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Lotus Foods

Richmond, CA 94804
United States

Since 1995, Lotus Foods has been partnering in fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice sustainably and preserving heirloom and specialty rices. Lotus Foods delivers consumers healthier, versatile rice and rice-based foods that respect their multiple concerns for the highest standards of taste together with social and environmental ethics.

Brands
OG Brown & White Jasmine Rice, OG Pink Rice, OG Tricolor Blend Rice, OG Brown & White Basmati, OG Red Rice, OG Forbidden Rice®, OG Jade Pearl Rice™, OG Heat & Eat Bowls, Rice Ramen, Pad Thai Rice Noodles, Arare Rice Crackers, Rice Ramen Soup Cups
Press Releases
Lotus Foods Basmati Is First Rice to Achieve Regenerative Organic Certification

[Richmond, CA – February 28, 2020] – Lotus Foods, the leading heirloom and organic rice company, is proud to announce that its traditional White and Brown Basmati Rice, sourced from family farmers in northern India, has qualified for Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC)/Silver. It is the first rice to achieve this rigorous new standard, which goes beyond existing Organic and Fair Trade certifications in promoting farming that enriches rather than degrades soil and values animals and workers. 

In 2018, Lotus Foods was one of 17 out of 80 brands and farms selected to pilot the Regenerative Organic standards, which is comprised of three pillars: Soil Health and Land Management; Animal Welfare; and Farmer and Worker Fairness. The goal of the pilot process was to develop a greater understanding of how ROC standards can be implemented at the field level and use that experience in finalizing the standards for adoption worldwide. Lotus Foods offered the opportunity to gauge the application of the standards under the conditions of subsistence farmers, who are managing plots of land that are a fraction the size of most farms and ranches in the US. 

“We couldn’t be more thrilled,” says Lotus Foods Co-Founder/Co-CEO Caryl Levine. “These farmers, who have been trained to use System of Rice Intensification (SRI) methods, which we call More Crop Per Drop™, have demonstrated that it is very feasible to generate important economic and environmental benefits like increasing yields of traditional varieties, reducing water use and methane emissions and also be regenerative.” Lotus Foods traditional White and Brown Basmati Rice is one of only a handful of truly authentic basmati rices, which have been increasingly displaced by modern hybrids that are bred more for yield rather than taste. 

Adds Ken Lee, also Lotus Foods Co-Founder/Co-CEO, “We’d like to express our gratitude to Tapan Ray, our supply partner in India, for his pioneering support of SRI farming practices and commitment to the ROC pilot process. And to Dr. Bronner’s for their generous financial underwriting.  It was a pleasure to work with the Regenerative Organic Alliance (ROA) and NSF International implementing teams and professionals at EcoCert, who conducted the field audit.” 

"Healthy food comes from healthy soils," says Elizabeth Whitlow, ROA Executive Director. "Scientists predict that current industrial farming practices and deforestation will eliminate the world's available supply of topsoil within 60 years. The farms and brands we worked with in the pilot program are great examples of how we can reverse this trend and build healthy soils." Products that achieved certification will be on display at Expo West, at the ROA/NSF table at Climate Day (Tuesday, March 3), at the Organic Pavilion Showcase (Wednesday, March 4) and at the ROA Booth, #2214 (Thursday, March 5 to Saturday, March 7). 

For more information visit Lotus Foods online and follow on InstagramFacebook and Twitter

About Lotus Foods

Since 1995, Lotus Foods has partnered in direct and fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice more sustainably while preserving rice biodiversity. Lotus Foods’ product line includes pigmented heirloom and organic rice varieties such as Forbidden Rice®, Jade Pearl RiceTM, Red Rice, traditional Basmati and Jasmine Rice and Tri-color Rice as well as Rice Ramen, Arare Rice Crackers, Pad Thai Rice Noodles and Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups. Products are available at major retailers nationwide. As a certified B Corporation, Lotus Foods is committed to “Changing How Rice Is Grown around the World” by focusing on rice grown using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which we call More Crop Per DropTM.   SRI minimizes water usage, empowers women, financially rewards farmers and reduces climate impact. 

