WHALE TAILS TORTILLA CHIPS RECEIVES NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFICATION

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August 1, 2013: Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, LLC. received official verification from the Non-GMO Project on July 19, 2013 for its entire line of Whale Tails Chips®  tortilla chips: Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt, Deep Blue Corn with Chia Seeds, and their savory Hawaiian Barbeque flavor sweetened with tropical sun-ripened mango.

“We are proud that our product line has met the high standard required to become Non-GMO Project Verified. Whale Tails Chips® believes that food choices matter to our water resources and consumers have a right to know what is in their foods.” stated Ric Kraszewski,Co Founder of Whale Tails Tortilla Chips®.

The company shares the concerns surrounding GMOs, their relationship to food allergies, the unknown health implications of introducing GMO ingredients into our food supply, and the effects of commercial herbicides and pestcides on our waterways. When Kraszewski and his wife, Terry, launched the updated Whale Tails Tortilla Chip product line in 2011 they wanted to promote their giving back to ocean conservation approach and believed that using simple, uncompromising Non-GMO ingredients was important. The company had already earned the reputation as the top mission driven healthy snack company in Southern California. In 2012 the company gave back over $14,000 to the Non Profit Wyland Foundation. Terry Kraszewski, Co Founder and CEO, said that their updated bags were a collaboration with the world-renowned marine artist and environmentalist, Wyland of Laguna Beach. Wyland has done more than any other artist to raise awareness of the beauty of life on our blue planet. The non profit Wyland Foundation is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the country about the importance of conserving our oceans, river, lakes, streams, and wetlands. Both Whale Tails and Wyland hold fast to a simple goal of promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life. This commitment to ocean life has been integral to both the product and the mission of Whale Tails Tortilla Chips since their inception. In order to pursue this shared aim, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips donates 10 percent from their bags of chips to the Wyland Foundation. “That’s the key to making a difference.” says Steve Creech, the vice president of Wyland Worldwide “the revenue raised from the chips sales will go towards our clean water mobile learning center. This program travels to schools across the nation to educate children about urban runoff, habitat destruction and the importance of collaboratively managing water as a shared resource.”

Whale Tails Chips® incorporates organic blue and yellow corn, gourmet sea salts, chia seeds, and mango for a more nutritious snack food alternative. The product line has received an enthusiast reception in the food industry because of its high-quality ingredients and their Non-GMO Project verification.

In addition to being Non-GMO Project Verified, the product line is also Gluten Free, Certified  Kosher, Low Sodium and does not contain any artificial ingredients.

About the Non-GMO Project: The Non-GMO Project is committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only third-party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products. Find out more at www.nongmoproject.org.

About Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, LLC:

A pioneer in the organic tortilla chip industry, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips produces snacks under the Whale Tails brand. We are guided by a simple premise: to make products that people can enjoy while playing the most active and important role in the sustainability loop. The economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment. With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea. The ocean drives climate and weather, stabilizes temperature, shapes Earth’s chemistry. Water from the sea forms clouds that return to the land and the seas as rain, sleet and snow, and provides home for about 97 percent of life in the world. Supporters of Whale Tails Tortilla Chips know their food choices are essential. Their choices will either complete the process or allow it to break down into what becomes just another marketing spin. Let’s make sure the Earth is the only thing spinning at the end of the day and we leave our children a home that they can enjoy for many generations to come.

Today, Whale Tails Chips are available at Whole Foods Markets and other fine retailers.For more information about our products visit: http://www.WhaleTailsChips.com or contact Ric Kraszewski at whaletailchips@gmail.com

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WYLAND FOUNDATION’S 19TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER HELD in DANA POINT

The annual Wyland Foundation fundraiser is the single-most important fundraising event of the year. Proceeds benefited the Wyland Foundation’s mobile environmental-education exhibits, art and science programs, classroom teaching materials and community-outreach campaigns.

