History


Essential Living Foods is founded on an unwavering commitment to true quality. We travel the world
year round in search of the most nourishing heirloom foods emerging from indigenous cultures and
unspoiled ecosystems.


One day in 2001, Essential Living Foods founder Christopher Daugherty got a call from Gordon, an old family friend and an early pioneer of organic farming and farming technologies since the 1970's. Gordon had a college buddy with a farm in Peru that had just been covered with 6 feet of dirt in a massive mudslide. To try to make some lemonade from that big bunch of natural disaster lemons, they had gotten their new soil certified organic (which would enable them to get a higher price for their pecans). Gordon asked Christopher if he wanted to try to sell these organic Peruvian pecans, and Essential Living Foods was started.

We still bring in those same amazing pecans — in fact we've even made our pecan partner a shareholder in our company!


Due to our social impact business model, cutting edge product sourcing and excellent customer service, we have developed a passionate and faithful following of customers.


In the last ten years, Essential Living Foods has built on those first pecan shipments, incorporating a passion for organics, sustainability, and ultimate nutrition. We have travelled the world looking for the most unique, highest quality, most nutritious and sustainably-farmed organic foods on the market.

The company has continued to build on the direct to farm relationships over the years and has increased the bond of loyalty between Essential Living Foods and its supply chain (farmers, suppliers, processors, shippers, warehouses and customers) by implementing programs including Equitable Trade, fair trade practices, education, training, upgrading technology and agricultural systems improvements.

Essential Living Foods quickly earned a reputation in the organic food industry as among the best suppliers of the purest, highest quality organic foods in the world.  Due to our social impact business model, cutting edge product sourcing and excellent customer service, we have developed a passionate and faithful following of customers.

We've stayed an innovator in the superfood and raw food movements, being one of the first companies to import goji berries into the US and the first company to bring in Verified RAW chocolate.

Our expertise in importing the highest quality organic superfoods led us from simply supplying large quantities of bulk ingredients to managing our own production of finished products. We innovated formulas and worked with customers to develop packaging and labels, and we began to sell private label products - our same great tasting, high quality superfoods packaged for individual consumers.

With new expertise in manufacturing and product development, we added our own Essential Living Foods retail brand to our product offerings.  Currently we offer direct from the source bulk products to distributors and manufacturers, private label packaging and manufacturing services to other brands, and our own brand - available online here at our web site and in natural grocery stores nationwide.

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