What’s In Your Natural Food?

Neil Dudley Blog 2 Comments

There are many regulations set forth by the USDA in order to police the use of the word “Natural”.  Here at Pedersons, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with all natural foods.  However, there are some facts about “Natural” everyone should understand, especially with the growth of the natural food industry becoming significant enough that all of the big players want a piece on the action.

The term “Natural” versus “Pederson’s Natural”

“Natural” brings a certain favorable thought to the minds of consumers which intern adds value to a product. What if we could add value without raising production cost i.e., the company makes a bigger profit.  Simple yet complex, this is where the problem has been created. Customers need to feel confident they are feeding their families the best foods possible, the word “Natural” has become a quick and easy indicator of what’s healthy for many. Unfortunately, with the current regulations it is possible to label almost anything “Natural”.

There is an abundance of information written on this topic regarding large companies taking advantage of these loose standards. I am not here to get involved in the arguments over what is “Natural” or what is not “Natural” because in reality both sides have good business reasoning for making their arguments. One wants one ingredient out so they can gain a competitive advantage and the other wants that ingredient included so they can have the advantage. Hey that’s business and we live in America, the land of free enterprise, this kind of stuff has been happening for years and will continue to happen as long as we function in a free market system.

The major issue from where I sit is, why can’t we just tell an educated, involved consumer what they are getting when they pick-up a package of our product.  “Pederson’s Natural” means produced in a small Texas town by real people who care about providing you and your family real food. We make a small number of products, but we make them very well, and very safe.  “Pederson’s Natural” is a product made from raw meat that is qualified as Never Ever (no antibiotics or growth stimulants ever) and “Pederson’s Natural” spices.

that’s my thoughts for now,

Neil Dudley

Vice President

Pederson’s Natural Farms

Hamilton, Texas

Comments 2

  1. Andrea Wright

    For a while I was able to buy your sausage from our local Earthfare store in Knoxville, TN. I think it is the best uncured sausage on the market. Earthfare doesn’t seem to carry your products any more so I thought I’d look you up on the internet. Do you offer any discounts for buying a certain quantity? Just thought I’d ask!

    1. admin

      Thanks for the comment, and please bug that meat manager every chance you get to let him know you miss our products 🙂 I hope to have our products selling in your region again soon! Currently we are not offering volume discounts through the website, but I will look into the possibilities. Stay safe in Knoxville!
      The Cooking Cowboy
      Neil Dudley

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