AN ORGANIC LEGACY
Nature’s Path was founded in Vancouver BC in 1985 by Arran and Ratana Stephens. The company started out, and still is today, a passionate, family-run company that makes delicious, organic breakfast and snack foods.
WORDS OF WISDOM
The seed for Nature’s Path was planted way back in the 1930s when Arran Stephens was growing up on his family’s second-generation organic berry farm. Arran’s father taught him how to care for and nurture the soil, telling him to “always leave the earth better than you found it”. These words have been woven into the very fabric of Nature’s Path.
A GROWING MOVEMENT
Over the last 30 years, Nature’s Path has grown to be North America’s largest certified organic breakfast and snack food company with a product line of over 150 cold cereals, granolas, hot oatmeal, waffles, bars, and cookies.
- Rupert Stephens inherits the family farm
- Mountain Valley Farm, 89 acres of hard living, a place to grow field berries and a family.
Rupert Stephens, a pioneer for organic way ahead of his time, publishes his unorthodox farming methods in the book: “Sawdust is My Slave”.
Arran and Ratana open the first vegetarian restaurant in Canada, “Woodlands”, in Vancouver, BC.
Arran and Ratana open Nature’s Path Organic Foods – a familly-run vegetarian food company.(Pictured here is one of the original Nature’s Path products and packaging!)
Nature’s Path opens the first organic cereal manufacturing facility in North America.
Arran Stephens is awarded the Canadian Health Food Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Nature’s Path becomes North America’s largest organic cereal manufacturer.
- Nature’s Path opens the second manufacturing facility in Blaine, Washington.
Nature’s Path launches EnviroKidz, Optimum, hot cereals, and waffles.
Arran Stephens is awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Schumacher Sustainability Award.
Dag Falck joins the Nature’s Path family in the new position of Organic Program Manager.
- The Nature’s Path “Envirobox is introduced reducing environmental footprint by 10%.
- Nature’s Path named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the first time.
Nature’s Path is named one of BC’s top employers for the first time.
Nature’s Path signs the Sustainable Food Trade Association’s declaration of sustainability.
- Canadian organic standards are introduced making the term “organic” legally mandated for the first time in Canada.
- Nature’s Path is named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the first time.
- Nature’s Path publishes it’s first sustainability report.
- Nature’s Path hosts the first annual foodraiser known as “Eat Well Do Good”.
- Launch of the “Green My Ride” program who support team members who walk, bike or transit to work.
- Nature’s Path is a founding member of the Non GMO Project Verified label.
- Nature’s Path begins manufacturing in Sussex, Wisconsin.
- Nature’s Path is the first to label its products with “Non GMO Project Verified” in Canada
- Launch of Love Crunch granola!
- Nature’s Path launches Bite4Bite program to support local food banks with $1 million/ year.
- Nature’s Path joins the steering committee for proposition 37 in California.
- Nature’s Path sponsors the documentary GMO OMG.
- Arjan Stephens is named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40.
- Dag Falck is awarded the Science and Technology award for remarkable contributions to the organic industry.
- Nature’s Path launches the Qi’a superfood cereal brand!
- Nature’s Path welcomes Que Pasa Mexican Foods to the family!
- Nature’s Path supports I-522 in Washington.
- Ratana Stephens is awarded Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.
- Arran Stephens is awarded the OTA Organic Leadership Award & is inducted into the New Hope & CHFA Hall of Legends.
- Dag Falck is elected president of the Canadian Organic Trade Association.
- Nature’s Path launches the first Fair Trade Certified Toaster Pastries in the marketplace.
- Ratana Stephens is recognized as one of BC’s Most Influential Women.
- Nature’s Path is recognized as one of Financial Post’s Top 10 Employers out of 76,000 entries.
- Nature’s Path celebrates 30 years of organics!
- Arran and Ratana Stephens make a $2 million donation to the UBC farm.
Nature’s Path is awarded Food Processing Magazine’s R&D Team of the Year.
- Arran Stephens’ 50th Year in the organic movement
- Nature’s Path wins the Rabobank Leader in Sustainability Award
- Nature’s Path is recognized for having 100% of its manufacturing facilities certified by the Zero Waste Business Council
- Nature’s Path recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers
- Nature’s Path recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers
Pioneer, entrepreneur, artist and visionary, Arran’s organic legacy sprouted more than 50 years ago with just $7, a $1,500 loan and a dream. After opening the first vegetarian restaurant in Canada and the first organic cereal manufacturing facility, he is now leading future generations down a path of organic food and agriculture practices so we may all leave the Earth better than we found it.
As the heart and soul of Nature’s Path, Ratana hopes to inspire future leaders to be socially conscious and powered by values – not just financials. Over the course of her career, Ratana has been named one of Canada’s top ten female entrepreneurs and one of B.C.’s most influential women. She also gives the best hugs in the Nature’s Path office.
One of Arjan’s main purposes is to move the world away from zombie-like consumerism and encourage consciousness, especially with food. He believes our forks and wallets are the most powerful tools for change, and organic agriculture is the catalyst that will transform the world for the better. Arjan and his wife, Rimjhim, are also proud creators of the Love Crunch family.
Jyoti’s activist upbringing transformed into her dream work, where she now ensures environmental sustainability is top-of-mind for every business decision at Nature’s Path. Under her leadership, all three of the company’s manufacturing facilities were designated Zero-Waste and she’s implemented programs to encourage a purpose-focused culture in the organization, as she believes everyone can make a difference in the world.