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Founded in 2012 with a vision to heal a crippled fishing economy and restore the overfished Pacific Ocean, Fishpeople is a certified B Corporation committed to relentless transparency. The Portland-based company aims to re-imagine North America’s relationship with the sea.
The big-picture goal? Change the way people eat seafood. The tools: hassle free, restaurant-quality seafood meals made with sustainably sourced, farm-to-table ingredients. An innovative tracking code featured on each package allows consumers to trace their meals back to the fisherman, farmers, and foragers who harvest the ingredients.
Real food from family-owned farms that can make a real difference: that’s MegaFood’s commitment and what sets the company apart. Since 1973, MegaFood has produced effective, award-winning supplements, Fresh from Farm to Tablet™.
A pioneer in the natural products industry, MegaFood was the first company to make its FoodState® vitamin and minerals from scratch, starting with farm-fresh whole foods. MegaFood continues to innovate by manufacturing more than 36 individual FoodState Nutrients™ using its proprietary Slo-Food Process™, all in its own facility in New Hampshire. FoodState Nutrients are blended and combined to create over 71 handcrafted supplements that make up the MegaFood® product line today, found in over 7,000 natural product retailers and vitamin specialty shops throughout North America. Watch MegaFood in action 24/7 (well, except for when they are sleeping) on their live cams at megafood.com/livecams.
In 2009, organic dairy farmers Tim and Laura Joseph founded Maple Hill Creamery in Little Falls, New York after examining the financial realities of supporting their family by selling their 100 percent grass-fed milk to a large national organic dairy co-op. Tim knew that creating a “value added” product—in this case, yogurt—could be key to their long-term stability, and recognized the opportunity for 100 percent grass-fed products in the organic dairy category.
Today, Maple Hill Creamery remains a family business, but has grown from regional yogurt producer to a national dairy brand—and the fastest-growing yogurt brand in the natural channel. It is helping to bring clarity to an unregulated category as the only third-party certified, 100 percent grass-fed organic dairy brand in the U.S.
Approximately 40 farms sell milk exclusively to Maple Hill Creamery, and the company developed a milkshed for certified organic milk, providing a stable market for organic farmers looking to transition to 100 percent grassfed milk.
Maple Hill Creamery remains committed to making only 100 percent grass-fed dairy products—a model that can only succeed when each and every farmer is consistently well paid for their milk, receives ongoing support and education to optimize their grass-fed herds’ health and output and is a fully valued member of the Maple Hill Creamery family.
Rainbow Light was founded in 1981 in Santa Cruz, California by visionaries with a passion for providing healthy nutritional supplements grounded in the power of nature. Its formulas begin with a base of organic whole foods and are formulated to deliver research-based ingredients in optimal potencies, forms, and combinations for the best absorption and effectiveness.
The company focuses on using non-GMO and organic ingredients. Its mission is to build a stronger state of health for its customers, global community, and planet. For over 20 years, Rainbow Light has partnered with Vitamin Angels to help fight global malnutrition, and has a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. It is the first and only supplement brand to offer 100 percent recycled and 100 percent recyclable, BPA-free EcoGuard™ bottles. The EcoGuard™ conversion has reduced Rainbow Light’s packaging footprint by 92 percent and keeps millions of bottles from entering the waste stream every year.
For more than 50 years, Natural Factors has been dedicated to establishing the highest standard of reliability and effectiveness for dietary supplements. Family-owned and fully integrated, it controls all aspects of production to ensure the quality and safety of finished goods and provide the highest degree of ingredient traceability. From its 1,000 acres of certified organic farmland, where it sources high-quality, non-GMO raw materials, to its sophisticated laboratories, where it conducts in-depth safety and quality tests, Natural Factors guarantees each product meets rigorous standards.
Beyond conforming to the Canadian government’s and FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices, its facilities are certified by the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia (TGA)—considered one of the most stringent guidelines for manufacturing dietary supplements in the world. Natural Factors is also validated by ISURA™, an independent product certification for the natural health supplement and food industries.
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One Degree Foods definitely is transparent. I also recently discovered that Hilary's Eat Well is also very thorough in their ingredients used and sources! I love these two brands.
It is SO great to see more companies that are willing to let us inside. Their honesty and transparency is key in changing our food system. On a side note - Maple Hill Creamery = AWESOME!!
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