Posts tagged #Pasta

GoGo Quinoa

How It All Started

I tasted quinoa for the first time during a backpacker trip after my studies. I must admit that it was not love at first sight … this yet unknown little grain served unwashed and simply boiled in water had a rather bitter taste. At the time, I was far from suspecting that quinoa was to become the center of my professional activity. 

My name is Martin Bilodeau, president and founder of Cie 2 Ameriks, and here is my story in just a few lines.

After working in the world of financial communications, and after starting a family with my wife Clara, I began to dream of founding my own company and to do it within the values that inspire us. I returned to South America in search of organic and fair trade products. Chocolate and coffee were already present but quinoa was not yet certified fair trade in North America. We managed to obtain certification in Canada and from there launched the product line GoGo Quinoa, organic and fair trade.

The operations began in 2004 with the arrival of the first container and two years later, to solidify our relationships with our business partners and taste the local culture, we decided to settle our little family in La Paz, Bolivia. Back in Montreal seven months later with many projects, memories and a third baby almost to term, we purchased our first equipment for mixing and bagging products locally and hired our first employee.

Today, we are headquartered in a twenty thousand square feet facility in the neighborhood Ville St-Laurent, in Montreal and continue to grow our line by developing and manufacturing products that incorporate local ingredients and fulfill our customers tastes and needs. GoGo Quinoa ™ range now includes more than 40 references organic, gluten free and vegan made from quinoa and other Andean grains and distributed throughout Canada.

2 Ameriks Co. is a manufacturer specializing in Andean grains and superfoods. Our goal is to provide healthy and nutritious products and that the whole family will enjoy and safe for those with allergies or food intolerances. Our list of ingredients is simple, short and at the reading level of a 6 years old child. All the beauty is in the simplicity.

We thrive in making high quality products and our wish is that you enjoy them in confidence, always in good health and with a smile.

Thank you for your interest in us.

Posted on May 6, 2016 .

Tinkyada Rice Pastas

Tinkyada Rice Pasta specializes in making great tasting, whole grain rice pasta that works every time and (cooked as per package directions) is never mushy.

They make all shapes of pasta, in organic or non-organic whole brown rice and that's it. They have a dedicated gluten free facility.

Posted on May 6, 2016 .

La Terra E Il Cielo Pastas

The LA TERRA E IL CIELO organic farming cooperative was established in 1980, thanks to the brave and pioneering spirit of its founder members, at a time when conventional farming reigned supreme and organic farming represented a virtually unknown niche.

The aim of the founders was to take a new, more sustainable approach to cultivation, in a region, the Marche, where farming is of primary importance, simultaneously rediscovering a more balanced relationship with nature, the environment and, last but not least, with themselves. Initially, being inspired by movements active in other European countries, the Cooperative used organic but also biodynamic methods. We can quite safely say that it was one of the first and is one of the longest lasting organic experiences in Italy.

The rediscovery and relaunch of ancient varieties of cereals and legumes, selected for quality and not solely for quantity, represented and continues to represent one of the lynchpins of the Cooperative’s activity. Nowadays, spelt (triticum dicoccum), which is particularly well-suited to making pasta, Mondo barley for roasting, used in the past as a coffee substitute, millet, the Senatore Cappelli variety of durum wheat, and grass pea (lathyrus sativus), considered in ancient times to be the poor peoples’ legume, represent for LA TERRA E IL CIELO authentic symbols of the Cooperative’s decision to prioritise quality and sustainability. Today the range of products has been expanded with a view to pursuing cultivation, and consequently alimentation, which are as diversified as possible, and boasts a considerable variety of types of pasta, cereals, flours, rice, legumes, extra-virgin olive oil, wines, Arabica coffee from Guatemala, barley coffee, sauces and “passata”, as well as oven-baked products. All the products are characterised by almost completely local and regional traceability, which is something that very few companies in Italy can boast.

In thirty years, the Cooperative has developed into a solid Italian organic reality, without ever losing touch with the values of solidarity, fairness and respect for nature, the values that led to its birth. Today the Cooperative’s pasta and all the other LA TERRA E IL CIELO organic products made from raw materials cultivated in uncontaminated environments without the use of synthetic chemical products and with the correct payment of the member farmers, are among the most appreciated in Italy, Europe and many other countries throughout the world in terms of quality and goodness.

Posted on May 6, 2016 .

Artesian Acres Kamut Pasta

Kamut lasagna, orzo & rotini!

Kamut lasagna, orzo & rotini!

For over 25 years, Artesian Acres has been cultivating and marketing organic grains destined for North American markets. Our specialty is an heirloom variety of wheat known as khorasan.
Our khorasan wheat is marketed under the Kamut® brand name. Kamut® grain must always be grown organically and never be hybridized or genetically modified. Because of our attention to seed purity, the Kamut® brand is certified GMO-free. In addition to seed integrity, the Kamut® brand also ensures that our khorasan contains the highest levels of purity and nutrition. 
Our organic grain is grown in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, where the soil and environment is optimal for planting cereal crops. 
We are proudly certified organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd.

Posted on May 6, 2016 .