The annual fundraiser took place Nov 11 at the Ocean Institute at Dana Point Harbor with silent and live auctions, food, live music by Steven Ybarra and Nick Hernandez and a presentation by famed Orange County sports and entertainment agent Leigh Steinberg.

Steinberg was presented with the foundation’s Ambassador for the Planet Award for his support of charitable organizations.

Steinberg was humble in his receipt of the award and said “The everyday sports woven into the culture of our coastal communities involve the ocean. We swim, body surf, surf, boat, jet ski, fish and find a variety of recreations from our proximity to the sea. But all these activities are threatened. The sad truth is that our oceans and the water that drains into them have become polluted.

Although the earth is two-thirds ocean, mankind has treated it like a garbage dump and source of drainage for a variety of toxic materials. A variety of enlightened activists from the Surfrider Foundation to Save Our Oceans have done excellent work to reverse this trend, but the challenge is overwhelming. One local citizen has found a unique way to make a major impact on the problem of polluted oceans, waterways and the species that live in them — the world renowned artist and humanitarian Wyland.

I have bought Wyland’s art over the years and it is a source of pleasure. His art and murals have sold millions all around the world. Nineteen years ago he decided to tackle the water issue by training and exposing younger generations to the problem, and teaching them creative ways to deal with it.

The Wyland Foundation is dedication to promoting, protecting and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways and marine life. It encourages environmental awareness through educational program, public arts projects, and community events. These activities have been brought to over a million kids in all 50 states and around the world. They have been held from the lawn of the White House to the United Nations Headquarters.

Wyland designed a Clean Water Mobile Center with a theater and interactive investigation stations that travel the country and allows kids hands-on experience. It created an Earth Month Hero Program, which gave cash awards to 30 teachers in Los Angeles and Orange County who designed creative environmental educational efforts. It sponsored a Mayor’s Challenge that had cities compete to see which municipality could save the most water, reduce the most carbon emissions and save the most trash from landfills.

If music and love are universal languages, so is art. Wyland has been called the “Michaelangelo of Marine Life” for his stunning creations. They are a natural draw for children. As he says “If we want to protect the environment today, you can talk to the adults, but if we want to protect it for the future, we must get the kids involved.”

Though I am hardly worthy I am proud to receive this award from Wyland because it is so important We are not the first generation in the history of this country to hand down a degraded quality of life to our children. ”

Leigh Steinberg has represented many of the most successful athletes and coaches in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, boxing and golf, including the first overall pick in the NFL draft an unprecedented eight times, among more than 60 first-round selections. His clients have included Hall of Fame quarterbacks Steve Young, Troy Aikman and Warren Moon, and he served as the inspiration for the movie “Jerry Maguire.” Follow him on Twitter @SteinbergSports.

Terry's Organic Tortilla Chip Company has contributed over $10,000 to the Wyland Foundation through the sale of their Non GMO, Gluten Free, healthy snacks at Whole Foods Markets in the Southern California area.

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Versant International Subsidiary Partners With Whale Tails Tortilla Chips

Versant International Subsidiary Partners With Whale Tails Tortilla Chips

Press Release: Versant International – 5 hours ago

IRVINE, CA–(Marketwire – Nov 14, 2012) – Versant International Inc. ( OTCQB : VINTB ), a diversified financial holding company focusing on investments in environmentally responsible, profitable and growing companies, announced today that one of its subsidiaries, Grocers Direct LLC., has a new partnership with Whale Tails Tortilla Chips.

In 2006 Ric and Terry Kraszewski started Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, a premium brand of organic tortilla chips that are shaped like a whale’s tail, an idea grown from their Southern California roots and their deep connection to the ocean. This kosher product is made from Non-GMO corn, and is gluten-free, low in sodium with zero trans fat and no preservatives. Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, which come in three unique flavors, and two convenient sizes, works closely with the Wyland Foundation, the creator of the unique artwork for its bags. Whale Tails Tortilla Chips donates 10% of its profits to this charitable organization, which helps children and families around the nation rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events. The bags used in packaging Whale Tails chips are also completely degradable, regardless of how they are disposed.

