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  • Organic - The Gold Standard for Clean Label

    Clean label is arguably one of the food industry’s hottest trends. Product developers are reformulating in response to consumer concerns about “chemicals” and growing interest in simple and healthy eating. But, clean label has no established definition and consumers have many ways of defining it...

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  • 4 Tips for Sourcing Fruit and Vegetable Ingredients

    Sourcing organic fruit and vegetable ingredients can be tricky. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to find the ingredients that best fit your production requirements. How you undertake this task has an impact on your supply chain risk. Whether you’re new or a seasoned fruit buyer, remembering these four simple tips...

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  • Sensory Evaluation - The Key to Your Product's Success

    Consumers expect their favorite product to look and taste exactly the same every time they buy it. How do you make sure the ingredients you buy remain consistent year after year? Our quality protocol includes a professionally trained sensory panel to ensure that you receive consistent, high quality products every time you place an order...

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  • Announcing Fair Trade Certified Organic Cane Sugar

    Fair Trade USA Sugar We're proud to announce that our supply partner of organic cane sugar, the Native Green Cane Project, has been awarded certification from Fair Trade USA! The Native Green Cane Project in Brazil, has a long history of providing their sugar cane farm and mill workers with wages, benefits and working conditions far better than most other sugar cane mills. Native’s participation in the Fair Trade USA third-party certification...

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  • Finding the Right Type of Cocoa Powder

    Organic Cocoa Powder Natural, Dutch, Dark Dutch Cocoa powder is used in dairy, baked goods and beverages but also adds flavor and/or color to sauces, marinades and even supplements. Due to variations in color, flavor, fat content, and pH, it's important to find the right type of cocoa powder for your application. This post is designed to give you the information you need to find the right cocoa powder for your product...

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  • Safeguarding Organic Integrity

    Organic product sales hit $43 billion in 2015 and continue to grow. Unfortunately this surge in demand has opened doors for opportunistic companies to jump into the market. Some of these companies have no qualms about falsifying organic certificates. We’ve all heard stories of food imports with fake certificates...

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  • True Cost of Food: Embracing Sustainable Sourcing

    True Cost AccountingLet’s say you’re a buyer in a large company in the food industry. You’ve heard the industry buzzwords lately – “sustainability” “authenticity” “transparency” and you have just started trying to incorporate it into your business practices. Right now, you’re looking for a new source for sugar. You have a few directions you could go...

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  • Winter White Chocolate Delight

    White Hot ChocolateWinter conjures up visions of steaming hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream, but like a snow globe how about shaking it up this year and making it with white chocolate? Are memories of past experiences with white chocolate making you hesitate? It’s likely that what you recall as “white chocolate” was actually a compound coating...

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  • Fair Sourcing & Impact on Cocoa Growers

    Fair Trade Chocolate This Fair Trade Month (October) we’re celebrating social and economic sustainability, especially in companies that embrace ethical practices beyond certification. One of these companies is Agostoni, our sourcing partner for premium organic and non-GMO chocolate and cocoa ingredients...

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  • Biodiversity & Cane Sugar: New Website Shows it All

    Deer in the Sugar Cane To celebrate their success with protecting and promoting biodiversity, the Native Green Cane Project recently launched a new website showing the species that now live in and around the project! If you already incorporate Native organic cane sugar in your products, thank you for your support of this unique project, and feel free to share this great success story with your consumers...

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