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701. Mar 28, 2014
VIDEO: "Like the Tanka Bar my grandma used to make"
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702. Mar 28, 2014
MEME OF THE WEEK: Setting the record straight
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704. Mar 27, 2014
Fan spots Tanka products in downtown Eugene, Oregon
the Tanka Team

We always appreciate when Tanka fans share photos of our products in their favorite local stores. This one comes from Danny Choate and was taken at Kiva Grocery Store in downtown Eugene, Oregon. Thank you, Danny!

If you would like for us to feature a photo of our products in your store, please email it with the location to jenicejohnson@tankabar (more...)



706. Mar 25, 2014
Tanka the talk of RES 2014
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing





Grand Entry.

Our Tanka team represented the company for another year at The National Center For American Indian Enterprise Development's National Reservation Economic Summit i (more...)



708. Mar 21, 2014
Tanka makes debut at Central Market Supplier Partner Showcase
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing

Central Market is now yet another wonderful retail partner carrying Tanka products in all of their stores. Along with Director of Marketing and Communications, Linda Crider, I helped exhibit our buffalo meat and cranberry products at the recent Central Market Supplier Partner Showcase at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas (more...)



710. Mar 19, 2014
Tanka spotted at Natural Grocers in Denton, Texas
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing

Thanks to our artist friend Jenn Lafleur for this pic of our Tanka products at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in Denton, Texas! Natural Grocers is one of our great retail partners that carry all three flavors (Slow Smoked Original, Spicy Pepper and Apple Orange Peel) of our Tanka products (more...)



712. Mar 18, 2014
Spring might come a little late to Tanka headquarters
the Tanka Team

This was our team's view this morning -- just a few days until the official day of spring! We had a late start but a successful day. Please keep up with us on our Facebook page to make sure you know about any late starts or closures at headquarters (more...)



714. Mar 14, 2014
Tanka sticks fuel ASICS Los Angeles Marathon official charity
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We recently had a great chat on Twitter with Willie Sandoval, a board member of the American Indian Community Council in Los Angeles, CA. His organization was elected to be an official charity partner of the 2014 ASICS Los Angeles Marathon (more...)



716. Mar 12, 2014
Tanka's seventh year at Expo West the best yet
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our Tanka team's heads are still spinning after last week's very successful Natural Products Expo West 2014 in Anaheim, CA, with our retail partners Onnit Labs . We (more...)



718. Mar 12, 2014
Tanka encourages healthy living at Pine Ridge Reservation health fair
the Tanka Team
We recently donated some of our Apple Orange Peel Tanka Sticks to the IHS Health Fair in Kyle, SD -- located on our home reservation of Pine Ridge. The fair encouraged wellness and diabetes prevention (more...)



719. Mar 11, 2014
Tanka team makes new connections at Rapid City Gift Show
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our team had a great time at the Rapid City Gift Show last week. This is our office assistant Jessica Heart (left) with John and Barbara Majchrzak of High Country Guest Ranch in Hill City, SD, who stopped by our booth (more...)



720. Mar 11, 2014
Tanka team continues gatherings with The Democracy Collaborative concerning employee ownership
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our company is constantly evolving and gaining knowledge about becoming an employee-owned business. We have been working with The Democracy Collaborative to make this happen. CEO Karlene Hunter and business manager, Dawn Sherman, took a trip to Cleveland, Ohio, recently for a "Learning/Action Lab" which is a year-long project administered by The Democracy Collaborative in partnership with the Northwest Area Foundation (more...)



721. Mar 04, 2014
"I've tried every flavor and they are all fantastic!"
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
02.02.14 Tanka products By Dylyn from prior lake

I absolutely love everything you guys offer. I've tried every flavor and they are all fantastic! I fell in love with the spicy bars and bites, I just can't get enough (more...)



722. Feb 27, 2014
Native American Natural Foods and Onnit Labs partner to create new bison Warrior Bar
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
KYLE, SD, Feb. 26, 2014 -- Native American Natural Foods of Kyle, S.D., and Onnit Labs of Austin, Texas, have partnered to create a co-branded product called the Warrior Bar, a spicy bison meat-and-cranberry food bar offering 14 grams of protein (more...)



723. Feb 24, 2014
Tanka brings healthy snacks to Lakota school on Pine Ridge
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
The Lakota Woglaka Wounspe: Immersion School is a school that caters to K1-5th grade on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. I have started delivering Tanka products to the school once a month for the kids to enjoy during snack time (more...)



