Minneapolis, MN—Flagstone Foods has announced that it is committed to sourcing 100% of its almonds from bee-friendly farms by 2025, revealing an opportunity to rehabilitate the sustainability image of almonds, according to GlobalData.
“There has been backlash recently against the wide use of almonds due to their impact on bees and other pollinators, as well as the water used in their cultivation,” said Ryan Whittaker, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData, in a press release. “Pollinators are essential to the functioning of the almond industry, and in recent years hives have regularly been devastated by this work. This new commitment by Flagstone Foods is to be applauded and emulated in the interest of the bees, the agricultural industry and the ecosystem at large.”
Flagstone Foods’ Healthy Bees, Happy Snackers initiative promotes a more sustainable almond industry. The initiative includes supporting sustainable, bee-friendly farming practices, certification and verification programs, as well as contributing to programs to create habitats for bees while improving soil health.
Whittaker adds that consumers are interested in supporting companies with sustainability and climate-forward initiatives. He says, “Whether it is private label snack sourcing or alternative milks, ethical and sustainable almond crops are likely going to become ever-more critical to solving food security and climate change issues.”