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Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Product Ordering Guidelines

The Co-op is committed to continually improving consumer selections of organically grown and natural products in ways that are sustainable, both environmentally and economically. Organically grown products are defined as those that meet or exceed rigid standards of the USDA certified organic program. Natural foods are defined as being free from synthetic additives..

General Standards

The Co-op strives to sell

  1. Unprocessed foods such as fresh produce, whole grains, nuts, and beans.
  2. Products that are minimally refined or processed.
  3. Foods lower in sweeteners, salt, and common allergens in comparison to other products of the same category or classification.
  4. Foods that meet the needs of special diets such as wheat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, salt-free, gluten-free, vegan, and medically prescribed.
  5. Animal products that are raised or produced in a humane manner, using sustainable methods; for example, through free range rearing and by organic standards1.
  6. Unpackaged bulk products, especially alternatives to packaged foods, as well as products in reusable, recyclable, recycled, and/or reduced packaging.
  7. Quality natural supplements that meet our customer’s varied needs.
  8. A diverse selection of botanically-based body care products
  9. Ethically wild crafted herbs and medicinal plants.
  10. Locally produced products and products for home food processing.

The Co-op will not knowingly sell

  1. Foods containing artificial preservatives2, hydrogenated oils, transfats,
  2. Any products containing artificial flavorings or colorings.
  3. Any animal food products, including milk or milk by-products from cows, goats, or sheep treated with recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) or any other growth hormone.
  4. Products from manufacturers or corporations who engage in unnatural processes such as forced molting for egg production.
  5. Body Care product whose ingredients have been used in laboratory animal testing.

In addition

Without federally required labeling of products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), SNFC cannot guarantee all the products it carries are GMO-free. Because 85-90% of all soybeans, corn, cotton, sugar beets and canola and much of the alfalfa grown in this country contain Monsanto’s patented genetically altered genes, products that include these ingredients and which were grown using conventional agricultural practices may contain GMOs. Certified organically grown products are prohibited from using ingredients that have been genetically modified. For this reason, the CO-OP is committed to providing whenever possible at least one product in each food category that is certified by a third party3 to be organically grown. Many of the manufacturers whose products are available at the Co-op have gone through or are going through the Non-GMO Project4 verification process for some or all of their products. Choosing products that are “Non-GMO Project verified” is another way to avoid GMOs. We will attempt to label all products that have received such verification.

We recognize that consumers expect natural and organic products to be free of GMOs and are endeavoring to meet that expectation to the best of our ability. Therefore, as of August 15, 2013, we are no longer accepting new non-organic products that include GMO high-risk items (listed below) in their ingredient list unless the products have been certified to be GMO-free by the Non-GMO Projector vendors can provide us a detailed description of measures taken to avoid GMO contamination. Animal products (e.g. meat, dairy, eggs), beer, wine and body care products are excluded from this policy at this time.

High-risk Crops: The following crops carry the risk of being genetically engineered, because engineered varieties are grown on a large scale in North America and certain other parts of the world:
Alfalfa, Canola (Rapeseed), Corn, Cotton, Soy and Sugar Beets

All products with a CO-OP label will be certified to be manufactured using crops that have been grown without GMO and using milk products from cows that have not been treated with Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH).

*Exception: Because most of the world's naturally sourced vitamins C and E are originally formulated from genetically modified corn (C) and soy (E), most CO-OP label dietary supplements cannot be certified non-GMO, despite the fact that the finished products test negative for genetic modification. The Co-op’s private label dietary supplement line includes many certified organic products as well as many that are certified through the Identity Protection Program (IPP)5, all of which are GMO-free, and the Co-op will continue to work to expand those offerings.

Departmental Standards

Specific guidelines that outline the priorities to be used for product selection in each of the Co-op’s sales departments are to be found in the attached Appendices.

Appendix A

Grocery Department Product Standards

The Grocery Manager will select products for sale in the Grocery Department using a set of priorities ranging from Top Level (1) to Mid Level (2) and finally to Lower Level (3). In addition to these priorities, all coffee sold at the Co-op must be certified organic.

