CHICAGO, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- To build on the launch of new all-natural Quaker Simple Harvest multi-grain hot cereal, Quaker is partnering with Farm to Table, an Earth Pledge initiative dedicated to providing resources to local farmers across the country, to support the demand for local and sustainable food products.
As part of the Farm to Table partnership, Quaker announced the new Quaker Simple Harvest Farmers Education Fund to help further educate farmers about sustainable agriculture. By educating farmers on best practices and new technologies, the Fund offers farmers knowledge and tools to provide wholesome foods to consumers by maintaining the earth's natural resources and increasing farm profitability. Farmers and consumers can learn more at http://www.farmtotable.org.
"Quaker has a long history of supporting and educating farmers and agricultural organizations on the principles of improved, safe-crop food production," said Dave Kimbell, marketing director for Quaker Breakfast. "The Quaker Simple Harvest Farmers Education Fund helps continue our support of farmer education and sustainability efforts."
Connecting Farmers and Consumers
In addition, Quaker is helping support Earth Pledge's expansion of http://www.farmtotable.org, an online network of farmers and producers, farmers markets, restaurants and stores that produce and sell locally grown foods. The expansion to 25 cities across the country will help consumers find the best fresh, seasonal foods in their regions, assist farmers with transitioning to sustainable practices and demonstrate the potential of locally grown food with the help of top chefs.
"We're pleased to partner with Quaker on this initiative to help strengthen and facilitate the transition to sustainability through the Farmers Education Fund," said Leslie Hoffman, executive director of Earth Pledge. "By supporting our efforts to educate farmers on sustainable agricultural practices, Quaker is helping to improve consumers' access to wholesome and natural ingredients."
Quaker has a long tradition of working closely with farmers, suppliers, and crop researchers in major North American oat-producing regions to promote the advantages of growing oats as an excellent rotation crop. Compared to many other crops, oats are recognized as an excellent crop to limit soil erosion and reduce agricultural chemical usage. Quaker is also committed to reducing its environmental impact through creative solutions for minimizing waste, including using oat hulls as a renewable fuel source. By burning oat hulls for energy instead of coal, greenhouse gas emissions are substantially reduced.
About Quaker Simple Harvest
New all-natural Quaker Simple Harvest is an instant, multigrain hot cereal made with whole-grain Quaker oats as well as whole-grain wheat, barley, real fruit and nuts -- ingredients consumers recognize. With a full serving of whole grains (20 grams) in each 1.5 oz pouch, Quaker Simple Harvest offers 4 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of protein and is low in sodium and saturated fat. Quaker Simple Harvest is a delicious, instant breakfast that can be made easily in the microwave or by adding boiling water.
Quaker Simple Harvest is available at grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $4.39 per box (eight pouches). Available in three varieties: Apples with Cinnamon, Maple Brown Sugar with Pecans and Vanilla, Almond and Honey. For more information, please visit http://www.quakersimpleharvest.com.
ABOUT QUAKER OATS
Quaker is a product of PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP), one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, with 2006 annual revenues of more than $35 billion. PepsiCo is committed to sustainable growth, defined as Performance with Purpose, and is focused on generating healthy financial returns while giving back to communities it serves.
Performance with Purpose includes meeting consumer needs with an increasing spectrum of convenient foods and beverages, reducing the company's impact on the environment through water, energy and packaging initiatives, and supporting its employees through a diverse and inclusive culture that recruits and retains world-class talent. PepsiCo is listed on the Dow Jones North America Sustainability Index and the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index.
ABOUT EARTH PLEDGE
The Earth Pledge Farm to Table Initiative protects the environment, economy and public health by promoting sustainable farming and building demand for locally-grown food. Through demonstration, education and research, this initiative delivers viable models to government, industry and communities.
Source: Quaker Oats