LAVA fund helps spur energy bars

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Economy > Taos Mountain sees booming sales

By Arin McKenna

Taos Mountain Energy Bar has had the kind of success story they make movies about.
The storyline centers around two childhood friends and ski enthusiasts, Brooks Thostenson and Kyle Hawari, who started out testing natural energy bars in their kitchen and within four years have landed product in major retail chains across the country.
“Essentially, we moved out here to ski. That’s what we love to do,” Hawari said. “We were just two kids working a couple of odd jobs, really enjoying the outdoors, and wanted a low-cost, healthy, sustaining, but — most importantly — tasty snack food that we could take up on the lift with us and would sustain us through the day.”
The pair ran across an article on Taos County Economic Development Corporation’s Taos Food Center, which provides commercial kitchen space for small business entrepreneurs as well as specialized training, product development, pH testing, regulatory assistance with FDA requirements, business development and cooperative marketing assistance.
Thostenson and Hawari had always talked about starting a business together, and reading about the Taos Food Center meshed with their own desire for natural, healthy snacks.

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