Sitckling's Organic Bakery
At Stickling’s Bakery, environmental sustainability is a key ingredient in every product. This goes from using local organic suppliers, to using alternative energy sources such as Bullfrog power. They’re also leading the way with new innovations—including their latest biodegradable oxo-bags. Stickling’s is a 100% certified organic bakery meaning all of their products are baked with 100% certified organic ingredients, and all of the ingredients come from 100% certified organic Canadian farms. All of their facilities, and those of their suppliers, also follow the stringent guidelines of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Stickling's breads, bagels and muffins are low sodium, vegan, no sugar added and certified organic. In fact, they are the only cross-Canada bakery that guarantees all its breads, bagels and muffins to be low sodium, vegan and certified organic.
Thomas Canning has been processing and canning tomatoes in the Essex County area since 1933 when Will and Grace Thomas started the company with their sons Grant and Wilbur. Back then, everything was done by hand, from planting to harvesting. As time passed and new technologies became available, like mechanical handling, the tomato business saw an increase of field and factory productivity. Growers started managing larger land plots, yields increased and Thomas Canning thrived.
Thomas Canning remains a family-owned business, with the third generation of Thomas’ in charge of operations. These days, they’re focused on addressing the demand for environmental accountability and integrity through sustainable field and factory practices. They are working to pioneer the growth of Ontario processed tomato products to the organic sector.
Maria’s Homestyle Noodles was established in 1988 by owner Ted Jasinski, and together with his son, Arthur, they operate the business out of Kitchener, Ontario. Ted’s roots go back to Poland, where his mother in law, Maria, and her Italian immigrant parents settled, and where she was born. Maria taught Ted the art of making home style pasta noodles in the tradition of Italy. Today, the product is a lasting dedication to Maria’s legacy and name by the Jasinski family.
Ted and Arthur really put a lot of effort into crafting the perfect artisan pasta. From flavour, aroma, texture and shape, they’re quite confident that you’ll love the varieties and flavours of their pastas. The proof is in the process: all the bean and pulses flours are milled on their own premises using Low RPMs to retain the nutritional integrity of the lentils and beans. Pastas are naturally made and naturally dried. These bean based pastas are made using only the bean flours and water, and No Eggs, No Wheat. They do not add any artificial colours or preservatives.
Bean based pastas such as red or green lentil, are high in iron and protein. Beans and Pulses are a good source of B vitamins and magnesium and rich in soluble fiber, and are therefore great for maintaining a healthy heart and body! Beans and Pulses are a slow burning source of complex carbohydrates that help to stabilize blood sugar and maintain energy levels. Since Maria’s Home Style Noodles are made only with bean/pulses flour and water, they can be considered to provide these same health benefits.
MaraNatha is one of America’s largest producers of high quality natural andorganic nut butters. They specialize in many varieties of delicious peanut butter, nutritious almond butter, luscious macadamia nut butter and creamy cashew butter. Born of the purest ingredients, with no trans fats, hydrogenated oils or preservatives, their wholesome nut butters are the perfect choice for nut-lovers who enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
The MaraNatha story is the classic American tale of two entrepreneurs - Robert and Chris Plotnik, pioneers in the distribution of natural foods who shared a commitment to promoting good health and preserving our environment. When the Plotniks first founded MaraNatha in Ashland, Oregon in 1982, the company distributed dried fruit from the California Central Valley to small natural food stores in Oregon and Washington. As their business grew, the Plotniks created their own line of natural and organic products, including creamy and flavourful micro-batch peanut and nut butters, which quickly became a regional hit.
As demand for the MaraNatha line grew, the Plotnicks decided to leave the distribution side of the business so they could concentrate on crafting the nut and seed butters that had created a loyal following among MaraNatha fans. From that point on, MaraNatha has grown in leaps and bounds. Today, both their national distribution and sales to larger food companies are growing steadily, support from devoted customers within the natural foods community is skyrocketing, and they are one of the nation's leading producers of natural and organic nut butters.
The secret to their success is a business strategy that is as simple and wholesome as their products: Make delicious, high-quality natural and organic foods that suit an active and healthy lifestyle. To do this, they source nuts only from environmentally sensitive growers. They use only the highest quality ingredients, and they inspect every product for safety at each point in the production process - from raw materials, to the jarred nut butters that reach grocery stores nationwide. They produce all of their nut butters in their Ashland facility under the watchful eye of their dedicated employees, many of whom have been part of the MaraNatha family for two decades or more. In short, they do everything they can to provide their customers with alternative foods that taste great, ensure good health and respect our environment.