Glen Carnes, CEO of Versant International, stated, “Whale Tails Tortilla Chips is a perfect fit for the Grocers Direct portfolio, which has a specific focus on those companies that adhere to the highest standards of quality, as well as economic and environmental responsibility.”

In recent years, U.S. retail sales of natural and organic foods and beverages have far outpaced that of conventional groceries. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, the natural and organic food market is expected to reach nearly $80 billion by 2015, with demand for gluten-free products projected to grow at a 25% CAGR through 2015.

About Versant International
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Versant International is a diversified financial investment company that evaluates acquisition and investment opportunities with a focus on businesses of profitable and growing, environmentally responsible, companies. Versant International uses a superior team of financial research experts and in-house environmental responsibility analysis to make recommendations for strategic acquisitions. For more information, please visit our website at www.versantinternational.com

About Grocer’s Direct
A portfolio company of Versant International, Grocers Direct, LLC. is a Newport Beach, CA based food brokerage and distribution firm. The Company concentrates on emerging brands in the natural and organic foods arena. Grocers Direct brings with them valuable partnerships, creative marketing and deep industry relationships.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may differ materially. These risks include: unforeseen challenges with respect to product development and the timing thereof; integration efforts relating to our acquisition activities; and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recent year ended. Pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements contained within this news release.

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Whale Tails Participates in Hearst Castle Event

Whale Tails Tortilla Chips was proud to participate in the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation Benefit Weekend held Oct 5 -Oct 7 2012

Photo Credit ©Patrick McMullan Company and the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation

Silver Sponsors for this year’s event also included Hearst Corp, Jantzen, Lycra, Brewer – Clifton Melville Vineyards, Missoni Home, Patrick McMullan Company, and Rolls Royce

Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, the only LOCAL California chip company with an “ocean view”, was the perfect snack addition for the event at Hearst Castle.  San Simeon sits on more than 20 miles of dramatic California coastline. From December to April, our California gray whales migrate past this stretch of coastline on their way to and from feeding grounds in Alaska to birthing waters in Mexico.

San Simeon’s growth was directly tied to whaling and became for a whaling station that was established in the natural harbor at San Simeon Point. By the 1860s, a drought left San Simeon with inadequate grazing land for livestock, leading ranchers to sell the land. Almost simultaneously, the whaling industry had declined, leaving the town without the employment and economic boom it had experienced years earlier. Because of these events, George Hearst was able to buy up land around the area, eventually becoming the owner of more than 250,000 area acres.

After George Hearst passed away in 1919, his only son, William Randolph Hearst, inherited all the land his father had purchased. His ownership has been the key reason San Simeon remains so intact and pristine to this day, since the Hearst family’s main concern to protect and enhance the area.

When William Randolph Hearst’s passed in 1951, the Hearst family began donating plots of land, which become the area’s state parks, beaches and preservation sites.

The mission of California State Parks includes the preservation and protection of valuable cultural resources throughout the state. Historic House museums have the additional responsibility of interpreting both the historic structures and their contents. Thus, at Hearst Castle, employees strive to maintain both the historic structures and the priceless art collection within those structures for the enjoyment of current visitors and future generations.
The Curatorial staff works closely with expert conservators to preserve countless works of art spanning several centuries and representing many artistic styles and media. In addition to state funds, both Friends of Hearst Castle and the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation dedicate funding for the preservation of Mr. Hearst’s vast art collection. Conservators combine state-of-the-art methods and meticulous attention to detail to ensure the conservation of pieces ranging from a 14th century painted wooden ceiling to a 1st century marble sarcophagus.

The Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation is a 5O1(c)(3) public charity who’s primary mission is to help preserve and restore the Castle’s twenty five thousand artifacts. We do this so that millions of visitors can continue to enjoy this unique state park as it provides financial support to the entire California State Park system.

