Mark Retzloff Co Founder of Horizon Organic Dairy and Alfalfa’s Markets LinkedIn Blackstone Entrepreneur 2015

Mark Retzloff

Co Founder of Horizon Organic Dairy and Alfalfa’s Markets

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Blackstone Entrepreneur 2015

Mr. Retzloff is a pioneer in the organic and natural foods industry with a 45-year career starting and managing successful companies. He is co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Alfalfa’s, Boulder-based natural foods stores. He also co-founded Aurora Organic Dairy in 2003, and currently serves on their board. He is the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resource and Environment Practitioner in Residence for 2014/2015.

Mr. Retzloff started his career in natural foods retail, as co-founder of Eden Foods, Rainbow Grocery, and the original Alfalfa’s Market, which merged with Wild Oats Markets in 1996. In 1990 Mr Retzloff was chairman of the Organic Food Alliance which was instrumental in passing the 1990 Organic Food Production Act in D.C. Mr. Retzloff went on to become one of the co-founders of Horizon Organic Dairy. There he served as Chairman, CEO and President International. He then became Chairman of Rudi’s Organic Bakery where he helped execute a successful turn-around.

He lends his knowledge as a board member and advisor to emerging companies which have included Blue Horizon Organic Seafood, Tempt Hemp Milk, Sambazon Acai, Evol Burritos, Boulder Ice Cream, BlueSun BioDiesel, Traditional Medicinals and Crocs Footwear. Mr. Retzloff is a founding partner at Greenmont Capital Partners, and founder and former Chairman of The Organic Center and he is a board member of RSF Social Finance. Mr. Retzloff sits on the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, Dean’s Visiting Committee and the Advisory Board for the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems. He also serves on the Board of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Education and Social Responsibility at University of Colorado’s LEEDS School of Business. He is also a member of CSU’s CASE, Center for Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise.


Mr. Retzloff received his B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan and has received several awards, including the Organic Trade Association’s Organic Leadership award, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce's Lifetime Achievement Award and Entrepreneur of the Year award, Naturally Boulder’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame.