We take great pride on our ingredient selection. From the design and development of our products, we consider ingredients that are good for your health, natural and clean, and good for the environment. So we always prioritize, natural, clean, safe and local, over cost and comfort. One of the main aspects of our business is to search for the best ingredients and suppliers, develop partnerships and long term relationships, and incorporate in our products the most positive ingredients for all.
In general, our ingredients are simple, and they come from two distinct origins. The fruit we use in our berry fruit spreads (strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry) come from the Northwestern US (Washington and Oregon), which are close to the factory. By weight, our fruits are 50% or more of the content of the product, depending on the category (standard, extra fruit and premium), being premium the category with the highest amount of fruit, having a total of 63.50% of fruit and chia alltogether. The second origin is for all other ingredients, which are the sweetener (cane sugar or agave nectar), chia seeds and lime juice. These ingredients come from Mexico. We have a last ingredient that we use to protect color in our strawberry spreads, and it is a fruit juice manufactured in The Netherlands. Below, please see the details of each of our ingredients:
Our manufacturing plant is located in Forest Grove, OR, close to Portland. This is an organic certified facility, with allergen control operating procedures in place, with HACCP and CCP controls in place, and with an FSSC22000 certification for food safety.
Oregon and Washington are the states where the fruit we use is grown. This is an area with the perfect conditions for the berries to grow with the least amount of pesticides and fertilizer, and with a soil and climate that provides the plants with the right nutrients and compounds to develop amazing flavors and colors on its fruits. This is one of the main reasons why we selected Oregon to manufacture our spreads.
We use cane sugar, and organic agave nectar. Both ingredients come from Mexico, from certified facilities. Pure cane sugar is a type of sugar that is more natural as it is not refined, or does not come from genetically modified crops, like beets, which require intensive refining and additives, and has become a commoditized ingredient. The cane sugar we use is vegan, as it does not use bone char. And is cleaner and better for you. It is more expensive than most sugars and more scarce, but it is well worth the extra cost and complication, for the health of our consumers.
We use organic agave nectar in our premium fruit spreads. The main reason behind its use is the low glycemic value of the agave nectar, which allows us to produce our Premium Fruit Spread with a low glycemic index, diabetic friendly, and low in sugars and calories.
Our most important ingredient, and the basis of our concept. We make our fruit spreads with chia seeds instead of pectin. Please browse through the three different sections we have prepared for our readers about the wonders, the reason behind using chia, and the promising future of chia seeds as an ingredient, and as a promoter of health:
b. The Power of Chia
c. Benefits of Chia
We use lime juice with two purposes. First to reduce our PH and increase the acidity of our products. Most jams use synthetic acids, but our manufacturing principles lead us to use only natural ingredients. Secondly, to improve the flavor of our products. Lime juice come from Mexico, from the states of Colima, Michoacan and Veracruz.