Last updated on August 16th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Colorado-based Mile High Organics, a leading organic produce and natural grocery delivery service, is the first online grocery retailer in the United States to receive USDA organic certification. The voluntary certification assures customers of the company’s commitment to transparency and traceability, and to supporting organic farmers through the delivery of high-quality food, according to company officials.
“We are motivated to lead the industry in establishing the gold standard for food quality and safety,” said Michael Joseph, CEO, president and co-founder of Mile High Organics. “Our objective is to be the most transparent, highest-quality retailer that enables our customers to make the best food choices and also receive what they expect.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture organic certification guarantees that Mile High Organics’ food meets their standards, such as the food is grown without synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides or growth hormones. The food also has to be stored away from “conventional” foods that are not certified organic, such as fair-trade imported rice. It is these audited processes that ensure consumers that all products are properly documented all the way from source to each household.
Mile High Organics was certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). CCOF certifies to the standards of the USDA National Organic Program and promotes organic food and agriculture through its premier organic certification program, trade support, producer and consumer education and political advocacy.
Mile High Organics is the only Colorado retailer that supplies completely non-genetically modified foods, free from harmful pesticides and synthetic chemical inputs, and grown in organically managed fields. The company has strong relationships with local organic farmers, and provides as much local, seasonal organic produce and groceries as possible.
“The Organic Trade Association congratulates Mile High Organics for pursuing and achieving organic certification for its growing business,” said Christine Bushway, executive director and CEO of the Organic Trade Association. “Meeting the demands of a busy and health conscious consumer with home delivery of organic food and products is a wonderful example of the entrepreneurial spirit embodied in the organic industry which grew at a rate of more than 9 percent in the last year.”
Mile High Organics also has formed partnerships with many Colorado natural and organic food manufacturers to provide an affordable grocery menu that goes beyond produce, including organic milk, soup, granola, coffee, juice, spices and much more. Mile High Organics also offers environmentally friendly kitchen supplies and household items. Approximately 20 new items are added per week, largely compiled from customer recommendations.
Mile High Organics customers sign up for weekly delivery that can be customized for their individual tastes. The company currently serves the entire Front Range, including Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.