Lotus Foods Adds New Spicy Kimchi Flavor to Top-Selling Line of Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups with Freeze-Dried Veggie Soup Cubes

Lotus Foods, the leading heirloom and organic rice and rice ramen company, is unveiling a new Spicy Kimchi Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cup featuring a freeze-dried soup cube, adding an exciting new global flavor to the popular line that launched in Fall 2019. Coming to stores in May 2020 the Spicy Kimchi soup cup will feature a spicy blend of kimchi (the cherished Korean staple), shallots  and tofu. 

Lotus Foods will debut its new Spicy Kimchi flavor at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA March 5-7 at booth #2116.

The full line of three Rice Ramen Soup Cups with freeze-dried soup cubes includes Garlicky Veggie, a savory garlic broth with spinach, carrots and mushrooms; and Hot & Sour, a zesty broth loaded with mushrooms, tofu and bamboo shoots. Each flavor delivers “good as fresh” chunky veggies that spring to life when boiling water is added, resulting in a cup packed with big pieces of veggies and gourmet spices that deliver a whole new ramen soup experience.

The three freeze-dried flavors join the existing line-up of Lotus Foods Rice Ramen Soup Cups, launched in summer 2018, that feature whole grain never-fried organic brown rice noodles and come in a variety of internationally inspired flavors. 

Requiring no refrigeration and ready to eat in just three minutes, Lotus Foods soup cups are an easy way to have a satisfying meal or snack whenever it is desired. As modern life gets busier, young consumers are seeking more options for convenient yet healthy meals. It has been reported that freeze-dried foods are expected to grow in the coming years due to the ability of the freeze drying process to lock in flavor and nutrition in portable meal options. 

“We can’t wait for people to try this flavorful new Spicy Kimchi soup cup,” said Caryl Levine, Co-Founder/Co-CEO of Lotus Foods. “At Lotus Foods, we are always looking for ways to bring healthier rice-based products to market and introduce delicious international flavors like authentic Korean kimchi.”

Lotus Foods’ new Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups with freeze-dried veggie soup cubes have an SRP of $2.99 and are available nationwide. The Spicy Kimchi flavor will join the line-up at stores this spring.

For more information visit Lotus Foods online and follow on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

About Lotus Foods

Since 1995, Lotus Foods has partnered in direct and fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice more sustainably while preserving rice biodiversity. Lotus Foods’ product line includes pigmented heirloom and organic rice varieties such as Forbidden Rice®, Jade Pearl RiceTM, Red Rice, traditional Basmati and Jasmine Rice and Tricolor Rice as well as Rice Ramen, Arare Rice Crackers, Pad Thai Rice Noodles and Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups. Products are available at major retailers nationwide. As a certified B Corporation, Lotus Foods is committed to “Changing How Rice Is Grown around the World” by focusing on rice grown using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which we call More Crop Per DropTM.   SRI minimizes water usage, empowers women, financially rewards farmers and reduces climate impact. 

Lotus Foods Celebrates 25 Years of Changing the Way Rice Is Grown Worldwide

Lotus Foods, the leading heirloom and organic rice company, is celebrating 25 years of  advocating for family rice farmers, rice biodiversity and more environmentally friendly rice production. “More than anyone else, Lotus Foods co-founders Caryl Levine and Ken Lee are responsible for changing how Americans think about, cook with, and eat rice,” says Marie Simmons, James Beard Award winner and author of Rice the Amazing Grain.  “They have taken it from a starchy white side dish to a nutritious, colorful and flavorful center of the plate ingredient.” 

In 1995, Lotus Foods made its first sales of Bhutanese Red Rice and Forbidden Rice® to Bay Area chefs.  Over the past 25 years, the company has imported over 25 million pounds of certified organic rice from a multi-country network of family rice producers whose lives and communities have been transformed by access to markets and organic and Fair Trade premiums. Lotus Foods’ commitment to organic and regenerative practices is generating more rice from less land, preserving valuable genetic biodiversity, saving hundreds of millions of gallons of water annually, promoting long-term soil health, and removing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.  

