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What does 'certified organic' mean?

'Organic' refers to a method of agriculture and food production.Organic agriculture begins with certified organic land, on which prohibited substances cannot have been used for at least 3 years. Organic agriculture also involves regular crop rotation to maintain natural soil health and eliminate the need for toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. This optimizes the health and productivity of soil life, plants, animals and people, all of which are interdpendent. At Walnut Acres we call this interdependence 'thecircle of life.' fter all, certified organic foods and beverages contribute to better health and are good for the environment.

'Organic' is also a regulated labeling term that means the products are produced in accord with national certification standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Products that are certified organic cannot be made with ingredients produced with genetic modification, irradiation, sewage sludge for fertilization, growth hormones or antibiotics.



How are your products certified organic?

Our products are certified organic by Quality Assurance International. QAI is an independent, third-party certifying agent that verifies their organic integrity to meet the strict standards of the US Department of Agriculture.

QAI certifies the production process to ensure our products are indeed certified organic. Areas covered include certification of:
  • The land on which our ingredients are grown;
  • The farmers; and,
  • Post-harvest facilities that prepare our products.



Are certified organic foods better than non-organic foods?

At Walnut Acres we believe you can contribute to the long-term health and well being of yourself and your family and the environment by choosing certified organic foods.

Increasingly, conventional foods are made from ingredients that contain residues of toxic synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, growth hormones and other contaminants and may be irradiated. The
effects of long-term exposure to these are unknown, including the impact on the developing systems of children. Additionally, conventional farming, which relies heavily on toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, depletes the natural fertility of soil.



Why did you switch from glass bottles to PET#1 plastic bottles?

Our new bottles are better for you, your kids and the environment because they are lightweight, shatterproof and easily recyclable.
 
We use only the best quality clear plastic bottles because they're easier and more efficient to recycle than glass. They're also the most widely recycled beverage container, and they're recycled to make such useful items as polar fleece and fiber-fill for jackets.
 
Environment Impact Facts:
 
• PET containers consume 25% LESS energy than glass*
• PET generates 70% LESS solid waste than glass*
• GLASS generates 23% MORE waterborne waste than PET*
• GLASS generates 60% MORE atmospheric emissions*
 
*Franklin Associates, 'Cradle to the Grave Analysis of Aluminum, Glass and PET containers'.



What is the difference between 'organic' and 'natural'?

'Natural' often is misrepresented in product labeling to imply 'healthful,' but 'natural' only means that the product has undergone minimal processing. Unlike products that are certified organic, natural products have no certification or inspection system. Also, 'natural' does not necessarily relate to growing methods or the use of preservatives.



What's new about organic food labeling?

USDA Organic Seal

New federal standards developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture went into full effect on October 21, 2002. Only certified organic products, like Walnut Acres, can be labeled 'organic' on the primary label panel because they contain at least 95% organic content. These are the only products that will be allowed to carry the USDA seal. Don't settle for anything less.

All Walnut Acres products currently fulfill the definition of certified organic and will carry the USDA seal beginning in October 2002.


For more information about the standards, visit http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/



Are your products vegan?

Many of our products are vegan, however, not all are. If you have a question about a specific product, please review the ingredients on that product page on our web site. If you cannot find what you're looking for, contact us by e-mail or call us at 1-866- 4 WALNUT (866-492-5688) and we'll be happy to check for you.



Are your products vegetarian?

All Walnut Acres pasta sauces, kids snacks, salsas and of course our juices are vegetarian, and most of our soups are vegetarian. If you have a question about a specific product, please review the ingredients of the product. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail or call us at 1-866- 4 WALNUT (866-492-5688) and we'll be happy to check for you.



Can I order products directly from the company?

No, our products are available for sale only at retail locations such as supermarkets, natural food stores and gourmet specialty retailers.



Where are your products available for purchase?

Our products are widely available for sale in supermarkets, natural food and gourmet specialty food stores. Click here to find stores near you.


