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Star Tribune names Zumbro River Brand, Inc.a 2019 Top Workplace

Albert Lea, MN June, 2019—Zumbro River Brand has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2019and will also be published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 16.
Produced by the same team that compiles the 28-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 140,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.
The results of the Star Tribune Top Workplaces are based on survey information collected by Energage, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.
"We're thrilled to have been included on the list, and are very thankful to our employees who helped to make this happen." says Ginny Busch Executive Vice President
Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”
ZRB is a food processing company specializing in twin screw extrusion and fluid bed batch agglomeration.
To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

PRESS RELEASE – Montreal, Canada & Albert Lea, MN 6/4/19

Nexxus Foods, Inc. of Montreal, Canada, in collaboration with Zumbro River Brand, Inc. of Albert Lea, MN, USA, announces the development of a new proprietary line of high-protein sports nutrition food products, utilizing Nexxus Foods' ProNexTM COMPLETE. ProNexTM COMPLETE is a unique blend of superior whole yellow pea protein and whole brown rice protein sources with an excellent nutritional profile, says Charif Geara, President of Nexxus Foods.
The ProNexTM COMPLETE line of crisps, snacks and other food products contains 60% protein from the unique hypoallergenic plant protein blend, will focus on providing nutritional support for sports nutrition in the form of nutritional bars, protein beverages and high protein baked product applications. These products take advantage of ProNexTM COMPLETE nutrition that encompasses high digestibility and bioavailability (PDCAAS of 0.95), high branch-chain amino acids (19% of total amino acids), three-times more arginine than whey for endurance and muscle conditioning, and legumin from pea protein, a protein called vegetable casein, for sustained anti-catabolic effects. The ProNexTM COMPLETE sports nutrition products are hypoallergenic, gluten-free with no ethical issues, and are GMO-free.
Nexxus Foods and Zumbro River Brand announce the introduction of Z-Crisps® 60% Protein Pea/Rice Crisps containing ProNexTM COMPLETE. This new crisp product provides a nutritious high protein crunch for sports, weight management and meal replacement bars. Z-Crisps® 60% Protein Pea/Rice Crisps have a mild nutty flavor and desirable texture. They can also be used as yogurt or ice cream toppings or in confections.
For more information about Nexxus Foods Inc. and white paper on ProNexTM COMPLETE: aspalia.zgheib@nexxusfoods.com
For information and Samples of Z-Crisps® 60% Protein Pea/Brown Rice Crisps contact Gbusch@zumbroriverbrand.com


Albert Lea, MN  4/19/19

First ever High Protein Crisps with Collagen hit the market!

  • Collagen Crisp Photo


Zumbro River Brand, Inc. has successfully developed and manufactures Z-Crisps® 60% Protein Pea/Collagen Crisps.  This novel crisp product contains 25% collagen and has been designed to provide a delicious high protein crunch for nutrition bars.  Collagen - with its benefits for joint health and skin texture - is a very attractive ingredient for the bar market that has not been previously available in a convenient and enjoyable crisp.   The collagen used in Z-Crisps® 60% Pea Protein/Collagen Crisps is enzyme-treated to produce small collagen chains (peptides) which are more easily digested and absorbed into the body. 

A Provisional Patent Application has been filed for this Z-Crisps® high protein collagen containing crisp and related products, and for the extrusion process used to produce these collagen containing products.

Now that Z-Crisps® 60% Protein Pea/Collagen Crisps are available for bars, consumers can enjoy their collagen on-the-go while the crunchy texture adds to their enjoyment.  Z-Crisps® 60% Protein Pea/Collagen Crisps are very uniform in size, light-textured, stable to conveying or blending, and have a mild pleasant flavor.  Ingredients for the product are pea protein, collagen, rice flour, tapioca starch, calcium carbonate and mono glycerides.