Board of Directors include

Joseph O. Tobin II~ Chairman
Robert O. Marx~ Vice Chairman
Gregory J. Hampton~ Secretary/Treasurer
Anne Hearst McInerney~ Director of Events
William Apperson~ Chairman Emeritus

Robert R. Bloomingdale
Rodney M. Cook Jr.
Kristina Dodge
Lawrence K. Dodge
Clint Eastwood
Patrick M. Griffith
Paul Heller
Jay McInerney
Carol Stolte Paden
Anthony Peck
Remar Sutton

Go to this link to see a virtual tour of the restoration project http://www.hearstcastlepreservation.org/foundation/participation.php

 

Photo Credit ©Patrick McMullan Company and the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation


Dear Ric,

Thank you for donating Whale Tail Tortilla Chips to our benefit weekend, October 5-7 2012, in San Simeon, CA. Our guests were so delighted to have such wonderful delicious chips in their gift bags. The board absolutely loved the chips. Please find attached images of the Tortilla Chips and our 2012 gift bag. I love everything from your bio-plastic film packaging, Wyland’s artwork, and how amazingly delicious your chips are! I thought of home when I saw Wyland’s beautiful artwork on your bag because I used to live in LA near Wyland’s huge mural on Gower Street. I am now whole heartedly a Whale Tail Chips convert.

We will definitely keep an eye out for those amazing Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt Tortilla Chips here in New York.

Sincerely,

Cathy Kim
Events Coordinator
Alison Mazzola Communications
641 Lexington Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, New York 10022

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Back to School “Blues” with a Certified Nutritionist

On Thursday August 30; Certified Nutritionist Sara Vance was invited by Ms Liz Kahler, Marketing Supervisor La Jolla Whole Foods Market to sample healthy lunch box foods, quick and healthy meals, and Whole Foods favorite “kid – friendly” foods. There were prizes and demos throughout the store. Sara was handing out FREE single serving snack size bags of Whale Tails Tortilla Chips gluten free, organic, non-gmo, blue corn tortilla chips infused with high omega 3 Chia Seeds !!

In a recent article “ Boost Kids’ Brains with Omega 3 Foods ” Ms Vance said “ It’s back-to-school time again. Time to ditch the ‘summer brain’ and get kids ready to focus and pay attention in class. Eating omega 3 rich foods can literally feed our brains, helping kids stay focused and on task at school. Unfortunately, many Americans are deficient in omega 3s, which can lead to problems with focus and attention, mood issues, and increased inflammation. One of the best vegan sources for omega 3s are chia seeds, which offer almost 3 grams of ALA omega 3′s per serving. In addition to the omega 3s, these little seeds offer so much more. Chia seeds fill you up, provide lasting energy/endurance, help maintain hydration, lower cholesterol, and form a gel which helps to slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, amino acids, antioxidants & minerals. Chia seeds don’t really taste like anything and can be easily added to many foods. Stir it into oatmeal, boost your smoothie, or add to your baking. You can also find chia seeds added to many foods. Local company Whales Tails has a blue corn “torchia” chip that is made with non-GMO blue corn, chia seeds, and are shaped like a whale’s tail, making them an easy and fun lunchbox upgrade!  ”

Sara Vance is a Clinical Nutritionist in the Encinitas, CA area.  Visit rebalancelife.com for more information.  Friend Sara Vance at ReBalance Life on Facebook.

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Whale Tails Tortilla Chips in-kind Sponsor at Fund Raising Event

Whale Tails Tortilla Chips was honored to be an in-kind sponsor for Out of the Boat Swim big fund raiser event held Monday June 25 at Bub’s Dive on Garnet Ave in Pacific Beach.

Out of the Boat is a non-profit organization founded by certified swim instructor and lifeguard Michelle Rodley. It started in the summer of 2004 when Michelle shared her passion for the water with children at a orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico by teaching swimming lessons at a local water park. Her dream of seeing underprivileged children gain confidence in their lives by gaining confidence in the water has become a reality. Their comprehensive swim program incorporates professional swimming lesson, surfing lessons, water safety awareness, surf and camping trips, and a partnership with the Tijuana Lifeguards which provides the most successful children with placements in the Tijuana Junior Life-Guarding Program.

