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Our raw materials

Here you can find information about our raw materials based on selected examples:

   Where do they come from? How are they produced? How are they certified?
And why is purchasing raw materials always a political decision?

       

 


 

 

Sina Nagl is responsible for purchasing at Barnhouse. She is passionate about her search for raw materials. In her quest she has more than quality in mind:

 

"When we started looking for organic ingredients back in 1979 there was Demeter cultivation and nothing else. We – and other industry pioneers – found farmers who wanted to work within the natural cycle, without poisons and agricultural chemistry. We supported and encouraged these farmers in their development: by committing to purchase their products for a reasonable, higher price. In doing so, not only have we as organic pioneers paved the way, but we also formulated criteria and requirements for ecological agriculture which serve as a basis for today's legislation.

Even after so many years, nothing has changed in the basic mechanism: The constant demand for organic products is the basis of organic farming. And increasing demand will automatically result in an expansion of organically farmed areas. A purchasing decision is always an economic and thus a political decision – no matter whether we make this decision as a producer or if you do as a consumer."

Sina Nagl, co-founder and managing director of Barnhouse

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The Barnhouse strategy for raw material purchasing:
As regionally as possible, as global as necessary.

 

From the outset, Barnhouse chose to use only trusted sources for raw materials. Wherever possible, we source our Krunchy ingredients as locally as possible. We always choose the local alternative: such as not using almonds from America, but from Europe. Not taking oats from Canada, but from Bavaria.

This is generally easy for products of domestic or European origin. Raw materials such as coconut, agave syrup or cocoa must, of course, be imported from overseas.

Therefore, for 35 years we have only bought from importers who can demonstrate that they monitor the organic projects in developing countries themselves or have reliable partners for this. We are aware that this can be even more expensive. However our policy has proven successful again and again – for example with organic sunflower seeds.

Chinese suppliers flooded the European market with cheap organic sunflower seeds, European production came almost to a complete standstill. Companies like Barnhouse did not want to accept this and pointedly supported European cultivation with its much higher prices. Today it is once again worthwhile to grow organic sunflowers in southern Europe and France. Interesting side effect occurred: the Chinese farmers stopped their dumping prices for the first time in 2014!

 

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Our ingredients are all organic – 100%!

Barnhouse is a real organic producer. This means: 

  • We produce exclusively organic products.
    While other manufacturers produce conventional and organic products, Barnhouse only offers organic – and nothing else. And when only organic products are used, there can be no confusion!
  • All ingredients are 100% organic.
    EU legislation generally requires that all ingredients of agricultural origin must come from organic farming. For up to five percent of these ingredients, strictly regulated exceptions are possible. Our guarantee: Barnhouse processes only 100% organic ingredients. 
    The only exception is sea salt. This is because salt is legally considered an "ingredient of non-agricultural origin" and can thus not be certified as organic. However, we use sea salt that has been dried all naturally and which is free of any additives (no iodine, no anti-caking agent).
  • Production is our own responsibility.
    This is also not a matter of course in times of contract manufacturing: We bake our Krunchy ourselves – in our own ovens.

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No additives or unnecessary ingredients at Barnhouse

Flavourings, additives or production additives are strictly forbidden for us.

A whole smorgasbord of additives can be found in all conventional products. There are flavourings for the taste, colours for an appetizing appearance and starches for the desired consistency. None of this has anything to do with natural foods anymore.

We categorically reject additives that only serve to make production easier or more cost-effective. We would rather use our experience and our knowledge. We do not adapt our recipes to the production processes, but exactly the opposite!

Even organic goods are being produced more and more with "acceptable" additives: natural flavours, thickeners of Apple pectin or guar gum, corn starch, and the jack-of-all-trades – citric acid. We think none of these additives have any business in our food.

We won't join this trend! Barnhouse products are baked from natural, healthy raw materials, just as you yourself could do at home in your own oven – we are just making more and a larger variety. And it will stay this way.

 

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* The contents of substances subject to natural fluctuations. Nutritional values calculated.