Mark Retzloff

Horizon Organic Dairy, Aurora Organic Dairy & Alfalfa’s Markets


Mr. Retzloff is a pioneer in the natural foods industry with a 48-year career starting and managing successful companies. He is co-founder and former CEO of Alfalfa’s Markets. He co-founded Horizon Organic Dairy in 1991 and also co-founded Aurora Organic Dairy in 2003. He was the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resource and Environment Practitioner in Residence for 2014-16. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Natural Habitats Group, a leader in the organic sustainable palm oil industry.

Mr. Retzloff began his career 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. He was CEO and Chairman of Rudi’s Organic Bakery where he helped execute a successful turn-around.

He is a board member and advisor to emerging companies; Blue Horizon Organic Seafood, BlueSun BioDiesel, Boulder Ice Cream, Crocs Footwear, Evol Burritos, Goddess Garden, Haystack Mtn. Goat Cheese, Sambazon Acai, Traditional Medicinals, Tempt Hemp Milk, and Uncle Matts Organic Juice. Mr. Retzloff is a founding partner at Greenmont Capital Partners, and founder of The Organic Center.

Mr. Retzloff sits on boards at a number of Universities including the Univ. of Michigan’s School for the Environment and Sustainability.

His awards include the Organic Trade Association’s Lifetime Leadership award, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce's Lifetime Achievement Award, Naturally Boulder’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and New Hope Natural Products Hall of Legends.

Mr. Retzloff lives outside Boulder, Colorado on a farm with his wife Terry where they raised their three children. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, golf, and visiting his home in Hanalei Kauai, Hawaii.


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