Colorado-based snack brand Bobo’s has launched its new wind-powered production facility in Loveland, Colorado. To meet growing customer demand, the new 123,000 square foot facility will increase the company’s production of its bars, bites and toaster pastries by more than three times while reducing total carbon footprint. Bobo’s aims to achieve carbon neutrality by December 2022.
“It’s truly amazing to think back to when my daughter, Bobo, and I baked that first batch of oat bars in my kitchen,” said Beryl Stafford, Founder of Bobo’s. “It’s extremely rewarding to see how far we’ve come today as we stay true to that same home baked, handmade quality, only now in 24 ovens! All of which produce the same yummy snacks made with the same wholesome ingredients and the same delicious taste and texture as that first oat bar in 2003. As we have scaled our production from my kitchen to this new ‘super’ bakery, through it all it’s remained paramount that we maintain the quality of our products.”
Bobo’s has invested significantly to increase the speed and efficiency of its baking capabilities through its new state-of-the-art baking equipment which includes automated equipment that tamps the bars into the Bobo’s pan. One of the machines, affectionately nicknamed ‘the Bobot’ was designed to replicate the company’s signature handmade look and texture. The new bakery has the capacity to produce one million bars, bites or toaster pastries with plans to further increase capacity.
“This day is more than two years in the making. We’re thrilled to officially open our incredible new ‘super bakery’ today, and to continue to support the growing, nationwide consumer demand for Bobo’s products,” explained TJ McIntyre, CEO of Bobo’s. “We’ve brought our entire operation, including production and packaging, under one extremely efficient, wind-powered roof to produce a product true and authentic to Beryl’s original vision that began years ago in her own kitchen. Despite Bobo’s tremendous success and growth over the last 19 and a half years, we feel like we are just getting started.”
In addition to being powered by wind, the new Bobo’s bakery has achieved more than 95% diversion of its solid waste from the landfill, according to the company, through a comprehensive waste management program. The company’s also committed to carbon neutrality by the end of December 2022 with plans to purchase carbon offsets. Opening of the new bakery consolidates the company’s three previous facilities into one operations.
“I’m extremely proud of our entire team who worked tirelessly to make this amazing new facility a reality, despite facing extremely challenging supply chain issues,” added Mr McIntyre. “We no longer need to pass up growth opportunities due to production constraints and are now on track to quickly become the largest independently owned snack bar company in the US. The City of Loveland has also been a wonderful partner throughout this process and we look forward to working closely with the community here for years to come.”
The company worked in collaboration with the City of Loveland when choosing the location and developing the new facility. Many of Bobo’s employees live in or near the Loveland area making the new location a more convenient option.
“Bobo’s is a leader in Colorado’s natural products community,” commented Jack Hill, Existing Industry Manager, City of Loveland, CO. “We’re proud their delicious treats will now be made with love in Loveland at their new facility. This a huge win for Loveland’s healthy food industry cluster and a trend we hope to continue for years to come.”
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