Red Duck Foods, Inc., a premier sauce company committed to crafting superior organic products, is now a Certified B Corp. The nonprofit B Lab® awards its certification to companies that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance.
“Sourcing organic ingredients and ensuring the quality and integrity of our products has always been one of our highest priorities,” said co-Founder Shannon Oliver. “We believe in playing an active role in the communities we are a part of, and we hope to be part of a positive change and a healthier world.”
“We’re excited to welcome Red Duck Foods to our strong community of Certified B Corps in Portland,” said Karen Lickteig, Communications Chair for B Local PDX. “We recently added six new Oregon B Corps, including Red Duck, putting us over the milestone of more than 100 Certified B Corps in Oregon. Red Duck should be proud to count their company among others who aren’t just paying lip service to being ‘sustainable,’ but truly walking the talk.”
Red Duck specializes in unique twists on familiar favorites. With a keen eye for honest ingredients and nuanced flavors, Red Duck’s artisan products elevate any meal and help to cut time spent in the kitchen.
Synergy Flavors, Inc., which supplies flavors, extracts and essences for the global food and beverage industry, has announced the completion of two new primary schools in Antohomaro and Farahalana, Madagascar. The two facilities mark the second pair of schools Synergy Flavors has funded in Madagascar. The first two schools were built near Sambava, Madagascar in 2016. This initiative is a way for the company to give back to the underserved community of growers and processors who have been at the heart of Synergy Flavors’ success for decades.
Synergy Flavors once again worked with the Madagascar Development Fund (MDF) to build the two schools. The schools were built to replace two others that were destroyed by Cyclone Enowa early in 2017, a cyclone that destroyed much of the region’s infrastructure.
“One of MDF’s main objectives is to reduce poverty by providing communities with self-sustaining tools, such as education and schools,” said Brian Donaldson, past British ambassador to Madagascar and patron of the Madagascar Development Fund. “Thanks to Synergy Flavors’ funding, we are able to provide two more towns with access to educational resources and skill development tools that will improve the lives of children, who will one day become leaders in their communities.”
Madagascar has a historically challenged economy, where more than 80 percent of the population has an income of less than one dollar per day, according to MDF. Antohomaro and Farahalana are located in the SAVA region, which produces nearly 80 percent of the world’s vanilla beans. As a major producer of vanilla extracts and flavors, Synergy Flavors chose to invest in the future of a region that has provided so much to the flavor and ingredient industry.
“Synergy Flavors believes the key to innovation and success is starting with the right foundation,” said Rod Sowders, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Flavors. “Education is a significant portion of that foundation. By building schools in areas that lack a direct avenue to education, we are creating a strong foundation for Malagasy children and driving transformative change throughout the entire community.”
With construction completed, the two schools will now begin to accept children for classes. These schools will put young children on the right path to a more promising future and will provide many of them with access to education for the first time in their lives. The inauguration of the schools is expected to take place later this year.
Savortree™ Ginger Crystals are the newest flavor in the Herb Crystals® line by Fresh Origins, a San Diego-based company. Made from real ginger, these Crystals have a refreshing and authentic ginger taste and they are the hottest new ingredient for spicing up cooking at home. These Crystals are zesty and crunchy with just the right amount of ginger spice. Ginger Crystals to can be added to salads, meats, seafood, pastries, fresh fruit, gelato, chocolate and even cocktails.
Savortree Crystals are available in the following flavors: Herb Crystals Basil, Cilantro, Ginger, Habanero, Flower Crystals Mint, Fennel, Rose, Hibiscus, and Fruit Crystals Cranberry and Pumpkin Spice. They are shelf-stable and best used before six months, but can be frozen for a longer shelf-life.