Bridgetown Natural Foods Develops Custom Recipe for Employee Health, Workforce Sustainability
SE Portland Manufacturer Offers Healthy Eating, Farming Workshops for Employees
PORTLAND, Ore. – June 4, 2013 – Bridgetown Natural Foods, a manufacturer of all-natural, gluten free and organic snack products, recently developed its most important recipe yet: its own employee wellness program. Recognized by Governor Kitzhaber as the 2012 Rising Star for its sustainability efforts, Bridgetown believes one of the most important commitments the company can make is to its employees.
Dubbed “Bridges to Better Health,” the company’s wellness program is designed to help its nearly 200 employees build sustainable, healthy lifestyles by offering healthy eating and meal planning workshops.
The Bridges to Better Health initiative offers employees a variety of free workshops, some taking place in the company’s R&D kitchen and others next door at the Zenger Farm urban education farm. Topics range from healthy eating to grocery budgeting, small scale production farming, composting techniques, and meal planning with seasonal ingredients.
At each of the hour-long, hands-on workshops, employees have the opportunity to participate in challenges and earn “Bridgetown Dough” – tokens to buy fresh produce next door at Zenger. Bridgetown’s employees are paid their hourly wage to take the classes, which are scheduled an hour prior to the beginning of shifts, offering another incentive for attendance.
In the past 18 months, Bridgetown has doubled its workforce, with plans for continued hiring throughout 2013.
“We recognized that as we grow, we must invest in building a healthy, sustainable workforce,” said Dan Klock, Bridgetown Natural Foods CEO. “We take great pride in the healthy snacks we make for our partners, so it’s only natural that we take our own employees’ health and access to food education seriously.”
Bridgetown Natural Foods
Bridgetown Natural Foods is a manufacturer of all-natural, organic and gluten free healthy snack products, including all types of bars, such as extruded and fruit filled bars, baked goods, granolas, and clustered snacks. The company’s 110,000 square foot facility in Portland, Ore., churns out up to 1 million snack bars and 50,000 pounds of baked snack products daily. For more information, visit bridgetownnaturalfoods.com.
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