ONE DEGREE ORGANIC FOODS WINS ‘NEXTY’ AWARD
Natural Foods Industry Recognizes Company for Sustainability, Transparency, and Consumer-Empowering Technology
June 11, 2012
Abbotsford, B.C. One Degree Organic Foods, a family-owned company dedicated to producing simple, sustainable and transparent foods, has claimed the Nexty Award, a title bestowed annually upon new products that best represent the future of healthy, natural food.
New Hope Natural Media and the Sterling-Rice Group named One Degree Organic Foods’ inaugural line of breads as editors’ choice in the food and beverage category based on the strength of the company’s revolutionary ideas: complete transparency, pure ingredients and “veganic” cultivation. “What impressed us most about One Degree Organic Foods is that they’re taking the idea of responsible food production to the next level,” said Caren Baginski, senior associate editor of NewHope360.com, an online resource owned by New Hope Natural Media.
One Degree Organic Foods’ differentiators:
- Complete transparency: Using a QR or an alphanumeric code (found on the label of every One Degree Organic Foods product), every single ingredient can be traced back to the field where it was planted. In addition, there are videos featuring the family farms where each ethically cultivated grain grew.
- Pure ingredients: All of One Degree Organic Foods’ products contain simple sprouted ingredients, including millet, khorasan wheat, red wheat and lentils. One Degree Organic Foods’ crops are grown without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides or manmade fertilizers. They are not genetically modi?ed in any way, or subjected to radiation or chemical processing. No artificial compounds are added to any of One Degree Organic Foods’ items.
- “Veganic” cultivation: Veganic farms use only plant-based fertilizers, together with smart growing techniques, such as alternating crops over time to build nutrients in the soil. While organic crops are grown without the use of chemicals, an organic certification does allow farmers to use animal waste, including blood meal and bone meal, to fertilize fields. Animal waste can frequently contain traces of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and other chemicals. Veganic farming techniques move a step beyond organic — a step toward greater purity and providing a diet that is healthy for the body and the planet.
“We believe that there should never be more than one degree of separation between farm and consumer,” said Stan Smith, president and founder of One Degree Organic Foods. “It is wonderful validation to know that industry experts believe in all that One Degree Organic Foods stands for, which is a more responsible food system.”
Coming Soon to a Market Near You
One Degree Organic Foods’ breads are currently available at a number of natural foods retail locations throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Utah, California, Iowa and Florida, and are slated for distribution in Seattle, Wash. and Portland, Ore. in mid-June. For specific locations, visit: www.onedegreeorganics.com/locations
About One Degree Organic Foods
Founded in 2011, by Stan and Kathy Smith, One Degree Organic Foods is based on the natural connection between healthy soil, healthy plants and healthy people. Growing up in rural British Columbia, Stan and Kathy developed a deep respect for nature, “veganic” growing methods and sustainable agriculture. Today, together with their two daughters and son-in-law, the family is on a mission to learn the whole truth about every ingredient they use, and revealing that story to consumers on every package. Each product in the company’s line – breads, flours, seeds and legumes – demands complete transparency, pure ingredients and “veganic” cultivation. For more information on the company, its practices and products and where to find them, go to: www.oneorganicfoods.com or www.veganic.com.