Founded in 1975, Great River Organic Milling Company (GROM) began operations as a small stone milling company deep in the valley of what is known as the coulee region of western Wisconsin. Initially, production consisted of small deliveries of local organic grains, stone ground into flour for local bakeries. Keep in mind, this was before there were U.S. Department of Agriculture organic standards that are in place today.
Fast forward to 40 years later, and you will find that the company still operates in that same valley. The scale of operations, however, has changed dramatically. The company is proud to count some of the nation’s largest manufacturers as its customers and it still caters to those companies that were the foundation of Great River Organic Milling Company. Whether you need 500 pounds of stone ground flour for your bakery or 44,000 pounds of flour for your cereal processing line, and whether you want your product packed in 2-pound bags for retail or a 2,000-pound super sack, Great River is here to help you meet those needs.
Great River Organic Milling has the following certifications so that you can be assured you are getting the highest quality, food safe products or ingredients for your production facility or retail shelf: audited HACCP plan, third party food safety audits conducted annually, GFSI BRC certification in process, organically certified by QAI, Non-GMO Project Verification, kosher approved and customer performed food safety audits on request.
Products and services provided: suppliers of flour, grains and ingredients for the food manufacturing industry; toll milling services available; contract manufacturing and private label packaging; retail products; and ancient grains.
Back to Nature Foods Company is launching Honey Nut Granola, made with sustainably sourced honey and available beginning this month. With the new granola, Back to Nature is also kicking off a partnership with GloryBee® to support its SAVE THE BEE® initiative, which focuses on research, awareness and education to prevent the decline of America’s bee population.
Back to Nature’s crunchy, new Honey Nut Granola is made with tropical blossom honey and cane sugar for the perfect hint of sweetness. Made up of a satisfying mix of whole grain rolled oats, honey, pecans, almonds and coconut, the Honey Nut Granola can be enjoyed in a protein-packed yogurt parfait or a tasty trail mix.
The honey used in Back to Nature’s Honey Nut Granola is sustainably sourced from around the world and certified by GloryBee, whose diverse family of conscientious, dedicated and knowledgeable individuals have been striving to achieve the highest possible standards for their products for more than 40 years. Through this partnership, Back to Nature is a sweet supporter of the SAVE THE BEE initiative, which provides research, awareness and education needed to protect honeybees and promote healthy honeybee colonies.
“We are thrilled to launch our partnership with GloryBee, one that allows us to further our mission of capturing delicious, natural ingredients for our consumers,” said Tracy Russell, Director of Marketing, Back to Nature Foods Company. “We hope to bring a smile with every bite of this delicious granola and raise awareness around the importance of preserving the bee population.”
The Honey Nut Granola is Non-GMO Project verified, along with more than 85 percent of all Back to Nature products. As a leader in the natural foods industry, Back to Nature understands the importance of Non-GMO Project Verification and has made a commitment to obtain this certification for its wide array of products spanning multiple categories in addition to granola, including cookies, crackers, nuts and cereal.
Hilary’s, which makes foods from real ingredients that are free from common allergens, has introduced Millet Medleys, a new line that offers a flavorful and clean twist on traditional rice pilaf, packaged in convenient microwaveable pouches. On display at Natural Products Expo East in September, Hilary’s Millet Medleys come in four versatile and savory flavors: Traditional Herb, Golden Curry, Savory Mushroom and Fresh Greek, and are perfect as a bowl base, side dish or meal starter. The new heat-and-eat medleys are rolling out now nationwide.
“We were inspired to create this line because of the powerful and nourishing benefits of millet, which is also naturally gluten-free,” said Becky Harpstrite, Vice President of Marketing at Hilary’s. “Millet’s higher protein content, sustainable growing methods and alkaline properties make it the perfect base for a variety of flavor profiles and recipes, allowing us to infuse bold flavors with clean ingredients. With fresh, on-trend and mouthwatering flavors, our Millet Medleys are a tasty, free-from option in the frozen aisle. They’re perfect for busy consumers who want convenience, whether they’re clean eaters or have special dietary needs.”
Millet Medleys are made with a harmonious blend of ancient grain millet, extra virgin olive oil, organic vegetables and protein-rich pulses. They can be heated and served for a plant-based side dish or meal that’s ready in minutes. Millet is a hot trending ingredient, known for its high fiber and alkaline properties, in addition to being a drought resistant crop. Like all Hilary’s products, Millet Medleys are free from common allergens, including wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, sesame and corn. They are vegan, USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and certified gluten free.
The Traditional Herb Millet Medley offers a combination of carrots, peas and white beans along with parsley and thyme, while Golden Curry Millet Medley has a warm mixture of lentils, peas and golden raisins seasoned with turmeric and cayenne. Savory Mushroom Millet Medley offers up the earthy, comforting tastes of mushrooms, herbs and roasted vegetables, while the Fresh Greek Millet Medley’s garbanzo beans, Kalamata olives, red onion and sun-dried tomatoes accented with parsley and mint provide an authentic taste of Greece.
Hilary’s new Millet Medleys are available at conventional and natural grocery stores nationwide and in Canada, as well as online for a suggested retail price of $4.99 per package.