At Essential Living Foods, we believe you deserve only the best of the best. We travel the world the year round to bring you only the most nourishing heirloom superfoods emerging from indigenous cultures and unspoiled ecosystems.
It's shocking, but in most cases when you walk into a supermarket and spend your dollars on superfoods, only pennies actually go to the farmers whose dedication and labor made it all possible. We know there's a better way. We cut out the layers of middle-men and work directly with farmers. This means we can guarantee the quality of the superfoods you're putting in your body, and we can do it more sustainably.
Improving the health of our planet
Our mission at Essential Living foods is to improve the health of the planet, its people, and their communities.
We work in close collaboration with small farms and indigenous groups to supply our customers with the purest, most nutritious Superfoods on Earth. Our global trade partnerships help nourish sustainable agricultural practices and support meaningful development. 1% of profits are donated back to the communities who supply our exceptional products (via our partnership with 1% For the Planet).
Essential Living Foods is dedicated to fair, ethical, and holistic business practices with vendors, customers and investors and to maintaining a healthy, rewarding and values-driven work environment for employees and partners.
Work with us for a better world!Essential Living Foods is dedicated to fair, ethical, and holistic business practices with vendors, customers and investors and to maintaining a healthy, rewarding and values-driven work environment for employees and partners.
If this mission resonates with you, join us! You can make a difference simply by eating the healthy amazing foods we offer – purchase them here, or at your local health food store (and if your store doesn’t carry us – tell them about ELF!)
If you are a manufacturer or distributor and would like to partner with us by buying bulk ingredients, from a few pounds to an entire shipping container, we’d love to work with you. We can also offer you private labelling services (carry your own flagship line of superfoods!), or work with you to develop, manufacture and package any other innovative product lines we dream up together.
Our commitment to sustainability doesn't end once we source our superfoods - it extends to our packaging as well. We select product packaging that aligns with our mission of improving the health of our planet, its people and their communities. The up-front cost may be a little higher, but in the long term it's worth it - for all of us.
Our boxes are made from 100% recycled cardboard (minimum 50% post-consumer). Each ton of cardboard that's recycled instead of tossed saves 9 cubic yards of landfull, 46 gallons of oil and 17 trees. That adds up fast!
As a packaging material, glass is unsurpassed in protecting its contents from moisture and oxygen while ensuring freshness and flavor. Glass remains the most easily processed and most readily recycled container; the quality, purity and clarity of glass don't deteriorate. By using recycled glass, we keep tons out of landfills and save energy as well.
Recyclable & Resealable Bags
We preserve and protect the freshness of our superfoods in 100% recyclable & resealable bags. Many "natural" and organic foods come in plastic zip-pouches that are NOT recyclable — these #7 plastics may be recyclable in theory, but not in reality.
We engineered a whole new approach to re-sealable, air-tight bags to create the first superfood line with the convenience of a re-sealable zip top and the responsibility of 100% recyclable #4 plastic.
Our powdered superfoods come in sturdy air-tight tins made from recycled steel (min 30%). Steel has a recycling rate more than 2 1/2 times higher than most other packaging options. Not only does recycling steel reduce the need to extract more iron and coal from the earth - but these tins are often re-used as is, without the need for additional processing.
Our printers use soy or vegetable-based inks and zero-VOC chemicals on all their litho presses. For their digital presses they use water-based ink or toner with UV curing. All paper scrap, excess inks and other waste are responsibly recycled.
We are a B Corporation
Not all corporations are created equal.
B corporations (the B stands for “Benefit”) are created to be a little bit better. B corps don’t just exist to make money – b corps exist to do good in the world even as they do business and make profits.
The non-profit B Lab supervises and audits a growing roster of B corps from more than 28 countries, ensuring transparency, sustainability, accountability, and making sure they adhere to rigourous standards of social and environmental performance.
As they put it, “B Corp certification is to sustainable business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.”
Kipp StrodenChairman and CEO
Hugo Van SeenusDirector
Gurudhan KhalsaVP of Sales
Lambert Van HulstVP of Operations
Kipp L. Stroden is the Co-Founder of BeON Holdings Inc. and CEO and Chairman of its subsidiary, Essential Living Foods Inc. Essential Living Foods was instrumental in pioneering the RAW-Superfoods industry, a multibillion dollar segment within the fast-growing natural products industry. The company continues to spearhead growth in this category, with an industry-leading brand that offers consumers both personal value (with innovative functional foods of the highest-quality and nutrition) and planetary value (with a business model and brand founded on positive-impact in farming communities and ecosystems throughout the supply chain).Read More
Having garnered recognition from industry and media alike, Jensen was named one of Portland's Top 40 under 40 in 2013, and was a successful Chief Manufacturing officer at 25 years young. His insights have helped restructure and refine efficiencies at every level of organization, fostered successful company culture, and directed operations that have saved millions of dollars. A health food enthusiast, Jensen has also been a private pilot since 2002 and holds a BS in Human Resource Development from Indiana State. Combining youthful enthusiasm with an indomitable mid-western work ethic, Jensen Thome joined Essential Living Foods in early 2015 and exercises a passion for the natural foods industry.Read More
Hugo is one of the early pioneers of the natural foods industry. He developed this passion as a child growing up around open-air markets in Europe and Indonesia. A native of The Netherlands, Hugo traveled throughout his youth, was educated at the International School and spent several years in Indonesia.Read More
Business Executive, Entrepreneur, Environmental and Social Advocate, Retired Senior VP of Purchasing, Marketing and Distribution Whole Foods Market. Over forty years experience in the Natural/Organic Foods and Grocery Industries, including retail, distribution, sales, manufacturing, product and business development. Serial entrepreneur founding successful retail, sales, manufacturing and restaurant companies. Spearheaded multiple environmental, social and animal compassion initiatives. Recognized industry expert who has spoken before congressional committees and at universities, professional and environmental conferences.Read More
Gurudhan was most recently the VP os Sales for Sweetleaf Stevia where he helped lead sales growth in excess of 20% annually. Prior to that he was the VP of Sales for Yogi Tea and Golden Temple Cereals during their development from an emerging brand to over 100 million dollars. Mr. Khalsa's industry experience traces back to 1997 when we got started with SGN Brokerage a natural products brokerage severing over 30 brands. Gurudhan Khalsa holds a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and BS in Business Admin from SUNY at Buffalo.Read More
Lambert Van Hulst grew up in the Netherlands, where he was introduced to health food and alternative medicine at an early age. During his youth he spent much of his time outdoors and sailing on the water, a pastime he still enjoys today. Lambert derives tremendous satisfaction from helping others, and is personally driven by the desire to improve quality of life for all beings.Read More
Member 1% for the Planet
One Percent for the Planet is an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. Since 2008, Essential Living Foods has contributed 1% of retail sales to non-profits improving lives and protecting the environment in countries and regions where we source our products, in order to ensure that our business (and your purchases) support a healthier planet that works for everyone. In 2014, we partnered with 1% for the Planet to expand our reach and more transparently certify our philanthropic efforts.