Organic food is often misinterpreted as a different kind of food whereas it is just a different method of producing the food. With the industrial revolution, came mass-produced food with the help of chemicals, antibiotics, synthetically manufactured hormones or any other artificial food additives.
Organic food is farmed without any synthetic chemicals, rather natural fertilisers and manure are used in this process. Organic food includes not only vegan products but also animal products grown naturally without antibiotics. After years of research, scientists have found that organic foods are more nutritious, delicious and less harmful to the environment.
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Here are some of the 10 best organic food brands in the world in 2017-2018
10. Whole Foods Market Inc.
Whole Foods Market Inc. is a well-known American Supermarket group that features organic food. It recently merged with Amazon, the biggest e-commerce company in the USA. The company processes food until its quality standards of being natural are met. Whole Foods lists preservatives, artificial colours and other additives to be “Unacceptable Food Ingredients”. Whole Foods is involved in some charitable cause by donating five percent of its annual profits. The company has eliminated the use of plastic bags since 2008 by starting an initiative known as BYOB or ‘Bring Your Own Bag’. It is also committed to raising animals naturally without genetically engineering them and treating them humanely time to time.
9. Yeo Valley
Yeo Valley is a farming and dairy company based in the Yeo Valley, Somerset, England. Yeo Valley started out by producing yogurt from their dairy farm and selling them in the local shops back in 1974. The production of the now famous organic yogurt began in 1993 after local farmers in the Yeo Valley were encouraged to go organic and form a cooperative. Over the years, Yeo Valley has become one of the largest producers of organic yogurt, ice cream, butter, milk-producing over 2000 tonnes every week.
8. Organic India
Organic India is a natural, ayurvedic and herbal health products producing company based in Lucknow, India, founded in the 1990s by a small group of people from around the world. Organic India works with the farmers who are educated in organic and biodynamic agricultural practises. The company is best known for its organically grown tulsi which is sold in many countries including the UK, Canada and USA. It also produces herbal supplements, organic ghee, and other natural herbs.
7. Green & Black’s
Green & Black’s is a British Chocolate company founded in 1991. It produces a range of organic products including luxurious milk, dark and white chocolates, biscuits, ice creams etc. The company’s name is based on wordplay, “Green” referring to the environment-friendly intentions of the company and “Black’s” referring to the rich and famous line of dark chocolate. It was bought by Cadbury in 2005 and later became a part of Mondelez International.
6. Theo Chocolate
Theo Chocolate is a chocolate business established in 2006 in Seattle, USA and is the first fair trade-certified cocoa maker in the United States. With products over different categories like Classic, Fantasy, Limited Edition, the chocolate bars are everyone’s favourite. The company uses cocoa beans from Ecuador, Costa Rica, Congo, Peru, non-alcoholic cocoa liquor, sugar and other organic ingredients such as nuts, fruits, bread and salt to form the liquid chocolate to pour it into the molds and these famous chocolates are then wrapped and shipped to their consumers.
5. Organic Valley
Organic Valley is an autonomous cooperative of organic farmers founded in 1988 under the name of CROPP Cooperative in Wisconsin, United States. It has become one of the leading organic brands with its annual sales growth over $1.1 billion in 2016, a record for any cooperative. Organic Valley now comprises of more than 1800 farmers/owners in many different states of America and some provinces of Canada. They are huge producers and distributors of dairy, egg, soy sauce and it markets its line of animal products like pork, chicken, beef and turkey under the name of Organic Prairie brand. Produces of Organic Valley are distributed over 25 countries including China and Japan. It is claimed that around 80% of the cooperative’s on-site energy consumption is produced by renewable sources thus contributing towards sustainable development.
4. Eden Foods Inc.
Eden Foods, also known as Eden Organic is an American organic food company. Founded in 1969 as a cooperative grocery store in Michigan, it is best known for its Edensoy, organic soy milk and different lines of organic Japanese foods and condiments. Eden imports most of its Japanese products from Japan and almost all its products are vegan and gluten-free. It is one of the oldest and independent producers of organic food and dry grocery items. In 1997, out of 11 soy and corn-based products, Eden’s soy milk was the only product found to be free of GMO. Many of its products like Soy sauce, Extra virgin olive oil and other canned foods have received considerable appreciation from different organisations and magazines for their great flavours and protective nutrients.
3. Amy’s Kitchen
A family-owned company – Amy’s Kitchen produces organic and non-GMO frozen foods in the United States with its headquarters in Petaluma, California. All of its products are vegan and made with organic ingredients; it also produces over 100 gluten-free products. The company started in 1988 with its vegetable pot pie, and now it has more than 250 products ranging from burritos, wraps, soups, cakes, cookies and non-dairy frozen desserts. It holds the reputation of being vegetarian and does not use meat, eggs, GMOs or hydrogenated fats and oils. It operates in many countries including Canada, Britain and Australia.
Riverford started when the Watson family took over the Riverford farm back in the 1950s and converted into organic farming with the decision of Guy Watson in the mid-80s. Riverford is now an organic dairy and farm in England. Riverford has four farms across the country to ensure fresh food by reducing delivery time. The company directly produces vegetables and dairy rather than any other finished products. It is considered as one of the fastest growing businesses in the UK in 2007 by the Sunday Times Fast Track 100.
1. Horizon Organic
Based in America, Horizon Organic is the largest producer of organic milk in North America. The company’s products like yogurt, milk, cheese, and butter are certified organic by the USDA and claimed to be free of any other additives. The company has a monopoly in the milk market in the South-eastern US as it purchases most of its organic milk from over 700 farms spreading across America. It was founded in 1991 in Colorado and was acquired by Dean Foods in 2004 before its acquisition by WhiteWave Foods in 2013 and finally being purchased by a French company Danone in 2017.
With the growth of health consciousness among people because of all the comfort and convenience nowadays, the demand for healthy food has never been this high. The level of toxins in junk foods like pizza and burger is very high. To put a check on the toxin levels in our body, we must eat healthily and eat organic food helps us do so. So it has become necessary to know which brands are the big names in the organic foods market. Organic food not only makes our body healthy but it is also good for the environment. So, stay healthy and live happily.