|Company||Great Eastern Sun|
Great Eastern Sun’s products are naturally fermented and unpasteurized, making them a great choice for consumers looking for traditional soy foods.Great Eastern Sun shared its sourcing information; they purchase American-grown organic soybeans directly from a family farm.
They write: “In the rolling hills of western North Carolina, Great Eastern Sun and the American Miso Company continue a timeless centuries-old tradition of hand crafted miso, under the Miso Master brand. Miso Master Organic Miso is made using only the finest ingredients: Organic whole grains and beans, organic koji, pure Blue Ridge Mountain well water, and imported, traditionally processed, sun-dried sea salt. Gently aged, naturally fermented, and unpasteurized, it is a living food, rich in high quality soy protein, beneficial enzymes, and Lactobacillus bacteria. Compare Miso Master flavor to any of our competitor’ products and you’ll see what a difference our unrelenting commitment to quality makes. The American Miso Company is today the largest organic miso factory in the world under the leadership of Yoshihiro “Joe” Kato, miso master and master chef, who has been part of the team for almost 20 years.
Pledge of Organic Purity:
– No ingredients grown from genetically engineered or modified seed or spores.
– No ingredients irradiated, extracted using chemical solvents, or processed using artificial preservatives, artificial flavorings, or artificial colorings.
– All organic ingredients grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides.
– Products are processed, packaged, and stored in certified organic facilities.”
|TOTAL (possible score is 1000)||890|
4-Bean Rating | Excellent
Family-farmer owned businesses receive the most points, investor owned corporations the fewest.Ownership Structure
Reflects a company’s commitment to purchasing organic soybeans.Percentage Organic Soybean Purchases
Companies committed to transparency receive the most points.Disclosure of Information for Verification
|100||full and open disclosure|
Reflects the integrity of the company’s chosen organic certifying organization.Organic Certifier
Companies selling only organic products receive the most points.Organic Product Line
Companies that manufacture in-house receive the most points.Manufacturing
|100||All manufacturing done in-house|
Companies that purchase directly from farmers receive the most points; companies that buy through brokers selling imports receive the fewest.Sourcing and Farmer Relationships
|90||100% directly from family farmers; farms not visited|
Companies that are committed to preventing GMO contamination receive the most points.Prevention of GMO Contamination
Companies that do not add flavor or add only certified organic natural flavor receive the most points.Flavors
Companies that do not use soy lecithin or that use certified organic soy lecithin receive the most points.Soy Lecithin