Out of the Boat Swim provides a comprehensive swim program which not only teaches swimming skills and water safety, but provides opportunities for underprivileged children to participate in healthy and positive recreational activities while improving their self confidence in and out of the water.

Out of the Boat swim currently works with children from the Tijuana Children’s Home which is currently home to 80 children.Paid professional instructors teach lessons at the orphanage pool; volunteers coordinate surf and camping trips, and simply supervise swimming at the beach! Which is conveniently only steps away…

With so many kids Out of the Boat Swim is always in need of donations: swim and surf clothing and equipment, and especially towels and sunscreen! We are very thankful for any and all donations

To learn more about the Tijuana Orphanage visit: www.tijuanachildrenshome.org

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Whale Tails Tortilla Chips Continues it’s California Migration

Geyser Beverage in Livermore California will now distribute Whale Tails Tortilla Chips unique line of premuim organic, gluten free, non-gmo, tortlla chips to Northern California retailers looking for a healthy snack alternative.

SAN DIEGO, June 25, 2012 -Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, a socially responsible and artisan tortilla chip company, today announced the company has secured distribution with the Geyser Beverage Co, a leading distributor in Northern California. Distribution through Geyser beverage will place Whale Tails Tortilla Chips on the shelves of grocery and natural foods retailers in the region.

“Northern California is an important market for Whale Tails Tortilla Chips and we’re excited to have Geyser Beverage as part our rapidly growing distribution network,” said Terry Kraszewski , CEO, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips. “Retailers served by Geyser Beverage are wonderful additions to our migration as we make Whale Tails Tortilla Chips now readily available to healthy, organic, gluten free, snack lovers statewide.”

Broader distribution in this region will build on the momentum that was established when Whale Tails Tortilla Chips qualified as a premium seller with Buyer’s Best Friend of San Francisco. Buyers Best Friend (www.bbfdirect.com) is the world’s largest and fastest growing wholesale catalog of specialty products. Buyer’s Best Friend helps manufacturers increase sales, and helping buyers find amazing up-and-coming brands while saving both time and money.

The highly recognizable Whale Tail chip bags are a collaboration with the world-renowned marine artist and environmentalist, Wyland. Wyland has done more than any other artist to raise awareness of the beauty of life on our blue planet. The non profit Wyland Foundation is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the country about the importance of conserving our oceans, river, lakes, streams, and wetlands. Both Whale Tails and Wyland hold fast to a simple goal of promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life. This commitment to ocean life has been integral to both the product and the mission of Whale Tails Tortilla Chips since our inception. In order to pursue this shared aim, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips donate 10 percent from the new bags of chips to the Wyland foundation. That’s the key to making a difference. Steve Creech, the vice president of Wyland Worldwide says that the revenue raised from the chips sales will go towards their “clean water mobile learning center.” This program travels to schools across the nation to educate children about “urban runoff, habitat destruction and the importance of collaboratively managing water as a shared resource.”

Whale Tails Tortilla Chips currently offers three dangerously flavors of QAI certified organic, kosher, non gmo, gluten free tortilla chips.

 Original Flavor Yellow Organic Corn with “Alaea” Red Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salt. Alaea is unique to the Hawaiian Islands and legendary for being low in sodium content , 3% to be exact , and high in essential trace minerals that our bodies require.Alaea is sun dried, never processed, and imparts the rich earthy taste of corn that has been roasted“Island Style” over an open flame. This original flavor with guacamole is absolutely amazing!!

Blue Corn w/ Chia Seeds Organic Blue Corn infused with Chia. By adding a Blue“Torchia” chip to the flavor lineup, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips takes healthy snacking to a whole new level.Infusing organic blue corn with the rediscovered ancient Mayan super seed Chia, adds a healthy punch and a wonderful nut like flavor to a delicious deep-blue organic corn chip. Blue Corn Chia is the best healthy snack for a gluten-free casein-free diet. The beauty of blue corn is the amount of antioxidants it contains. The Anthocyanin in the chips help with anti inflammatory and connective tissue regeneration. Chia seeds are high in fiber, have twice the protein of any other seed or grain, five times the calcium of milk, and contain boron which is trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones, as well as omega 3 and omega 6 essential oils.