Z-Crisps® 60% Protein Pea/Collagen Crisps join the Z-Crisps® line of high protein crisps available which include 70% Whey Protein, 70% Whey Protein with Cocoa, 60% Pea Protein, and Chicory Fiber Crisps.  Zumbro River Brand also offers High Protein Snack Bases and Flavored Snacks, as well as Toll Agglomeration and Extrusion Services.

For further information contact Ginny Busch - gbusch@zumbroriverbrand.com or visit our website -  www.zumbroriverbrand.com


Albert Lea, MN, July 25, 2018
ZRB Recognized As A Top Workplace! 

ZRB has been recognized as a Top Workplace! meeting Energage’s national standard.

  • Top Workplace! 2018


Albert Lea, MN July 20, 2017
Zumbro River Brand Introduces Z-Crisps® 70% Whey Protein Mini Crisps

  • Z-Crisps® 70% Whey Protein Mini Crisps

Zumbro River Brand, Inc., Albert Lea, MN, has developed a 70% Whey Protein Mini Crisp offering a smaller size than our standard 70% Whey Protein Z-Crisps®. These dairy-based, soy-free, non-GMO, and gluten free crisps address the need for a smaller, lighter, airier crisp for a variety of applications and markets.  

Z-Crisps® Whey Mini Crisps smaller size is about half the size of our standard 70% Whey Crisp. The light, crunchy texture makes the mini crisps ideal for use in solid chocolate and other confections, nutrition bars, and cluster applications. They can also be used as toppings or inclusions to provide protein value with an enjoyable crunch.  This high protein crisp product is made from: Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Tapioca Starch, Calcium Carbonate, and Sunflower Lecithin.   

Moreover, the quality of the protein in these 70% Whey Mini Crisps offers an excellent amino acid profile.  Containing the highest concentration of branched-chain amino acids available from any protein source, whey protein has been shown to promote muscle development. The Z-Crisps® line also includes 70% Whey Protein Crisps Soy-Free, 70% Cocoa Whey Crisps, 50% or 60% Pea Protein Crisps, and numerous other high-protein extrusions.   

Z-Crisps® products are produced under US Patent 6,242,033. In addition to manufacturing high protein Z-crisps®, Zumbro River Brand, Inc. offers contract extrusion and agglomeration services to produce products to customer specifications.


ALBERT LEA, MN – July 6, 2016 —  Zumbro River Brand, Inc. Names Ginny Busch Executive Vice President and Jeff Dahle General Manager Operations

Zumbro River Brand, Inc., manufacturer of Z-crisps® high protein inclusions for nutrition bars, announces the promotion of Ginny Busch to Executive Vice President.   Ginny will lead ZRB’s business operations and will direct the Production, Sales, Quality Assurance, and Purchasing Divisions of the company.

Ginny joined ZRB in 2005 as Vice President of Sales and has been responsible for a decade of impressive year-over-year sales growth for the company.

Prior to joining ZRB, Ginny had extensive food industry sales and management experience at IFP, Inc. as well as management experience in the travel and retail industries.  She holds a BA degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin, Stout.    Zumbro River Brand also promotes Jeff Dahle to General Manager Operations.  Jeff will oversee all production operations at ZRB facilities in Albert Lea and Owatonna, MN.   

Jeff joined ZRB in 2015 as Plant Manager, Albert Lea Facility.  He also brings 16 years of food processing management experience at Vision Processing Technologies/Kerry Foods and at IFP, Inc. to his new role at ZRB. 

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Zumbro River Brand, Inc. utilizes Continuous-Batch Agglomeration Technology, to make ingredients or finished food products less dense, more free-flowing, and easily dispersible in liquids.



Zumbro River Brand, Inc. offers quality custom Twin Screw Extrusion Technology to produce a variety of extruded products to meet your specifications. ZRB extruded samples such as whey crisps, cocoa soy...



Dr. Eugene Sander entered the contract manufacturing business in 1981 with the creation of Innovative Food Processors (IFP). IFP focused on agglomeration, blending and packaging...


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