Kate McAleer of Bixby & Co. Named Fellow in the National Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Competition
Monday, May 9, 2016
Kate McAleer, owner and founder of Bixby & Co. located in Rockland, Maine, is a named a Fellow in the Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Competition for women entrepreneurs. As a participant in the national competition for women entrepreneurs, Kate is one of ten fellows selected and the sole Fellow from Maine. The Fellowship includes a 3-day workshop at the Tory Burch Headquarters, a $10,000 business education grant and the opportunity to pitch for $100,000 grant investment.
Bixby & Co., 100% woman owned, was founded in 2011 by Kate McAleer. Constantly inspired by her mother’s courageous response to living life to the fullest with chronic cancer, Kate developed a line of better-for-you craft candy snack bars, called Bixby Bar® for the natural candy market.
Containing 3-5 times more protein and 50-30% less sugar fiber than mainstream candy bars, Bixby Bar®s are Gluten Free, Free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), with several Vegan options. All Bixby Bars are made without corn syrup, palm oil, artificial flavors, artificial colors, preservatives or additives. Bixby Bar®s are available online at www.bixbyco.com and in Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Raley’s, Giant, Stop & Shop, Stonewall Kitchen and other leading natural, organic and specialty food stores nationally and in New England.
Nutty For You® Bixby Bar® was a national 2016 Good Food Award winner for best confectionery product in a national blind tasting competition. The To The Nines® Bixby Bar® was named a finalist in the 2014 Good Food Award competition.
With a degree from New York University and a certificate in pastry art and culinary management from The Institute of Culinary Education, Kate also was the winner of the Maine Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 by Small Business Administration, and named The MaineBiz Next List in 2014 of the Top Ten people impacting Maine’s economy.