Happy Summer Everyone!

As we’re easing into summer time, we wanted to take some time to highlight some of our products that are sourced locally. Being in the Bay Area we are lucky enough to have so much to choose from when it comes to your food choices, and we make a point to support local brands when we can!

Clif Bar

Clif bar is a globally present company that started out of Berkeley and has their headquarters in Emeryville. They are a family owned company and pride themselves on their positive work environment. Clif Bar is continuously striving to give back to local and afar communities through volunteering and donations. They truly are a company that works hard to make this world a better place in the ways that they can.

Someday is Now Campaign – Clif Bar is closing the World Cup roster bonus pay gap between men and women by giving the women named to the 2019 World Cup team the difference in pay to make the men’s and women’s roster bonuses equal.

Associated’s Pantry Features: Clif Nut Butter Filled Peanut Butter, Clif Mojo Cluster Honey Srirocka and Electro Almond, Clif Bar Sierra Trail Mix, Clif Whole Lotta Fruit, Nut and Seed Bars (Coming Soon).

Clif Bar Nut Butter, Clif Whole Lotta and Clif Mojo clusters
Bellwether Farms

Bellwether Farms is a family owned and operated creamery in Sonoma County. They pride themselves on their cheeses and yogurts which have been featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart, and Sunset Magazine.

About Bellwether Farms – Bellwether was an adventure started by a woman, Cindy Callahan, in the 80’s and has grown to be a fulfilling and hardworking family business ever since. Cindy’s son, Liam, was studying at UC Berkeley when he started working at the farm and it quickly became both his passion and career. Liam and his wife Diana are both heavily involved with the family business – Liam works to make every pound of product produced by Bellwether Farms and Diana leads the logistics side of the business. Their passion for this business is so evident in the end result – delicious cheese and yogurt.

Associated’s Pantry Feature: Bellwether Blackberry Yogurt.

Bellwether Blackberry Yogurt
Verve Coffee Roasters

Verve Coffee Roasters was founded in Santa Cruz by two friends, Ryan O’Donovan and Colby Barr. Verve has quickly spread through the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and abroad.

Farmlevel Initiative – Verve takes a very supportive approach on helping out every person that handles their coffee “from seed to cup”, they work to make sure they are making a positive impact on all communities that are involved in the creation of Verve coffee. The initiative is called Farmlevel because they want to open the line of communication from the farmer to the barista, and make sure every person that is part of the process is getting recognition for their work.

Associated’s Pantry Features: Verve Sea Bright Whole Bean & Nitro Flash Brew Kegs and Cans.

Verve Nitro Flash Brew and Verve Seabright

Overall, I hope this article provided you with some insight on a few of our local brands that we love. Their hard work and positive contributions to this community are so evident through their products, and we hope you are able to see that too!



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Article by Carly Corippo

Carly Corippo

Some of you may already know Carly Corippo as your account manager, but she also has a strong background in nutrition. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences from California State University Chico while working throughout the community in different nutrition and wellness focused internships. After college, Carly started working here at Associated and is your go-to gal for all wellness and nutrition related questions or tips!