725. Feb 21, 2014
Tanka team makes a splash at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Florida
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our Director of Marketing and Communications, Linda Crider, and Tanka team member Danaj, recently attended the United Natural Foods, Inc. East Spring Summer Show at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL (more...)



727. Feb 20, 2014
The Natural Specialty Foods team helps create record-breaking Tanka sales
the Tanka Team
Our president, Mark Tilsen, attended a recent meeting with our awesome broker partners Natural Specialty Sales in southern California.

The NSS team is helping to create record-breaking sales of all Tanka products throughout the West (more...)



728. Feb 19, 2014
Tanka CEO interviewed for NPR's 'Radiolab' program
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Pat Walters from the National Public Radio/WNYC program "Radiolab" stopped by our headquarters recently and interviewed our CEO, Karlene Hunter.

Mr. Walters also interviewed several Pine Ridge Indian Reservation entrepreneurs and small business owners as well as covered the topic of economic development (more...)



729. Feb 18, 2014
Natural Specialty Sales shows appreciation for the Tanka brand
the Tanka Team
The Natural Specialty Sales team is one of our wonderful broker partners hard at work for Tanka! Our Director of Marketing, Linda Crider, shot these photos of some of the Pacific Northwest team after a retail sales meeting this week in Bellevue, WA (more...)



731. Feb 18, 2014
Partnerships prove to be a major part of Tanka success
the Tanka Team
The Natural Specialty Sales team is one of our wonderful broker partners hard at work for Tanka! Our president Mark Tilsen shot this photo of some of the Northern California team after a recent retail sales meeting in Pleasanton, CA (more...)



733. Feb 14, 2014
Apple Orange Tanka Sticks help fuel South Dakota wildland firefighters
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our friend Tyrone Red Blanket is a wildland firefighter from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation town of Kyle, SD -- home of our headquarters.




He is a member of the Bear Mountain Handcrew in Rapid City, SD (more...)



735. Feb 13, 2014
Big Bat's of Pine Ridge, SD, to carry Tanka products soon
the Tanka Team
We were excited to meet Cory Pourier with Big Bat's, a convenience store located in Pine Ridge, SD, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He stopped by our booth at the Rapid City Gift Show . Mr. Pourer also informed us that Big Bat's will begin carrying our Tanka products soon (more...)



737. Feb 11, 2014
Tanka Bar excited to create a win-win partnership with Whole Foods Market
the Tanka Team
Our team has been on the road meeting with several of our amazing retail partners. Mark Tilsen, Tanka president, recently met with Whole Foods Market's North Atlantic team in Cambridge, MA. That is where he shot this photo of their lobby (more...)



739. Feb 11, 2014
REI shows support at recent meeting with Tanka marketing director
the Tanka Team
Our director of marketing and communications, Linda Crider, attended a recent meeting with the REI team in Seattle, WA. The location is a flagship store for the company.

REI is one of our great retailer partners and Ms (more...)



741. Feb 07, 2014
"Finally a nutritional, natural food!" ~ Julia from South Hamilton
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
01.05.14 Tanka Bars Are A Fabulous Snack By cheryl from Seattle

Tanka Bars are great as a snack. I am on weight watchers and they are only 2 points. I eat them after my workout to curb my hunger (more...)



742. Jan 30, 2014
Author gives nod to Tanka in new cookbook
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
When author Heid Erdrich , an enrolled member of the Ojibwe tribe, saw a huge interest in the local food movement in her home of the Midwest, she discovered there was a puzzling lack of Native mentions (more...)



744. Jan 28, 2014
Tanka fan shows off Ta-Tanka pride with Facebook selfie
the Tanka Team
Tanka fan Willow Wright shared this great photo with her friends on Facebook showing her support of the company. The photo made its rounds through social media yesterday and we wanted to share it here! Thanks for your support, Willow!

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746. Jan 27, 2014
Tanka reaches new heights in Puerto Rico
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One of our Twitter followers, @danfreako sent this great photo of him holding up a Tanka Bar on top of El Yunque in Puerto Rico.

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748. Jan 24, 2014
Tanka Spotlight: MUNCH OF FUN
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Since our launch in October 2007, we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers we decided we needed to share their unique stories (more...)



