Some people in high places choose to ignore just how wonderful the contributions of powerful and passionate women are to our ability to live healthy, happy lives – despite their looks. Gasp! Yes it is true.
To celebrate the Women’s Marches of January 2017 here is a short list of women we can thank for their visionary contributions to the food industry, a list that is growing. I will keep updating this list until it is 100 strong and welcome suggestions!
- Cowgirl Creamery, Redwood Hill Farms and so many other California cheeses in the Artisan Cheese Guild
- Newman’s Own
- Mary’s Gone Crackers
- Farmhouse Culture fermented foods
- Equator Coffee
- Sweet Riot, chocolate covered cacao for snacking
- Healthy kids’ frozen food makers Peas of Mind and Hip Chicks
- Lotus Foods, sustainable rice purveyors
- Fran’s Chocolates (a 2017 Good Food Awards winner and. Asked of President Obama’s addiction: smoked sea salt caramels)
- Bixby Bars of Maine
- White Girl Salsa
- Organic Candy Factory, maker of Kosher treats, founded by a little girl
- Cisse, Fair Trade cocoa mixes
- Theo Chocolate
- Sonoma Syrup
- Effie’s Homemade
- Noosa Yoghurt
- Jeni’s Splendid ice cream and so many other ice creameries
- Lara Bar – remember when those were revolutionary?
- Kuli Kuli – the next bar revolution – which received the first funding from Kellogg’s startup fund to expand its moringa-based foods
- Dancing Deer bakery
- Edith Friedland, EFCO Imports, whom the Specialty Food Association celebrated for introducing European beers, Swiss health foods and South American hearts of palm to the U.S.
- Spice Lab, which not only has their own line but private labels spices for retailers and other brands, multiplying the effect of good spice.
- Annie’s Homegrown
- Zhena’s Gypsy Tea
And that’s just off the top of my head!
Rather than buy into the memes based on a certain Pearson’s bad behavior, I say remind the world, and those who undervalue women, how many good things come from a fair and collaborative world.