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Pasta and Vino Quality Standards

What's up with the Green, Gold, and Platinum Pasta and Vino quality symbols on your website?
  
We'll answer that question with another question: What kind of foods do we want for our family
  
This is the basic question that drives our desire to hand-pick and share healthy and real foods with your family.  

 

For each and every product we sell, we ask:

  • Are ALL the listed ingredients natural, readable and real food? (i.e. water, durum wheat semolina, blueberries, etc)
  • Are chemical pesticides used by the producer? If not, what methods are used for rodent/disease prevention?
  • Are natural or chemical fertilizers used?
  • How is purity and authenticity verified (especially as it relates to olive oil)?
  • For ingredients not internally grown, what supply chain benchmarks are used by the producer to guarantee safety and authenticity?
  • Is the product organic (as described by the EU or USDA)? Or NonGMO? Or gluten-free? 
  • How much environmental sustainability is designed into the product (farming through post-consumption: i.e. biodegradable packaging, ink, cattle fertilizer, etc.)
  • Are we supporting a family-owned and operated farm or business?
  • What, if any, certifications does the product hold? (Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Kosher, etc)
  • Was the producer willing to talk about this information? (Attitude is everything, right?)

 

Green Level Standard

By default, a majority of our products will always fall in the Green Level category because we prefer to choose wholesome and all-natural foods for our own family.  At a minimum, products earning a Green Level must meet the following requirements:

  • ALL the listed ingredients are natural, readable and real food.
  • No artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup added. Natural sweeteners OK.
  • No known harmful chemicals used for pesticides.
  • No known harmful chemical fertilizers used.
  • The product has some elements of environmental sustainability.
  • Product supports small or private, family-owned farm or business.

 

Gold Level Standard

Gold Level products go beyond our standards of Green Level foods.  These are products where the producer has exerted some measurable effort in both health and environmental sustainability.  These are products Pasta and Vino considers to be unquestionably natural.  At a minimum, products earning a Gold Level must meet the following requirements:

  • ALL the listed ingredients are natural, readable and must be real food.
  • No added sweeteners; only sweet coming from real food ingredients (such as fruit).
  • No known harmful chemicals used for pesticides.
  • Only natural fertilizer (farm or family’s own cows, etc).
  • The product is organic as described by the EU or USDA (but may or may not be certified) or may either be gluten-free and/or non-GMO.
  • The producer is meticulous and selective of the supply chain for the ingredients not internally grown.
  • Packaging is made up of at least 50% recycled material or at least 50% of the packaging is recyclable.
  • Farming and/or production practices are optimized and clearly indicative of long-term environmental sustainability (i.e. new high-efficiency equipment, renewable resources, etc).
  • The product or producer has at least 1 certification related to the product or the process by which the product is made. Olive oil would need documented evidence of authenticity.
  • Product supports a small or private, family-owned farm or business.

 

Platinum Level Standard

To achieve Platinum Level from Pasta and Vino, a product must be virtually perfect and have the documentation to prove it.  As if the Gold Level status wasn’t hard enough to achieve, Platinum Level products are a coveted status awarded to only the best of the best products we have to offer.  These are products that meet ALL the Gold Level status and go beyond.  To achieve the Platinum Level, the products must meet the following requirements:

  • ALL the listed ingredients are natural, readable and must be real food.
  • No added sweeteners; only sweet coming from real food ingredients (such as fruit).
  • No known harmful chemicals used for pesticides.
  • Only natural fertilizer (farm or family’s own cows, etc).
  • The product is certified organic as described by either the EU or USDA, certified gluten-free, and/or certified Non-GMO.
  • The producer has documentation showing supply chain supervision for the ingredients not internally grown.
  • Packaging is made up of at least 50% recycled material or at least 50% of the packaging is recyclable.
  • Farming and/or production practices are optimized and clearly indicative of long-term environmental sustainability (i.e. new high-efficiency equipment, renewable resources, etc).
  • The product or producer has at least 2 certifications related to the product or the process by which the product is made. Olive oil would need documented evidence of authenticity.
  • The producer was open to discussion and sharing documentation to support the findings.
  • Product supports small or private, family-owned farm or business.

For more info on our quality standards, click here.

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