Sustainable, Locally Produced Products from the Pacific Northwest
Truitt Brothers is another one of those amazing stories about sustainable agriculture, keeping things under control and local, and treating people right, whether its customers or employees. Right there in the mission statement, they note that since their start, they’ve “tried to treat [their] employees, growers and customers right. Following that philosophy is an imperative that helps to guide [their] company and [they] are thrilled that consumers show increasing interest in the impact of their purchasing and consumption choices on the planet.”
They are certified sustainable as a manufacturer, and they care a whole lot about how their products are handled, from the plant in the ground to the food in the processing stages. Serving customers ranks high on their list of priorities, as does serving the environment. Continue reading
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Laughing Planet Café introduces New Smart Beans™
After a grueling two-year process of testing and sampling, The Laughing Planet Café is pleased to announce the introduction of new “smart” pinto beans into its seven quick-service establishments in Oregon. These beans are grown in Washington using a “no-till” farming methods, and will replace beans grown conventionally and transported from the Midwest.
The process is a result of a collaboration between Laughing Planet Café and Truitt Brothers, a Salem, Oregon food processor and industry-leading Food Alliance-certified operation. Also playing crucial roles was our primary vendor, Food Services of America (FSA) and the Food Alliance, a Portland Oregon-based certifier of sustainable practices.
These beans represent a significant leap forward for beankind and a vast improvement over conventional products. In particular, the use of locally grown beans reduces the need to transport them great distances, thus reducing significantly their “footprint.” Even more importantly, the beans are grown using “no-till” methods that conserve soil and reduce the need for fossil fuel-powered interventions. Continue reading