The world renowned Huade Awards have selected this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year, choosing our industry’s own Greg Steltenpohl, the Founder and CEO of Califia Farms, for his commitment to social responsibility. Presented by the Global Talent Media Group on December 14th in Los Angeles, the award recognizes Steltenpohl for his lifetime accomplishments and visionary leadership of Califia Farms, one of the fastest growing food and beverage companies in the U.S.
“Thank you very much for this award. I accept it on behalf of all the employees, suppliers, vendors, and customers who have helped to make our products among the best,” Steltenpohl said upon accepting the award. “I believe that China and America have much in common, and to build a safe global food system for the future, cooperation, and integration along the supply chains of these two great producing countries is vital.”
According to a press release, the Huade award is the business version of the well-known Huading Entertainment Awards, which are considered one of the most influential cultural events in China. Founded in 2007, the Huade Awards focus on “social responsibility,” and are committed to promoting the construction of enterprise social responsibility and encouraging the integration and impact of ethics in Chinese and global business practices.
“A future connection between plant-based Califia Farms and Asia is likely, given that the majority of the Asian population is lactose intolerant," Steltenpohl continued. "I look forward to our additional efforts to reach out to China and help form the food system of the future, one that will be safe and healthy for the next generations.”
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A well-proven serial entrepreneur, Steltenpohl has been toiling for 25 years to create trends, inventing hundreds of unique beverages while building a team culture that challenge the status quo with his innovations and commitment to sustainability. The company says he now continues that ongoing mission of sustainable nourishment at Califia Farms, innovating plant-powered foods that are both delicious and nutritious while driving retail adoption by millions of consumers with a significant positive impact on the environment.