The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Jerd Smith

New Beat Foods, which makes gluten-free quinoa crack­ers, will open a 2,400-square-foot fa­cil­ity in Longmont early next year, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Longmont Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Part­ner­ship.

The fa­cil­ity, at 1254 Sher­man Drive, is in the city’s new North Metro En­ter­prise Zone, which will make the young com­pany el­i­gi­ble for a va­ri­ety of tax cred­its.

New Beat is one of a grow­ing num­ber of nat­u­ral foods com­pa­nies lo­cat­ing pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in Longmont. What the city de­scribes as its cre­ative and culi­nary sec­tor has grown nearly 30 per­cent in the past five years, ac­cord­ing to the EDP, with 1,739 jobs added for to­tal em­ploy­ment of 7,684.

The EDP is pro­ject­ing growth of more than 10 per­cent by 2021, a rate more than dou­ble the na­tional av­er­age of 5 per­cent.

Founder Tr­ish Kurnik said New Beat, which op­er­ates out of a com­mer­cial kitchen in south Boul­der and em­ploys one other part-time worker, plans to add another part­time and two full-time em­ploy­ees once its Longmont kitchen is up and run­ning next year.

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