Gold&Green Foods was awarded with the SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement and Leadership) Sustainable Product Award for their delicious plant-based protein, Pulled Oats®. The SEAL Sustainable Product Award honors innovative and impactful products that are literally “purpose-built” for a sustainable future. Award applicants were judged on the following criteria: Impact metrics, innovation/uniqueness of the product, and its ability to inspire sustainable change.

Pulled Oats® combines Nordic oats with fava beans and yellow peas resulting in a protein-rich, plant-based crumble with a meaty “pulled” texture. This unique combination of oats and legumes enables products that is naturally a source of fiber and an excellent source of protein with 33 grams per four ounce serving and contains no cholesterol. The ingredient list is short and simple: oats, pea, fava bean, oil & salt.

Not only is Pulled Oats® a highly nutritious, clean label protein, but it is also sustainable. Pulled Oats® is made from carefully selected climate-friendly ingredients that are sourced as locally as possible. Heart of the innovation is the use of Nordic oats, which are loaded with amazing nutritional qualities and are one of the most environmentally friendly crops on the planet. Oats have a small carbon footprint and don’t require loads of pesticides or fertilizers. Because of the harsh winters in the Nordics, they are more resistant to plant diseases.

“Gold&Green’s mission is to provide people with healthy and planet-friendly food without compromising taste. Our hope is that people will see how easy it is to make more environmentally-conscious changes in their diet, they can make similar changes in all aspects of their life,” said Maija Itkonen, Chief Innovation Officer & Co-founder of Gold&Green Foods. “We are honored to have been recognized by the SEAL Awards for the sustainability of Pulled Oats®.”

In the United States, Pulled Oats® is exclusively available for Foodservice through Sysco as Sysco Simply™ Plant Based Protein Pulled Oats. The climate footprint of the product is only 2.7 kg CO2e/kg when calculated from cradle to gate and transported to the Sysco warehouse in Chicago. The water footprint of Pulled Oats® is 1370 l/kg, which is around half the water footprint of chicken and one-tenth the water footprint of beef.

The Gold&Green Foods factory in, Finland is certified CarbonNeutral® by Natural Capital Partners in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the leading global framework for carbon neutrality. In 2020, the factory switched to sourcing renewable wind electricity, which reduced the greenhouse gas emissions from production by 96%. The remaining emissions from steam production, refrigerant leaks and generated waste have been offset by funding third-party verified forest conservation and reforestation projects. Gold&Green® Foods aims to be a frontrunner in sustainability and the company is always looking for ways to do even better when it comes to saving the planet for future generations.

“Sustainability, transparency and nutrition have always been our top priority at Gold&Green Foods®. In addition to creating naturally nutritious products that have minimal impact on the environment, we also continuously work to ensure sustainable practices throughout our business,” said Maija Itkonen.

About Pulled Oats®
Pulled Oats® is a Finnish innovation. It’s the perfect protein, made with just five simple and naturally nutritious plant-based ingredients: oats, yellow peas, fava beans, gently pressed canola oil and salt. Gold&Green Foods is on a mission to provide people with healthy, ecological and delicious food without compromising taste. Pulled Oats® is the perfect choice not only because of its nutritional value but also because it is sustainable.

About the SEAL Awards
SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards is an environmental advocacy organization that honors leadership through its business sustainability awards and environmental journalism awards while funding research and pursuing environmental impact campaigns. The SEAL Sustainable Product Award honors innovative and impactful products that are literally “purpose-built” for a sustainable future. Read more and find out the other winners:

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The Food Group

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