Hundreds of Businesses Come Together to Support Yes on 522

SEATTLE– Small and large businesses came together this afternoon to show support for Washington ballot measure Initiative 522–the measure to give grocery shoppers more information about the groceries they are buying and eating. Below is a recap of what each Yes on 522 supporter stated about I-522 and why their companies are supporting I-522:

“Sourcing ingredients, perfecting formulas and updating packaging are tasks food producers handle on a regular basis. So to those who say this can’t be done, that it’s too complicated, or too expensive – we whole-heartedly disagree. Ben & Jerry’s is proof. Supporting the I-522 initiative to label is doable at virtually no extra cost within the regular scope of business.” – Jerry Greenfield, Ben & Jerry’s co-founder

“Whole Foods Markets’ suppliers that support GMO labeling are profitable and undergoing rapid sales growth. We have not seen any suppliers raise prices because of honest labeling. In fact, transparency has helped Whole Foods Markets and our suppliers get even more price competitive because it creates a level playing field in the marketplace.” – Errol Schweizer, executive global grocery coordinator, Whole Foods Markets

“Theo was founded with a commitment to transparency as one of our core values and we support transparency in labeling GMO foods as an extension of this philosophy. We believe that when consumers are able to make informed purchasing decisions, it benefits their well-being and that of their families, communities, and the environment.” – Joe Whinney, founder and CEO, Theo Chocolate

“Loki Fish Company supports Initiative 522 to label genetically engineered foods because we believe that food producers should be accountable to their community. The public has a right to know the origin of their food. If we did not have labeling requirements for food colorants or country of origin, small wild salmon family businesses such as ours would not be viable. Consumers would be largely unable to distinguish between a synthetic farmed product and wild salmon. I-522 will give conscious consumers essential information as they strive to make the right choice for their families.” – Pete Knutson, fisher and owner of Loki Fish Company

“I strongly believe that everyone has the right to know what’s in the food they buy and I fully support I-522. There’s a lot wrong with the current industrial food system where we’ve lost choice and transparency. Labeling genetically engineered foods will provide transparency for consumers and allow them to make an informed choice.” – Andrew Stout, organic farmer and founder of Full Circle Farms

“PCC Natural Markets is committed to transparency, and labels ensure transparency. They keep food companies honest about what they’re selling us to eat. I-522 is designed simply to add one more piece of information to our current food labeling laws and framework.” – Trudy Bialic, public affairs director, PCC Natural Markets

Additional businesses that support Initiative 522:

