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Tanka Bar launches crowdfunding campaign with Wefunder.com

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2017

Kyle, SD -- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation-based Native American Natural Foods, maker of the Tanka line of buffalo snacks, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Wefunder with the goal of raising more than $1 million (more...)



Native American Natural Foods to release Tanka Bar Coffee Hatch Chile at Expo West

For Immediate Release
March 7, 2016

KYLE, SD (March 7, 2017) - Native American Natural Foods will be launching a new TANKA BAR flavor at the upcoming Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, CA (more...)



Specialty Food Association Announces 2017 Leadership Awards

For Immediate Release
Dec. 14, 2016

Kyle, SD (Dec. 14, 2016) - Mark Tilsen, president of Native American Natural Foods, has been honored for Citizenship by the Specialty Food Association's 2017 Leadership Awards (more...)



Native American Natural Foods named 'B Corp Best for the World' honoree

Native American Natural Foods has been named a "B Corp Best for the World" honoree by the B Corporation.

The list honors businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10 percent of all Certified B Corporations on the B Lab's B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment (more...)



Tanka first Native American recipient of Whole Foods Market local loan

For Immediate Release
March 11, 2016

KYLE, SD, March 11, 2016 -- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation-based Native American Natural Foods, maker of the Tanka line of buffalo snacks, is the first Native American recipient of a low-interest loan through Whole Foods Market's Local Producer Loan Program (more...)



Native American Natural Foods to release 5 new buffalo snacks at Expo West

For Immediate Release
Feb. 29, 2016

KYLE, SD, Feb. 29, 2016 -- Native American Natural Foods will be launching an entirely new line of buffalo snack products called TANKA TRAIL and two new TANKA BAR flavors at the upcoming Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, CA (more...)



Native American Natural Foods hires its first national sales manager

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2015

KYLE, S.D., March 16, 2015 -- Native American Natural Foods, maker of Tanka buffalo meat snacks, has welcomed James Williams as its new national sales manager (more...)



Native American Natural Foods President to testify before U.S. Senate Subcommittee hearing May 1

KYLE, S.D., April 30, 2014 - Mark Tilsen, president of Native American Natural Foods of Kyle, S.D., has been invited to testify May 1 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation (more...)



Native American Natural Foods and Onnit Labs partner to create new bison Warrior Bar

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...)



Native American Natural Foods CEO invited to attend White House Tribal Nations Conference

KYLE, S.D., Nov. 11, 2013 -- Karlene Hunter, CEO of Native American Natural Foods of Kyle, S.D., has been invited to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference this week in Washington, D.C.

A White House aide contacted Hunter last week about flying to Washington, D (more...)



MEDIA ADVISORY: New Tanka Apple Orange Peel flavor to debut at Expo West

Artisanal buffalo meat snacks with cranberries, apples and orange peel

For Immediate Release
March 6, 2013

Who: Native American Natural Foods, a Native American-owned natural food manufacturer based on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Kyle, S (more...)



Tanka CEO Karlene Hunter wins Vision Leadership Award from NASFT

Awards to be presented at the Winter Fancy Food Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, N.Y. (Jan. 3, 2013) - The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. (NASFT) is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual Leadership Awards honoring outstanding contributions to the specialty food industry and beyond (more...)



Tanka founders win top award, year of mentorship from Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's

Kyle, S.D., Aug. 10, 2011 -- Karlene Hunter, CEO of Native American Natural Foods, and Mark Tilsen, president, have been named 2011 recipients of the Social Venture Network Innovation Award. They are the first leaders of a Native American company to receive the award (more...)



'Golf Digest' lists Tanka Bar a top nutritional snack on the course

KYLE, S.D., April 5, 2011 - Native American Natural Foods announced today that its signature buffalo and cranberry bar, the Tanka Bar, has been listed as one of six top nutrition bars in the May 2011 issue of Golf Digest (more...)



CEO Karlene Hunter to receive top natural foods industry award

Kyle, S.D., March 8, 2010 - Karlene Hunter, CEO of Native American Natural Foods, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Cliff Adler "Heart in Business" Award, one of the natural foods industry's top honors (more...)



Tanka Bar Spicy wins Backpacker magazine's 2010 Editors' Choice award

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Jan. 21, 2010 -- Tanka Bar Spicy Pepper Blend, a product of Native American Natural Foods, has been honored as a recipient of a 2010 Backpacker magazine Editors' Choice Award, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance (more...)



Sneak peek at new film featuring Tanka's story

KYLE, S.D., Oct. 14, 2009 -- A new film series, sponsored by the airline consortium Star Alliance and Forbes, which features Native American Natural Foods and four other unexpected and burgeoning new businesses from around the globe has been released for a sneak peek online (more...)



Tanka Bar signs with three national food distributors

Kyle, S.D., Sept. 25, 2009 -- Nearly two years after launching its Tanka Bar buffalo and cranberry snack, Native American Natural Foods is fast approaching a big milestone in its short history -- coast-to-coast distribution (more...)



Tanka Bar illustrates success story at CDFI funding announcement

Kyle, S.D., July 1, 2009 -- When a group of political leaders gathered in tiny Kyle, S.D., Wednesday to announce $11.3 million in funding for distressed native communities, there was one business that all of them used to illustrate the project's potential (more...)



Native American Natural Foods CEO invited to President's announcement on small business credit crisis

KYLE, S.D., March 17, 2009 -- When President Barack Obama announced his administration's plans Monday for helping small business owners through the worsening credit crisis, Karlene Hunter, CEO of Native American Natural Foods of Kyle, S (more...)