CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – April 25, 2018 – Where Food Comes From, Inc. (OTCQB: WFCF), the most trusted resource for independent, third-party verification of food production practices in North America, today announced that six of the Company’s verification customers were honored by Whole Foods Market at the grocer’s sixth annual Supplier Awards.
Miller Poultry, a long-time WFCF customer, was named Global Supplier of the Year for its visionary approach to animal welfare and its commitment to raising high quality, healthy chickens. WFCF provides Miller Poultry with verification services for Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Global Animal Partnership 5-Step Animal Welfare Rated and Where Food Comes From Source Verified.
Other WFCF customers winning awards include Lotus Foods for Environmental Stewardship, Hearst Ranch Beef for Southern Pacific Region Supplier of the Year, Diestel Family Ranch for Northern California Region Supplier of the Year, Country Natural Beef for Service & Partnership, and Kuli Kuli for Women-Led Entrepreneurship. WFCF provides verification services for these producers ranging from Organic and Non-GMO Project to Global Animal Partnership and Verified Natural.
Six new flower farms have recently officially become Certified American Grown, joining a cadre of 45 certified farms nationwide. These farms vary in size and in the varieties of flowers they grow, from small urban flower farm to a large greenhouse farm that propagates 90 percent of the nation’s gerberas.
The newly certified farms are:
- Grace Gardens, Birmingham, Alabama
- CamFlor, Watsonville, California
- Menagerie Farm & Flower, Live Oak, California
- Harmony Harvest Farm, Weyers Cave, Virginia
- WilMore Farms, Metter, Georgia.
- Ocean Breeze International, Carpinteria, California
Earning recognition as Certified American Grown helps retailers, wholesalers and florists connect their customers with flowers grown right here in the United States and tells customers that the flowers they’re bringing home or giving as gifts were grown, bouqued or bunched by American flower farmers.
Flower farmer Felicia Alvarez of Menagerie Farm & Flower grows garden roses and specialty flowers, including tulips and dahlias. She sought out certification because she believes it’s important for people to know where their flowers are coming from and how they’re grown.
Alvarez finds today’s consumers are in tune with the origin-matters message and are telling floral designers they prefer local, seasonal flowers. And in her experience, they appreciate knowing there’s an American farmer behind the blooms.
She’s also a fan of the advocacy that Certified American Grown provides around trade, taxes and agriculture in general.
“These all affect me, so I benefit from the advocacy work and I appreciate that my involvement, even as a small farm, can help push the needle.”
Novelty flower grower Carlos Cardoza of CamFlor sought out certification at the urging of some of his top clients who felt it would be a complement to his California Grown status.
Cargill adds Where Food Comes From, Inc. Canada as auditing body for its Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration Pilot
CASTLE ROCK, Colo., March 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Where Food Comes From, Inc. (WFCF) (OTCQB:WFCF), the most trusted resource for independent, third-party verification of food production practices in North America, today announced it has been selected by Cargill as an auditing body for Cargill’s Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration Pilot program. Cargill is a long-time customer for WFCF in the United States.
Cargill’s pilot was launched to test and validate the audit and traceability systems necessary for the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework established by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). The program includes cattle producers that want to demonstrate the sustainability of their operations.
“We are delighted that Where Food Comes From, Inc. Canada has been selected as a certification partner,” said Leann Saunders, President of WFCF. “As a company, we verify over 5,000 beef producers in North America with the goal to help supply chains improve processes, bundle certifications and add value. We gained deep expertise as the sole verification partner for the 2014-2016 McDonald’s Verified Sustainable Beef Pilot and look forward to applying this knowledge as a certifier for the CBSA pilot.”
Cargill’s pilot tests the methodology for tracking eligible cattle through audited live animal supply chains and the methodology for tracking resulting supply chain sustainability certifications from the beef carcass to finished products. This coupling of live cattle and beef product traceability allows Cargill’s Canadian customers to demonstrate the sustainability of their supply chains and creates the opportunity for future sustainability claims once the CRSB’s framework is complete. For more information about the pilot visit: http://cbsapilot.ca.
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Where Food Comes From launches its second issue of their magazine!
This issue features long-time customer, Miller Poultry. Miller Poultry was founded in 1992. They’ve grown from processing 16,000 chickens weekly to now processing 35,000 chickens per day. Miller Poultry has a great relationship with the local Amish and Mennonite communities. These communities serve as their suppliers, which they believe is one of the things that sets them apart. The Amish ethic is so ingrained in what defines Miller Poultry. You’ll find out more of the history and the trendsetting qualities that Miller Poultry possesses in this feature article.
Similarly, you’ll get to know one of our beef producers, Jerry Wulf. Mr. Wulf owns Wulf Cattle, a beef company that owns a herd of 1,200 registered cows. Wulf says that as a company, they get excited about connecting the industry and the beef supply chain. They are all about building relationships, building a better product and being transparent.
Christina Dockter, ICS employee, is also featured. Christina says the most satisfying part of her job is watching the producers grow, and also how ICS has grown. She feels a sense of pride when she sees a consumer buy a product with their label on it.
Besides that, you’ll discover Thanksgiving recipes and how the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) improves the lives of animals. Also included are facts about the food and wine industry.
Find the magazine online at here, or email us to add you to our mailing list.
Congratulations to the Hartzler Family Dairy for winning the Best New Meat, Dairy or Animal-Based Product NEXTY Award! WFCF provides Non-GMO Project Verification services to the Hartzler’s for their award-winning dairy products.
The first edition of the Where Food Comes From Magazine is here! This is a fun look at many of our customers and their unique food stories. We are blessed with the opportunity to work with so many amazing people and brands each and every day!
New Zealand’s largest dairy cooperative achieves Non-GMO Project Verification with the help of Where Food Comes From, Inc.
* organic baked potato rounds