Many people have heard of Fair Trade, but they might not know exactly what it is. In short, Fair Trade programs empower farmers and workers to fight poverty in ways that improve their lives and protect the environment. Fair Trade helps ensure that farmers and workers are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, and earn community development funds to improve their lives. Fair Trade premiums provide access to education, help improve healthcare systems, fund essential community infrastructure such as wells for clean drinking water, and more. Communities democratically vote on how Fair Trade premiums should be used depending on what their communities need, and everyone gets an equal say.
At Wholesome, we believe that Fair Trade is the only way to do business. Two decades ago, Wholesome became the first company to establish Fair Trade standards for sugar, honey and agave, and over the years, we’ve donated over 23 million dollars in Fair Trade premiums – and our work has only just begun. We will continue to bring more of the highest quality baking and sweetening options to your families table, positively impacting more communities around the world. If these efforts have taught us anything, it’s that supporting communities is key to bringing people together.
To make sure that the farmers and workers who produce Fair Trade Certified™ goods are always paid fairly, Fair Trade International and Fair Trade USA regularly audit transactions between U.S. companies offering Fair Trade Certified products and the international suppliers from whom they source.
Currently, we source our Fair Trade sugars, agaves, and honeys from a few countries, including Paraguay, Mexico, Brazil, and Malawi.
We encourage recycling whenever possible, which is why our pouches are made of #4 recyclable material. Wholesome utilizes laminated films for retail packaging due to puncture resistance, moisture barrier capabilities, and odor/aroma resistance. As sugar can absorb aromas from its surroundings a proper seal is critical to maintaining freshness and high quality.
Wholesome bottles and caps are also recyclable and are usually recycled through curbside programs, which turn them into brooms, brushes, pallets, racks, rakes, bins and trays.
Any plastic we use is BPA-free.
Wholesome is proud to work in close partnership with farmers in South America who are dedicated to bringing you the highest-quality products in an ethical manner, all while keeping their environmental impact to a minimum.
Wholesome’s Fair Trade Organic Sugarcane is almost exclusively hand-cut by the farmers, who machete all the remaining foliage so that it remains in the field, acting as a natural barrier to weeds.
On May 20, 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts labeling rules for packaged foods, which now must include a line for “Added Sugars”. Not to worry... no “extra” sugars have been added to any of our products.
From time to time, you might find a hard, dark colored granule mixed in with your organic sugar. Don’t worry! It’s either a burnt piece of sugar or some organic plant fibers that are inherent to the sugar.
The artisanal nature of our sugar involves heating sugarcane juice until it crystallizes (or heating coconut nectar, in the case of coconut palm sugar). Occasionally, harmless plant fibers might accidentally be cooked down in the process as well. .
Yes, Wholesome Organic Molasses should indeed work as a brown sugar substitute, just as long as the Wholesome Organic Sugar is added in conjunction with the organic molasses. As a general rule, we recommend mixing 1/4 cup molasses into every cup of Wholesome Organic Sugar. This usually adds up to one of the most successful brown sugar substitutes, but it somewhat depends somewhat on the recipe in question.
Muscovado sugar is a fine, soft, crystalized and sticky sugar that retains between 8%-10% of its natural molasses following crystallization. Processing is kept to a minimum to lock in its distinctly rich flavor... and you must try it if you haven’t already!
Demerara sugar is recognized by its distinctly large crystals (which retain about one to two percent of its natural cane molasses). Crunchy but never sticky, it’s uniquely rounded flavor tastes great in coffee, glazes and more.
Wholesome Organic Turbinado contains approximately 3.5% molasses. Wholesome Organic Dark Brown contains approximately 8% molasses.
It’s made by pulverizing Wholesome Organic Sugar. Since that sugar is white, the powdered sugar is also white. No bleaching agents are ever added. It’s a truly wholesome powdered sugar, and it’s absolutely delicious.
Wholesome’s sugarcane products are never refined. The sugarcane is simply crushed to extract the juice, which is subsequently heated to evaporate the moisture and concentrate the sugar. This minimal processing is what’s behind all the unique colors and flavors of our sugarcane products.
No. Wholesome Powdered Sugar is made with organic tapioca starch to prevent caking.
Since our sugars are produced without using chemicals, bleaches, or flocking agents, we can’t control granulation size, so fluctuations are possible (though rare).
Pour the sugar into a medium bowl and cover with a damp paper towel or dish cloth. Leave it overnight and the sugar should absorb the moisture.
All our sugar products are vegan, and we don’t process any of them through bone or animal by-products
No. Leaving agave syrup unrefrigerated won’t harm the product, but you may find that it’s a little harder to pour once it’s cooled.
Yes. Sometimes the bottles get jostled in the shipping process, thus producing the bubbles.
Wholesome Organic Raw Blue Agave is produced in a way that makes it suitable for people who have adopted a raw diet. It’s less filtered than Wholesome Organic Blue Agave, and it’s exposed to a lower temperature for a longer period of time. Organic Raw Blue Agave also has a flavor that’s more full-bodied.
