It Takes a Village: Supplier Profiles

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HempCo Canada:

It takes a village to raise our bars. Working with our dedicated suppliers to source the best ingredients we can makes Bar None Foods what it is and keeps us passionate about making our bars. One of the great companies we partner with is HempCo. They operate out of Burnaby, Canada, located just east of Vancouver, B.C. and they work directly with hemp farmers across the country.

HempCo is a family brand that has developed specialized hemp seed processing equipment and produced a number of industry firsts. Charles and Angela Holmes have been distributing hemp products in Canada and abroad for 17 years, and we have been connected with them since our inception. It was great to finally meet them in person!

They are committed to sourcing high-quality hemp while supporting local farmers and practicing sustainable business. We use hemp in all of our bars so we are very grateful for HempCo’s contributions. Their company credo reads, “Change starts small with a seeded thought in our mind. Just like a thought can build into a grand vision, a hemp seed may appear tiny, but it has greatness within it, and the ability, to make a huge difference in our world.”

You can read more about HempCo here.

For nutritional info about hemp seed please visit our Ingredient Profile blog.

 

Premium Gold Flax:

 

Located three and a half hours west of Fargo in Denhoff, North Dakota the Miller Family Farm has been operating for six generations, and they have been cultivating flaxseed since the turn of the century. Their brand “Premium Gold Flax” refers to the golden omega variety that they grow, which is known for its mild flavor. All of our flax meal comes from Premium Gold Flax and we are grateful to be able to get it directly from the source!

The Millers share our belief that people should know where their food comes from, as well as our value for clean, healthy food. Premium Gold facilities are certified Organic as well as allergen-free, which means they do not process any corn, dairy, soy, peanuts, or tree nuts. Their products are non-GMO and do not contain additives or preservatives. The Premium Gold motto is “If this flaxseed is not on our table, it will not be on yours.”

We recently had the chance to visit the Miller Family Farm and enjoyed meeting Randy Miller and his team on a chilly 18-degree day. Compared to the varied landscape of Oregon, we were amazed by the vast expanse of farmland that we could see for miles in all directions. Having arrived during the winter months much of the land was barren, but we hope to visit again in the summer when the flax blossoms into beautiful blue-purple flowers. We want to thank the entire team at Premium Gold for the tour of their facilities and for helping us make our bars the best they can be.

You can read more about Premium Gold Flax here.

For more nutritional info about flax meal please visit our Ingredient Profile blog.

 

Desert Valley Date:

Desert Valley Date is located in the Coachella Valley and is our supplier of organic California grown dates. The company grows a handful of date varieties including Medjool and Deglet Noor. The weather in the valley mirrors the hot climate of North Africa where these species originate, and so it serves as an optimal environment to grow in. The dates are grown and harvested locally and then processed and packaged on-site at their facility.

We met our sales rep Chris Rodgers at the Desert Valley facility on a hot and sunny spring day (96 degrees in April!). We toured their facilities and learned more about the cultivation of date palms, even taking a ride out to see some of their palm groves. We also learned about the differences between Medjool and Deglet Noor dates and why the latter are so useful in making nutrition bars (the Medjool, while considered tastier and more commonly seen on retail shelves, are more sugary and moist and can be more difficult to work with on the commercial level).

You can read more about Desert Valley Date here.

For nutritional info about dates please visit our Ingredient Profile blog.

 

Ciranda:

Ciranda, an innovative ingredient supplier based in Hudson, Wisconsin, provides the delicious 70% dark chocolate we use in our bars. Ciranda sources top-quality organic, non-GMO, Fair Trade ingredients and distributes them throughout the U.S. and beyond. The company was founded with a strong emphasis on environmental consciousness and always operates with sustainability in mind.

During our recent visit with the folks at Ciranda we met founders Joan and Hans who began the company in 1994 and have taken active roles in its evolution ever since. They work directly with cocoa plantations and are deeply invested in growing Fair Trade relationships. Recently, Ciranda became an employee-owned company; a shift that aims to reward and empower its employees to continue the company’s legacy.

The meaning of the name “Ciranda” comes from a folk dance in Brazilian culture that includes the entire community: “The Ciranda symbolizes our goal to work united together for the benefit of all.” When meeting the team in their comfy century old home-turned-office we could feel just how strongly this sentiment continues to inform their business model and maintain an inclusive, familial atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the adjacent building aptly named the “Garage Mahal” where Ciranda employees can gather for group meditation and yoga sessions.

We are grateful to be working with Ciranda to source the chocolate that goes into our Dark Chocolate Chip and Peppermint Chocolate Chip bars!

You can read more about Ciranda here.

For nutritional info about dark chocolate please visit our Ingredient Profile blog.

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