Why would a company offer both organic and non-organic versions of the same product?

In Budget Organic Food, Natural Foods, Organic, Organic Foods, Organic Product Reviews, Organic vs Non-Organic, Reading Ingredients and Labels, Reading Nutrition Labels, Toxic Chemicals in Food, Toxic Food Additives on April 3, 2011 by organicconversion Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

Cheese & Garlic Croutons

Cheese & Garlic Croutons


Fresh Gourmet:

Same company, same product

organic vs. non-organic

Read and compare the ingredients!

by Kristina Blasen (2011)

This all started a few months ago when I got sucked into a buy 2 for $4 sale at the grocery store on, of all things, croutons. I mean, how many croutons do I need? I had been making some great salads all week since I was trying out new dressings so I ended up with two bags of Farm Fresh Cheese & Garlic Croutons since they were on sale. Apparently I’m a sucker for a sale because this week when I was checking out the manufacturer’s website I noticed that their “suggested retail price” was $1.99 a bag. (…So I paid $.02 extra for my “sale”).

Keep in mind, these weren’t organic, I only found out they offered an organic line of croutons on the manufacturer’s website today. Then, when I checked it out at the store I found the “Organic Ceasar” croutons made by Fresh Gourmet separated from all of the other croutons made by Fresh Gourmet even though the rest have a huge display in the produce section! These were the same price as the non-organic, $1.99 for a 5 oz. bag.

This struck me as a strange move for a company, to continue to offer non-organic versions of the same product that you are able to produce organically and offer at the same price.

I haven’t tried the organic croutons (after all I still have more than a whole bag left of the others), but after I read the ingredients list of the regular, non-organic croutons compared to the organic ones I’m just disappointed in the company itself.

Check it out for yourself:

Fresh Gourmet Cheese & Garlic Croutons (Not organic) INGREDIENTS:

Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Canola and/or Sunflower oil, High Fructose Corn Syrup, 2% or less of Yeast, Salt, Wheat Gluten, Corn Syrup Solids, Whey, Romano chesse solids from cow’s milk, parmesan,cheddar and blue cheeses (Pasturized Milk, cheese cultures, saly, enzymes), maltodextrin, calcium propionate (preservative), calcium peroxide, calcium sulfate, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, sodium stearoyl lactylate, autolyzed yeast, garlic powder, dehydrated parsley, cultured whey, autolyzed yeast extract, food starch modified, vinegar solids, cream, nonfat milk, natural flavor, citric acid, annatto and turmeric (color) and TBHQ (to preserve freshness).

Organic Caesar

Organic Caesar

Fresh Gourmet Organic Ceasar Croutons INGREDIENTS:
Organic Seasoned variety: Organic wheat flour, organic sunflower oil, organic cracked rye, organic cracked wheat, salt, 2 % or less of the following; organic sugar, organic wheat gluten, organic garlic, organic onion, organic parsley and yeast.

A lot of people think “organic” is always more expensive, in this case it wasn’t. Some people think they add weird ingredients. (I think the “regular” ingredients are much weirder in this case).

The biggest lie companies tell is that they can’t produce the same product without including all those dangerous additives that are known carcinogens and mutagens, like TBHQ (above) or BHT. Looks like they can, and at the same retail price too.


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