Pacific Foods Hazelnut Plant Based Beverage

overall rating:

2.5

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Peter Mofokeng
11/3/2021
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The first time I had hazelnut milk, I wasn't planning to drink it, but I am glad I did. The subtle nutty taste was terrific, and the nutrition label was transparent. Pacific Foods boast that their products are GMO-free and sourced from local organic farms. All ingredients are certified to the source, which means every ingredient's origin comes from a quality source. They purchase over 45 million pounds of Certified Organic ingredients annually, accounting for 80% of their total ingredients purchased. This product deserves this high rating due to its careful cultivation of organic and locally sourced ingredients. It ensures a reasonable carbon footprint that I deem not detrimental to our environment. Selling most vegan products provides low carbon emissions. Using locally sourced farms mitigating travel distances between local farms and their central manufacturing facility in rural Oregon.

What it's made of:

2.5

The dairyless hazelnut plant-based beverage comprises of

  • Ground dry roasted hazelnuts sourced regionally throughout Oregon
  • No Gluten, Carrageenan Free
  • Water, Rice Sweetener, Sea Salt
  • Gellan Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Xanthan Gum
  • Gellan Gum is a plant-based alternative to gelatin which procured from animal skin, cartilages, and bones
  • Locust Bean Gum is a vegan thickener used for elasticity, strengthening whatever substance it's used in
  • Xanthan gum is a prevalent food additive in vegan products used to thicken or stabilize a product. Its function is similar to eggs' role in baking and cooking.
  • Tricalcium Phosphate

It is unclear how much hazelnuts make one carton of this beverage, just about 32 ounces. The beverage packaging is BPA-Free, meaning the packaging is free of a toxic compound called Bisphenol A, which is prevalent in plastic manufacturing. Hazelnut trees modestly affect land and give environmental benefits. The cultivation of hazelnuts require less water, sequester more carbon, and decrease soil erosion and nitrogen contamination. They additionally sift destructive chemicals from groundwater. Hazelnut trees can deliver quality nuts for 80-100 years if maintained correctly thru plant nutrition, good weather, and marginal water consumption.

How it's made:

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This plant-based beverage is made with dry-roasted hazelnuts, water, and rice sweetening as a substitute for sugar. Various gums mentioned above are used for thickening and consistency. Pacific Foods mentions that they prioritize energy efficiency and renewable energy in their daily cultivation and food manufacturing practices. Their farm equipment, just like others, possess a significant carbon footprint, whether it's from farm equipment emissions such as tractors and harvesters. Also, significant emissions probably come from their facility as well. They also have an initiative embracing zero-waste and also encouraging recycling at their factory. 85% of their company waste is recycled or repurposed. According to their company page, wastewater solids and fats are sent to biogas facilities, broken down by microorganisms, and combusted to generate electricity. Food scraps are converted into animal feed or compost and then outsourced to local farms and Pacifics' farms. Pacific Farms makes a conscious effort to reduce energy consumption, reducing over 6 million kilowatts of electricity annually. Their facilities have solar panel installation and heat recycling in HVAC systems.

Who makes it:

2.5

Pacific Foods is a reputable company that takes pride in using non-GMO and local organically sourced ingredients. They source 75% of their ingredients regionally while being located in rural Oregon. Pacific also doesn't believe in searching abroad for ingredients, as well. What is beautiful about their organization is that they use free-range livestock and organic milk and creams for their non-vegan products from local farms. Local greenhouse building is also encouraged by Pacific for the growth of a variety of vegetables, enriching local economies, and fruitful partnerships benefiting farmers. Pacific Farms opened in 1987, initially as a co-packer making tofu and soy milk. They sell:

  • Hemp, Coconut, Almond, Cashew, Oat, and Soy non-dairy beverages
  • An assortment of Condensed, Creamy, Hearty, Broth and Bone Broth soups