The world of business may be notoriously cutthroat, but here at TCHO we believe companies and their customers are better served when businesses learn from each other instead of putting themselves against each other. As a result, we’re constantly keeping our eyes peeled for inspiring ideas, innovations, and values from companies both within and outside of the food space. We’re always adding to our list of companies we admire, and the following five companies have long held places on that list.
There are several things to admire about NUMI Tea, but we’re especially taken by their dedication to environmental sustainability, which infuses nearly everything the company does. Numi seeks to minimize its impact on the planet through the use of eco-responsible packaging, solar panels that power their entire production facility, and monitoring systems that help them minimize the impact of the transportation of their ingredients and materials. Like TCHO, NUMI is also concerned with making sure their products are sourced in ethical ways.
At a time when the craft beer industry is more competitive than ever, The Bruery continues to focus on building collaborative and supportive relationships with other beer companies and ingredient vendors. It’s also developed a robust subscription program for hardcore fans that allows the company to experiment with new flavors and ideas before releasing said products into distribution; this program gives their customers an opportunity to play an exciting role in product development. The company is also known for its creative packaging and branding. The connection they have with their biggest fans is very appealing to both consumers and other businesses. Who knows, maybe this could be a future for us to pursue!
Not only is Califia Farms creating innovative packaging and products (which include whole-foods-based plant milks and juices), but the company is paving the way for the future of the food and beverage industries with its remarkable sustainability practices. Califia is especially concerned with minimizing its water usage; to that end, the company utilizes a variety of water recycling practices and partners with growers who are equally committed to reducing their water consumption.
With the advent of their pressed vegetable chips, Forager has challenged companies and individuals to reconceptualize waste as a resource instead of landfill fodder. Forager is walking the walk by transforming food products that could have gone to waste into something delicious: While most well-known for their pressed juice beverages, their decision to create a tortilla-chip-like product out of the vegetables left over from the pressing process is both innovative and inspiring. (And the chips taste amazing!)
Patagonia has demonstrated a consistent commitment to ethical business practices over the course of its decades-long tenure in the outdoor gear space. The company is dedicated to Fair Trade and has earned B Corp certification for its environmental and social standards along with its commitment to transparency and accountability. It donates one percent of all sales to grassroots environmental groups and has even created a Patagonia Provisions Line dedicated to regenerating and restoring food resources. Not surprisingly, Patagonia’s mission resonates with our own vision for TCHO: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”
As we work on staying up to date, innovative, and appealing to our consumers, we have our eyes on fierce competition in other categories to introduce a new way of thinking in chocolate.
From innovative products, to inspiring environmental practices, each of these companies is helping to pave the way for greater ethics, sustainability, and creativity in a wide range of industries.