Here's what labels must include: product name, manufacturer's name and address, amount of the item in the package (weight or count), list of ingredients (in descending order by weight) and the nutrition facts statement. (Some items — like very small packages of food, foods prepared in the store, and foods made by small manufacturers — don't always need to contain this information.)
By Jennifer Wholey,
Who doesn’t love a little more variety? The ability to make informed choices has always been an important value for GreenStar shoppers. Now, GreenStar is offering more options to its meat-buying members. RK Farms, owned by Kathy Engel and Bob Preston, is GreenStar’s newest supplier of beef.
In 2003 GreenStar members voted in two referendums to allow and govern the sale of red meat in the store, and in 2004 the “Criteria for the Fair Treatment of Animals” was established. The referendums require a team of GreenStar members to conduct inspections of any farm wishing to sell their products at the Co-op. “GreenStar’s member-owners decided in 2003 that they wanted GreenStar to sell only local, humanely-raised, natural meats,” said Felix Teitelbaum, marketing staff and member of the Inspection Team, which ensures that the strict rules regarding the animals’ living conditions, diet and method of slaughter are being followed.
nymilk Brings Local Milk to New York’s Tables
By Alexa Besgen,
In the current recession, national organic brands have lowered what they pay their supplying farmers, making it tough for small organic operations to stay in business. What’s the solution? Buy local. nymilk, an organic dairy company selling milk and cheese produced solely in New York state, believes that buying local is better. What’s more, they have made a commitment to their 20 upstate New York farm suppliers to uphold the price they pay for the next two years, in order to keep the farmers going and the consumers happy.
nymilk has only recently appeared on store shelves, but it got its start six years ago, when farmers Dean Sparks and Dan France realized they shared a passion for organic farming. Both wanted to educate farmers about the benefits of farming organically, and also supply consumers with organic foods produced in New York state. They founded Empire Organics, and started educating the agricultural community about organics. The company started out as a distributor, selling product straight out of a refrigerated truck. They would give the farmers orders, pick them up and distribute them to forty-two retailers. Soon, Sparks and France realized that this was too time-consuming, but they didn’t want to give up their passion for organics. “We knew there was a real desire for locally-made, organic products,” Sparks said. “Especially on the part of New York retailers and consumers.”
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New in Grocery
Grocery has everything you need to treat your sweetie —vegan chocolates, candies galore, even special holiday kettle corn!
Ready for another Valentine's Day? We sure are here at GreenStar! We've got exactly what you're looking for as a gift for that special someone in your life. As usual, we've got a wonderful selection of Sjaak's organic vegan chocolates — all your favorites, along with some new delectable options. We've added a wonderful selection of Lake Champlain Chocolate assortments as well. If chocolate isn't your thing, we have the complete collection of Tru Joy, Surf Sweets, and candies, gummies, and lollipops from YumEarth Organics. For crunchy and creamy combined, try out the wonderful taste of Angie's Holidrizzle Frosted Vanilla Cupcake Kettle Corn. And, for those of you who find yourselves alone on Valentine's Day, we've got the perfect thing to cure those lonely blues: wonderfully decadent Talenti Gelato! With several flavors to choose from, you'll soon forget the cold, the wind, the solitude, and the holiday.