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Tío Gazpacho Signs Phenomenal Partnership with José Andrés, Outlook for 2017 is Very Bright

Tío Gazpacho Signs Phenomenal Partnership with José Andrés, Outlook for 2017 is Very Bright

When you’re running an organic gazpacho company and dream about the people you’d like involved in your company, there is pretty much only one name at the top of this list: José Andrés. The most widely acclaimed Spanish chef here in the U.S., José Andrés was also named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation […]

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When you’re running an organic gazpacho company and dream about the people you’d like involved in your company, there is pretty much only one name at the top of this list: José Andrés. The most widely acclaimed Spanish chef here in the U.S., José Andrés was also named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

For Austin Allan, founder of Tío Gazpacho, who used to eat at José Andrés’ restaurants in Washington, D.C. all of the time, this dream became a reality right before Thanksgiving.

And it all began in April when Austin Allan was in a meeting and received a surprise email from this star chef that said the following:

I am a Spanish chef and am watching you from a distance. I would love to talk.

Needless to say, Austin bolted out of the meeting and got on the phone with him immediately. Six months of conversations and negotiations ultimately led to a partnership between Tío Gazpacho and José Andrés, where he and his restaurant company, ThinkFoodGroup, will help with distribution, sourcing, marketing, PR, social media and product development. Read more »


The Aftermath of the DARK Act Continues: Dr. Bronner’s and OSGATA Quit the OTA. However, the Organic Farmers Association is Formed

The Aftermath of the DARK Act Continues: Dr. Bronner's and OSGATA Quit the OTA. However, the Organic Farmers A

  A few months after the DARK Act passed, which many in the industry called a massive betrayal of organic by the Organic Trade Association, the fallout continues. As I shared the news on Facebook recently, Dr. Bronner’s, one of the leading and most vocal GMO-labeling advocates in the country, has quit the Organic Trade Association […]

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A few months after the DARK Act passed, which many in the industry called a massive betrayal of organic by the Organic Trade Association, the fallout continues.

As I shared the news on Facebook recently, Dr. Bronner’s, one of the leading and most vocal GMO-labeling advocates in the country, has quit the Organic Trade Association in protest. Read more »


What You Need to Know About The New “Non-GMO” Label

What You Need to Know About The New "Non-GMO" Label

To me, it is incredibly suspicious that after a mere two weeks of the DARK Act passing, a new “negative claim” GMO label was just put forth by the USDA. And who is going to benefit the most from it? Big Food, of course.

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To me, it is incredibly suspicious that after a mere two weeks of the DARK Act passing, a new “negative claim” GMO label was just put forth by the USDA. And who is going to benefit the most from it?

Big Food, of course. Read more »


Top 5 Organic Food Products from Fancy Food Show 2016

Top 5 Organic Food Products from Fancy Food Show 2016

(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to add me on Snapchat: maxorganic) Last week in New York City, I attended the Fancy Food Show 2016, one of the best food shows of the year. While it is not an organic food show per se, there is an increasing amount of organic […]

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(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to add me on Snapchat: maxorganic)

Last week in New York City, I attended the Fancy Food Show 2016, one of the best food shows of the year.

While it is not an organic food show per se, there is an increasing amount of organic vendors and I would estimate that about 15-20% of the booths there do offer some type of organic product.  Read more »


Another Reason to Support Organic — Organic “Hotspots” Significantly Boost Local Economies

Another Reason to Support Organic -- Organic "Hotspots" Significantly Boost Local Economies

(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to follow me on Snapchat: maxorganic) While there are many reasons why we should support organic food, we now have yet another one: organic boosts local economies. In a new study by the Organic Trade Association called U.S Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies, it has been […]

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(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to follow me on Snapchat: maxorganic)

While there are many reasons why we should support organic food, we now have yet another one: organic boosts local economies.

In a new study by the Organic Trade Association called U.S Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies, it has been found that organic food and crop production – and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture – creates real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities. Read more »


HUGE NEWS: General Mills to Label GMOs, Becomes Second Major U.S. Food Company to Do So

HUGE NEWS: General Mills to Label GMOs, Becomes Second Major U.S. Food Company to Do So

Following in the footsteps of Campbell’s Soup, General Mills has just announced that it will label all GMOs in its products. In its press release, the company says that with Vermont’s GMO-labeling bill going into effect on July 1st, it wouldn’t make sense to label GMOs in its products just for that state. So, whatever […]

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Following in the footsteps of Campbell’s Soup, General Mills has just announced that it will label all GMOs in its products.

In its press release, the company says that with Vermont’s GMO-labeling bill going into effect on July 1st, it wouldn’t make sense to label GMOs in its products just for that state. So, whatever GMO-labeling requirements that Vermont will mandate, General Mills will put those same labels on its products for every state in the country. Read more »


Another Reason to Support Organic – It Will More Effectively Feed the World During the Global Drought

Another Reason to Support Organic - It Will More Effectively Feed the World During the Global Drought

When people get into a debate about whether organic food is worth it or not, the first issue that always comes up is price. While organic can cost a little more, there are numerous ways to make it less expensive. Yet, what is often missing in this discussion is how organic is so much better for […]

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When people get into a debate about whether organic food is worth it or not, the first issue that always comes up is price.

While organic can cost a little more, there are numerous ways to make it less expensive.

Yet, what is often missing in this discussion is how organic is so much better for the planet.

And this is something that absolutely must be part of the narrative as to why organic is the superior choice, particularly because the global food system is responsible for 44-57% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Read more »