NEW BEAT MOVING TO LONGMONT
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.