If you are a dairy/egg producer or manufacturer interested in pursuing the growing market for pasture-based and organic dairy products, as well as free-range eggs please review our Pasture-Based Dairy Standards, Free-Range Egg Standards, and Meat Standards. This will give you a good idea of what we are looking for.
Step 1 – Send Us a Simple Email
Please fill out the New Item Submittals Questionnaire:
Once complete, send to us via email at [email protected]. Please be sure to include your brand name in the SUBJECT HEADING of your email.
Step 2 – Review Process
The New Products Approval Committee will evaluate your product(s) and the ingredients to ensure they pass our Pasture-Based Dairy Standards, Free-Range Egg Standards, and Meat Standards. Go to the Natural Grocers Home page and click on Our Products and view a list of Things We Won’t Carry and Why prior to submitting to Natural Grocers. If your products are in line with our quality standards, we will reach out to you to request live samples to be shipped to our office. Your products will then be presented to our committee in the upcoming weeks.
- Please do keep in mind that new items are reviewed monthly and it may take a few weeks before you receive an update after your live samples have been sent for review.
- Click here for the 2019 New Item Meeting Calendar
Step 3 – We’ll Contact You
Due to the overwhelming volume of new product submissions, we cannot guarantee you will receive a quick response. Please provide complete and accurate information to help expedite the review process. The New Items Specialist will communicate all approved and declined products to local brands individually and larger or regional brands via the New Items Monthly Report. Click below to receive the Monthly New Items Report.
Some Other Important Information
Things We Won’t Carry and Why
Click here for a dynamic list of the most problematic ingredients that include explanations of why we won’t carry them: https://www.naturalgrocers.com/what-we-wont-sell-and-why
Unless they are Certified Organic, if your ingredients include corn, canola, soy, beet sugar, etc., we will ask about a Non-GMO Certification because these crops are often genetically modified.
Be prepared to send samples of your product submissions as part of our evaluation process, unless this is not practical for your particular product.
Please note: We ask that any refrigerated or frozen samples should be clearly marked on the box PERISHABLE or KEEP FROZEN so that they can get handled promptly to retain their quality.
You are welcome to contact us about your product if you don’t currently have a UPC code on your packaging. However, please realize that having a 12 digit UPC code will be a requirement before your products will be approved.
If your product is approved and you will be a direct vendor for our stores, you will need to have at least $1 million dollar Liability insurance policy and be able to add Natural Grocers as an additional insured.