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Backpacker’s Pantry closes their offices for the holidays; wins Colorado family-owned business award

December 21, 2023

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Jenna Nabors Verde Brand Communications

BOULDER, Colo. (Dec. 21, 2023) Backpacker’s Pantry, a family-owned maker of gourmet adventure meals,  is thrilled to announce its upcoming closure from Dec. 25 to Jan. 1, to honor the significance of rest, recreation and time with loved ones during the holiday season. Additionally, the company proudly celebrates being a 2023 award winner of the prestigious title of “Best Family Owned Business in the Denver Metro Area” by The Colorado Sun.

The decision to temporarily close operations during this period stems from Backpacker’s Pantry’s core values centered around fostering strong familial and community connections. Understanding the importance of spending quality time with loved ones, the company wishes to encourage its employees and customers alike to prioritize cherished moments with family, friends, and community during this holiday and end of year season.

“At Backpacker’s Pantry, family isn’t just a concept; it’s woven into the fabric of our company,” said Duane Primozich, CEO at Backpacker’s Pantry. “We’re thrilled that we are able to close our offices for staff the last week of the year and are honored to receive this recognition from The Colorado Sun, highlighting our commitment to not only providing quality outdoor meals but also valuing the importance of family.”

The Colorado Sun‘s acknowledgment of Backpacker’s Pantry as the “Best Family Owned Business in the Denver Metro Area” affirms the company’s ethos of fostering strong familial values within its operations. Backpacker’s Pantry has been family-owned and operated for over 70 years.

The company encourages everyone to embrace the spirit of the holidays by spending quality time with loved ones and creating lasting memories around shared meals and experiences. Backpacker’s Pantry extends an open invitation to fellow outdoor brands to join in celebrating the essence of the holiday season by prioritizing employee well-being and family time and closing their offices the last week of the year.

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About Backpacker’s Pantry

Backpacker’s Pantry is a Boulder-based, family-owned producer of gourmet adventure meals made with healthy and sustainable ingredients. Since 1951, the company has been delivering high-quality freeze-dried meals with an emphasis on taste. To give back to the community we love, the places we adventure and the planet we must protect, Backpacker’s Pantry donates 1% of every sale, every day to nonprofits around the world through 1% For the Planet and is 100% solar powered. Today, Backpacker’s Pantry is sold in over 2,000 stores in North America. For more information and a complete list of products, visit

About American Outdoor Products

American Outdoor Products (AOP) is a food manufacturer located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, CO.  Established in 1951, American Outdoor Products remains an independent, privately held, family-owned and operated company distributing products throughout the world. Inspired by a passion for unique cuisine and exciting adventures, the company produces Backpacker’s Pantry, adventure food for the outdoors; Astronaut Foods, out-of-this-world novelty treats; Chef Soraya grab-and-go plant-based meals; and Colorado Spice, all-natural and organic artisan spice blends. To learn more, visit: