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    Kum & Go Partners with BLK & Bold to Elevate In-Store Coffee Experience


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    Des Moines, Iowa

    Des Moines, Iowa (January 13, 2022)—Family-owned convenience store chain Kum & Go is partnering with premium coffee brand BLK & Bold to elevate customers’ coffee options. Currently available at 35 Kum & Go locations in Little Rock, Omaha, and Des Moines, BLK & Bold’s featured roasts are all sustainably grown, small-batch roasted, and Fair Trade Certified.

    “Kum & Go is committed to providing delicious, flavorful, and fresh brews,” said Connie Kelehan, Kum & Go Senior Category Manager. “This partnership emphasizes our shared passion for delivering quality coffee experiences and a positive community impact.

    Kum & Go shares 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes, and BLK & Bold donates five percent of its profits to support at-risk youth locally and nationally.

    “We’re excited to partner with Kum & Go as they share our purpose-driven values,” said Rod Johnson, BLK & Bold Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. “We can’t think of a better partner to expand our availability throughout our shared consumer markets, allowing for additional support for our 5% for our Youth program.”

    With specialty grade roasts like Smoove Operator, a dark Honduras roast, and Rise & GRND, a medium roast from Central America, Kum & Go offers customers brews that complement its fresh perspective on made-to-order food. Available at the same locations as BLK & Bold coffee, the new made-to-order food includes grain bowls, premium meat and vegetables layered on fresh-baked bread, blended smoothies, cold brew frappés, and more. 

    “We’re proud to offer Kum & Go customers top-shelf roasts, so they can enjoy premium brews on the go,” said Pernell Cezar, BLK & Bold CEO and Co-Founder. “We’re looking forward to complementing their new menu and delighting consumers with our Fair-Trade specialty brews.”

    About Kum & Go Established in Hampton, Iowa in 1959, Kum & Go is a family-owned convenience store chain focusing on exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. For over 60 years, the company has also been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes.

    About BLK & Bold Childhood best friends Pernell Cezar & Jarrhod (Rod) Johnson (co-founders) were both raised in less-resourced homes in the same neighborhood. Despite low socioeconomic surroundings, they defied statistical odds to become college graduates, community servants, and high-achieving leaders with many other successes along the way. BLK & Bold was born to help everyday coffee consumers increase their social impact footprint domestically via assisting urban youth to defy their odds in pursuit of better futures; thus, 5% of all profits are contributed to domestic/ local initiatives that further this cause.

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