Emerald Valley Kitchen is a manufacturer of all-natural fresh
salsa, dips, hummus, and bottled cooking sauces using organic
||Fiesta | Mild | Medium | Hot | Green
These no fat, no cholesterol, very low calorie salsas are
delicious with chips, bread or tortillas, and are great as
sauces, marinades, and for braising vegetables or meats. Both
salsas are high in Vitamin A and the red salsa is high in
the antioxidant lycopene.
Organic 3-Bean Hot | Organic 3-Bean Mild |
Organic Black Bean
Our UN-refried beans are among the most flavorful and healthy
commercially available dips in the world. Made with organically
grown beans, low calorie and high protein, the flavor is
best at or above room temperature. Excellent as a hot dip,
a sandwich spread, or on wraps, burritos and nachos. These
make quick and healthy meals kids love!
Organic Traditional | Greek Olive & Roasted
Garlic | Organic Creamy Roasted Sweet Red Pepper | Organic Spinach
& Feta | Organic Sun-dried Tomato
This wonderful Middle Eastern favorite comes in 5 different flavors
that are great on pita bread, with falafel, or spread on your
favorite sandwich as a high protein, low calorie alternative to
mayonnaise. Our hummus is also a tasty dip for crackers, chips,
and veggies. These hummus dips are made with organic garbanzo
beans, also called chickpeas, which are a source of high quality
protein, and organic sesame tahini, which is a good source of
Peanut-Curry | Organic Sesame-Garlic | Szechuan
Emerald Valley Kitchen Cooking Sauces with Organic Ingredients
are versatile sauces that are delicious in every season. As a
dipping sauce they’re great for potstickers, spring and egg rolls,
or vegetables. They can also work as a marinade and/or barbecue
sauce for tofu, and meat. Some people even use them to baste the
Thanksgiving Turkey! And, of course, they are superb as a Stir
Fry sauce. Keep them on hand for all occasions.
Bankoff started Emerald Valley Kitchen in 1983 in his kitchen
with $125.00 in supplies. The "Kitchen" is currently a 19,000
sq. ft. production facility in Eugene OR that provides exceptional
wage, and vacation, healthcare (both conventional and alternative),
dental, vision, profit sharing, employee pension plan, stock equivalency
program, compensated volunteer time and organizational and personal
development for the 18 employees, and an annual ski trip for employees
and their families. 1% of sales are donated to humanitarian and
a commitment to healthy, delicious organic food and his slow growth
approach, Mel's actions line up with his values and vision of
sustainability, fairness and personal empowerment for Emerald
Valley Kitchen as a business and for the community it serves.
Valley Kitchen has been the recipient of numerous awards for social
responsibility. Some of these include the Socially Responsible
Business Award presented at Natural Products Expo; the Community
Applause Award presented by the Oregon Bankers Association and
the Independent Community Banks of Oregon for outstanding community
involvement; and the Annual Green Business of the Year Award presented
by The Green Book, an annual guide to Southern Oregon and Northern
California's green businesses (http://www.bizwithheart.com/).
is also a founder of the Willamette Valley Business Alliance (WVBA)
and the Institute for Sustainable Ethics and Economics (ISEE)
(http://www.iseeinfo.net/) which work
with business and the community to create a sustainable future.
This includes promotion of The Natural Step (TNS) program (http://www.naturalstep.org/) and
Allan Savory's Holistic Management approach (http://www.holisticmanagement.org/).
to Find Emerald Valley Kitchen Products
are available in most natural food stores in areas
where we have distribution.
In some areas we are in conventional grocery stores as well. Click
here for a list of the states and which chains of stores should
or do carry Emerald
Valley Kitchen products. I emphasize YOU HAVE THE POWER.
If a particular product you want is not in
the store of your choice, I encourage you to request that the
store bring it in. Frankly, the customer is king/queen. They will
listen to you before they will listen to us. Most natural food
stores will bring a product in, even for one customer, if it is
available through their distributor.
of Sales to Humanitarian & Ecological Projects
are very concerned about human and civil rights abuses and protection
of dwindling natural resources. Therefore, Emerald Valley Kitchen
gives 1% of sales to humanitarian and ecology projects. We try
to support local regional and international groups. For more information
see "Positions on Important Issues" below.
on Important Issues
Food made with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)
the last 18 years Emerald Valley Kitchen's mission has been to
support sustainable and organic agriculture. We believe the promotion
of GMO foods are an arrogant abomination of nature placing our
ecosystems in extreme jeopardy. None of our present ingredients
are foods that are genetically engineered. We strongly support
GMO–free foods but believe labeling a product as such, is misleading
to the consumer. Cross-pollination and commingling of raw ingredients
make it difficult if not impossible to ensure a product is GMO–free.
Given this reality the question must be asked - is the label of
"GMO–free" a noble pursuit or a marketing vehicle?
believe that labeling and testing of GMO food is essential for
consumer confidence. Ideally we would support a total moratorium
until the safety is irrefutable. At Emerald Valley Kitchen we
are a major sponsor of The
Campaign, which is working to pass laws through congress for
mandatory labeling and testing of GMO foods. We also donate to
the Center for Food Safety. Let's join together with our time
and money to get legislation passed both locally and nationally
to label and test GMO foods.
feel free to contact us with any other questions regarding Emerald
Valley Kitchen policies.
Valley Kitchen is a supporter of The Natural Step
Natural Step (TNS) describes a framework for thinking about sustainability.
Four scientifically-based principles guide businesses and communities
to a sustainable 21st century. Business competitiveness and environmental
protection occurs through innovation, not regulation. Within this
framework, the ingenuity of people in communities and companies
is unleashed to develop sustainable practices that are good for
business, food for community and good for the earth.
companies who have followed the TNS framework have reported significant
competitive advantage, diminished worries over environmental regulations,
reduction in costs, greater employee and customer loyalty and
other benefits. U.S. companies include Interface, a floor covering
company with annual sales of $8 billion, Collins Pine, a timber
harvesting and sales company, Placon Inc., a plastic packaging
manufacturer with $45 million in annual sales, Norm Thompson,
the outdoor clothing manufacturer, and many others.
Sweden, where TNS originated through a consensus of many of the
top scientists, over 60 major industries and communities have
already adopted TNS practices.
TNS system has four basic precepts:
from the earth’s crust must not systematically increase
in the atmosphere.
produced by society must not systematically increase
in the atmosphere.
- The physical
basis for the productivity and diversity of nature must
not be systematically diminished.
- There must
be fair and efficient use of resources with respect
to meeting human needs.
viability of communities, business, governmental and many non-governmental
organizations increasingly depends on awareness of, and ability
to adapt to, the system conditions put forth by The Natural Step.
Natural Step is an innovative approach for motivating private
and governmental organizations to become leaders in the new era
of sustainable practices." - Governor John Kitzhaber
how we can be more effective at bringing about sustainability
is an ongoing pursuit. Each year we grow into new knowledge of
how the elements of sustainability are connected and stretch into
new wisdom about how to work toward our new sustainable future.
learn more about The Natural Step, visit http://www.naturalstep.org/.