Energy bar-maker Health Warrior has sprouted up nationwide thanks to a tiny seed called chia.
The Richmond-based company launched its only product, the Chia Bar, nationally through Whole Foods about three years ago when Health Warrior had two employees.
Now, with several offices on the East and West coasts and a manufacturer in the Midwest, Chia Bars can be found in more than 10,000 stores across the U.S., including Martin’s Food Markets, Target, Safeway, Stop & Shop, Kroger, Sprouts and several smaller health food retailers. Amazon has them in stock as well.
Despite the widespread and rapid growth, CEO Shane Emmett, 37, said, “Focus is the name of the game.”
The company is headquartered on Summit Avenue in Scott’s Addition.
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