7 Organic Food Brands We Love
- Written by Alicia Drewnicki
- January 24, 2020
- 5 min read
You might already know that Honestly Good uses only 100% organic ingredients. (Find out more about why we’re an organic company here). There are so many other great organic food brands out there, so as part of our “Nourish” themed week, we decided to showcase some of our favourites.
Here’s our guide to 7 top organic food brands you should check out:
1) Yeo Valley
What they do: Yeo Valley are a privately owned family-run farm and dairy business in the village of Blagdon, which dates all the way back to 1974 when the founders sold yoghurt from their farm gate, and to local shops.
Why we love them: We love their commitment to honest organic farming, and not only that, but their products are delicious too – from yoghurts, to milk, cheese, ice cream, and desserts. They’ve paved the way for organic brands, and are arguably one of the most well-known organic brands in the UK. They also help a lot of charities, particularly childrens’ charities such as The Calvert Trust.
Product recommendations: Pure and simple – you can’t beat a Yeo Valley natural yoghurt, but we also love their smooth and creamy vanilla ice cream too, and can’t wait to try their new Kefir range.
What they do: Organix create healthy, nutritious organic baby and toddler food, that’s made from real fruit and vegetables.
Why we love them: Founder Lizzie had a vision for children to be able to eat food that didn’t have anything unnecessary added, or anything important taken away, and she achieved it! She works with nutritionists, organic farmers, and parents to cater for kids’ needs and create delicious and healthy food, where purpose comes before profit.
Product recommendations: Little ones who are friends of Honestly Good are particularly fond of the Melty Carrot Puffs, and the Just Oatmeal, Apple, Banana, and Raspberry pouches.
3) Pukka Herbs
What they do: Pukka Herbs are most commonly known for their delicious organic teas, which there are over 42 different types of. They also produce organic supplements, and lattes too.
Why we love them: Founder Sebastian knows his stuff about Ayurvedic herbs – he qualified as a herbalist in 1995, and saw a gap in the market for good quality organic herbal teas, joined forces with co-founder Tim, and the rest is history! Not only are they Soil Association certified like us, but they also care deeply about sustainability, and ethically sourcing ingredients, and donated over £565,000 to environmental causes in 2018 alone.
Product recommendations: It’s hard to choose – but we’re fans of the Three Mint tea, which is ideal after a meal, as well as the Lemon Ginger & Manuka Honey tea.
What they do: Zaytoun supply artisanal Palestinian produce to the UK market, including olive oil, medjoul dates, almonds, za’atar, and more.
Why we love them: Zaytoun describes itself as a social enterprise and community interest company that supports Palestinian farming communities, and helps them to achieve organic certification for their products. Founders Cathi, Heather, Atif, and Sal have achieved sales of over £1 million, while never compromising on quality, and flying the flag for all things organic, with their Soil Association Certification. They also facilitate earth-friendly acts through their website, such as planting olive trees in Palestine.
Product recommendations: For us, it’s all about the award-winning extra virgin olive oil! It’s ethically sourced, and was the world’s first olive oil to be awarded Fairtrade certification.
What they do: Rebel Kitchen create all sorts of wonderful plant-based mylks, mylk shakes, and coconut water products that are all Soil Association certified organic.
Why we love them: The company was started based on founder Tamara’s passion for health, food, and sustainability. The company mission is to ‘redefine health through food, business. and beyond’, and Rebel Kitchen is certainly creating a lot of positive change. They are a Certified B Corporation, as well as being members of 1% For the Planet.
Product recommendations: We love how Rebel Kitchen have created a 100% plant-based mylk that tastes great in coffee, and it’s hard to tell the different between dairy milk. The ingredients include coconut cream, brown rice, cashew, Himalayan salt, nutritional yeast, and most importantly, no nasties!
6) Doves Farm
What they do: The Wiltshire-based Doves Farm are producers of organic flours, biscuits, and baking ingredients.
Why we love them: Doves Farm have been flying the flag for organic for a long time (in fact, since before some of the Honestly Good team were born!) The company launched in 1978, and since then, founders Clare and Michael have championed the use of organic and heritage flours, and they’ve also proudly reintroduced some of the UK’s lost ancient grains, that were once abandoned in favour of modern wheat varieties (that had a higher crop yield). They believe in growing grains slowly and tenderly, using the traditional stone grinding techniques.
Product recommendations: As well as the kitchen staples (such as plain and self-raising flour) Doves also has a great range of speciality flours such as Stoneground Wholemeal Buckwheat Flour, and Stoneground English Wholemeal Einkorn Flour.
What they do: Ombar is an organic, vegan, and gluten-free chocolate company that was created after the co-founders saw potential for a healthier chocolate bar, made of raw cacao.
Why we love them: When we read the statement “we approach our chocolate like a health food”, we knew they were a company after our own heart! The ingredients of all their bars are organic, and minimally processed, and they source their organic and fair-trade cacao directly from farmer’s cooperatives in Ecuador. It’s all about the process at Ombar, and they keep their chocolate full of nutrients by using a low temperature method.
Product recommendations: We’ve got a soft spot for their Coco Mylk bar, but also love the development of the Ombar Centres range, especially the Pistachio Centres – super creamy and nutty truffly goodness, but guilt-free too thanks to its all natural and plant-based ingredients.
So that’s it – 7 amazing organic brands that tantalise our tastebuds and inspire us to keep on working hard to pave the way in the organic food industry. If there are any you think we should showcase in Part 2 of this article, leave a comment below and let us know 🙂