749. Jan 22, 2014
Tanka featured in 'Outside' magazine
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We are very happy to announce that Tanka Bar was highlighted in a recent article in Outside magazine titled "The Next Energy Bar Revolution: Real Meat."

Many thanks to the Outside magazine team, especially writer Meaghen Brown! The increased sales and traffic have been awesome (more...)



751. Jan 21, 2014
Tanka CEO celebrates birthday at headquarters
the Tanka Team
It's our CEO Karlene Hunter's birthday today! Our business manager Dawn Sherman and shipping specialist Kelly Hunter made an amazing chocolate cake. Dawn made a tiramisu.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KARLENE!

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753. Jan 16, 2014
Paleo fitness and health writer gives quick review of Tanka
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Big thanks to Tony Federico of Fitness in an Evolutionary Direction (FED) who just gave a great, "flash" review of our Spicy Pepper Blend Tanka Bar .

Mr. Federico writes:

"The tanka bar has a sweet spicy flavor and a nice chewy (but not (more...)



755. Jan 15, 2014
Tanka team continues training on employee-owned business models
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Native American Natural Foods is working with Democracy Collaborative to learn how to implement an employee ownership program for the company. This week our team is currently working at our headquarters in Kyle, SD, with Jill Bamburg of Bainbridge Graduate Institute (more...)



757. Jan 14, 2014
Tanka spotted at Hy-Vee store in Peoria, Illinois
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
If you are ever in Peoria, Illinois, you can find our Tanka products at Hy-Vee in Sheridan Village .

Big thanks to our friend Doug Curry who follows us on the Tanka Facebook page. He sent us these photos of our Tanka Bars and Tanka Sticks (more...)



759. Jan 13, 2014
Bison Fact: The 1860s brought continued decline of herds
the Tanka Team
During the 1860s, railroads built across the Great Plains during this period divided bison into two main herds - the southern and the northern. Many bison were killed to feed the railway crews and Army posts (more...)



760. Jan 09, 2014
Tanka team visits key facilities that help make the company a success
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Mark Tilsen, president, and supply chain manager Rachel Hunter, recently took a trip to visit plant locations responsible for putting our products together for the public.

One of the places they visited was Western's Smokehouse (more...)



762. Jan 08, 2014
Tanka featured on "American Food Roots" online magazine
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The online magazine American Food Roots featured Tanka in their recent article "Jerky's long history is something to chew on" . It also mentions our new Tanka Jerky, set for release by the end of January/early February (more...)



764. Jan 07, 2014
Tanka Gourmet Gift basket a welcome delivery for serviceman
the Tanka Team
Michael Shane Conroy posted this great shot on our Facebook page this week. He is a sergeant stationed in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, and he was excited to have just received one of our Tanka Gourmet Gift Baskets (more...)



766. Jan 03, 2014
"Tasty product from a great company I'm happy to support" Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for December
Jason Stover, Marketing Specialist
12.04.13 Great Bars to pack for a hike By Mike from South Hadley

While on vacation in South Dakota in September, I saw the Tanka bars next to the cash register at a store. Bought a couple and loved them (more...)



767. Dec 30, 2013
Tanka fuels Dakota 38 + 2 riders
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Tanka recently donated Tanka Bars to the Dakota 38 + 2 ride, remembering the men who were hanged on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, MN, after the Sioux Uprising . It is the largest one-day execution in American history

Lynny Prince posted the above photo on our Facebook page , thanking Tanka Bar for helping fuel the riders (more...)



769. Dec 30, 2013
Tanka spreads the word at LNI Basketball Tournament
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Some of our Tanka team had a great time at the recent Lakota Nation Invitational Basketball Tournament in Rapid City, SD

The annual event highlights athletes and talent across Lakota communities (more...)



771. Dec 27, 2013
Storytelling travelers include Tanka on their journey
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We love hearing from fans from all over the nation.

One fan in particular, Chelsea Batten, is traveling and storytelling with fellow explorers as part of an artistic endeavor called The Connoisseurs (more...)



772. Dec 26, 2013
New Year of Tanka success and partnership depicted in sand art
the Tanka Team
Doug Bystry, CEO at Clearinghouse CDFI , sent us the above photo depicting our new Native American Natural Foods logo completely crafted in sand.

Clearinghouse CDFI is one of our great Tanka partners (more...)



