Food Marketing News removes organic

Published on August 23rd, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan

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Keebler Removes ‘Organic’ From Toasteds Harvest Wheat Cracker

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No More ‘Organic”

Keebler Organic Toasteds Harvest Wheat Cracker has changed their name. They have taken off the term ‘organic’ from the name and added TBHQ.

The folks at the Feingold Diet alerted me to the new formulation and indeed, the ‘organic’ version of Toasteds can no longer be found on the Keebler website and the posted ingredient list does cite “Soybean oil with TBHQ for freshness.” Keebler introduced the ‘organic’ formulation in 2006 and crackers carried the USDA certification on the packaging. Kellogg Company, which owns Keebler announced in a 2006 press release:

…the new bite-sized cracker has a rich, slightly sweet wheat flavor that provides a tasty snack for consumers seeking an organic alternative to traditional crackers. Toasteds Organic Harvest Wheat crackers meet the strict USDA organic requirements, including certification of farming, production and handling methods, and they contain no pesticides, artificial preservatives or artificial ingredients.

Kellogg unabashedly tipped its hat to the growing organic and natural food market. Raj Joshi, senior director crackers marketing said:

“Kellogg Company constantly strives to understand changing consumer needs.With the growing interest in organic products — the organic and natural food market is growing more than 20 percent each year* [* Organic retail sales have increased by more than 20 percent each year since 1990, according to the Organic Trade Association.] — we felt the time was right to provide this option for consumers.”

Having jumped on the ‘natural’ food band wagon a few years ago, Keebler may now be trying to avoid a class action suit. Probably a wise move. I’m not sad to see a marginal ‘organic’ product removed from the market.  But, I am sad about the addition of TBHQ, which Keebler was free to now add.  At least Kellogg/Keebler isn’t hiding anything.



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Jennifer Kaplan writes regularly about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for EatDrinkBetter.com and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was been named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - find her on .



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