Olivia's Organics Baby Spinach

overall rating:

2

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Marty Salamone
7/11/2021
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Olivia’s baby spinach has been a staple in my diet for a while now. I use it in salads, omelets, smoothies, and sandwiches. I have always purchased it because of it’s organic label, however, I have not done much digging on the company and its practices until now. I am certain that their products are healthy and not environmentally destructive, however there is a lack of information on their website. While not entirely outraged, I was disheartened to not be able to find anything--good or bad--on their labor practices. This lack of information sows some seeds of doubt in my mind and they should be more transparent on their website to prevent loyal customers from switching to other organic brands that may be more transparent about who farms their produce and where it comes from. 

What it's made of:

2

Olivia’s baby spinach is a pretty simple product. Spinach is native to central asia and introduced into Europe in the 15th century. Researchers have identified more than 13 different compounds in spinach that function as antioxidants and anti-cancer agents. It’s been shown to help those suffering from osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, arthritis and other diseases. Additionally, baby spinach is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, manganese, B2, B6, E, C, calcium, and folate. It’s also a very good source of zinc, dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and choline. It contains a unique and beneficial mixture of phytonutrients, as well as anti-oxidants, flavonoids and carotenoids. Spinach is a superfood and great for you! Further, Olivia’s spinach is packaged in packaging that is 100% recyclable and bpa free. However, it would be great for them to move on past plastic packaging, which is far from perfect. Further, buying plastic makes their carbon footprint much larger as it is a petroleum product.

How it's made:

2.5

Olivia’s Organics are grown throughout the United States in selected organic farms. Their baby spinach is certified organic and therefore also certified to not be a GMO. USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible. Furthermore, this spinach is GAP certified, meaning that producers demonstrate their compliance with food safety requirements to purchasers and retailers.

I wish that Olivia’s organics had some links to see specific farms that their products were grown at. While Organic produce is certified through the USDA, a third party, there still could be some farms with questionable practices and it would be better to have more specific information on how far the baby spinach had to travel before it ends up on my plate, as that could greatly increase or decrease the product’s carbon footprint.

Who makes it:

1.5

Olivia’s Organics was founded 80 years ago by Giovanni Demichaelis and remains a family business to this day. Today, they offer more than a dozen organic products and salad blends to retailers and families in the Eastern United States. They work to achieve the mission of supporting small, organic farmers and bringing healthy produce to retailers and dinner tables up and down the East Coast.

Olivia’s Organics has public facing profiles for their administrative staff, however no actual information on which farms they contract with. This lack of information on their website was rather disappointing, as a consumer it is helpful to know where the food you eat comes from. Also, their website lacked information on their labor practices and basically any information on individual farms. They could run fantastic operations and treat farmers with respect, however it is impossible to know this information as it is not on their public facing website. They make many commitments to producing high quality, organic produce, however unfortunately say nothing about labor on their farms.