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Old 05-12-2008, 12:17 PM   #1
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Native American Energy Bar Goes National
By Carson Walker, The Associated Press
Rapid City Journal - 11 May 2008
Native American energy bar goes national RapidCityJournal.com

America's craving for healthier foods has prompted a stampede of sorts for a modern version of the traditional Lakota food called "wasna" made by a company based on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

After two years of development, Native American Natural Foods launched the all-natural buffalo-and-cranberry Tanka Bar in October.

They were initially available at NANF and a few outlets in western South Dakota.

But the company has since quadrupled its manufacturing capacity and signed distribution agreements with regional retailers including Walgreens, Alco, Sunshine Foods and Common Cents, as well as gift shops other outlets and tourist sites such as Wall Drug, the Corn Palace and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Bison meat is high in protein and low in cholesterol. The cranberries add antioxidants and a sweet, natural flavor. The bars look like jerky but have a lot more water in them than the dried meat. And each package is sealed with a unique card that keeps the bars fresh.

Since March, when company owners Karlene Hunter and Mark Tilsen attended the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., demand from elsewhere is "growing every single day," Tilsen said.

"We've got this little booth with an 8-foot table and a buffalo hide on it. We had never been to a national food show before. It was incredible. People were lined up four, six deep all day long. We gave away well over 10,000 samples," he said.

The company's distribution list includes 1,140 points, some of which supply numerous outlets, such as the Sunshine grocery stores, and the bar is now sold in North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, North Carolina, Colorado and even Hawaii, he said.

Customers include athletes, people with diabetes, backpackers, travelers, rock climbers and business people looking for a natural snack, Tilsen said.

The national food show in Anaheim also put Native American Natural Foods on the radar of the food industry, and several articles have been written or are in the works in the food press, he said.

The Tanka Bar's initial focus was to provide a healthy food to American Indians, but much of the interest is from the non-native community, he said.

"The simplicity of the product -- that it's just buffalo and cranberry and all natural and tastes so great. It's like they were looking for it," Tilsen said.

The attention led to an invitation from Slow Food Nation to promote the Tanka Bar at its first planned gathering over the Labor Day weekend in San Francisco.

The group's goal is to build a more sustainable food supply driven by values as well as the bottom line, and the Tanka Bar fits that mission, said Anya Fernald, Slow Food Nation executive director.

"It's a great way to keep traditional wisdom of a food alive that's palatable to today's American culture," she said.

Besides the 1-ounce Tanka Bar and smaller Tanka Bites, Native American Natural Foods will announce its next product at the event: a summer sausage made of buffalo, cranberry and wild rice called Tanka Wild, Tilsen said.

It will be available in several sizes that can be eaten as a snack or in a meal, he said.

"This category of shelf-stable multipurpose meats is growing more and more. You could buy this and eat it driving down the road or buy it at your store and take it home and eat it," Tilsen said.

The company's fast growth has led to larger challenges, including how to build a company when food prices are skyrocketing, Tilsen said.

"We're learning how to manage that," he said. "We're dealing with all the things a small company deals with."

On the Net:

Tanka Bars: NANF

Slow Food Nation: Slow Food Nation - Home
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I got a free sample at Gatherings. It was good but they were selling for $3 each. Ouch! Hopefully the price will go down as they become more available.
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Mmm, that sounds tasty. Bet it would be good to take on the road.
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