The GFC/Headwater Foods team has some very exciting news! (Headwater Foods is the umbrella organization of The Good Food Collective — started and run by the same GOOD team.) We are now a Certified B Corp! See our B Corp profile here.
Read our press announcement below and learn all about B Corps and what this means to us and our community:
Rochester’s Headwater Foods Awarded B Corporation Certification
Headwater Foods, striving to create a sustainable local food economy, is the fourth company in Rochester to become a Certified B Corporation
March 17, 2014, Rochester, NY — Headwater Foods Inc., a Rochester-based organization committed to the development of sustainable and localized food systems, is proud to announce it is has been awarded B Corporation certification. Headwater Foods is the fourth company in Rochester to receive its B Corp certification and joins a growing community of over 950 Certified B Corps from 32 countries and 60 industries working together to redefine the way we do business.
Certified B Corporations must meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency established by the 501(c)3 nonprofit, B Lab. Together, the B Corp community is leading a global movement to solve environmental and social problems through the power of business.
Headwater Foods seeks to build an economy around local food, support local sustainable farmers, create jobs for local urban and rural people and develop our region’s ability to retain more of the wealth spent on food in this area. This holistic approach that brings together the individual, social, economic, and ecological health of our communities and citizens is the foundation supporting all of Headwater Foods’ endeavors.
At its core, Headwater Foods provides access to fresh, healthy, sustainable, and value-filled foods for all people, promoting individual health and food security. The flagship project of Headwater Foods is The Good Food Collective, established in 2009. Taking inspiration from Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs around the country, The Good Food Collective offers year-round multi-farm membership programs that connect Rochesterians to local, sustainable foods from some of the best farmers in our area. Similarly, Headwater Foods’ wholesale program, Three Square Kitchen, serves local restaurants, grocery stores and farm-to-school partners in New York and the Northeast Region.
Headwater Foods strives to live and work by its values of social, environmental and economic health in its efforts to create a sustainable food system. By becoming a part of the B Corp community, it will be encouraged and supported to remain focused on its values. Owner Chris Hartman: “A core component of our project is to be part of creating positive change in our regional food system. We have worked to build an organization based on trust and committed to GOOD work. We are inspired and proud to work alongside other businesses seeking a high level of social and environmental responsibility as part of doing business and we are grateful to have an honest certifying process to celebrate that!”
Headwater Foods believes the future of business is in social entrepreneurship and is proud to align itself with the goals of the B Corp community and represent Rochester in the global movement to redefine success in business.
About Headwater Foods:
VISION: A diverse and integrated, soil-to-table, Community Food Enterprise that creates a value-filled, year-round supply chain of local, top quality, sustainable foods for the greater Rochester area and the Northeast Region of the US.
MISSION: To develop, in partnership with farmers and aligned with community and regional needs, as a socially and environmentally responsible, top quality food distribution company.
The Headwater Food Hub facility actively manages the supply chain logistics, aggregation, distribution, and sales of local, sustainable, source-identified, top-quality foods from our network of partner farms and from local food producers.
In the last five years of operation, Headwater Foods has used both wholesale and direct sales strategies to grow 100% each year. Headwater Foods represents both the physical infrastructure and management talent necessary for significant and innovative regional food distribution and an economically viable approach to sustainable food system development. The company seeks to promote local, sustainable agriculture; a regional food system; accessible and fair GOOD FOOD options for all people; and an enhancement and celebration of Upstate New York’s food history and culture.
The Good Food Collective