Here is a partial list of our clients. Please take a moment to read our case stories to learn more about how we help clients grow and flourish.
AgriEnergy Resources, LLC
Ann’s House of Nuts
Bazzini Nut Company
Blue River Hybrids
Briar Oak Farms (aka Lemon Farms)
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Clarkson Soy Products, LLC (case story)
Continental Seasoning, Inc.
Countryside Natural Products, Inc.
Driscoll’s (case story)
El Bravo Tamale
Farm Verified Organic
Flow Forms America
Garden Fresh Salsa
Gardener’s Supply Company
Good Value Marketing Company, Ltd.
Great Salt Lake Minerals Corp.
Gulf Rice Milling, Inc.
Hahn’s of Westminster
Hot Pepper Wax
IJO Products, LLC
Italian Rose Garlic Products, Inc.
Lancaster Ag Products
Late July Snacks
Lundberg Family Farms
Mariani Packing Company
Martin Marietta Aggregates
Melitta USA, Inc.
Mighty Leaf Tea Company
Natural Forces, LLC
New Resource Bank
Nokomis Farms and Bakery
Organic Trade Association
Organic Style Ltd. / Organic Bouquet, Inc.
Oryx USA Capital
Peak Organic Brewery (case story)
Penn Cove Lavender Ranch
Quality Assurance International
Red Arrow Products Company, Inc.
Rice Belt Warehouse
San-J International, Inc.
Scientific Certification Systems
Square One Baby Food
Sunsweet Growers, Inc.
Sustainable Sourcing, LLC
True Organic Products, Inc.
USAID: Dominica Organic Agriculture Movement
Under the Canopy
Vita Specialty Foods, Inc.
W.R. Vernon Produce Co., Inc.
WS Badger Company
Westbridge Agricultural Products
The Wizard’s Cauldron
Clarkson Soy Products
Clarkson Soy Products, LLC developed a proprietary water-based method for processing organic soybeans into organic soy lecithin. Unfortunately, the company was not able to leverage this innovation immediately in new sales. Why? Bleached lecithin was considered a synthetic material and unbleached lecithin was considered an allowed non-organic ingredient on the National List, so customers were not required to use organic lecithin.
In anticipation of petitioning the National Organic Program, Clarkson enlisted the services of WD+A for regulatory strategic advice. In response, we developed a comprehensive strategy for prevailing before the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), including:
- Submission of an effective petition
- Strategy to solicit affirmative public comments
- Identification of experts to present at the NOSB meeting
- Preparation of comments for Clarkson’s public testimony
With our support, Clarkson successfully petitioned the NOSB in 2008 to remove nonorganic unbleached and bleached lecithin from the National List. In May of 2009, the NOSB overwhelmingly supported the petition. The National Organic Program (NOP) has recently begun the multi-step process of implementing the NOSB recommendation. Meanwhile, market opportunities for Clarkson have grown substantially.
For more information on WD+A organic regulatory services, click here.
Peak Organic Brewery
Peak is a small craft brewing company that sought to distinguish itself in the national organic marketplace. Peak came to WD+A for advice on positioning, strategic direction, and supply chain security. We recommended that Peak develop beer varieties which could use organic ingredients grown in New England where the brewery is located. In addition, we recommended contract strategies to secure essential ingredients as the business grew.
In the course of discussions, it became clear that consistently sourcing organic hops was a potential obstacle to long-term growth and sustained position. So we embarked on investigative research to eliminate this obstacle. WD+A conducted a thorough situation analysis and engaged a multitude of hop growers and researchers. In the end, our work with Peak not only reduced their supply chain vulnerabilities, but also spawned extensive research and experimentation with organic hops. Hops will sunset from the National List in 2013.
For more information on WD+A organic strategic planning services, click here.
In 1983, Tom Driscoll wondered if his paradigm for growing strawberries was sustainable, so he invited Bill Wolf to his ranch in Watsonville, CA. Bill, organic farmer and consultant, picked up a shovel and started digging—examining the soil profile and structure, looking for earthworms, and observing the behavior of plant roots. Just as Tom had thought, long-term viability of his strawberry operation meant rethinking his agricultural practices and relationship to the land. So Bill launched an initiative to restore soil fertility, the cornerstone of plant health: apply six tons of compost to one acre of land, bring in earthworms, create windbreaks, intercrop to attract beneficial insects, spray with liquid seaweed, and apply predatory mites.
The results were impressive, and formed not just the genesis for Driscoll’s organic program, but also a more sustainable way of farming across the entire strawberry growing operation. Moreover, one of the company’s researchers invented vacuum technology to control insects, which has since become a widely used mechanical control in integrated pest management.
WD+A has had a 28-year relationship with Driscoll’s, which has included strategic planning as well as consultation in soil and pest management. Most recently, WD+A conducted a worldwide assessment of disease and impact pressures on strawberries, and made recommendations on research priorities.
For more information on WD+A sustainable agriculture services, click here.