We recently announced that we became a certified B-Corp this summer.
You can check out our exclusive announcement via Asian American media group Next Shark.
What does being a B-Corp mean exactly? Well it’s for for profit businesses what fair trade is to food, a third party certification process renewed every two years to keep us transparent and accountable about being better neighbors, better employers and better citizens of planet earth.
You’ve probably heard of a few of the more notable B-Corps like Patagonia, Ben and Jerry’s and Leesa, but here’s a few more in the food and beverage space specifically that we were excited to learn about and we hope you’ll check out too!
New Belgium Brewing Co. is a 100% employee owned company that diverts
99.9 percent of its waste from landfills and reduced water use per barrel of beer to 3.5:1 (averages range from 6:1 to 10:1). Not only that but they’re in the top FIVE largest craft beer breweries in the United States.
/narrative food is a woman owned and run business that supports your local economy by sourcing from small family farms while maintaining a reduced carbon footprint through reusable produce boxes. Also, there are a co-op owned by 5,000+ families that believe in a NOT FOR PROFIT business model which means using any profits gained to improve the store and give back to the local Snohomish County community.
Alter Eco makes amazing chocolate wrapped in sustainable packaging. They work hard to communicate with their supply chain to provide fair market access for small farmers. But one of the coolest things about them is the transparency they provide about their process and their constant efforts to improve through their blog.
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Did you know that mushrooms could be grown on spent coffee grounds? Well, Back to the Roots built an entire business around it and it’s pretty cool! You can order your very own urban mushroom growing kit from them and be a farmer no matter how small your home may be. Back to the Roots also has a #GrowOneGiveOne campaign where they donate a gardening kit + curriculum to an elementary school classroom of your choice! Now that’s how you get kids interested in eating their veggies.
Rubicon Bakers provides jobs to those needing a second, third or more chances at a better life. By providing employment to formerly incarcerated and other categories of folks that face a lot of barriers to a paycheck this Richmond, California based bakery is creating sweeter opportunities.
‘Bean the Change’, you had us at your punny sense of humor and your tasty chips. Their chips are made from locally grown California beans and teams up with local non-profits like Homeboy Industries both by donating back but also by employing their retrained workers.
Cookie dough is still not healthy but you can feel a little less guilty knowing it’s from a company that’s always challenging itself to support its employees better. Rhino Foods’ with its employees to find solutions for issues like financial insecurity and medical emergencies. Their innovative “Income Advance Program guarantees same day access to $1,000 for emergency or unplanned needs. The advance is repaid through weekly payroll deductions.”