 Hawaiian Barbeque. Savory and sweetened with Sun ripened mango. This organic chip will have your taste buds standing up and doing a “hula ‘ The savory island barbeque flavor with a trace of tropical sun-ripened mango and a splash of lime, creates just the right amount of zest to satisfy the palette.” Our customers have told us our Hawaiian BBQ chip is …down right addicting. The best BBQ Chip ever” said Ric Kraszewski VP of Sales

All three flavors of Whale Tails Tortilla Chips are now available through Geyser Beverage in both 9oz and 1.5 oz bags.

Whale Tails Tortilla Chips is becoming America’s fastest growing eco-friendly snack product Whale Tails Tortilla Chips was recognized by the California State Legislators as a 2012 Outstanding Business for contributions to the community and for bringing a human element to the state’s economic growth. Whale Tails Tortilla Chips is also a Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan recipient for meeting the required high standards of business practices while creating and distributing the most innovative new brand of organic tortilla chips on the market today. Whale Tails Tortilla Chips are found in Whole Foods Markets in the Southern California region.

 About Geyser Beverage Company: Geyser Beverage is located in Livermore California is the East Bay Red Bull Distributor and is known for distributing only the finest products. Geyser has brought many hot new and up and coming brands to market.For sales inquiries, please contact (925) 960-0125

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The MOF (Mauli Ola Foundation) COOL DUDE Tour 2012 rolls into La Jolla Shores

On Sunday June 17 the Mauli Ola Foundation 2012 COOL DUDE Tour made it’s fifth stop in it’s nationwide tour at La Jolla Shores California. The Mauli Ola Foundation exists to introduce surfing as a natural treatment to people with genetic disorders. Since 2007 MOF has concentrated on the amazing connection between Surfing and Cystic Fibrosis.With a backdrop of ideal sunny weather and good sized surf, young Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families enjoyed top notch surfing instruction from local and international surf stars. Among those helping out with the lessons were Shawn “Barney” Barron of Mavericks fame, big wave rider David Langer and Kalani Robb from Hawaii’s North Shore. Representing the local instructors was Kara Kraszewski of Menehune Surf School in La Jolla  ”A big mahalo to the community of La Jolla Shores for granting permission to hold an event on their beach. There’s a lot of private homes, but the HOA and the community were very supportive of our cause, and they granted us the use of their beach.”said MOF Surf Experience Director, Bobby Serna. The MOF Surf Experience Days impart the message of natural saline therapy. Serna is passionate about Mauli Ola Foundation’s partnering with hospitals, explaining that these ongoing hospital partnerships are crucial in “leading families to understand that it is a medical treatment we are providing.”

The CF patients down at La Jolla Shores ranged in age from 5 years old to young adults. For MOF Surf Experience Director, Bobby Serna, watching these kids build self-esteem through surfing is one of the most rewarding aspects of his job. “Most of these kids, no matter how athletic they are, they’ll eventually have a CF episode where they lack stamina and become out of breath.” Though feeling different while participating in athletic activities can take a toll on their self-esteem, Mauli Ola, which means “Breath of Life” in Hawaiian, provides a safe and encouraging environment where these kids can just be kids and feel like they are succeeding out there on the waves. “ Anything to put a smile on their faces and to help these kids live a longer and happier life” said Bobby Serna.

The events and the Cool Dude tour is made possible by numerous sponsors including etnies, Skull Candy, Ambry Genetics, Hybrid, Flexfit, Screen Candy, and Vitamin Water. Organic Snack provider at the La Jolla Shores event was Whale Tails Tortilla Chips. The Mauli Ola La Jolla CF Surf day continues the “Cool Dude” tour that kicked off May 5 at Churches State Beach in San Clemente, California. with professional surfers embarking on a National Tour introducing surfing as a natural treatment for Cystic Fibrosis in HI, CA, TX, FL, SC, NC, VA, MD, NJ, NY, MA and RI.

