In our opinion, honest ingredients are those that provide better traceability, a guarantee that producers are fairly compensated for their work and an assurance that production processes are environmentally sound. While sourcing is not without its share of challenges, we like to think of each new ingredient used in our products as an opportunity to reassess our current supply. We are proud to partner with responsible producers who share our holistic vision of food.
Learn more about the producers we work with below.
Did you know that cashew nuts go through about a dozen mostly manual steps prior to being ready for consumption? This elaborate process includes drying, pulping, roasting, shelling, peeling and sorting. So much of this work is carried out manually and deserves adequate compensation. Unfortunately, nearly all the cashews we consume offer no such guarantee.
Umano works directly with the Kenedougou Agricultural Cooperative (Coopake) in Burkina Faso. People employed by the cooperative work in safe conditions and are paid according to the country’s legal standards. What’s more, Fair trade certification requires that workers coat their hands in vegetable oil prior to hulling the nuts in order to prevent burns caused by the acid they contain.This technique, combined with preheating followed by 24 hours of cooling the in-shell nuts, ensures that the acid does not lead to injuries.
Taylor Pecan Co. Is a family grown farm located in North Carolina. We first met the Taylor family on a trip to the US in February 2020. During this visit, they shared with us their passion and expertise surrounding the harvest and shelling process of pecans, a process they do themselves on their farm. We fell in love with the unique taste and freshness of their pecans, which in addition to enhancing the taste of our products, offer a guarantee of traceability.
Érablière Caséal specializes in the production of organic maple syrup as well as in its transformation into derived products, all of which are certified organic. For the owners, it is important to provide environmentally friendly products, while maintaining the biodiversity in their Eastern Townships sugar bush. They also encourage the local economy by integrating regional products in their processing.
International Chef de cuisine, Peter, along with his partner Robin, founded the Newfoundland Salt Company in 2011, after returning to his hometown in Newfoundland. Since then, he has been crafting a pure, high quality sea salt with outstanding taste.
Camino is a Canadian brand of fair trade and organic food products, owned by La Siembra Co-operative. La Siembra became the first registered importers of Fair trade Certified cocoa and sugar in North America. They work closely, and where possible, directly, with their partner co-operatives of family farmers to ensure transparency, respect and fairness in the supply chain.
Épices de Cru is a family-owned tea and spice company based in Montreal. Their goal is to provide only the highest quality whole spices and loose leaf teas, made with respect to the traditions of producers. Ethné and Philippe founded Épices de Cru in 1995 following a trip to Grenada, where they were charmed by the richness of the aromas and spices found there. Since then, they have travelled the world to bring back the best spices. The name "épices de cru" refers to a spice that comes from an exceptional terroir, renowned for the quality of its production.
True emblem of Sherbrooke, Hubert Saint-Jean has been offering exceptional coffees for nearly a hundred years. The team is committed to developing fair trade and direct trade products. Like other third wave coffees, they master all the steps surrounding the production and roasting of their coffee beans.
Aust & Hachmann is a dedicated vanilla company dealing only in natural vanilla beans and their by-products. They put quality at the very top of their list of basic requirements for all vanilla they purchase. With regional partnerships in Madagascar, Uganda, Comoros and Indonesia they are always in tune with what is happening in the vanilla trade.
Maison Orphée specializes in the production of first cold-pressed oils. This process implies no preheating. The pressing of the seeds is done at a temperature which varies according to the oil content in the seeds and the hardness of the seeds. In addition, they have been working in collaboration with producers in Europe and North and South America to find the best products.