Healthy, Active & Sustainable Living

Sherbrooke Capital 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Awards

entrepreneurANAHEIM, CA (March 9, 2013) – Sherbrooke Capital, a leading investor in companies that promote healthy, active and sustainable lifestyles, hosted its 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Awards in Anaheim, California during the weekend of Natural Products ExpoWest, the world’s largest natural products trade show that drew nearly 63,000 attendees and more than 2,500 exhibitors. Awards were given to emerging companies demonstrating superior innovation.

In the early stage category, the award was given to The Better Bean Company (, a Portland, Oregon based natural products company that sells premium refrigerated beans in a ready-to-eat format. The company has set out to revolutionize the bean category with its products that are made with high quality, all natural, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO verified ingredients and are freshly prepared with flavor and texture that rival the best restaurant or home cooked recipes.

The Better Bean Company currently offers Rethought Red Beans, Uncanny Refried Black Beans, Wholly Chipotle Bean Dip, Cuban Black Beans and Three Sisters Chili. All products are sold in unique BPA-free plastic, “one-seal” containers which utilize significantly less resources to produce and result in a 30% reduction in carbon footprint.


all-hail-rawIn the mature growth stage category the Entrepreneurship Award was given to Hail Merry Snacks, a Dallas, Texas based manufacturer and distributor of award-winning dessert snacks that are certified gluten-free, vegan, 100% non-GMO and kosher. All Hail Merry products feature either raw extra virgin organic coconut oil or contain nuts which have been dehydrated at low temperatures to protect their delicate natural benefits. The company’s products include raw Grawnola, Nuts & Seeds, Miracle Tarts and Macaroons, all in a variety of flavors.

Special recognition was given to Sir Richard’s Condom Company for its innovative work both with developing its brand and also its social initiatives. The Boulder, Colorado based company launched in early 2010 with the idea of creating a better, more healthful product, while at the same time, effecting positive social change. Its condoms are free of harmful chemicals and are available in four different styles. For every Sir Richard’s condom purchase, the company contributes one to a developing country and is currently working with Partners in Health to distribute condoms in Haiti.

The KORE condom is specifically branded to be culturally relevant in Haiti. To date more than 500,000 KORE condoms have been contributed with a planned additional commitment of one million condoms recently announced.

All three winners will receive a one-year subscription to SPINS Natural and Specialty/Gourmet channels. SPINS ( is the only provider of comprehensive service offering including retail measurement, consumer measurement, content-based reporting, and consulting services.

About Sherbrooke Capital

Sherbrooke Capital Health & Wellness ( is a venture capital fund that provides growth capital to help build successful companies in the rapidly growing healthy, active and sustainable living industry. Sherbrooke’s expertise in the natural food and beverage space includes investments in Oregon Chai, Izze Beverage, Food Should Taste Good, Immaculate Baking, Ciao Bella Gelato, and Angie’s Kettle Corn.

For more information, please contact Kerry Muse at (617) 332-7227 or


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