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Community, Quality Blend Into Kum & Go Partnership With BLK & Bold Coffee

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DES MOINES, Iowa Kum & Go is partnering with coffee brand BLK & Bold to elevate customers’ coffee options.

Currently available at 35 Kum & Go locations in Little Rock, Ark., Omaha, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa, 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% of its profits with charitable causes, and BLK & Bold donates 5% of its profits to support at-risk youth locally and nationally.

Rod Johnson, Des Moines-based BLK & Bold co-founder and chief marketing officer, said, “We’re excited to partner with Kum & Go as they share our purpose-driven values. 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, the company said. This made-to-order food is available at the same locations as BLK & Bold coffee and 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.”

Family-owned Kum & Go was established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959. It has more than 400 locations in 11 states.

BLK & Bold co-founders and childhood best friends Pernell Cezar & Jarrhod (Rod) Johnson were raised in less-resourced homes in the same neighborhood. Despite low socioeconomic surroundings, they defied the odds to become college graduates, community servants and leaders. 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.

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