Press Releases2023 Oregon Angel Food Emerge Initiative Winner Announced


Portland, OR: Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) announced the Emerge Initiative awardee at the Oregon Angel Food (OregonAF) Marketplace, held September 23rd in Salem.

Nut-Tritious Foods, founded more than ten years ago with the idea of creating fresh-roasted nut butters blended with sunflower, flax, quinoa, hemp, and chia seed, achieving incredible nutrition by the spoonful. Their nut butters are always cold processed so the healthy fats are not oxidized and made less healthy. Selected nut butter is finished with Coconut Flower Nectar, which has low glycemic indices and provide a superior natural sweetness.

A minority woman-owned small business located in Vancouver, Washington, CEO Veronica Palazzo is joined by experienced operations manager Jason Kuepfer and Lynn Sheehan leading business development.

“We are deeply honored to be the recipient of the 2023 Emerge Award from the Oregon Angel Food program, especially considering the innovative participants in the event. This recognition validates the hard work and dedication of our team and makes it possible for Nut-Tritious Foods to continue delivering healthy and nutritious food choices to our community. We would like to thank the sponsors of the award, which will make it possible for us to expand our manufacturing” said Veronica Palazzo of Nut-Tritious Foods.

For the fifth year Oregon Entrepreneur Network, in partnership with SEDCOR and Xcelerate Women, hosted forty companies for an eight-week education series featuring experienced food and beverage entrepreneurs and local retailers. Participants had the opportunity to meet peers and a community of local investors, service providers and agencies available to support their business success.

The OregonAF program culminated with a one-day Marketplace at Chemeketa Community College Agriculture Complex in Salem where fifty food and beverage vendors took over the entire venue. Attendees were able to sample, sip and buy from craft food and beverage entrepreneurs from around the Pacific Northwest.

“The food and beverage companies starting around the state are quite impressive,” said Cara Turano, President and Executive Director of OEN. “Selecting one winner for the Emerge Initiative is challenging as there are so many delicious and innovative concept stage companies. Congratulations to Veronica and the Nut-Tritious Foods team and thank you to The BFM Fund for the continued partnership on this program.”


Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start up and scale up. The organization hosts a mix of sector-specific Angel Oregon entrepreneur education and angel investment programs each year, including Angel Oregon Life & Bioscience (AOBIO), Oregon Tech (AOTech) and Oregon Angel Food (OregonAF), as well as the annual OEN Entrepreneurship Awards. Learn more at

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