The Top Level Priorities include:

  • Quality
  • Nutritional Value
  • Source
    • Local
    • Regional
    • National
  • Growing Method
    • Certified organically grown
    • Sustainably grown
  • Manufacturer Type
    • Fair Trade
    • Cooperative
    • Small business

Mid Level Priorities include:

  • Price
  • Sufficient movement of product
  • Reliability of vendor
  • Logistics in acquisition

Low Level Priorities include:

  • Seasonality
  • Special dietary needs
  • Customer requests

Appendix B

Wellness Department Product Standards

The Wellness Manager will select products for sale in the Wellness Department using a set of priorities ranging from Top Level (1) to Mid Level (2) and finally to Lower Level (3).

Supplements

Top Level Priorities for Supplements include:

  • Quality
  • Nutritional Value
  • Dietary needs/restrictions
  • Customer requests
  • Price

Mid Level Priorities for Supplements include:

  • Product Movement
  • Source (local, regional, USA, etc.)
  • Manufacturer: small scale, cooperative, Fair Trade, conglomerate, etc.

Lower Level Priorities for Supplements include:

  • Reliability of vendor
  • Logistics involved in acquiring product

Herbs

Top Level Priorities for Herbs include:

  • Source (local, regional, USA, etc.)
  • Manufacturer: small scale, cooperative, fair Trade, conglomerate, etc.
  • Growing methods: certified organic, Fair Trade, conventional, other
  • Quality
  • Nutritional value
  • Dietary needs/restrictions

Mid Level Priorities for Herbs include:

  • Customer requests
  • Product movement

Lower Level Priorities for Herbs include:

  • Price
  • Reliability of vendor
  • Logistics involved in acquiring product

Body Care

Top Level Priorities for Body Care include:

  • Quality

Mid Level Priorities for Body Care include:

  • Source (local, regional, USA, etc.)
  • Manufacturer: small scale, cooperative, Fair Trade, conglomerate, etc.
  • Customer requests
  • Product movement

Lower Level Priorities for Body Care include:

  • Price
  • Reliability of vendor
  • Logistics involved in acquiring product

Mercantile

Top Level Priorities fro Mercantile include:

  • Quality
  • Customer requests
  • Seasonality

Mid Level Priorities for Mercantile include:

  • Price
  • Product movement
  • Manufacturer: small scale, cooperative, Fair Trade, conglomerate, etc.

Lower Level Priorities for Mercantile include:

  • Reliability of vendor
  • Logistics involved in acquiring product

Appendix C

Meat Poultry and Seafood Department Product Standards

Meat

We support small farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to animal husbandry practices that prioritize the health of the animals and a respect for the environment. The meats we sell are sustainably raised and free of added growth hormones and antibiotics.

Top Level Priorities Include:

  • Animals are sustainably and humanely raised
  • Buy certified organic when ever possible
  • Animals are fed a natural diet that is free of corn
  • Buy the whole animal whenever possible
  • Rancher provides Transparency and traceability in practices and product
  • Rancher maintains a closed herd whenever possible
  • Source: Local and regional

Mid Level priorities Include:

  • Price
  • Sufficient demand for product
  • Reliability of Vendor

Poultry Department Product Standards

Poultry

All poultry has been raised on a vegetarian diet in cage-free environments and is free of antibiotics, added hormones, nitrites, and artificial preservatives.

Top Level Priorities Include:

  • Buy from small-scale farms when possible
  • Buy certified organic whenever possible
  • Buy from farmers who prioritize the health of the animals and employ sustainable methods
  • Animals have been raised on a vegetarian diet in cage free environments
  • Poultry is free of antibiotics, hormones, nitrites, and artificial preservatives.
  • Source: Local and Regional
  • Transparency and traceability in practices and product

Mid Level priorities Include:

  • Price
  • Sufficient demand for product
  • Reliability of Vendor

Seafood Department Product Standards

Seafood

We purchase our fresh seafood from fisheries that are working in an environmentally responsible manner to maintain healthy species populations and habitats. All of the fresh seafood we sell meets the standards for sustainability set by the Sustainable Fishery Advocates' FishWise program.

