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Posted: September 16, 2013

2013 Top Company winner: Consumer

Gigi Sukin

Consumer Business

Winner: WhiteWave Foods Co.

The WhiteWave Foods Co., headquartered in Denver, makes and sells branded plant-based food and beverage products, with well-known brands including Silk and Horizon.

Differentiator

The company believes its purpose is about more than merely making great tasting, responsibly produced food, but also leveraging the scale of its business to support the environment, employees and communities in which it does business.

Biggest Challenge

WhiteWave’s goal “to change the way the world eats for the better,” is a lofty objective, requiring a steadfast focus on providing consumers high-level service and quality products.

Greatest Achievement

In the last year, WhiteWave has created award-winning, innovative products, which contributed to the company’s record revenue of $2.3 billion in 2012, and to the creation of new consumer-product opportunities and increased demand.

Looking Forward

The company is well positioned for sustained future growth and to deliver shareholder value thanks to strong brand equity in growing categories that are aligned with favorable long-term consumer trends.

Finalists:

Boulder Homemade Ice Cream Inc.

The 20-year old company manufactures premium frozen desserts, including Figo! Organic Gelato.

Differentiator

In its formative years, the team manufactured ice cream in five-gallon salt and ice churns. Today it still employs the slow-batch process using nine-gallon batch freezers to replicate the smooth, creamy texture from salt and ice churns.

Biggest Challenge

Brand awareness.

Looking Forward

Expanded distribution.

Quote of Note

“Create a symphony of taste for each flavor.” – Glennise Humphrey, VP of marketing and sales.

SlimGenics

Founded in 2003, SlimGenics is a provider of progressive, integrated weight reduction programs, products and client-care services, out of Denver.

Differentiator

Unlike other fad diets or quick fixes, SlimGenics aims to help people lose weight safely and effectively with nutritious eating programs that lead to sustained weight loss, long-term health and wellness.

Biggest Challenge

With the prevalence of obesity, the weight loss industry is booming, and many feel frustrated with their lack of success. Overcoming the trouble of trust with new clients, to help them find a long-term solution can be challenging.

Greatest Achievement

The SlimGenics Foundation seeks to provide individuals and families with relevant information regarding daily nutrition that leads to vitality, health improvement and increased energy.

Quote of Note

“You’ll find that SlimGenics is a company with a soul … we want to provide a great environment for our staff to work; a place where they could impact the lives of our participants like no other weight loss company has or could.”
– Katherine Ott, SlimGenics’ CEO.

Gigi Sukin is an Associate Editor at ColoradoBiz. She can be reached at gsukin@cobizmag.com.

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