Co-Founders/Co-CEOs Caryl Levine and Ken Lee’s lightbulb moment came when they learned about the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) from Cornell University, which they call More Crop Per Drop™.  These methods allow farmers to increase their yields dramatically with less water and seed inputs, no agrochemicals, less work for women, and less greenhouse gas emissions. “Lotus Foods created the model for activist brands, by engaging with consumers and the trade to educate them about the social and environmental dimensions of their product. They are true regenerative pioneers,” says Errol Schweizer, Former Whole Foods VP of Grocery, and Industry Veteran.

In 2009, the company imported its first three containers of rice grown by some of the most marginalized farmers in Cambodia, Indonesia and Madagascar, who were producing surpluses of traditional rice using these novel SRI methods. With More Crop Per Drop™ women spend less time in the fields. And they no longer have to work perpetually in bent postures in standing water, which leads to illness and physical disability. Producing more rice from less land also means that families can take some land out of rice production and cultivate higher-value cash crops like fruits and vegetables, thereby increasing the biodiversity of their farms and their adaptability to climate change. 

By supporting rice grown using More Crop Per Drop™ methods, Lotus Foods has had a significant positive impact cumulatively, enabling the company to save about 4 billion gallons of fresh water, which is enough to give a half gallon of water to every person on the planet.  Lotus Foods has also been able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35,000 tons of CO2e, which is like taking 7,000 cars off the road for a year. 

Most recently, Lotus Foods basmati farmers in northern India were included in the pilot program of the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) standards and qualified for the ‘Silver’ Certification. Notes Tapan Ray, CEO of PraTithi Organic Foods, their partner in India, “Lotus Foods’ market incentives are critical to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by boosting farmers’ incomes and promoting regenerative rice production.”


“Our growth has been a collective accomplishment, due to the support and encouragement we received from so many people over the years: our loyal customers, investors, colleagues in the food industry, supply partners, advisors, staff, family and friends,” said Levine and Lee. “Our gratitude is profound. Only together can we pursue our audacious goal of ‘changing how rice is grown around the world.’ Most especially, we want to thank the women and men who go into the fields every day to grow that most essential of all grains, rice.” 

Lotus Foods has received extensive recognition for its mission-based work including a Whole Foods Market Supplier Award for Environmental Stewardship, the inaugural National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Award for Outstanding Value Chain Engagement and the Conscious Company Media Global Impact Award. In total, Lotus Foods’ mission and products have been honored with 16 Specialty Food Association sofi™ Awards and 3 Natural Products Expo NEXTY Awards including the inaugural NEXTY Gold Award.

Lotus Foods is committed to continuing to bring delicious and healthy rice-based products, rice noodles, soups and snacks to market. “We have no plans for slowing down,” says Levine. Most recently, they introduced Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups featuring an innovative Freeze-Dried Veggie Cube that literally springs to life with fresh vegetables.

Looking to the future, the team at Lotus Foods is excited about expanding its investment in regenerative agriculture and helping more rice farmers, particularly women, transition to SRI growing methods in countries throughout the world. Paul Hawken, in his book Drawdown, counts SRI as one of the 100 solutions to reverse Climate Change.

Lotus Foods invites the industry to celebrate with them as they say “thank you” for being part of their 25-year journey at Natural Products Expo West on Thursday, March 5, from 4-6pm at booth #2116.  The theme of the happy hour is “Cups for a Cause.”  Donate $10 for a Klean Kanteen stainless steel cup and bottomless Dr Hops Kombucha Beer.  Every $20 buys a weeder for women farmers.

For more information visit Lotus Foods online and follow on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

About Lotus Foods

Since 1995, Lotus Foods has partnered in direct and fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice more sustainably while preserving rice biodiversity. Lotus Foods’ product line includes pigmented heirloom and organic rice varieties such as Forbidden Rice®, Jade Pearl RiceTM, Red Rice, traditional Basmati and Jasmine Rice and Tri-color Rice as well as Rice Ramen, Arare Rice Crackers, Pad Thai Rice Noodles and Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups. Products are available at major retailers nationwide. As a certified B Corporation, Lotus Foods is committed to “Changing How Rice Is Grown around the World” by focusing on rice grown using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which we call More Crop Per DropTM.   SRI minimizes water usage, empowers women, financially rewards farmers and reduces climate impact. 

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