At Wholesome, we ethically source our organic, pure honey from Fair Trade Certified beekeeping cooperatives in order to aid beekeepers and provide financial benefits to their families and communities. What’s more, Wholesome directly pays cooperatives a fair price for our Fair Trade Certified Honey.
Organic honey is sourced deep in the forests of the South American Amazonian jungles. The bees forage on a wide variety of flora during the honey-producing season. As the year progresses, honey tends to darken due to the different flowers in bloom. You’ll usually see a lighter amber honey at the beginning of the season, and a darker honey towards the end of the season. The honey is absolutely delicious regardless of its color.
Wholesome Organic Raw Honey is minimally strained to keep most of the natural pollen properties within it. To ensure all the enzymes are left within this delicious and natural honey, It’s never heated above 110º F.
Place the bottle in warm water bath to liquefy, or simply dissolve the honey in a warm beverage. It’s still okay to consume.
Local, organic honey can’t be produced in the USA in large quantities without the use of pesticides due to parasites like Varroa destructor mites and tracheal mites. Organic Honey must be sourced from countries where these parasites aren’t a problem. Countries like Brazil support organic apiculture (beekeeping) as a source of commerce, and their honey production isn’t a by-product of agricultural pollination.
Yes, we source our organic honey from Fair Trade Certified beekeeper cooperatives, and we pay a Fair Trade premium to the cooperatives which they can spend to benefit farming families and their communities.
No. It’s minimally strained to retain its full flavor, natural propolis and pollen properties.
Wholesome Organic Raw Unfiltered Honey is USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Fair Trade Certified, kosher, and gluten-free. Conventional honey is typically heated, pasteurized and highly filtered, which removes or kills the naturally occurring enzyme benefits you’ll find in raw unfiltered honey.
You can replace 1 cup of refined sugar with ¾ cup of Wholesome Organic Raw Unfiltered Honey. Honey has a slightly higher sweetness profile than sugar, so it takes less honey to achieve the same tasty result. If you’re using honey in your baking, be sure to cut back the amount of liquids you use in the recipe: For 1 cup of honey, remove ¼ cup of other liquids.
It’s organic, unpasteurized honey that’s been minimally strained to remove any potential hive debris, and it’s never heated above 110º Fahrenheit.
Beyond being sweet and delicious, Wholesome Organic Raw Unfiltered Honey contains the naturally occurring propolis and pollen from the beehive , and it’s minimally strained to remove any bits of honeycomb, beeswax and extraneous hive debris. To ensure that it retains its natural properties, the honey is never heated above 110º Fahrenheit (the temperature of a beehive in summertime).
They’re essentially the same honey: Both products are certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Fair Trade Certified. The only difference is the packaging and the consistency of the honey. (The honey in the jar is somewhat firmer than the honey in the bottle). Neither undergo any heat processing during production.
At Wholesome, we ethically source our organic honey from Fair Trade Certified beekeeping cooperatives in order to aid beekeepers and provide financial benefits for their families and communities. Wholesome always pays a fair price directly to the beekeeper cooperatives for their Fair Trade Certified Honey.
Wholesome Organic Raw Honey is minimally strained to keep most of the natural pollen properties within it. This organic, pure honey is never heated over 110º F to ensure all the natural enzymes are left within the honey.
If Wholesome Organic Sugar is added in conjunction with the organic molasses, the substitution should work. We recommend mixing 1/4 cup molasses into every cup of organic sugar. As a straight one-to-one replacement for brown sugar, it will depend heavily on the recipe.
The natural vanilla flavor in Wholesome Organic Corn Syrup comes from organic vanilla extract.
Before you open the syrup, Wholesome Pancake Syrup has a shelf life of 18 months from its production date. Once it’s been opened, the shelf life will vary based on the temperature of your refrigerator, how long it sits out unrefrigerated, and other factors.
No, the indication on the label is a recommendation. It does not need to be refrigerated.
Yes, but be sure to pour it into a microwave-safe container prior to heating.
This particular Wholesome syrup is produced in the USA. However, the organic sugar comes from Paraguay.
The natural flavors in our Organic Pancake Syrups are made from all-natural botanicals and they’re compliant with USDA Organic labeling regulations.
It does have a slight hint of maple flavor, so yes.
Allulose is produced through a natural enzymatic process, and neither the corn nor the enzymes contain any GMOs.
Store Wholesome Organic Stevia it in a cool, dry and dark environment, preferably in a tightly-sealed container. If stored properly, Wholesome Organic Stevia has a three-year shelf life.
All good questions. Wholesome Organic Stevia is both pH and temperature stable. When baking, keep in mind that every 1/4 teaspoon of Wholesome Organic Stevia is equal to two teaspoons of sugar. Substituting half the sugar in your recipe with Wholesome Organic Stevia will result in baked goods that are just as sweet as the original recipe.
Reduce your baking time when adding Wholesome Organic Stevia to your recipe. The stevia may speed up the caramelization during baking, giving your baked goods a crunchy brown crust in a shorter amount of time. Don’t adjust the baking temperature. Organic Stevia is suitable for baking yeast breads or other leavened baked goods. However, it may change the texture of some baked goods, so give your recipes a few test runs and make modifications as needed.
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