inc. 5000 list

August 17, 2015

Portland Business Journal details the 62 local companies that grew enough to land on the Inc. 5000 list

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Bridgetown Natural Foods instills a Health-Focused

Workplace Culture, with Zenger Farm and Urban Grange as Employee Resources Company Adds Farm Camp Scholarships to its 'Bridges to Better Health' Wellness Program

Starting this month, all new employees of Bridgetown Natural Foods will begin their company orientation on the farm next door. While learning the protocol for mixing, baking and packaging organic granolas and snacks for the natural foods industry is a priority, Bridgetown co-owners Dan and Kelly Klock want every employee to immediately gain access to Zenger Farm and its new Urban Grange, and to see it as an integral part of the company's wellness program, "Bridges to Better Health."

"Our team's well-being is impacted by many things, including a sense of community and wholesome food," said Kelly. "Zenger Farm and the Urban Grange are community anchors focused on food access. We're proud to support this new resource and make it an extension of how we take care of our employees and their families."

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Oregon's fastest-growing companies:

It's time to throw out the org chart

June 26, 2015

Ask any executive to share the key variable for their company's success and most will say people. That was certainly the case for the eight CEOs that gathered for a Portland Business Journal roundtable Friday morning.

The CEOs represented companies on the PBJ's list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington including Dan Klock, CEO of Bridgetown Natural Foods.

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Bridgetown Natural Foods Ranks #22

on Fastest Growing Private Companies List

June 19, 2015

Among those least star struck by the meteoric rise of Bridgetown Natural Foods are the people of Bridgetown Natural Foods.
"There's the image that it's just a lot of fun when a company grows quickly. It's a mirage. Growth is a huge, huge, huge amount of work. It's rewarding, and it's very difficult." said Dan Klock, CEO of the Portland firm, which manufactures two million snack bars each day for an array of food companies.

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Bridgetown Natural Foods secures SQF 2000 Level 3

certification, the highest possible certification for food safety and quality

May 28, 2015

Bridgetown's SQF Level 3 Certification dovetails with the company's $4 million investment in packaging automation and the completion of a 20,000-square foot expansion of its facility, creating a 130,000-square foot facility for the daily production of approximately two million snack bars and 50,000 pounds of clustered snack products.

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Fast-growing organic food manufacturer expands its Portland production facility

December 31, 2014

Bridgetown Natural Foods will cap a banner year in 2014 by adding 20,000 square feet to its 110,000-square-foot Portland production facility in early 2015.

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Naturally, Bridgetown makes its mark

November 11, 2014

Bridgetown Natural Foods, a manufacturing partner for leading all-natural, organic and gluten-free snacks foods, recently was honored by the Portland Business Journal with a Manufacturer of the Year Award for its business performance, community leadership, and commitment to being a values-based employer.

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Oregon Trail Leads to Success

October 2014

Portland-based Bridgetown Natural Foods rides the snacking trend with its Gluten-Free, Organic, Kosher and B-Corporation certifications.

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Bridgetown Natural Foods supports the Urban Grange ground breaking

July 25, 2014

Zenger Farm, a former dairy that has become a training ground for urban farmers and a link to healthy local food for some of the city's poorest neighborhoods, broke ground this past week on a 6,600 square-foot education center, commercial kitchen and office.
Construction is expected to begin in two weeks, with completion anticipated for spring 2015. About $2 million of the project's $2.3 million price tag has already been raised, including major funding from food companies such as Bob's Red Mill, New Seasons and Bridgetown Natural Foods.

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The Rise of Conscious Capitalism:

Why Doing Good is Good Business

April 8, 2014

A new generation of entrepreneurs is practicing a business model that places just as much importance on doing social good as on making money. Dan Klock is an example of a new generation of entrepreneurs who are driven to create value not only for their companies, but also for their workers and communities.

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Bridgetown Natural Foods Raises the Bar

March 5, 2014

Bridgetown Natural Foods, a Portland-based manufacturer of healthy, all-natural baked goods, nutrition bars, and granolas for national food brands, today announced that it has been certified as a B Corporation. As a B Corporation, Bridgetown joins a roster of some of the most respected national and local companies such as Ben and Jerry's, Plum Organics, Happy Baby, New Seasons Market and Rogue Creamery, all of whom have made a commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

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Eating at Work

February 2014

Bridgetown Natural Foods had been making a variety of natural and whole-grain products for several years when the owners, husband-and-wife team Dan Klock and Kelly Flatley Klock, realized many of the employees didn't know how to use some of the core ingredients - oats, quinoa bran - in their own cooking. So this part spring, Bridgetown, based in Southeast Portland, launched an employee-wellness program aimed at incentivizing line workers to eat more nutritious meals.

The focal point is a voluntary on-site cooking class held once a quarter. Participating employees are paid in "Bridgetown Dough," tokens redeemable at the Lents International Farmers Market or a biweekly on-site farm stand with produce provided by local growers, including neighbor Zenger Farm.

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Zenger Wins SBO Award With Support From Bridgetown Natural Foods

November 18, 2013

Zenger Farm, is a font of good vibes. News broke in May that Zenger Farm operators, who run Portland's premier urban educational agricultural facility, want to double their educational capacity. Zenger wants to open a new 7,760-square-foot structure dubbed an "Urban Grange" at its Southeast Portland site.

