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Press Release: Rapidly Expanding Oregon Company LivBar Named “Entrepreneur of the Year”

Liv Foods, Inc. awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Strategic Economic Development Corporation

On September 6, 2019, Oregon-based LivBar was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Strategic Economic Development Corporation. Oregon business owners and entrepreneurs gathered for the annual awards ceremony in the state’s capital, and LivBar CEO Wade Brooks was in attendance to accept the award.

“LivBar would not be where we are today if it were not for the support of our community,” Brooks said while addressing the attendees. “We are thrilled that there is such a growing and consistent demand for a mindfully made energy bar, not only in Oregon but across the nation.”

LivBars are undoubtedly unique: they come packaged in a compostable wrapper and are one of the only baked, all-organic energy bars in the nation. The brand has developed a passionate local following and seen steady growth over the past seven years. In 2018, LivBar brought on Brooks as CEO and raised investment funds to take the bars national.

LivBar continues to gather momentum. This year the team has traveled to Fancy Food in New York City, receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from hundreds of retail buyers. The brand has also been recognized as one of the most mindful consumer packaged good companies in the nation and nominated as one of the top gluten free snack bars by the Gluten Free Awards (voting for this year’s Gluten Free Awards is open until September 30, 2019).

LivBars are currently available online at Amazon Prime, Amazon Subscribe and Save, direct from the LivBar website (, and in hundreds of stores including Erewhon, New Seasons Markets, Market of Choice, Zupan’s, Garden Bar, and Roth’s Fresh Markets.

LivBar is distributed nationally through KeHE and DPI Specialty Foods.

About LivBar®

LivBar was founded in 2012 in Salem, Oregon, by two nutrition and fitness experts, Jan and Gabe Johansen. Jan was challenged to find any truly healthy energy bars she could recommend to her clients, so she created the LivBar recipes. LivBars are crunchy and chewy and come in five delicious superfood flavors: Coffee Maple Cacao, Raspberry Kale Maca, Blueberry Vanilla Kale, Ginger Lemon Turmeric, and Lemongrass Cherry Matcha. For more about LivBar, visit or check out our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & LinkedIn.


Strategic Economic Development Corporation or SEDCOR is the lead economic development entity for Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. The 450-plus member nonprofit organization leverages strong public and private partnerships to successfully retain, grow, and attract high value traded sector jobs and capital investment to Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

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