Activate Drinks
Albina City Nuts
A. Vogel Herbal Remedies
Almond Dream
Alpine Lakes Sheep Cheese
Alter Eco Foods
Amaltheia Organic Dairy, LLC
Amy’s Kitchen
Anacortes Health & Nutrition
Annie’s Homegrown
Arbor Health Center
Arrowhead Mills
Attune Foods
Avalon Organics
Azure Standard Organics Delivery
B&R Liquid Adventure, LLC
Baby’s Only Organic by Nature’s One
Back to Nature
Bakery On Main
Barney & Co California, LCC
Barney Butter
Beanitos, The Original Bean Chip
Bear Market
Beem’s Valley Nutrition
Ben & Jerry’s
Big Dipper Wax Works
Bill the Butcher
Blossom Grocery
Blue Marble Brands
Bluewater Organic Distilling
Boat Street Cafe
Bodegas Ontañon
Bon Appetit
Boulder Brands
Brad’s Raw Foods
Bragg Live Foods
Britt’s Pickles
Cactus Restaurants
Cafe Juanita
Cafe Nola
Cafe Presse
Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co.
California Olive Ranch
Camano Island Mills
Casa Ventura Imports, Inc.
Cascade Harvest Coalition
CB’s Premium Nuts Inc.
Celestial Seasonings
Central Co-op
Certified Wild Food
Chaco Canyon Organic Café
Ciao Bella Gelato
Ciao Thyme
Clif Bar
Community Food Co-op
Compass Coffee Roasting
Conscious Box
Copper Hog
Crofter’s Organics
Crown Pacific Fine Foods
Crown Prince Inc.
CSI Sales Solutions
Cucina Antica / Monte Bene Pasta Sauces
Cupcake Royale
Davidson Commodities, Inc.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods
Earth Balance
Earth Island Natural Foods
Earth Source Organics
Earth’s Best Organic
Earthbound Farm
Eat Wild Fish
Elliott Bay Cafe
Enjoy Life Foods
Environmental Working Group
Enzo’s Gallery Cafe
Equal Exchange
Essential Living Foods
Ethnic Gourmet
Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill
Fantastic World Foods
Fidalgo Bay Coffee Roasters
Field Day
Finnriver Farm and Cidery
Firebird Chocolate & Coffee
Firefly Kitchens
Fitness to Go
Follow Your Heart
Freeland Raw Foods
Freggies Organics Delivery
Fresh Food Revolution Co-op
Frontier Natural Products Co-op
Gabriel Wilson Selections – SMALL PRODUCER WINES, LLC
Garden of Eatin’
Gayea’s Great Demos
GFA Brands, Inc.
GloryBee Foods
Goddess Garden
Golden Beetle
Good Earth Natural Foods
Good Karma Food Technologies
Grand Central Bakery
Grays Harbor Democrats
Green Chopsticks
Gretchen’s Grains Incorporated
Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate
Hail Merry Foods
Hain Pure Foods
Health Valley
Helen’s Kitchen
Hendrikus Organics
Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop
Hummingbird Wholesale
I Love My Gluten Free Food
Island Spring Organics
John Howie Steakhouse
Jonboy Caramels
Jovial Foods
Kalani Organica Coffees & Tea
Kitsap Clinic of Natural Medicine
La Spiga
Late July Organic Snacks
Le Pitchet
Lemon Grass Natural Foods
Les Fromageries Papillon
Lilipoh Magazine
Little Rae’s Bakery
Local Roots Farm
Lotus Foods
Lovitt Restaurant
Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss
Lundberg Family Farms
Lynne’s Whim
Main Street Market Co-Op
Mallard Ice Cream
Mamma Chia
Mama Lil’s Peppers
Mangrove Action Project
Maninis Gluten Free
Maple Rock Farm on Orcas Island
Marjorie Restaurant
Marlene’s Natural Foods Market & Deli
Mary’s Gone Crackers
Mediterranean Organics Health Resources LLC
Meyers Falls Market
Mi Shoes
Mighty-O Donut
Mint Tea
Mitchell Lumber Co
MOM’s Organic Market
Mother’s Cupboard Nutrition
MRM-USA Health Supplements
My Chi Delights
My Gluten Free Cafe
Nancy’s Yogurt
Napa Valley Naturals
Natural Products Association Northwest
Natural Sea Premium Alaskan Pink Salmon
Nature’s Best
Nature’s Path Organic Foods
Neighbors Markets
New Chapter
Happy Family Organic Superfoods
One Degree Organic Foods
Oregon’s Wild Harvest
Organic Bistro
Organic Consumer Association
Organic Consumer Fund
Organic Foods Express, Inc.
Organic Friendly Farms
Organic Prairie
Organic Valley
Organically Grown Company
Organicville Foods
Ozery Bakery
Paca Pride Guest Ranch
Pacific Coast Wasabi
Pacific Foods
Pacific Natural Sales, Inc.
Park Slope Food Coop
PCC Natural Market
Pike Place Fish
Pilates Studio of Bellingham
Plum Bistro
Popcorn Indiana
Port Gamble General Store & Cafe
Port Townsend Food Co-op
Presence Marketing – Dynamic Presence
Punkin Center Farms
Pure Bliss Desserts
Pure Country Pork
Pure Éire Dairy
Quillisascut: Farmstead Cheese & School of the Domestic Arts
Quinn’s Pub
R&K Foods
Rainy Day Floral Distribution
Raw Foods International LLC
Raw Revolution Organic Bars
Restaurant Zoë
Rice Dream
Rising Moon Organics
Rocky Ridge Ranch
Rudi’s Organic Bakery
Running Springs Ranch
Rhythm Superfoods
Sambazon Amazon Superfoods
San J International, Inc.
San Juan Island Food Coop
Scratch and Peck Feeds
Sea-atco Seafood
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
Seth Ellis Chocolatier, LLC
Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates
Skagit Valley Food Co-op
Skout Natural Foods
Skydottir Epic Cookies
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort
Small Changes
Small Planet Organics
Snoqualmie Ice Cream
Sophie’s Kitchen
Soy Dream
Sparkle Plus
Specialty Frozen Food Distributors
Spectrum Essentials
Spectrum Naturals
Spokane County Democrats
Stonyfield Farm
Straus Family Creamery
Strawberry Moon
Stumbling Goat Bistro
Suja Juice
Sunergy Systems
SunRidge Farms
Sweet Creek Foods
Syncline Winery
Tacoma Food Co-op
Teeccino Caffé
Terra Organica
Terra Plata
Terra Preta Sales
The Alliance for Democracy
The Bagelry
The Field Roast Grain Meat Company
The Greek Gods
The Markets LLC
The Pantry at Delancey
The Walrus and the Carpenter
The Whale Wins
Theo Chocolate
Tilth Restaurant
Tofurky (Turtle Island Foods, Inc.)
Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op
Tony’s Coffees & Teas, Inc.
Traditional Medicinals
Treetop Acupuncture
TruSweets, LLC
Turtle Mountain LLC
Udi’s Food
Uncle Matt’s Organic, Inc.
Uneeda Burger
United Natural Foods Inc
Vancouver Food Cooperative
Vessel Drinkware
Vibrant Roots
Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics
Wallaby Yogurt Company
Walnut Acres Organic
Waterville Family Grocery
Whole Foods Market
Wholesome Sweeteners
Wild Planet Foods
Wilderness Poets
Wild Sage Bistro
Wildtime Foods
Wisdom Natural Brands
Woodstock Foods
Yelm Food Co Op
Yummy Mummy Baking Company
Yves Veggie Cuisine
ZoJo Coffee
Happy Family Brands
Naches Heights Vineyard
Jubilee Naturals, LLC
Kombucha Wonder Drink
Heart of Welness
Eagle Song Health & Wellness
Gorge Delights Just Fruit
Quiet Light Candles
Barlean’s Organic Oils

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About Yes on 522: Yes on 522 provides Washington shoppers with more information about what’s in the food they buy so that they can make the best decisions for their families. More than 350,000 signatures were collected to get I-522 on the November 2013 ballot–second highest number of signatures gathered for an Initiative to the Legislature in state history.