Ingredients Source: Why is it Important?
Why is it important to know where your brands source their ingredients? The food supply chain in our world is very complex. Tracking food sold to brands through middlemen (or brokers) can be difficult even in the U.S.; it can be downright impossible when you source from overseas. That means, for example, that your New Zealand honey could be from China via Turkey. This makes it more likely to be adulterated with other syrups or to have high heavy metal contamination caused by industrialization.
Of course, fraud and chemical contamination can happen anywhere. So regardless of where our ingredients come from, we purity test all our products for over 400 different potential and known toxins, like glyphosate (Round Up). We test ingredients for heavy metals if they are crops with a history of high levels, like protein powder and chocolate.
We give you peace of mind by giving you access to the purity test results for each product. Just scan the QR code on any of our packages or go to the Purity Testing menu tab on our website to see them. Here is our purity transparency system.
Ingredients Source: Fruit
We carefully source our fruit from farms in Washington, Oregon, and California. Because our recipes use purees or chopped whole fruit, we can use the farms’ “ugly” fruit to help cut down on food waste. “Ugly fruit” is delicious fruit that is misshapen or discolored, so it won’t sell well as whole fruit in grocery stores.
Ingredients Source: Seeds
Farmers in the midwestern region of the US. grow our sunflower seeds. We import our organic chia, organic pumpkin (pepitas), and organic sacha inchi seeds as they do not grow well in the U.S.
Ingredients Source: Purity Protocol Oats
A group of farmers in the Mid-West, including Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Wisconsin grow our organic purity protocol gluten free oats.
Ingredients Source: Chocolate
We source our chocolate from Peru through Pascha Chocolate. We love this brand — they are allergy friendly and delicious, and they participate in 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of profits to do good for the earth. In addition, Pascha is very careful to monitor for heavy metal contents, which is very difficult in that industry.
Colleen Kavanagh is the founder and CEO of ZEGO. ZEGO is the first purity-transparent food company, making superfood products with traceable transparency designed to be safe for most all people to eat regardless of dietary restrictions like common allergies, intolerances or diabetes. ZEGO makes oats, muesli, protein powder, Mix-ins and nutrition bars. All products are gluten free, peanut free, tree nut free, dairy free, soy free, sesame free, glyphosate free, lupin free, and sulfite free. ZEGO is certified as a B Corp and as Women Owned (WBENC).
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