773. Dec 20, 2013
From all of us to all of you!
the Tanka Team
And a HAPPY NEW YEAR! (more...)



775. Dec 17, 2013
Find Tanka in a local Sprouts Farmers Market near you
the Tanka Team
We are very excited to announce that Tanka Bars will be available nationally at SPROUTS FARMERS MARKETS on Jan. 1 at the stores' checkout locations.

Please send us pics if you find us there! You can post them to any of our social media below or email jenicejohnson@tankabar (more...)



776. Dec 17, 2013
Bison Fact: The estimated bison population in 1910
the Tanka Team
In the Year 1910: The American Bison Society Census estimated 2,108 bison in North America (1,076 in Canada and 1,032 in the U.S.). Bison in public herds in the U.S. totaled 151.

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (more...)



777. Dec 13, 2013
Tanka Survey: Are GMO-free certified products important to you?
the Tanka Team
The Tanka Team cares about what is important to you and your family. Occasionally we will ask for you to get involved in surveys centered on health or other topics. We appreciate your participation! (more...)



779. Dec 11, 2013
Tanka Bar a treat for young Junior Achievement students in South Dakota
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Jessica Giard, who tweeted us this week, is a volunteer with the Chamberlain, SD, chapter of Junior Achievement. She sent us the above photo of a carton of our Slow Smoked Original Tanka Bars in the classroom (more...)



780. Dec 11, 2013
Tanka Bar featured with other popular fuel-packed foods in 'Women's Running' magazine
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Women's Running magazine featured Tanka Bar in its November/December 2013 issue.

Tanka is included on page 49 for the story titled "Is It Worth It?" which highlights popular foods runners eat to fuel their bodies (more...)



784. Dec 11, 2013
Ojibwe author publishes cookbook featuring Tanka Bites, Native recipes
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Heid Erdrich , a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of the Ojibwe people, wrote a new book called Original Local: Indigenous Foods Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest , which the Tell Me More staff at National Public Radio calls, "Part cookbook, part memoir and part meditation on the interplay of tradition and fusion in American cooking (more...)



787. Dec 11, 2013
Tanka featured in prominent Native food magazine
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Native Foodways magazine is a new publication that highlights food and culture among Native American communities. Tanka is featured in the magazine's current issue.

According to their website, "Native Foodways Magazine is published by Tohono O'odham Community Action (TOCA) (more...)



790. Dec 06, 2013
"These products are a National Treasure, just like the people behind them" Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for November
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
11.01.13 Love the new Apple Orange peel sticks! By Emily from Hartselle

These new sticks are fantastic! Great flavor. We can't get enough of them.

11.05.13 ordering product By Ellen from Colorado Springs

Your website works very well, I look forward to receiving the bars I ordered (more...)



791. Dec 06, 2013
Tanka welcomes its newest member of the family
the Tanka Team
We are excited to announce this wonderful bundle of joy in the Tanka Bar family. Derek and Katie Hunter and their family welcomed their baby girl Deim into the world on 12-1-13 at 8:35 am.

7 pounds 12 (more...)



793. Dec 05, 2013
Find Tanka in Whole Foods Market's flagship store in Austin, TX
the Tanka Team
If you are in Austin, Texas, make sure you check out Whole Foods Market on Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard -- the company's flagship store.

You can find our products on the jerky rack in the meat department (more...)



795. Dec 05, 2013
Tanka team member wins American Indian College Fund scholarship
the Tanka Team
Our production manager Tonya Hunter is a very proud mom this week (and every week for that matter) because her son Jacey won an American Indian College Fund scholarship this fall.

Jacey has an AA in Physical Education and is now studying American Indian Studies for his BA at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas (more...)



796. Dec 03, 2013
The Tanka team spreads a little cheer at headquarters
the Tanka Team
We just couldn't wait.

We got into the holiday spirit early so everything would be nice and twinkly upon our return from Thanksgiving vacation. Here are inside sales manger Eugene Stover and shipping specialist Kelly Hunter trimming the tree (more...)



798. Dec 02, 2013
Tanka president featured on Native American Calling
the Tanka Team
Our president Mark Tilsen will be interviewed on Native America Calling at 11:30 a.m. MT today (December 2, 2013) in a segment about living wages and employee-owned businesses. It will be streamed here: www (more...)



800. Nov 25, 2013
Tanka Team continue employee-owned business training in Colorado
the Tanka Team
The Tanka company has had an exciting year with more great things to come in 2014.

The team participated in training last week in Denver, CO, with Democracy Collaborative to learn more about how to turn the business into an employee-owned company (more...)