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March 20, 2012

I Gotta Brag, I Met Ms. Patricia Bragg!

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I Gotta Brag, I Met Ms. Patricia Bragg!

In my kitchen there are a few ingredients that make their way into every meal. Ever since I can remember Bragg’s Liquid Aminos was right up there on my priority spice shelf with the salt, pepper, and sriracha. So you can understand my excitement when I had the chance to meet Patricia Bragg at the Haleiwa Cacao Festival last Sunday. I know what you are thinking. How could I get sidetracked talking with the owner of company that is famous for its soy sauce alternatives and healthy apple cider vinegar when there was so much chocolate all around me? The answer is simply that Patricia Bragg and her father Paul Bragg have been making what they call live natural foods for 100 years and I wanted to learn more about their products and the story behind their long tenure as leaders in the healthy food industry.

Here’s Patricia at her Haleiwa Farmer’s Market Booth – Hawaii

It would be easy to spend hours listening to all the stories Patricia has about the Bragg company and family. She proudly says her father coined the phrase health food and created a new idea when he started lecturing about the benefits of eating organic food. Shortly after opening a health food store in Los Angeles he began making Bragg products like Liquid Aminos, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Nutritional Yeast. For a while her father had so many healthy ideas for people, that the company sold 365 different organic products, one for each day of the year. Today her company sells ten USDA Organic Certified products and you can see how much she cares about the quality of her company’s goods in the way she enthusiastically emphasizes that her Bragg’s Liquid Aminos are not made from genetically modified soybeans and
are even certified by the Non-GMO Project.

So while I did spend a fair amount of my time this Sunday tasting chocolate and learning about how chocolatiers take the seeds or “beans” from the pulp of the cacao fruit, clean and roast them, and finally add sugar and milk to make gourmet Hawaiian chocolate, my favorite part of this year’s Haleiwa Cacao Festival was meeting a pioneer in healthy and organic foods. It is nice to meet the maker of the key
ingredient of every stir-fry I have ever made.

Patri­cia with Ryan Sils­bee — Article’s Author

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