To Learn More about MOF visit : www.mauliola.org

 

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Whale Tails Tortilla Chips qualifies for Chase and LivingSocial “Mission: Small Business” Grant Program

La Jolla CA Saturday, June 9 2012

Whale Tails Tortilla Chips 10% back program benefits the community with business activities that perfectly fit Chase and LivingSocial’s specific mission.

In support of business growth and local community development, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips has become part of group of small business nationwide applying for the Chase and LivingSocial “Mission: Small Business,” grant program. With the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the program aims to help up to 12 individual small businesses in granting $250,000, to make a positive impact on their business.

Located in La Jolla, Ca Whale Tails Tortilla Chips LLC is recognized as the fastest growing eco entrepreneurship in the healthy snack food industry. Sales have doubled in the last year since forming a partnership with the non profit Wyland Foundation.The new bags released June of 2011 are a collaboration with the world-renowned marine artist and environmentalist, Wyland of Laguna Beach. Wyland has done more than any other artist to raise awareness of the beauty of life on our blue planet. The non profit Wyland Foundation is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the country about the importance of conserving our oceans, river, lakes, streams, and wetlands. Both Whale Tails and Wyland hold fast to a simple goal of promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life. “This commitment to ocean life has been integral to both the product and the mission of Whale Tails Tortilla Chips since our inception” said Terry Kraszewski Co Founder and CEO. In order to pursue this shared aim, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips donates 10 percent from the new bags to the Wyland foundation. That’s the key to making a difference. Steve Creech, the vice president of Wyland Worldwide says that the revenue raised from the chips sales will go towards their “clean water mobile learning center.” This program travels to schools across the nation to educate children about “urban runoff, habitat destruction and the importance of collaboratively managing water as a shared resource.”.

Whale Tails Tortilla Chips embraces and promotes the concept of local business and uses only USA grown certified organic, non-GMO ingredients in producing their three dangerously delicious flavors

“Whale Tails Tortilla Chips believes that a small businesses needs to promote social responsibility in their local community while also creating an economy that is built to last” said Ric Kraszewski VP Sales.

Giving Back to Sea Life in a Different Way

From now through June 30, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips will be rallying the support of clients, colleagues, family, friends, and local community to help them gather more than the 250 votes required to be considered. For each pledge of support, Chase added five dollars to the grant pool, and reached their stated $3 million goal on World Oceans Day Friday June 8. So it seems everyone this summer is “chipping” in for ocean conservation and small business.

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Whale Tails Chips Participates with CMIL at SDSU

The Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association (MEBSA) at the Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL) San Diego State University invited Whale Tails Tortilla Chips to participate in their Open House held Sunday May 20th.  The Open House was open to the general public, families, teachers, students and all friends of San Diego’s greatest natural resource…the ocean! This event  showcasd the facilities and marine research at San Diego State University and the Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL). This was the first time CMIL has opened up its facilities to the public. It was a great experience for those interested in learning more about marine research in San Diego as well as about our local ecosystems. There was a variety of educational activities, lab tours, a raffle and more. The 2012 CMIL Open House was a great success! Over 300 people attended the event and 50 volunteers. Thanks to our generous raffle and food donations from Whale Tails Tortilla Chips and The Fish Market, public contributions and t-shirts sales, they raised over $1,500!! The support will go a long way and allow MEBSA and CMIL to continue to serve our community through educational outreach, cutting edge research, and marine conservation.

Check out the slideshow.

2012 donors included

- SDSU Ecology
- SDSU Cultural Arts and Special Events
- CA Sea Grant
- The Birch Aquarium at Scripps
- OEX Dive and Kayak
- San Diego Zoo
- USS Midway Museum
- Ocean Enterprises
- La Jolla Kayak
- Vons
- The Fish Market
- Whale Tail Chips

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