Partake Cookies

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Savannah Jimenez
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In 2017, Jay-Z invested $1 Million in the start-up of Partake Foods. These vegan, allergen-free cookies are now sold in almost 3,000 stores. Despite their achievement of creating a healthy cookie with natural ingredients and their efforts to implement diversity into the food and beverage industry with their Black Futures fellowship program, their efforts towards sustainability are questionable. This brand lacks transparency about its processing, packaging, and working conditions for employees. 

What it's made of:


All of Partakes products are free from the top 8 allergens: peanuts, eggs, dairy, soy, tree nuts, and sesame. Creating a product that refrains from using animal ingredients is great because it reduces the risk of further soil erosion and contamination of water sources which come as a cost of using ingredients like eggs and dairy. Unfortunately, some of their vegan ingredients like sunflower oil and sugar cane, also have unsustainable qualities like high water and carbon footprints. It takes about 814 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of refined sunflower oil and takes around 3.93 kg CO2e to produce 2.2 pounds of refined cane sugar which is equivalent to a car driving 9 miles. Other ingredients they use such as apples, prunes, and sweet potatoes are typically sustainable compared to other foods because they use less than 120 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of produce. Even though some of the ingredients they use require large amounts of energy and water, Partake does a great job picking out healthy whole foods for consumers. However, they do not provide any information about what their packaging is made from and it’s questionable how healthy it is for the planet.

Looking at their mission, they aimed to make this the perfect product for someone who may have dietary restrictions and I think that is an important aspect of this brand. Partake’s website mentions that 1 in 13 children in America are affected by food allergies also adding that Black children are at significantly higher risk of developing these allergies. Because of this Partake has partnered with the Food Equality Initiative to ensure families in need have access to the food, education, and advocacy they deserve. Having access to these resources can improve environmental issues like food insecurity which 42 million people face in America. 

How it's made:


In all of Partake’s cookies, is a gluten-free flour blend that contains oats. These
quick-rolled oats are sustainably grown and use a farm to plate method called the purity protocol. Avena Foods produces these oats using a purity protocol to ensure that the oats are not contaminated and remain gluten-free through growing, harvesting, transport, storage, processing, and manufacturing. These oats are also a beneficial crop apart of their cropping system which allows them to plant different crops while improving soil health. Partake provides no other information about the production of their ingredients but is vegan certified meaning that these cookies must be made using all vegan ingredients and must be manufactured in a facility free of animal and animal-derived products. Besides that certification, it is unclear what their other manufacturing processes are hence the .5 rating.

Who makes it:


Denise Woodard is the founder and CEO of Partake. As a Black female entrepreneur, she strives to increase opportunities for women and people of color seeking careers in the food industry. To do this, she has created the Black Futures in Food and Beverage fellowship program which accepts students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to learn about career paths, business models, resume writing, and other food and beverage-related topics. Despite this great program that their website advertises, no other information is provided about her team or the work policies of the company. However, after looking through Partake’s Instagram posts I found that the company has an all-women leadership team.