Ceres Organics is a New Zealand company a little bit obsessed with enabling organics to be a part of everyday life for everyone.
“To us the future is organic. We think it’s a key driver to help the world’s economic, ecological and social problems. Our ingredients push sustainability one step further, into regeneration. We utilise local and renewable resources, growing things where they naturally grow best.”
Ceres Organics recognise that this helps to protect the health of our soil and ecosystems by working in harmony with nature and focusing on soil fertility as the foundation of a healthy crop. Organic agriculture can even sequester carbon back into soil. It’s a stark contrast to conventional agriculture, which focuses on boosting plant growth, with the use of synthetic chemicals that degrade the quality of our soil, our waterways, and the air we breathe – all chasing short-term profits.
Never genetically modified, their food is real. No artificial chemicals enter the food chain at any stage of the journey. Every nut, seed, and superfood is traceable from planting to purchase… and even to plate via the beauty of Instagram!
“Our growers don’t have to deal with nasty chemicals, making for safer working environments, and we support fair working conditions and prices. By choosing organic we bring healing to the earth and humankind and contribute to a better future for everyone. And that’s our goal.”
Ceres Organics have been operating organically since 1982 when it all began. Starting with a forward-thinking mother, Juliet Lamont, on a mission to bring her kids up on nutrient-rich organic food, running a stand at a school fair to find others on the same path. This led to the first urban organic co-op, and the joining of a group of friends with a shared vision to heal the world, including Noel and Rodnie, who are still at the helm today. The Ceres Wholefoods store in Ellerslie opened a few years later, and by 2001 Ceres Organics became the first BioGro certified organic distributor in New Zealand.
The original vision of their founders continues to guide the company in making the best decisions possible for the planet and its people. They’ve built up a great supply of organic foods over the years, and now have over 300 products under the Ceres Organics brand that they distribute to supermarkets and specialty shops across NZ.
Being certified organic has been hugely important to Ceres Organics. They go to a lot of effort sourcing the best organic ingredients, and being certified means they can trace every product right back to the farm it came from.
“We want to give our consumers the assurance that our products have been independently verified to back up our claims, especially since organics has been unregulated in NZ.