FAQs

CAN I PURCHASE IN BULK OR BY THE CASE?

Yes! Please contact us at info@ThirdCoastOrganicFoods.com for more information.

ARE YOUR PRODUCTS SUGAR FREE?

Yes and No! We do not add any sugar to our products; we use a blend of Organic Allulose and Organic Stevia – all non-caloric, plant-based sweeteners. The only 'added sugar' that you will find in our products are the naturally occurring sugars found in the organic wine vinegars and fruit juice concentrates used to create our delicious wine vinaigrettes.

HOW LONG WILL YOUR VINAIGRETTES LAST AFTER OPENING?

To ensure the best quality product, we print a "Best By" date on each package to indicate the shelf life of our products, which is one-year from date of production.

DOES YOUR SALAD DRESSINGS NEED REFRIGERATION AFTER OPENIING?

NO! Our vinaigrettes do not contain a significant amount of naturally occurring sugars from the wine vinegars or fruit juice concentrates. Since vinegar is a natural preservative and we do not water down, our vinaigrettes will not spoil when stored in your pantry, cupboard, or other cool, dry place. Be careful not to leave your vinaigrettes in a hot car or out in the sun because the olive oil will spoil.

CAN I RETURN OR EXCHANGE AN EMPTY BOTTLE?

No, but we will take back any unused portion for a full refund or be happy to exchange for another flavor within 30 days of the purchase dateCLICK THIS LINK TO READ ABOUT OUR: Limited 30 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee / Refund Policy.

WHAT IS YOUR PACKAGING MATERIALS MADE OF? ARE THEY RECYCLABLE?

Our vinaigrettes are in glass bottles, and future products (smoothies, hot beverages) will be packaged in paper containers, all fully recyclable. We ship using all recyclable materials. 

DO YOU SELL YOUR PRODUCTS IN STORES?

We are a new company and currently sell online only. It is our utmost goal to be available in specialty retail stores and in the organic section of food grocery chains. We will proudly 'toot our horn' and let you know when our products are available in retail stores.

DO YOU SHIP TO MY COUNTRY?

Sorry! We currently only ship within the US. 

WHAT IS MEANT BY ORGANIC, AND WHY IS "ORGANIC" and "NON-GMO" IMPORTANT?

It could take volumes to answer these questions, but we will attempt to condense mountains of research and scientific studies to a few paragraphs:

Organic Foods are safer than traditionally farmed foods and contain serious health benefits including (a) Grown without the use of pesticides, (b) Rich in nutrients, (c) Animals raised organically aren’t treated with artificial drugs, growth hormones or antibiotics, and (d) Free of artificial preservatives, flavorings, and colors. Also, when a product is labeled "organic" it is also Non-GMO!

"GMO" (genetically modified organisms) are defined as crops that have been genetically altered for many reasons. One of the most popular is for plants to produce a toxin that kills pests, according to the Organic Trade Association. That’s a little scary to serve up on your plate. You can choose to opt your family out of the GMO experiment by choosing non-GMO foods!

Keep in mind that if a product is labeled with the "Non-GMO" icon or statement it is not organic unless it also has the USDA Organic seal, but a product that is labeled "Organic' with the USDA Organic seal is also Non-GMO! BUY ORGANIC!

MORE ABOUT NON-GMO AND ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTS

What are GMOs?

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are created through the process of genetic engineering: a technology that takes DNA from one organism and moves it into another, creating new varieties of plants and animals that wouldn’t be found in nature. Genetic engineering is prohibited in organic food and farming because of concerns about their environmental and health repercussions.

The use of GMOs is prohibited in organic production, and organic production supports a food system that values environmental stewardship, public health, animal welfare, transparent labels, and traceability of products without the use of toxic fertilizers or pesticides.

Organic is Non-GMO

Organic is non-GMO because the use of GMOs is prohibited in organic production. For example, organic farmers cannot plant GMO seeds, organic livestock cannot eat GMO feed, and organic food manufacturers cannot use GMO ingredients.

Organic producers are also required by law to protect their crops and products from unintentional contact with GMOs. For example, organic farmers may need procedures to prevent GMO drift from adjacent farms. Processors must separate organic ingredients from non-organic ingredients during receiving, processing, storage, and shipping. USDA-accredited certifying agents such as CCOF verify that certified organic producers do not use GMOs and have effective prevention strategies. CCOF annually inspects every operation to verify that the certified operator is adequately preventing contact with GMOs. CCOF also periodically tests for GMOs, which helps verify that each level of the supply chain has adequate prevention strategies in place. If GMOs are suspected or detected, CCOF is required by law to conduct an investigation to determine if a violation of organic farming or processing standards occurred. 

Non-GMO does not mean GMO-free because organic producers continue to be at risk from inadvertent contamination as non-organic food systems increase their use of GMOs. Buying organic helps stop the spread of GMOs because it supports the farmers and companies that not only do not use GMOs, but who also proactively protect their certified products.

The CCOF "Non-GMO & More" seal underscores the prohibition of the use of GMOs in organic and recognizes the many contributions of organic to a healthier world.

Organic is Non-GMO & More

In addition to not using GMOs, organic producers promote and enhance biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil fertility, and restore, maintain, and enhance ecological harmony. The legacy of organic will be the catalyzation of healthy, sustainable, and humane production systems.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INGREDIENTS?

Major United States food producers supply all of our food ingredients. Depending upon the ingredient, such as Sweet Basil, which is native to India, Asia and Africa, the different ingredients could originally come from many countries. Be assured that all of our ingredients are certified U.S.D.A. Organic.