Eden Foods began as a co-operative in the 1960s in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From there, it became a bakery and a cafeteria where it was possible to buy "natural, organic, and macrobiotic food." In 1972, the company opened a warehouse, began relationships with Japanese artisan food-makers and imported rice vinegar, tea, shou, etc. The business in food service had begun. This article describes the benefits of Eden Foods' ingredients.
The food Eden buys is from local sources, with only a few that are imported such as green tea from Japan and olive oil from Spain. The food is mostly processed and packaged near the base, with other required processing done in the US. The sobon and udon noodles are made in Montreal, Quebec.
Organic The ingredients for Eden Foods are organic. The food is either grown organically in the US, New Brunswick or in Saskatchewan. Fresh ingredients Since the food is processed near the base, the ingredients remain fresh. Non-GMO The ingredients are not GMO - even those that are not grown and processed in the US, are organic and non-GMO as well. The company's president is a governing member of the Non-GMO Project's board of directors. No irradiation It must also be noted that irradiation is not allowed in any of the ingredients that Eden uses. Tested The ingredients for the company are carefully tested in an in-house laboratory. There, they are tested for "allergens, vomitoxin, aflatoxin, pathogens, and GMOs's, as well as shelf-life studies, protein, pH-acid/alkaline, Brix, moisture, water absorption and overall freshness and quality."
It is not only the ingredients themselves which are advantageous. Their manufacturing process itself is beneficial to the ecology of the planet. Non-BPA cans Eden Foods is particular with regards to the packaging of the ingredients. The company uses cans that do not have BPA in them. Instead, the company utilises cans that have an enamel with vegetable in its resins. These resins do not react with the acidic foods as the BPA-enameled cans would have. Pest control The organic plants that Eden uses to make the ingredients are treated with organic pest control. This ensures that the ingredients which are produced are of the highest quality possible. Recycling Instead of throwing away the packaging, paper, printer cartridges, computers, etc., Eden Foods recycles its waste products. Food wastage This view of waste is applied to the food as well. Wastage of food during the processing period is vigilantly tracked and monitored. Energy-saving The ingredients are processed in a facility that uses LED lightning. This avoids the wastage of energy.