Our Top Ingredients - Annie's Homegrown

Our Top Ingredients
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Wheat

Of course we use lots of wheat – enough acres to cover the entire city of San Francisco and then some! – in signature items like our Organic Mac & Cheese and Cheddar Bunnies, but did you know we know make

Organic Cinnamon Rolls with Icing?


We’re part of the U.S. Organic Grain Collaboration working to increase the supply of organic grain in the U.S. Through collaboration and engagement with other companies, we’re working on a series of activities to promote increased organic grain production in the U.S., including supply chain analysis to identify challenges and opportunities, policy advocacy to promote organic farming, and direct engagement and grower outreach in pilot regions throughout the U.S.

Sugarcane

If we’re talking about our Organic Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, we’re talking sugarcane. Can’t you just smell them baking in the oven?

We partner with a progressive sugarcane supplier in Brazil, who demonstrates an intensive focus on agroecology and a commitment to building soil health, enhancing biodiversity and regenerating the land. Our supplier also invests in its workers by being certified against the Fair Trade Program IBD standard.

Cacao

Chocolate! Who doesn’t love it. Hint: Try our delicious new Organic Cocoa Bunny Cereal. Yum!

While the delicious results are pure enjoyment, we take cacao very seriously. Six million farmers depend on cacao to make a living, and most work on very small plots of land. Cacao production is very labor intensive, so we source from suppliers who ensure that the cacao farmers are using responsible labor practices. To do this, we require that our cacao ingredients are third-party certified from one of the following organizations: Fairtrade International, Fair Trade USA, Rainforest Alliance, or UTZ Certified.

  • This led us to launching our first Fair Trade USA certified product – Organic Cocoa Bunnies Cereal – this year!
  • 98% of our cacao ingredients (by volume) now meet our third-party certified requirements.
  • We are proud to work with suppliers who ensure that farmers benefit from the requirements set forth by these standards.

Palm Oil

Ever wonder what makes our Organic Oatmeal Raisin Chewy Granola Bars so chewy? Meet our good friend, Palm Oil!

Our commitment to responsible Palm Oil sourcing is demonstrated by our requirement that the ingredient, at minimum, is verified to the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard. We also go above and beyond this standard by sourcing most of our palm oil from trusted suppliers in South America. They are not only RSPO certified, but they go above and beyond the RSPO requirements by being a member of the Palm Oil Innovation Group.

  • In 2016, we verified that 98% of the palm oil used in our products met the RSPO standard.
  • We partner with a supplier who strongly aligns with our values for traceability, environmental and social responsibility.

Dairy

Cheese, delicious cheese! We can’t get enough of our Organic Grass Fed Mac & Cheese either.

We’re committed to working with dairy partners who set high standards for animal welfare and sustainable agriculture. That’s why we prioritize working with dairy co-operatives and family farmer groups, including Organic Valley and Rumiano, among others.

We’ve partnered with Organic Valley since 2008. This year, along with General Mills, we announced a new phase of this partnership that will add approximately 20 farms and 3,000 acres of domestic organic dairy production over the next three years. Hear from our friends at Organic Valley and see some cute cows.

We get our grass fed, organic cheeses from Rumiano, the oldest family-owned cheese company in California. All Rumiano organic milk producers are approved through the American Humane Association’s Free Farmed Certified Program. The cows are raised on family farms where they eat a rich diet of native grasses, including Selina Clover, Rye Grass and other coastal grasses. Hear from our friends at Rumiano and see a few more cute cows.

Eggs and Meat

While most of our ingredients come from plants, we are deeply committed to animal welfare whenever we source dairy, eggs, and meat. We’ve put in place specific goals for each of these ingredients:

Eggs

We prioritize purchasing organic eggs whenever possible. Our baseline requirement is that all egg ingredients come from cage-free hens. Beyond cage-free, we seek to ensure hens are raised according to the organic standard. They’re fed a 100% organic diet, given clean drinking water, and have year-round access to the outdoors, shade, shelter, exercise areas, and direct sunlight, as is suitable. They’re never given antibiotics or added growth hormones.

  • In 2016, we achieved this goal across all products that were in transition – the eggs we source are now 100% cage-free.
  • We also continue to prioritize organic with 81% of the egg ingredients we source meeting the organic standard requirements.

Meat

While we use very few meat ingredients, when we do it’s with the requirement of no routine use of antibiotics and no added hormones. The organic standard criteria is the same as for egg-laying hens, giving them: a 100% organic diet, clean drinking water, year-round access to the outdoors, shade, shelter, exercise areas, and direct sunlight, as is suitable.

  • 100% of the meat we source meets this standard.
  • We also prioritize organic – 65% of the meat ingredients we source are now Certified Organic.


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