Portland, Oregon-based Food Manufacturer Earns B Corp Certification
PORTLAND, Ore. – March 5, 2014 – Bridgetown Natural Foods, a Portland-based manufacturer of healthy, all-natural baked goods, nutrition bars, and granolas for national food brands, today announced that it has been certified as a B Corporation. As a B Corporation, Bridgetown joins a roster of some of the most respected national and local companies such as Ben and Jerry’s, Plum Organics, Happy Baby, New Seasons Market and Rogue Creamery, all of whom have made a commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
“At Bridgetown, success is about more than the bottom line,” said Dan Klock, CEO of Bridgetown Natural Foods. “We strive to be an example for sustainable modern food production, demonstrating that manufacturing can thrive in an environmentally and socially responsible business model. We now have a third-party framework to formally audit our practices and measure what matters. For Bridgetown, that includes the well-being and development of our team, the positive impact we have on the community, and our focus on operational innovation.”
Bridgetown believes one of the most important commitments the company can make is to its employees. In July 2013, the company launched “Bridges to Better Health,” an employee wellness program designed to help staff build sustainable, healthy lifestyles. Free wellness classes, held in the company’s R&D kitchen, educate staff about nutritious eating and meal planning with seasonal ingredients. Bridgetown’s employees are paid their hourly wage to take the classes, and awarded in-house currency to spend on fresh produce at the company’s biweekly employee farm stand.
About Bridgetown Natural Foods
Led by husband and wife team, Dan and Kelly Klock of Portland, Ore., Bridgetown Natural Foods is a manufacturing partner for leading on-the-go snack brands dedicated to producing sustainable, innovative and healthy products. Recognized by Governor Kitzhaber as the 2012 Oregon Sustainability Rising Star, the company’s 110,000 square foot facility churns out up to two million snack bars and 50,000 pounds of baked snack products daily. With a specialty in baked goods and extruded bars, slab-formed bars, enrobed bars, granolas and clustered items, Bridgetown’s production lines are designed and appropriately scaled for emerging brands, providing complex manufacturing capabilities and leading food safety certifications to a high growth segment of the market. The company’s expertise in handling allergens, gluten-free, organic and kosher products provides its customers with flexible manufacturing solutions. More information can be found at www.bridgetownnaturalfoods.com.
About B Corporations
Certified B Corporations represent a new class of companies and a global movement by entrepreneurs to use business to help solve social and environmental problems. There are currently 976 Certified B Corporations from more than 60 industries in 29 countries with one unifying goal – to redefine success in business. B Corps are important because they inspire all businesses to compete not only to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. Learn more at www.bcorporation.net.