Dairy-Free Foods Manufacturer Makes Inc. Magazine’s 2010 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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September 2010 – Turtle Mountain Ranks No. 2,257 on the 2010 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 113% 

Inc. magazine ranked Turtle Mountain NO. 2,257 on its fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer, maker of the iconic children’s red wagon, are among the prominent brands featured on this year’s list.
 
“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

Turtle Mountain, makers of America’s number one selling brand of dairy-free frozen dessert, attributes its success to the growing demand in the marketplace for dairy-alternatives and to its string of highly innovative product launches under the So Delicious™ Dairy-Free brand.  The company recently launched a line of products made with coconut milk, including beverages, yogurts, frozen desserts, and coffee creamers.
 
“It is humbling to receive this award,” said John Tucker, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Technology at Turtle Mountain.  “We have worked hard to get to this point and look forward to continuing to build this business one customer at a time.”
 
Despite the fact that most of this year’s measuring period of 2006-2009 took place during the latest recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $321.6 billion, up more than 50 percent from last year. This year’s Inc. 5000 employ a record 1.4 million people, up from one million on last year’s list. With unemployment remaining stubbornly high, policymakers and business leaders will do well to look to the Inc. 5000 companies for fresh ideas on achieving growth and creating jobs.
 
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on www.inc.com/5000.
 
For additional information on Turtle Mountain, LLC and its Inc. 5000 rankings contact Chris Turek.  Photos, product information, and samples are available upon request.
 
About Turtle Mountain, LLC
Based in Eugene, Oregon since 1988, privately held Turtle Mountain provides consumers with healthier alternatives to dairy-based frozen desserts, beverages, and yogurt. All products are 100% plant based and contain no artificial sweeteners or trans-fats, and most are made with certified organic ingredients. Turtle Mountain sells its products nationally under the brand So Delicious™ Dairy Free.  Learn more at: www.SoDeliciousDairyFree.com
 
About Inc. Magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,647, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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