Top Level Priorities Include:

  • We only sell fresh seafood that ranks yellow or green under the FishWise program

Mid Level priorities Include:

  • Price
  • Sufficient demand for product
  • Reliability of Vendor

Appendix D

Wine, Beer and Cheese Department Standards

The wine, beer and cheese manager will select products for sale in this department using a set of priorities ranging from Top Level (1) to Mid Level (2) and finally to Low Level (3)

Wine Department Standards

Top Level priorities include:

  • Quality and Taste
  • Locality: Emphasis on Local (California) Wineries
  • Price: Good Value, Affordably Priced
  • Variety

Mid Level Priorities for Mercantile include:

  • Brand recognition
  • Attributes: Organic, Biodynamic, Sulfite Free, Kosher
  • Seasonality

Lower Level Priorities for Mercantile include:

  • Customer Requests
  • Purchasing and storage Logistics

Requirements:

We sell only those products that comply with Sacramento City Code Title 5 Chapter 5.08.100

We sell only wine products that comply with the Product Ordering Guidelines; containing no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

Beer Department Standards

Top Level priorities include:

  • Micro brews selection
  • Competitively priced
  • Quality and Taste Characteristics
  • Location: Local, CA

Mid Level Priorities for Mercantile include:

  • Brand recognition
  • Certified organic

Lower Level Priorities for Mercantile include:

  • Customer Requests
  • Purchasing and Storage Logistics

Requirements:

We sell only those products that comply with Sacramento City Code Title 5 Chapter 5.08.100

We sell only beer products that comply with the Product Ordering Guidelines; containing no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

Cheese Department Standards

Top Level priorities include:

  • Unique Variety
  • Brand Recognition
  • Certified organic, farmstead, artisan
  • Quality and Taste Characteristics
  • Location: Local, CA

Mid Level Priorities for Mercantile include:

  • Co-op Manufacturers
  • Nutritional or dietary: raw, fat free, low fat
  • Customer Request

Lower Level Priorities for Mercantile include:

  • Purchasing and storage Logistics

Requirements:

We sell only those products that comply with Sacramento City Code Title 5 Chapter 5.08.100

We sell only cheese products that comply with the Product Ordering Guidelines; containing no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

Appendix E

Commitment Statements

Deli

Our purpose is to provide our community with seasonal, local, organic food that is wholesome, delicious and prepared in our kitchen. We aim to serve the wide variety of dietary preferences of our customers and our menu changes with the season. We purchase certified organic ingredients whenever possible. We always use certified organic produce, grains, beans, and eggs.

Produce

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is part of a larger food community that includes farmers, wholesalers, manufacturers, shoppers and the Earth.

We purchase only the highest quality certified organically grown produce and emphasize direct buying relationships with local small family farms. We are proud that our produce department sells exclusively certified organic produce and serves as a link that allows shoppers to support local small family farmers. This supports sustainable agriculture, preserves rural life, protects natural resources and provides our customers with simply delicious food..

Appendix F

Private Label

Any products that carry a Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative private label must be authorized by the General Manager. In addition to meeting the general and departmental guideline spelled out above, these products must offer exceptional quality, exceptional price or both.


Footnotes

  1. Meat products in pet foods may not meet these standards. At this time, the Co-op can not commit to the standards for meat products in pet food products due to lack of available sources and ingredients. The Co-op staff will look for every opportunity to find the best available sources for meat products in pet foods.
  2. Organic infant formula containing synthetic vitamin E used as a preservative may be sold. Technology does not currently offer any other ingredient that can be used to preserve organic infant formula. Although infant formula contains natural vitamin E, Dl alpha tocopherol acetate is necessary to maintain shelf life and protect naturally occurring nucleotides that offer optimum nutritional support to infants, therefore there is no organic infant formula available without synthetic vitamin E. Dl alpha tocopherol acetate is not considered to be toxic.
  3. Third-party-certified organic means certified by a third party certification organization to be grown and processed in accordance with organic industry certifying standards, as developed by the Organic Certifiers Council (OCC), the Organic Trade Association (OTA), and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). Such certification guarantees products are free from rBGH, GMO, synthetic additives, hormones and antibiotics and are grown by organic methods.
  4. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit multi-stakeholder collaboration committed top preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMMO choices.” (From the Non-GMO Project website).
  5. The Identity Preservation Program is a voluntary service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service that provides participating companies with independent, third-party verification of the identification, segregation, and traceability of their product's unique, value-added characteristic. Verification is provided at every stage, including seed, production, processing, and distribution.
 
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