Taos Bakes Lands $220000 In Angel Investments To Fuel Growth
Milestones are piling up for Taos Bakes in the coronavirus era.
Whole Foods, which has carried Taos Bakes products since 2014, expanded distribution from the Rocky Mountain region to Arizona and Southern California.
In mid-May, football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman and sportscaster Erin Andrews will start promoting Taos Bakes as social media influencers.
The company has expanded its distribution to the Florida-based Publix supermarket chain, the Harmons chain in Utah and the Raleys chain in Northern California and Nevada.
And in April, the New Mexico Angels announced that Taos Bakes landed $220,000 in angel investments.
In 2010, former ski bums Kyle Hawari and Brooks Thostenson launched an all-natural energy bar company in a Taos kitchen. They now produce bars, bites, nuts and granola in a 10,000-square-foot facility in Questa, about 25 miles north of Taos.
Two years ago, Hawari and Thostenson simplified the companys original name Taos Mountain Energy Bars to Taos Bakes. At that time, they also launched online sales with six flavors of energy bars.
Taos Bakes has since increased to 11 flavors of bars and added two flavors of Taos Bakes Bites, introduced in 2019 four flavors of Trailblazer Granola, introduced in June and four flavors of Cosmo Nuts, introduced in January.
We still managed to grow, he said. The goal is to double our sales from last year. We said, Lets get out of just the snack bar world.
They were immediately responsive, Tulchin said.
Local Snack Bar Company Taos Bakes Discusses Launch Of Granola Line
WATCH: Full interview with Taos Bakes Chief Innovation Officer and Co-founder Brooks Thostenson
TAOS, N.M. In honor of National Granola Day on Friday, Jan. 21, Taos Bakes discusses what sets their snacks apart from the rest. Located just north of Taos in Questa, New Mexico, Taos Bakes manufactures and distributes three main product lines including snack bars, granola, and baked nut clusters.
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In a deal with the New Mexico Economic Development Department through the Local Economic Development Act, Taos Bakes helps create jobs for the Taos and Questa communities and is currently in the initial stages of expanding its building to help support the businesss growth.
After creating snack bars for nearly a decade, Thostenson explains that people were not traveling as much with the onset of the pandemic and snack bars are primarily on-the-go food. This led to the company launching its granola line.
Taos Bakes products are available in nearly every state at most grocery chains including Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, and Publix. For more information, visit taosbakes.com and the companys .
Snack Bar Caramel Pecan + Cranberries
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Buddy Clay Purchasing Manager
“We have worked with Taos Bakes since 2013 and they have always been a great vendor. Their ever expanding flavor offerings are staples for our members at Stone Age Climbing Gyms. The Cosmo Nuts and the Granola are excellent as well and I would recommend their products to anyone looking for tasty satisfying snacks to fuel their next adventure.”
What We Think
The Taos Bakes was born in the mountains and is built for going big in the mountains. With a strong commitment to high quality ingredients, the founders of Taos Bakes are two die-hard skiers who know firsthand why you need great food in the mountains. Bonking or choking down bad tasting bars just isn’t an option when the stakes are high. Taos Bakes was created to be a delicious bar that could energize you and excite you when you eat it. Well, they nailed it. These bars have what it takes to sustain you for a long day of any activity, and they are enjoyable to eat – the flavors resemble candy bars, and they have a very welcome crunchy texture.
True to the ski bum culture, Taos Bakes sources local organic ingredients to make its bars. They blend a variety of superfoods like flax, chia, quinoa and amaranth with different sweeteners like raisins, cranberries, agave and coconut to create a bar that is easy to snack on, and provides natural fuel for a workout. They are good tasting and good for you.
Feedâs Fave: Chocolate Butterscotch or Toasted Coconut. Please note: Caramel Pecan is made with honey and is therefore not Vegan.
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