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High Quality Organics is SQF Level 2 Certified

SQF LogoFor the third year in a row, High Quality Organics (HQO) has achieved SQF Level 2 certification.  This food safety certification is a critical part of servicing the leading food manufacturers and retailers in America and abroad. It is based on government and industry food safety requirements and ensures everyone in the supply chain, from growers to distributors, are producing a product to the highest quality and food safety standards.

SQF Certification is also recognized globally and benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Level 2 certification includes a rigorous audit process (just ask our quality team!) that ensures we follow Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety regulations and are compliant with the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). For details on HQO’s progress with FSMA compliance, click here.

As a wholesale supplier of bulk organic herbs and spices, botanicals, teas, ancient grains, dried fruit and vegetables and more, HQO is proud to reach this level of food safety certification. A huge kudos goes to our Quality Team for ensuring we are always providing the best quality and safest products possible.

To receive a copy of our SQF Level 2 Certification please contact your sales manager directly or our Regulatory and Compliance Manager, Christine Perot, at 775-971-8550.

West Coast Port Congestion Update

As the largest supplier of organic ingredients, High Quality Organics (HQO) imports a large percentage of organic herbs, spices and grains from family farms around the globe. The majority of those bulk organic ingredients come into the U.S. through West Coast ports. Over the past several months, shipping containers – and now shipping vessels – have started to backup and have come to a practical halt due to lagging labor talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association.


The Pacific Maritime Association has reported, “backups at the five largest ports have reached levels that are no longer sustainable.”  This statement suggests the “long-running labor dispute may be moving closer to a work stoppage like the one that shut down 29 West Coast ports for 10 days in 2002.”

Some important facts about the situtation:

  • The 29 West Coast ports handle 43.5% of U.S. containerized cargo shipments and 12.5% of America’s GDP
  • If the union goes on strike, the impact is estimated to be in the billions of dollars per day
  • Food and agriculture products represent the largest percentage of product moving through these ports

High Quality Organics services the majority of organic food brands you see in the grocery store. When we cannot supply product to our customers, they have to find alternative sources of organic ingredients – which are few and far between. Many customers are on the cusp of taking food products off the grocery store shelf because they don’t have the proper ingredients to continue food production.

We are in a critical situation and are doing whatever we can to change the course of events. We’d like your help.  If you are being affected by this slow-down, write to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association and let them know how this has financially impacted your business and that you demand they come to a resolution immediately

Vote for Jay for OTA!

2014_6_17_Jay Fishman PhotoJay Fishman, Chairman of the Board and Co-Owner of High Quality Organics (HQO), is running for the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Board of Directors.

Why Vote for Jay?

  • 30 years of experience in the food industry
  • Built a fresh herb business from zero to $80 million
  • Helped form HQO and grew it into one of America’s largest suppliers of organic ingredients
  • Intimate understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the entire supply chain from organic farmers to food manufactures of all sizes.
  • Passion and pride for the organic industry and a sense of responsibility to help lead it into the future.

To learn more about Jay and why he’s running for OTA’s Board of Directors, click here to watch this short video.

2014_7_15_Jay Fishman Video Screenshot

We’d greatly appreciate you sharing this with your OTA company representative and asking them to “Vote for Jay for OTA!”




Edible Reno-Tahoe: The Mechants of Spice

pic1Housed in an unremarkable-looking warehouse north of Reno is a remarkable business that rivals the United Nations in its global representation. Upon entering High Quality Organics, you won’t hear the cacophony of foreign…


Prop 37:

Food Navigator explains how a ‘processed food clause’ in Prop 37 would kill off the ‘natural category is California.

NewHope 360 reports that organic retail giant, Whole Foods, supports California’s Prop 37. Click here to find out why.

Even Hain Celestial is asking for an “European Union-type” labeling of GMOs.

With all this talk about GMOs…the safest bet is Organic:

Many are hesitant to buy organic because it is more costly, but these expert tips from NewHope 360 will help you fit organic products into your everyday lifestyle. 

Conventional grocery chains like Kroger are now jumping on the organic private label bandwagon.  And organic is not just for food retailers, the New York Times tells us of how Hyatt’s organic menu is aimed at their smallest guests.

Despite organic’s popularity, the Organic Trade Association is working on new, but familiar “Got Organic?” advertisement campaign.