Did Walnut Acres used to make other products?

Yes. However, to focus on producing only certified organic foods and beverages and to make them more widely available, the company discontinued its catalog sales and many products in 2000. Now Walnut Acres certified organic soups, pasta sauces, juices, salsas and Fruit Squeezies are available nationwide at natural food stores and supermarkets.



Who reviews advertising or sponsorship proposals?

Walnut Acres only reviews written proposals for advertising or sponsorship. If you would like to submit
a proposal, please e-mail our Director of Marketing. Thanks for thinking of us!



What are the sales figures of Walnut Acres?

For information about sales figures for The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., please visit our corporate website at hain-celestial.com.


Why has the Millina's Finest name changed to Walnut Acres?

Millina's Finest certified organic pasta sauces are now produced by Walnut Acres, America's original organic food company since 1946. While changing the name, we have also improved our certified organic pasta sauces by adding more certified organic tomato chunks and certified organic olive oil, which make the sauces even better tasting and more chunky.



What is the sodium content of Walnut Acres soups?

The sodium content of Walnut Acres soups is about 30-35% lower, on average, than conventional soups, (e.g., Campbell) and is comparable to other 'natural' and 'organic' brands. Salt is an important part of good taste in most soups. Our soup recipes are made to provide great taste, convenience and are always certified organic.



Where do you get the ingredients for your products?

Walnut Acres purchases certified organic ingredients from many certified organic farmers and suppliers of certified organic ingredients. In addition, the company grows some of the ingredients we use to produce our certified organic juices.



Does Walnut Acres buy organic ingredients for its products?

Yes, sellers of organic ingredients can send us an e-mail and we will make sure it gets to our purchasing manager for consideration.



How do you develop the recipes for Walnut Acres products?

Recipes for Walnut Acres products are carefully developed by professional chefs. All recipes are then extensively tested by our Taste Panel for quality and taste. If you have an idea for a Walnut Acres flavor, we'd love to hear about it -- write to us.



Why did the Mountain Sun juices change to Walnut Acres?

Mountain Sun and Walnut Acres merged in 2001 and during 2002 the Mountain Sun label transitioned to become Walnut Acres. Like Mountain Sun, the new Walnut Acres certified organic juices continue to be hand-crafted, made from real organic fruits and vegetables, with nothing artificial added. Walnut Acres juices will not contain any high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, preservatives, artificial sweeteners or colorings.



How long can Walnut Acres products be enjoyed after opening?

It is recommended that any unused portions of our products be covered and refrigerated promptly. If stored under these conditions we recommend our products be consumed within 7 days of opening. Walnut Acres products do not contain artificial preservatives so itís best to consume them when opening for the first time.



What are 'natural flavors' and why does Walnut Acres use them?

Natural flavors are used to balance and adjust the taste of some of our products. The term 'natural flavor' is a regulated term and refers to a concentrate of flavor that is derived from an ingredient without the use of synthetic extraction.

As an example, to concentrate a flavor like raspberry, organic raspberries or organic raspberry puree is mashed and then water is added. The organic raspberry mixture is then heated and the liquid evaporates, resulting in an organic raspberry concentrate and what is called a 'natural flavor.'



What are 'fruit juice concentrates'?

Pure fruit juice concentrates are fruit juices with most of the water removed. Fruit juice concentrates are made by placing fresh fruit juice into a low-pressure chamber, which draws off water with a minimum application of heat. This concentrates the fruit, which is then reconstituted using other juices or water.

We use fruit juice concentrate in some of our juices to balance and adjust the taste, so they consistently taste good every time you drink them.



Can cherry or blueberry juice relieve gout?

Yes. Cherry or blueberry juice (8 to 16 oz. per day) can be helpful to relieve the painful symptoms of gout.
Fresh and frozen cherries or blueberries can also be helpful.

Cherries and blueberries contain anthocyanidins that increase collagen integrity and decrease inflammation in joints.



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