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BPA FREE LINING

Can Lining of Our Coconut Milk Here is a bit of information that our supplier is authorized to provide: We do not use the words Non-BPA as this is apparently a misnomer. Our suggested term is non-Epoxy, which means that BPA will not be a part of the initial can, but as you know BPA [...]

By | March 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Coconut Water Potassium Mgs declared on new label

We will be adding this important information to the New Label.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  

By | March 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Organic Coconut Milk – New label misprint

As some of you have noticed, the new label of the Organic Coconut Milk now reads "Coconut Extract (35%)" instead of the original 53%, this is a MISPRINT.  Somehow the numbers became inverted on the new label.  We are trying to let our customers know that we did not change the formula, and we would [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Label do-over

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 [...]

By | December 22nd, 2014|New Products|21 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | December 22nd, 2014|Lessons I've Learned|0 Comments

Lessons I’ve Learned: Selling To Trader Joes

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 [...]

By | December 21st, 2014|Gary's Blog, Lessons I've Learned|2 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | December 19th, 2014|Lessons I've Learned|0 Comments

Lessons I’ve learned: Vons produce warehouse

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 [...]

By | December 17th, 2014|Lessons I've Learned|1 Comment

Our Cat Is Thrilled!

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 [...]

By | December 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Getting into the gluten free organic pasta business

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, [...]

By | October 29th, 2014|New Products|9 Comments