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Label do-over

By | December 22nd, 2014|New Products|

When I was a kid we played stickball.  There were no umpires so when there was a question about whether someone was safe or out, we did a 'do-over.'  We "played it again" so to speak. Now, hundreds of years later (not quite), we are going to have a 'do-over' with our label design. Last [...]

Lessons I’ve learned: you can’t take profit margin to the bank

By | December 22nd, 2014|Lessons I've Learned|

When I first started distributing natural foods in 1978, I called on a retailer in the LA area.  They were among the first of the "farmers market" type stores that are so popular today. I showed him a half-gallon apple juice I was distributing that was produced by a company in L.A.  This same company [...]

Lessons I’ve Learned: Selling To Trader Joes

By | December 21st, 2014|Gary's Blog, Lessons I've Learned|

In the Mid 1980s, my distribution business did some Warehousing for Trader Joe's. They had 25 stores in L.A. They sold their own brand of products and they also bought "closeouts"... I remember when we started working with them. They ran radio commercials saying "General Foods changed the packaging on their International Coffees and we bought all [...]

Lessons I’ve Learned: Paying people what they are worth

By | December 19th, 2014|Lessons I've Learned|

In 1971, after leaving college, I had 4 jobs.  I was writing for a record industry trade magazine.  I worked in a grocery store stocking shelves and cashiering.  I worked the night shift at a 7-Eleven.  And I worked at a record store.  That was before you got your music from "the cloud."  Music came on [...]

Lessons I’ve learned: Vons produce warehouse

By | December 17th, 2014|Lessons I've Learned|

When I had my own natural food distributing company back in the 1980's, I started selling to Vons Grocery Company in Los Angeles (they were ultimately acquired by Safeway). The buyer took a liking to me. He was the produce buyer and they assigned the new natural products category to him. I had just started [...]

Our Cat Is Thrilled!

By | December 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|

A note from one of our customers regarding our cat food: "Gary, you asked if our cat liked her new food.  She gobbled up the Natural Value canned food we gave her.  This is really good news since she became picky while we were on vacation.  In fact, we have boxes -- a stack of [...]

Getting into the gluten free organic pasta business

By | October 29th, 2014|New Products|

We have been considering entering the gluten free organic pasta business. But unlike the “traditional white flour” (semolina) pasta business, there are all sorts of different kinds of gluten free pasta with different ingredients. Here are some of the ingredient listings for various types I found: Organic Brown Rice Flour, Water. Organic Brown Rice Flour, [...]

Natural Value Foodservice Products Now Carried by KeHe

By | October 24th, 2014|New Products|

Many of our foodservice products are now carried by KeHE in their Lehigh (Northeast) and Bloomington (Midwest) warehouses. Among the items picked up… Organic Beans in #10 cans Organic Tomatoes in #10 cans Organic Coconut Milk in #10 cans Sliced and Lower Sodium Black Olives with no Ferrous Gluconate in #10 cans Organic Mustard in [...]

Updated BPA Free list, new Non GMO page.

By | October 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|

We have updated the BPA Non-intent list and added a new Non-GMO Page.

Source of water in coconut mlk and coconut cream

By | October 6th, 2014|FAQs|

We have had a number of requests to identify the source of water in our products.  For our coconut milk and coconut cream, the source is deep well water purified via reverse osmosis filtration.