The effort, which will cost $1.9 million, will help inform visitors about the advantages of eating healthy food. Early reports are that the fundraising is going well in advance of next spring's scheduled groundbreaking. Zenger's team has raised $700,000 from such backers as Bob's Red Mill - which contributed $250,000 - as well as Bridgetown Natural Foods ($150,000) and New Seasons Market ($125,000).

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Bridgetown Natural Foods: Good for the earth, and the breakfast table

August 1, 2013

Bridgetown Natural Foods started with a simple mission: To create healthy, high-quality, whole-grain foods.

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Oregon food processing reaps rewards

July 18, 2013

Oregon has been recognized as an ideal location for manufacturers of all kinds, and recently we've seen particular success with companies involved in food processing. Whether it's a 30-person operation producing artisan, organic raviolis for Northwest restaurants or a potato processor in eastern Oregon making french-fries for consumers around the world, Oregon is the place to be in the food business.

In 2012, 940 food and beverage companies, employing 28,500 Oregonians, produced goods valued at $8.5 billion. In addition to these existing manufacturers, we are working with companies from France, the United Kingdom, China and Japan that are looking to locate facilities here in Oregon.

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Bridgetown Natural Foods Develops Custom Recipe for

Employee Health, Workforce Sustainability

June 4, 2013

Bridgetown Natural Foods, a manufacturer of all-natural, gluten free and organic snack products, recently developed its most important recipe yet: its own employee wellness program. Recognized by Governor Kitzhaber as the 2012 Rising Star for its sustainability efforts, Bridgetown believes one of the most important commitments the company can make is to its employees.

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Bridgetown Natural Foods Pledges Support for Zenger

Farms Urban Grange Initiative

June 3, 2013

Portland Monthly features Zenger Farm's plans to expand with the addition of new classrooms, food processing facilities and community meeting areas in its future Urban Grange. As neighbors of Zenger, we've long appreciated what the farm is doing for the local community, including its "Healthy Eating on a Budget" workshops, which teach thousands of families how to grow, shop for and prepare healthy and affordable meals. To continue to demonstrate our support for Zenger's contributions to our employees and the community at large, Bridgetown became one of the founding contributors to the Urban Grange project, along with Bob's Red Mill and New Seasons. In addition, we partnered with Zenger to offer a version of the Healthy Eating on a Budget workshop to our own employees, along with other healthy food and farming educational classes.

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Talk about organic growth: Granola bars fuel dramatic gains

May 28, 2013

An ability to develop new products on behalf of clients has granola bar maker Bridgetown Natural Foods positioned for fast growth.

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Small Business Bakes Wellness Into Its Workforce

May 2, 2013

Many small businesses are wondering how to have an impact on employee health and productivity. Bridgetown Natural Foods is now teaching its employees tips for healthy eating and offering discounts on local fresh produce.

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Financial Focus Radio

March 23, 2013

Bridgetown CEO Dan Klock was a featured guest on Financial Focus Radio, sharing his insights on leading a growing business in the Pacific Northwest, and Bridgetown's role as a business "accelerator" for natural and organic food brands expanding nationally. Listen to the two-part interview:

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Weighing an Increase to Minimum Wage

February 14, 2013

For Dan Klock, paying his workers more than minimum wage is a no-brainer.

The chief executive of Bridgetown Natural Foods, in Portland, Oregon, Klock thinks it's critical to pay workers a living wage, and provide them with benefits like health care, dental care, and a 401(k).

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Young company bakes natural foods, sorely needed jobs

February 14, 2013

Bridgetown Natural Foods is making a name for itself in the sustainability field, and for being a swiftly growing employer in a part of outer Southeast Portland that sorely needs the jobs.

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Portland Natural Foods Company Grows

February 2013

In 2012 Bridgetown doubled its revenues and is expected to do the same in 2013, Klock says. The company landed a $7 million line of credit from NewStar Business Credit in November to finance working capital and is planning further expansion.

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Oregon Business

December 2012

Bridgetown Awarded Oregon Governor's "Rising Star" Sustainability Award

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Sustainable Business Oregon

November 20, 2012

Bridgetown Natural Foods lands $7m.

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Daily Journal of Commerce

July 6, 2012

Bridgetown Natural Foods making an impact on the Lents community.

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Portland's Bridgetown Natural Foods bakes organic

snack bars, granola and sweet jobs

June 14, 2012

The aroma coming from Bridgetown Natural Foods is the smell of prospects in the oven, baking nicely.

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Tasting Success

Bridgetown featured in Horizon Air June Magazine

June 2012

Bridgetown Natural Foods is featured alongside Bob's Red Mill, Reser's Fine Foods and Widmer Brothers as thriving Portland-based food production businesses.

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Bridgetown Delivers Food Safety

SQF certification augments Bridgetown's role as trusted partner for leading brands

June 4, 2012

Bridgetown Natural Foods, a Portland, Ore.-based contract manufacturing partner, specializing in all-natural, organic and gluten-free food products, recently attained its Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Level 2 certification, demonstrating the company's commitment to food safety.

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Oregon Public Broadcasting

June 2010

Bridgetown Natural Foods is featured in the Getting Back to Work series.

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Portland Development Commission

March 2010

Bridgetown Natural Foods Expands to New Site in Lents Neighborhoods

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