Throughout the entire month of March, we are celebrating and honoring women and their achievements. Today, March 8th, is an entire day dedicated to women, known as International Women’s Day. What exactly does this mean? According to the International Women’s Day Website, today is a “global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.” Throughout history, pioneer women have had to battle and fight for their rights, as well as overcome hardships and discrimination. We honor and thank women for all that they have done, and continue to do.
At Price Chopper and Market 32, we are proud to sell many products from companies that were founded by women. Today, we want to specifically highlight five of these brands that we carry and encourage you to look for them the next time you are in our stores. Check out the five below!.
Earth to Kids (Chickapea)
Shelby Taylor created the brand “Earth to Kids” in 2015. Taylor realized the difficulties of not only putting together a nutritious meal that everyone would like, but also dealing with health restrictions and dietary needs. That is when she decided to take pasta and make it a superfood by creating “Chickapea” pasta. Chickapea pasta is made from chickpeas and lentils. The company’s mission statement is as follows: “We strive to empower consumers to feel better, inspiring and energizing them to do good things in the world.”
Green Grass Foods Inc. (Nutpods)
The story of Nutpods began in 2013 with a woman named Madeline Haydon. While she was on vacation, she was very disappointed by a non-dairy creamer she had in a diner. She knew it was time for a change, so she spent over a year creating what is now known as “Nutpods.” Today, Nutpods has a wide variety of non-dairy creamers, including French Vanilla, Cookie Butter, and Pumpkin Spice just to name a few.
“Being a force for good in society is core to the mission of Nutpods.”
Marian Harris was a small business owner in Seattle. When she soon discovered that places to eat affordable lunches were few and far between, she took matters into her own hands and opened up a restaurant with this exact mission. Harris eventually developed her own homemade cracker recipe to accompany her soups and salads, and these crackers were a huge hit. In 1992, Harris went to local stores to have customers sample these delicious crackers, and that was when PARTNERS®, A Tasteful Choice Company, was born. Why the name Partners? Harris says it is because her crackers are the perfect “partner” with any food.
Elizabeth Stein learned all about holistic nutrition and the impact that food has on the body 15 years ago. There was one problem, though. Stein saw limited options in grocery stores for delicious, wholesome foods, so Stein knew she had to take action. This was when “Purely Elizabeth” was created. Today, Purely Elizabeth has many different varieties and flavors of granola, cereal, and oatmeal. “Purely Elizabeth products are Certified Gluten-Free with select products also Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Vegan, and Certified Paleo + Keto by the Paleo Foundation.”
Melissa Kushi learned from a young age the importance of sustainable foods. While studying in Japan, she fully began to understand how important quality salt is for our bodies. Kushi is not only the founder and owner of HimalaSalt, but she is a natural foods cooking teacher, Macrobiotic educator, international organic commodities specialist, and mother. HamalaSalt’s mission statement is as follows: “We are mission driven. Creating a culture of compassion, humanity, and sustainability inspires us, and we take pride in our products that support wellbeing, and provide added social value.”