American Growers Foods Rolls Out Chemical-Free Products
EMBARRASS, Minn., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- American Growers Foods, an
Embarrass, Minn., based company, announced today that it has begun producing
and marketing a line of Certified Chemical-Free food products. Company
spokesman, Bill Lashmett, announcing the product introduction, stated,
"Consumers are becoming more concerned than ever about the purity and quality
of the food they eat and that which they feed their families. The expanding
use of genetically-engineered crops in products otherwise thought to be pure
has raised consumer concerns to new levels. That, coupled with the furor over
the National Organic Standards Proposal, has set the stage for products such
as American Growers Foods, that use crops certified under a rigid, non-
negotiable standard of cleanliness and purity. We are very proud to offer
these products to consumers throughout the country and here in northern
The crops used to produce American Growers Foods' products have all been
Certified Chemical-Free by Farmers Research & Development, a non-profit
agricultural research firm, located in Dakota dunes, S.D. Farmers Research &
Development president Mike Weckwerth, stated that the soil and crops must be
tested and found to be free to the limits of detection as of May 1, 1998, from
more than 300 chemicals targeted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The testing is conducted on the soil
-- before the crop is planted, at harvest and at delivery to the grain
processor. All testing is performed by independent laboratories using EPA and
FDA specified methods.
The first five (5) products introduced by American Growers Foods are based on
corn: Corn Flakes, Corn Muffin Mix, Hot Corn Cereal, Cornmeal and Corn Flour.
The company is scheduled to introduce an additional thirty-six (36) products
in the next sixty (60) days, those products will be based on wheat, oats and
rye which will be harvested within that time frame. "American Growers Foods is
determined to offer consumers the most comprehensive family of Certified
Chemical-Free products available anywhere in the country," Lashmett stated.
"Our company will offer a complete line of cold breakfast cereals, hot
cereals, baking and cooking mixes, crackers and pastas to meet the demand our
research has shown clearly exists throughout the country," Lashmett continued.
Response from leading groceries and supermarkets has been outstanding,
Lashmett said. "We have worked hard to ensure that products we market are the
best. Our product development, packaging and marketing efforts have been met
with an enthusiastic reception by major supermarket chains, local grocery
stores, specialty shops and the whole foods market. Our focus, at this point,
is to ensure that our production is integrally coordinated with the tremendous
demand we have seen develop. We, at American Growers Foods, are dedicated to
the proposition that every store receives the best we have to offer in
products, service and timely delivery," Lashmett stated.
"Consumer confidence in the foods they eat is as low as it has ever been. That
confidence must be restored," Lashmett concluded. "The American Growers Foods
label will be their assurance that they are serving the highest quality foods
available. That is our mission and our commitment." SOURCE American Growers
CO: American Growers Foods
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